“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
"More Bloomin' Color"
Featured artist: Susan Johnson
Reception: Saturday, May 13, 4-6 pm
Benicia Open Studios: May 6 and 7
Featured artist: Michael Dadasovich
Featured artist: Iris Sabre
Featured artist: Stephen Berry
Featured artist: Samantha McNally
Benicia Plein Air Gallery
307 First Street
Benicia, CA. 94510
Phone number: 707-297-5903
Featured artist: Rolando Barerro
Featured artist: Dixie Mohan
Featured artist: Judy Feins
Reception: June 10, 4-6 pm
Theme to be announced
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
Featured Artist: Susan Street
Save the date!
August 26, 2017 is the 2nd Annual Plein Air Paint Out!
Group Show, Theme 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.
Artist Getaway presents Benicia Plein Air Artist, Rolando Barrero in a 3 day workshop, painting in the gallery and en plein air around Benicia . July 17, 18, 19, 2017. For more information please see Artist Getaway.
Featured Artist: JoAnne McMahon
Featured Artist: Ruth Beeve
Featured artist: Catherine Fasciato