“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
Featured artist: Rolando Barrero
Reception: January 19, 3-5
Benicia Plein Air Gallery
307 First Street
Benicia, CA. 94510
Phone number: 707-297-5903
Featured artist: Judy Feins
Featured Artist: JoAnn McMahon
Featured Artist Susan Johnson
Featured Artist: Iris Sabre
Featured artist: Joanne Gustilo
Reception Saturday, December 15 3-5 featuring Ekphrastic Poetry and Prose readings
Featured artist: Catherine Fasciato
Reception: February 16, 3-5
Featured Artist: Judith Kunzle
Featured Artist: Nancy Roberts
November 23 to December 23
Original mini painting ornaments for sale.
During the month of December, Benicia Plein Air Gallery presents "Winter Light" featuring small affordable paintings by each of the 13 artists. The works in various media interpret the cool quality of light and long shadows of the Season.
A year-round exhibit showcases the gallery's artists, refreshed monthly.