An Artist Haven
Artists have been flocking to Benicia since affordable warehouse space became available in the lower Arsenal in the 1970’s. There are now hundreds of artists living in Benicia, including the beloved plein air painters.
Plein Air Painters
The Plein air gallery, located in a quaint Victorian building in downtown Benicia, houses 13 area artists who paint “en plein air,” or in the open air. The gallery co-op shows member artist’s work of local scenes, many of which feature Benicia and the Carquinez Strait. Benicia’s coveted waterfront provides a wealth of scenic opportunities for artists, along with historic buildings, the City Park Gazebo, the Benicia State Capitol and other popular areas and icons. On a sunny afternoon, plein air painters are often seen scattered about town, perched alongside easels and paints, capturing the scenery and the light in their own unique way.
November 2016 Featured Artist
Samantha McNally, member of the plein air gallery, is the featured artist for November 2016. She studied Art at Ramapo College in Mahwah, NJ, Ridgewood School of Art in Ridgewood, NJ and The School of Visual Arts in NYC. Check the website for the artist reception. McNally’s watercolors have been exhibited in many locations, including New York, San Francisco, in Sacramento at the State Capitol and in shows around the Bay Area.