Each year the artist and artisan community in Benicia welcomes visitors to experience an Open Studios event on the first weekend of May, which, this year, will be held Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3. More than 60 artists will be participating in this event for those two days. Visitors are afforded a rare opportunity to talk personally with artists whose work they admire and to see their favorite—or soon-to-be favorite—artists at work. This is a great way for families and art enthusiasts to connect to the wonderful world of painting and sculpture art. Although many of the artists are housed in the historic area known to many as “The Arsenal,” there will be a number of artists showing and discussing their art at locations on First Street and in their own homes. To assist the multitude of tourists that flock to this event each year, Arts Benicia will be providing individuals with a free detailed map displaying each participating artist’s location in town. Maps will be available at local businesses and at Arts Benicia’s Gallery in the Arsenal.
In concert with Benicia Open Studios 2015, the Arts Benicia Gallery will present an Open Studios Preview exhibit that will be on view from April 8 through May 3. The preview is a great opportunity for attendees to get a first look and efficiently plan their studio visits. The artwork in the gallery will be available for purchase as well. And for those who enjoy gallery hopping, there are a few locations on First Street, including Gallery 621 and the Plein Air Gallery, that also exhibit artwork from the talented artists in our community.
Also in conjunction with Open Studios, the Mosaic Project is back for 2015! People of all ages and skill levels are invited to participate in the creation of the Mosaic Project at Arts Benicia. During the Open Studios exhibition, a huge "mosaic" will be installed, consisting of 6 x 6 inch panels. These panels are created by emerging and established artists alike: children, teens, adults, seniors, anyone who wants to participate. Each mosaic panel will be sold for $25; all proceeds benefit Arts Benicia. Mosaic Panels for 2015 have been generously donated by Ruszel Woodworks.
Food and entertainment will be available at The Arsenal during Open Studios weekend. An interactive demonstration is also planned in Arts Benicia’s classroom for those who might like to test out their own artistic prowess. For guests who are true “foodies,” there are a number of wonderful restaurants in town featuring many different types of cuisine. Hotel accommodations are also available to folks who want to enjoy the entire weekend in our historic town and see the sights.