“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."
Featured artist: Mary Lou Correia
Featured artist: Sharon Hind Smith
Christmas Tree goes up
with mini paintings on
Featured artist: Rolando Barrero
Benicia Plein Air Gallery
307 First Street
Benicia, CA. 94510
Phone number: 707-297-5903
Featured artist: Judy Feins
Reception: Sunday, September 16, 3-6pm
Benicia Art Walk
Featured Artist: JoAnn McMahon
Reception: October 13, 3-6
During the Benicia Art Walk
Featured Artist Susan Johnson
Featured Artist: Iris Sabre
Featured Artist: Samantha McNally
Reception: December 15, 3-5
December 7 The Gallery will be
open 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.
Featured artist: Joanne Gustilo
Reception Sunday, September 16 from 3-6
For plein air Impressionist painter Judith Feins a passion for studying nature and portraying its beautiful nuances is the force behind her paintings. She paints in oil to recreate the glowing, shimmering qualities of light, color and atmosphere in the California landscape.
“Painting outside is a thrilling experience. The more deeply you look the more the beauty of the landscape reveals itself. I hope others will feel this same pleasure when they view my paintings”.
Her current exhibit focuses on those moments during the day when glowing light transforms the landscape. For her painting “Morning garden”, Feins woke early and went into her garden at the same time each morning to observe the effect of the sun shining through roses. In “Bridge Glow” she studied how the setting sun was absorbed into the high clouds lighting them against a deepening sky while the water below reflected it’s fire.
Feins studied studio art at Boston University, and archeological illustration at Harvard. She was the primary illustrator of the California Coastal Access Guide. She has exhibited extensively in the Bay Area and shows her work regularly at the Benicia Plein Air Gallery, Valley Art Gallery in Walnut Creek, and the ACCI Gallery in Berkeley. Awards for her paintings include 1st place in the juried statewide exhibit, "Poems without Words, Contemporary California Landscape", Santa Cruz. Additional paintings can be seen on her website.
Featured artist: Catherine Fasciato
Featured Artist: Judith Kunzle
Thank you to all the participants in the 2018 Paint Out.
Featured Artist: Nancy Roberts