Benicia Plein Air Gallery

“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

March 2017

Featured artist: Susan Johnson

Reception: TBA


April 2017

Featured artist: Dixie Mohan

Reception: TBA

May 2017

Featured artist: Catherine Fasciato

Reception: TBA

September 2016

Featured artist: Marshall Lockman

Reception: September 10, 3-6pm

August 2016

Group Show: "There's Something About the Depot"

Reception including poetry readings by Benicia First Tuesday Poets: Friday, August 12th from 4-6pm

August 13 is the Peddler's Fair from 8 am to 5 pm 

.Benicia Plien Air Gallery's First Annual Paint Out, registration on the paint out page

August 27, artists check in starting at 8 am. Awards reception and paintings for sale 4:00 to 6 pm

October 2017

Featured artist: Iris Sabre

September 2017

Featured artist: Stephen Berry

Reception: TBA

November 2016

Featured artist: Samantha McNally

Reception: November 12, 2-5 pm

Featuring hand painted

Watercolor Christmas Cards

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Benicia Plein Air Gallery

307 First Street

Benicia, CA. 94510

December 2016

Group Show Reception: TBA

Smaller works for the holidays.

The Gallery will be open in the evening for the Benicia Tree Lighting on December 2nd, 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. 

January 2017

Featured artist: Rolando Barrero

Reception: TBA

February 2017

Featured artist: Terry Hughes

Reception: TBA

"There's something about The Depot"

All 12 Artists of the Benicia Plein Air Gallery have done a painting of the Historic Benicia Railroad Depot. At our reception The Benicia First Tuesday Poets will read some ekphrastic poetry (a poem written about a piece of art) about the Depot paintings. This is a special corroboration between the artists and the poets and is not to be missed! The reception is on August 12 from 4 to 6 pm. Please join us for food, art, poetry and fun! 

July 2017

Featured artist: Mike Dadasovich

Reception: TBA

June 2017

Featured artist: Judy Feins

Reception: TBA

August 2017

Group Show

Reception: TBA

October 2016

Featured Artist: Susan Street

Reception October 8, 5-7pm

August 27 is our 1st Annual Paint Out and the reception is from 4 pm to 6 pm.

Please join us for the Awards ceremony and reception and sale. Up to 48 artists will be participating. All of the paintings will be of Benicia!

Mayor Elizabeth Patterson will be announcing the winners that award winning juror John Finger has chosen. There will be music, food and brand new paintings of Benicia for sale, all painted on August 27.

Paint Out!