Benicia is fortunate to have many galleries in which to view art, most of which have a unique focus. One of those is the Benicia Public Library. In a town this size, it’s unusual for a public library to have the kind of space and staff dedicated to an art gallery, and the quality of art it offers viewers with through its exhibitions.


Library art gallery artists are chosen by a subcommittee of library trustees to exhibit in the Marilyn Citron O’Rourke Gallery. Six to nine shows run each year, mostly the works of area artists. The October/November featured artist is Ruth Stanton, whose acrylics on canvas paintings express the vitality and beauty that life experiences have brought her.


Courtesy of the artist

Bella Vista


Stanton’s paintings cover many subjects and styles including still life, figurative, and landscapes. For the library show, Stanton is using quotes from children’s books to guide the viewer through the exhibit. “Painting the past 10 years, I’ve gathered an eclectic set of paintings—people, places and landscapes. I was inspired by the quotes—I did quite a bit of research finding quotes that match the paintings. For example, on Bella Vista, I’m using the quote, “You are off to great to places, today is your day! Your mountain is waiting so get on your way!”  from Dr. Seuss.


Stanton is hopeful that in viewing her paintings, people will experience her art as joyful and uplifting.


Approaching Literature Through Art
Paintings by Ruth Stanton, 10/23/18 – 11/29/18
Benicia Public Library
Marilyn Citron O’Rourke Art Gallery
150 East L Street, Benicia


Library hours: Monday-Thursday 10am-9pm; Friday-Sunday Noon to 6pm
Artist Reception: Nov. 4, 3-5pm