Come and enjoy all the art and culture Benicia has to offer during the month of September! Read on for dates, times, and details:

Once Upon a Canvas

Stop by Once Upon a Canvas on September 12 from 1-3:30PM to see artist Jessica Robinson showcase a free sculpture demo. Located outside of the Tannery building, this event will be safe and adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Additional artists will be offering free outdoor demos every second Saturday of the month. Learn more at

Where: 129 First Street, Suite J

When: Saturday, Sept. 12, 1-3:30PM

Benicia Plein Air Gallery

Until September 27 at Benicia Plein Air Gallery, featured artist JoAnn McMahon’s work will be available for viewing. Swing by the gallery on Saturday, September 12 to meet the artist in person, from 3-6PM.

"Reconnecting to my background in art is my passion. I see the work in exciting uncompromising lines, colors and shapes. I try to communicate that vision to the viewer in my work. Plein air painting is a grand adventure for all the senses" -JoAnn McMahon

Where: 307 First Street

When: September 12, 3-6PM

Mt. Diablo from Mullholland Hill

Gallery 621

From September 4 - September 27, Robert Nelson’s art will be featured at Gallery 621. Nelson’s work involves primarily recycled materials assembled into whimsical Assemblage Sculptures. Driven by his sense of community, the hidden message in Nelson’s work is: Let’s do a better job reducing trash and how we dispose of it. Come check out his creations during the month of September.

Where: 309 First Street

When: Sept 4-27, Friday-Sunday 12-6PM

Arata Art Gallery

Barbara Stanton will be the Artist in the window on Saturday, September 12 and Sunday, September 13 from noon to 4PM. “Artist in the Window” will be an ongoing event open to the public on Saturdays. Please check Arata Art gallery’s website or Facebook for the most updated information on who will be the next Artist in the Window.

Where: 637 First Street

When: Saturdays 11AM-5PM and Sundays 12PM-5PM

Image Credit: Barbara Stanton: Fine Art in Miniature

Gallerie Renee Marie

Brian Auerbach’s OBLITERANTS (and other Brush Strokes) is now available for viewing at Gallerie Renee Marie by appointment only.

Visitors are asked to be appropriately masked, gloved, and observe physical distancing while in the gallery. To make an appointment, please email Other artists’ works will be available for viewing during this time. Please check out for more information.

Description of Obliterants: OBLITERANTS mocks, overwrites and finally reconciles the conflicts of emergence and dominance; of passing-by or seeing; embracing or missing the point of the urban stain that is the cesspool around the lotus which foments a beauty for all that. Abstracted / discordant / mutated. Giclee prints on aluminum and rag paper. Graffiti meets a visual ballet.

Where: 1038 First Street

When: Saturdays through October 31, from 12PM-5PM

HQ Gallery

The HQ Gallery is expanding its hours to Thursday through Sunday 12-6 pm, starting September 3rd, with its new show “Say Yes to Art” showcasing the work of 18 artists, including painting, watercolor, photography, digital art, ceramics, needle art and mixed media with found objects.

HQ is proud to welcome local watercolorist Samantha McNally as their newest gallery member. Samantha has exhibited and won awards in many Bay Area galleries and competitions. She enjoys painting both in the studio and outdoors ‘en pleinair.’

Also new to the gallery is the Petite Pieces Collection, a display of smaller artworks, and a section of unframed art by several of the member artists.

Where: 333 First Street, Suite D

When: September 3-November 1, Thursday-Sunday 12PM-6PM

Happy Life Pottery

Happy Life Pottery is continuing to offer their at-home pottery projects for anyone within the United States. Their new air-dry clay pottery projects allow participants to use the same techniques as traditional, kiln-fired clay with no kiln required! Participants can enjoy on-demand or live pottery project classes with this air-dry class. For more info, view here.

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.

Where: 129 First Street

When: Fridays-Sundays 11AM-5PM

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