“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."
July 4 - August 4, 2019
Featured artist: Mary Lou Correia
December 5 - January 5, 2019
Featured artist: Sharon Hind Smith
January 9 - February 2, 2020
Featured artist: Rolando Barrero
Benicia Plein Air Gallery
307 First Street
Benicia, CA. 94510
Phone number: 707-297-5903
October 3 - November 3, 2019
Featured artist: Judy Feins
November 7 - December 1, 2019
Featured Artist: JoAnn McMahon
June 6 - June 30, 2019
Featured Artist Susan Johnson
September 5 - September 29, 2019
Featured Artist: Iris Sabre
February 6 - March 1, 2020
Featured artist: Catherine Fasciato
August 8- September 1, 2019
Featured Artist: Judith Kunzle
April 4 - May 5, 2019
Featured Artist: Nancy Roberts
Reception: April 6, 4-6
A year-round exhibit showcases the gallery's artists, refreshed monthly.
Nancy Roberts takes the featured artist spotlight at Benicia Plein Air Gallery with her exhibit "Color Journeys", running April 4 through May 5. The community is invited to the artist's reception on Saturday, April 6 from 4 to 6 pm.
An award-winning plein air painter and retired architect, Nancy is known for her bold use of color, dynamic design and inventive, slightly quirky style. With "Color Journeys", a collection of acrylic landscapes, she invites the viewer to "walk into" her paintings and explore vibrant, and sometimes mysterious, new trails. Painting all around the Bay Area, she loves working from life but thinks of reality as just a jumping-off point. "I start by paring a thing down to its essence," she says, "then respond to its spirit with energized color and pattern." She enjoys letting a painting unfold with a life of its own, taking unexpected twists and turns and revealing hidden secrets with its own language. Her crisp lines and joyful color put a fresh new spin on the landscape tradition. To learn more about Nancy and see her work visit www.NancyRobertsStudio.com.
Also on exhibit is a new collection of plein air paintings by all 13 of the gallery's artists showcasing a colorful variety of media and styles. Benicia Plein Air Gallery is located at 307 First Street in the heart of historic downtown Benicia. Staffed by the artists, the gallery is open Thursdays through Sundays, noon to 6 p.m.