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

May 2017

Featured artist: Susan Johnson

Reception: TBA


July 2017

Featured artist: Dixie Mohan

Reception: TBA

 March 2017

Featured artist: Catherine Fasciato

Reception: March 11 from 4-6pm


October 2017

Featured artist: Iris Sabre

Reception: TBA

September 2017

Featured artist: Stephen Berry

Reception: TBA

January 2018

Featured artist: Samantha McNally

Reception: TBA

Benicia Plein Air Gallery

307 First Street

Benicia, CA. 94510

Phone number: 707-297-5903

February 2018

Featured artist: Rolando Barerro

Reception: TBA

April 2017

Featured artist: Mike Dadasovich

Reception: TBA

June 2017

Featured artist: Judy Feins

Reception: TBA

August 2017

Group Show

Reception: TBA

November 2017

Featured Artist: Susan Street

Reception: TBA

Save the date!

August 26, 2017 is the 2nd Annual Plein Air Paint Out! 

December 2017

Group Show

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. 

We are a co-op gallery of 12 artists who paint en plein air. We all take turns staffing the gallery so when you come in, you will be able to talk to one of the artists! We'd love for you to visit us. 

All artwork appearing on this website is copyrighted by the artists and may not be reproduced. All rights reserved. © 2016

No image may be duplicated in any way without written permission by the artist.

The artists retain all rights at all times unless the sale includes a complete buyout clause.​

This site designed by Samantha McNally

Benicia Plein Air Gallery
307 First Street
Benicia, CA. 94510

Spring and Summer Hours:
Thurs. - Sun. noon to 6 pm
and by appointment

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 Artist Getaway

March 2018 

Featured Artist: JoAnne McMahon

April 2018 

Featured Artist: Ruth Beeve

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Benicia Plein Air Gallery proudly presents an exhibition of two Benicia “masters”, Terry Hughes and Marshall Lockman. Founding members of Benicia Plein Air Gallery and painting group, each artist paints landscapes with a strong individualistic voice. Terry Hughes’ work are bold vibrant swathes of thick paint and rich pigments, his landscapes lean toward abstract visualizations of familiar local places. Marshall Lockman sees the world through his own lens, literally and figuratively. A photojournalist who has covered the world, his paintings show his eye for a story, and a lifetime experience of documenting vignettes of life as he sees it from the mountains to the bay. Join us in celebrating the artistic work these fine mature artists on February 18, 2017, 3 to 5 pm.