Finding the perfect gift for loved ones isn’t always easy. In fact, it can be a real challenge to find something unique that will thrill the recipient and last through the ages. One idea is to check out “ornaments” for sale made from mini paintings at the Benicia Plein Air Gallery. Artist paintings, including Samantha McNally’s lovely watercolors of area scenes, will be hanging from the Christmas tree at the downtown gallery. 


The mini paintings are all original works of art. Samantha McNally is the gallery’s featured artist for December, and many of her diminutive contributions will be displayed on the tree along with works from other member artists.


This month, visitors are in for a special treat during McNally’s artist reception Dec. 15, 3—5pm. Benicia’s First Tuesday Poets, along with Benicia Literary Arts authors, will read ekphrastic poetry and prose.


Painting watercolors for the past 25 years, McNally is also active in the Valley Art Gallery in Walnut Creek, and the California Watercolor Association. Her paintings show her love of Benicia landmarks as well as ocean and botanical themes. 


Benicia Plein Air Gallery
307 First Street, Benicia


Valley Art Gallery
1661 Botelho Drive, Suite 110
Walnut Creek