It’s been a challenging year, but with Solano County’s safety rating continuing to improve, the annual Benicia Art Walk is finally happening!
October 10th, 1 pm to 5 pm
This Saturday, from 1pm to 5pm, Benicia is holding a one-day-only Art Walk, featuring six different galleries. You are invited to experience one of the most active arts communities in the Bay Area, including live art demonstrations and music!
Come for lunch and stay for dinner. You’ll find great shopping and dining, amazing historical sites, and (of course) the beautiful waterfront.
You can find free parking all along First Street!
If we all stay safe and respectful, everyone can enjoy the wonderful works of art on display. In addition to wearing face coverings and washing hands, each studio will be restricted to 50% occupancy to help ensure social distancing is maintained.
Arata Art Gallery
Starting down the street from the Benicia Capitol State Historic Park, Arata Art Gallery will be featuring a live painting demonstration from guest artist Anna Wagner. The demonstration will be visible through the window, for the sake of safe social distancing. Weather permitting, there will also be art on display outside in front of the gallery.
Image courtesy of Arata Art Gallery. Artist: Anna Wagner
HQ Gallery will be featuring a live watercolor demo from their new member artist, Samantha McNally. Flute soloist Jin Kolvachik will perform from 2pm to 5pm.
Image courtesy of HQ Gallery. Artist: Samantha McNally
Gallery 621 will be featuring artist Nikki Bosch Davis.
Image courtesy of Gallery 621. Artist: Nikki Basch Davis
Benicia Plein Air Gallery
Nearby, the Benicia Plein Air Gallery will have an outdoor exhibit and a demo by Carol Tazier, a noted Bay Area painter and teacher. Her series “Exploring Light,” will be featured, with new work from Humboldt and her “Daily Paintings” from September.
Image courtesy of Benicia Plein Air Gallery. Artist: Carol Tazier
Once Upon a Canvas and The Little Art Shop
Once Upon a Canvas and The Little Art Shop can both be found inside the historic Tannery Building, where visitors will be able to enjoy live demos from Beth Grimm, the famous iPhone Artistry teacher, and oil painter Linda Schreiber, one of Charles White's students. You can also expect to hear live guitar music from Marcy Orrendorf!
Both Once Upon a Canvas and The Little Art Shop feature ongoing exhibitions of paintings by local featured artists, and offers a variety of classes, as well. If you're looking for a unique gift, The Little Art Shop also offers the arts and crafts of 30 local artists.
Image courtesy of the Little Art Shop
Show Your Appreciation for the Artists
As you go through each art gallery, don’t forget to show your support for the local artists who work to bring culture and inspiration to everyone in the community. Prints and original pieces will be available at the galleries you visit – if you’ve got a friend or loved one who loves art, this is the perfect time to get them a truly special gift for the holidays!