Attention art lovers: all throughout the month of August, Benicia visitors will be able to enjoy live outdoor showcases and painting demonstrations. Read on for dates, times, and details!

Once Upon a Canvas: Make Art with Household Objects!

Mixed media artist Colleen Gianatiempo will perform a live outdoor demonstration of how you can use everyday household objects to create a masterpiece! Credit cards, bubble wrap, string, plastic bags, corks, Q-tips, and more! Come to watch and enjoy the day.

Once Upon a Canvas events will be held outside, in front of the Tannery building, with safe social distancing from 1PM-3:30PM. More live art events will be held every second Saturday of the month: August 8, September 12 and October 10.

Where: Once Upon a Canvas

When: August 8, September 12, October 10, 1PM-3:30PM

Image courtesy of: COLLEEN GIANATIEMPO

Arata Art Gallery: Artist in the Window Live Oil Painting Demo

Arata Art Gallery will be continuing their “Artist in the Window” event every Saturday from noon to 4PM, with Robert Evans doing a live demonstration creating an oil painting until August 20th.

Where: Arata Art Gallery

When: Saturdays, 12PM-4PM

Artist: Robert Evans

Benicia Plein Air: Fresh Works

During the month of August, a percentage of Benicia Plein Air's sales revenue will support COVID-19 relief charities. Now that the gallery is reopened, fresh works are available for purchase.

Artist Carol Tarzier will man the gallery for 3 straight days in August to showcase many additional new works! Don't miss this rare opportunity!

Where: Benicia Plein Air

When: Friday, August 14 through Sunday, August 16, 12PM- 6PM

Artist: Carol Tarzier, Evening Light, Chabot 12 x 9

HQ Gallery: Unframed Art Sale

HQ Gallery is now open Saturdays and Sundays 12PM to 6PM. The third annual Unframed Art Sale runs through Sunday, August 30th.

Artwork from member artists, ready for framing, will be featured in bins inside the gallery. HQ will also be adding space for small art and gift items in addition to the beautiful cards made by its members. Take home your favorite pieces and frame them your way, to match your decor!

The collection from “25 Artists, 25 Styles” is also on exhibit right now, with the Spring/Summer Celebration Show.

Where: HQ Gallery is located at 333 First St Suite D in the historic Washington House building at the corner of First and D. Masks are required and hand sanitizer will be provided.

When: Saturday & Sundays until August 30, 12PM-6PM

Gallery 621: Featured Artist of the Month

Gallery 621’s featured artist for the month of August is Daniel Hunter. Hunter has developed a new style of work for his showcase: a selection of pages from an imaginary book, Everything Explained. Each page features enigmatic lines of text in rich colors and shapes, surrounded by the border of contrasting colors and shapes.

Hunter’s new work can be seen at Gallery 621 from August 7 through September 6, Friday through Sunday, from 12 to 6PM. The gallery is located at 309 First Street, Benicia. Please wear a face mask. Hand sanitizer is provided at the door.

Where: Gallery 621

When: August 7- September 6, Friday-Sunday from 12PM-6PM

Image Courtesy of: Gallery 621, Daniel Hunter, Page 7, from the book Everything Explained

Ongoing Open Art Galleries in Benicia

The Little Art Shop

The Little Art Shop has Benicia's largest selection of local handmade gifts and artwork. Featuring over 30 talented artists and thousands of unique items, the shop offers gifts that fit every budget and art that will grace the loftiest of living rooms. It's the perfect place to find that special gift.

The Little Art Shop is located in the Tannery at 129 First Street. Visitors can enter through the Tannery, as normal.

Where: The Little Art Shop

When: Fridays-Sundays 11AM-5PM

Gallerie Renee Marie

By appointment only: Gallerie Renee Marie will allow private, single-person viewing of Gender GAP: The Women of Global Art Project.

The exhibit involves the creative output of 30 Female Members of Global Art Project, an international collaborative collective.

Where: Gallerie Renne Marie

When: Saturdays, 11AM-5PM by appointment only. Email