The public is invited to watch 40 plein air painters in action and stroll downtown at a new event sponsored by Benicia’s plein air painters. Held August 27, painters from San Francisco, Oakland and other Bay Area cities are coming to Benicia to paint Benicia’s scenic beauty. Prize-winning paintings will be awarded cash prizes handed out by Mayor Elizabeth Patterson.
A slice of Americana, the county fair is a centuries old cultural icon. The annual Solano county fair, July 27-31, 2016, celebrates the best of county offerings in food, music, animals, crafts and more, along with fine entertainment and family fun.
Benicia’s Carquinez Village Project, a neighbor-to-neighbor support network that includes transportation, programs and services, and a social network for aging seniors to age in place, launches in the first quarter of 2017.
Benicia’s Nikki Basch Davis, who began creating art in town 27 years ago as a plein air painter, recently began a studio practice for a change of pace. Her new work is being shown at the Benicia Library art gallery in June and July 2016.
The new HQ Gallery at the Arsenal, opening May 7 for Artist Open Studios weekend, is located at the entrance of the area known as an artist’s haven, where there are many live-work artist studios. The gallery will show the works of local painters and artists working in other mediums.
With A 22-year long legacy of 70+ artists opening their private studios to the public, Arts Benicia launches its biggest event of the year May 7-8. A map of the studios, some of which are live-work, is available at Arts Benicia in the lower Arsenal.