Benicia Plein Air Gallery

307 First Street

Benicia, CA 94510

(707) 771-6166

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We are open:

Fri - Sun, 11 am to 5 pmAnd by appointment

Benicia Plein Air Gallery presents a year-round exhibit of work by all of our gallery artists showcasing a colorful variety of media and styles.

Drop by to see what's new! 

May Featured Artist
MaryLou Correia
"Colors of Joy"
May 3-31

MaryLou Correia takes the featured artist spotlight at Benicia Plein Air Gallery with her exhibit, “Colors of Joy,” May 3-31. The community is invited to the artist's reception on Saturday, May 4, from 2 to 5p.m. MaryLou will also be greeting guests at the gallery Sunday, May 5.

The show features awakening Spring; abundant wildflowers, sheep in the vineyards, sandhill cranes among the orchards, all the amazing delight and renewal of the season. “My favorite Season painting in California is early Spring which begins with February’s dramatic clouded skies and sprinkles of snow on the local mountains.“ MaryLou continues, ”This year the late rain produced spectacular flowering orchards, and a splendor of wildflowers. In February I followed flocks of snow geese, sandhill cranes, in the delta waterways; Brentwood’s ancient cherry trees put on a spectacular show. Among the Blooming almond orchards with hovering clouds, I painted with freedom and delight until the clouds burst.“

“For me the adventure is the process of painting, “ says MaryLou, “the meditative absorbing challenge of capturing the moment, a sense of the place. Painting is my way of cherishing nature and welcoming the surprises and the unexpected gentle creatures I meet along the way.” 

July Featured Artist
Iris Sabre
MaryLou will be teaching "Plein Air Painting Experience" through Walnut Creek Arts starting May 3rd for ten weeks, Fridays 10 am - 1 pm. For more information: visit
Direct link to Mary Lou's Class is here. 

Carol Tarzier will be teaching "Plein Air Oil Painting," a week-long Plein Air workshop at Feather River Art Camp, June 1st through June 8th, 2024.
For more information: contact Carol directly at


Benicia Plein Air Gallery welcomes Stephen Berry as guest artist for the months of May and June. Stephen will be the featured artist in June. 

Stephen Berry is releasing his biannual selection of over 25 watercolors for sale this May, online through his website and in person at his cottage studio in Vallejo. Highlights will migrate to the Benicia Plein Air Gallery Saturday, May 11th for a special two-month residency. 

  • May 1st, Tuesday- the online store opens 72 hours early ONLY to Art Collector subscribers- join here!
  • May 4th, Saturday- Open Studio garden party at Stephen's house & watercolor studio in Vallejo, 1-5 pm. Located at 1160 Hargus Ave, Vallejo, CA 94591
  • May 4th- online store opens to the public
  • May 11th, Saturday- highlights from Stephen's show migrates to the Benicia Plein Air Gallery. 

"Visit me at my beautiful springtime garden and cottage studio. Hors d'oeuvres to be served. Let's talk hummingbird gardens, bee hives, and art!"

You can reach Stephen at

Carol Tarzier

We have an opening! If you paint 'en plein air', apply to join the gallery! See the membership page for more information.