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

June 2018

Featured artist: Susan Johnson


May 2018

Featured artist: Michael Dadasovich

October 2017

"Fleeting Moments"

Featured artist: Iris Sabre

Reception: Oct 14, 4-6

November 2018

Featured artist: Stephen Berry

November 2017

Featured artist: Samantha McNally

Reception: November 11, 3-5

Christmas Tree goes up with mini paintings!

November 24

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

January 2018

Featured Artist: Susan Street

Reception: TBA

December 2017

Group Show, Theme TBA

Reception: TBA

The Gallery will be open on December 1 till 8 pm for the Benicia Tree Lighting.
Christmas cookies from 6-8!

Original mini painting Christmas tree ornaments available throughout the month of December

displayed on the Gallery Christmas Tree.  The tree goes up on the day after Thanksgiving. 

March 2018 

Featured Artist:

JoAnne McMahon

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 April 2018

Featured artist: Catherine Fasciato

July 2018

Featured Artist Mary Lou Correia

August 2018

Group Show

Theme TBD

Special thanks to Gringa, the band that played during the reception. www.gringamusic.comThank you to Mayor Elizabeth Patterson for presenting the awards and to Judge Randall Sextion for choosing the winners. 15% of sales went to the Arts Benicia Youth Program

September's Featured Artist is Stephen Berry
“Vibrancy” runs from Thursday September 7th to Sunday, October 1st
Reception: Saturday, September 9th, 2017, 4 to 6 pm

The reception for “Vibrancy” will be held during the Art Walk on Saturday September 9th, from 4:00-6:00 pm, at the Benicia Plein Air Gallery. Stephen’s show will be up for the month of September. “Stop at the gallery, enjoy food and wine and good company, and come with me on a little journey. Each painting can take you somewhere.”
Often, watercolors are considered beautiful, but pale and washy. But they don’t always need to be that way! If luscious color juxtaposed to nuanced greys and darks excites you, then “Vibrancy” is just for you. “All the world is… vibrating with light, and one of my desires is to bring that sense of color and vibrancy to the viewer’s eyes, as if the paper were lit from behind! What really makes those bold colors sing, though, is how you compliment them - the colors you team them with and the greys that work in tandem. And thus the focus of the show is that dynamic pairing.”

Visitors since September 2017