“Plein Air” means “open air” and signifies outdoor painting that captures nature’s light. Plein Air painting became famous in France in the 19th century. The invention of paints in tubes enabled impressionist artists, such as Van Gogh and Monet, to paint outdoors, en plein air.

"Not until the late 1860s, with the work of Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Camille Pissarro, the leaders of Impressionism, did painting en plein air become more popular. This change came about from 1881, when Monet, in his efforts to capture the true effects of light on the colour of landscape at any given moment, began to carry several canvases at once into the out-of-doors. On each he began a painting of the same subject at a different time of day; on subsequent days, he continued to work on each canvas in succession as the appropriate light appeared." Britannica

June 2018

Featured artist: Susan Johnson


May 2018

Featured artist: Michael Dadasovich

October 2017

Featured artist: Iris Sabre

Reception: Oct 14, 4-6

September 2017

Featured artist: Stephen Berry

Reception: September 9, 4-6

November 2017

Featured artist: Samantha McNally

Reception: November 11, 3-5

Benicia Plein Air Gallery

307 First Street

Benicia, CA. 94510

Phone number: 707-297-5903

February 2018

Featured artist: Rolando Barerro

Reception: TBA

October 2018

Featured artist: Dixie Mohan

September 2018

Featured artist: Judy Feins

August 2017

Theme: Phil Joy's boatyard

Group Show

Reception: Sunday August 6, 3-5

Poetry readings at 4 pm

2nd Annual Plein Air Paint Out and Art Show

August 26, show and reception 3:30-6 pm

Art Music Food filling the street in front of the Gallery

Gringa playing from 4:15 to 6 pm www.gringamusic.com

January 2018

Featured Artist: Susan Street

Reception: TBA

December 2017

Group Show, Theme TBA

Reception: TBA

The Gallery will be open in the evening for the Benicia Tree Lighting  till 8 pm.
Christmas cookies from 6-8!

Original mini paintings as Christmas tree ornaments available throughout the month of

December displayed on the Gallery Christmas Tree. 

March 2018 

Featured Artist: JoAnne McMahon

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 April 2018

Featured artist: Catherine Fasciato

Stephen Berry is teaching a 2 day workshop. July 24 and 25 - $200. Wet into Wet Clouds 9 am to 4 pm

Call Steve to register: 707-567-6817 or email cloudofwords@gmail.com


July 2018

Featured Artist Mary Lou Correia

August 2018

Group Show

July Featured Artist: Dixie Mohan. Join us at her reception during the Benicia Art Walk, Saturday, July 8, 4 to 6 pm.

“I am of a time when having one’s head in the cloud meant being in a space of dreaminess, ruminating far from the practical day to day world. For an artist, a cloud is a thing of beauty, a graceful floating ephemeral object where one’s imagination can take flight. A child asks what do you see? Is it a bird, a plane, a bunny or an elephant with wings ? The scientist looks in the cloud and thinks a front is coming in, a change in the weather, thunder showers, cumulous, stratus, or cirrus. Today, the cloud is a platform for the virtual world. On a trip to Cuba last year, I met an artist named Kelvin Lopez, who had a cloud painting in his studio. I thought of what his painting may mean — his cloud was a place where freedom of thought and creative expression found a connection in a very different world than mine. I found inspiration for my paintings in his work." 

Dixie Mohan has a BA in art from UC Berkeley. She has studied painting at Fremantle Art Center, Australia, and in workshops and classes around the bay. The focus of Mohan’s work is the landscape, water and light of northern California. She is a founding member of Benicia Plein Air Gallery.

Mohan’s work will be featured in the gallery during the Benicia Art Walk, Saturday, July 8, 2 to 6 pm. Free food, drink, music and fun. Visit all the First Street Galleries and win a chance at a Gift certificate to be used at any one of the participating galleries.

2016 participants