Benicia Plein Air Gallery is a co-op gallery consisting of 13 local artists who show their paintings of Bay Area scenes centering on Benicia and the Carquinez Strait, and expanding throughout Northern California. When you visit the gallery you will recognize many beautiful places in the area. 


Benicia Plein Air Gallery’s artworks capture the local scenes treasured by residents, and give insight to visitors of the local beauty that surrounds them. The artists may turn urban and industrial chaos into abstract expressions, full of color and shapes, or they may choose to paint more representational beauty focusing on our region's spectacular waterways and coastal environments. 


The gallery is a product of the generosity of local plein air legends, Jerrold Turner and Nikki Basch-Davis. Without their mentoring encouragement, the artists would not have come together to present such a wonderful diversity of paintings. We acknowledge and thank them.



“Plein Air” is the art of painting outdoors, working quickly and boldly to capture a fleeting moment in time. Inspired by sunlight, vibrant color and luminous atmosphere, each artist expresses the spirit of the land with a unique voice.