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Benicia's Artistic Spirit

Benicia boasts one of the most active and influential art communities in the Bay Area. Hundreds of artists live and work in studios throughout the city, creating world-class objets d'art.

Why do so many artists find inspiration here?

“A desire to become a full-time studio artist, in a community of other studio artists, is why I chose Benicia. I had spent the first 20 years of my creative life working in isolation in another community before coming here. The 1991 Benicia artist community was a rag-tag lot, but it spoiled me for any other form of existence. My artist friends, family and neighbors make my spirit soar. This is the center of my universe.”

– Artist Mike Kendall

Benicia's resident artists share their talents via an eclectic mix of media and styles, including glass art, prints, sculpture, ceramics, photographs, paintings and even hand-screened wallpaper. The city is particularly known for its art glass studios, where you can often see nationally acclaimed glass artists at work.

Almost 100 artists have opted to locate their studios in an enclave known as The Arsenal, a former military reservation that now exudes a bohemian feel, given the depth and quality of creative expression that goes on there.

Helping give the artistic community a focus and collective voice is Arts Benicia, a nonprofit art center located in The Arsenal. Arts Benicia maintains a world-class gallery, offers excellent classes and art experiences for all ages, sponsors exhibitions in locations throughout Benicia, and coordinates many events, including artists' Open Studios every May.

The Benicia Arts and Culture Commission serves to ensure that arts and culture are integral to our community's quality of life, economic vitality, and central identity. They cooperate with council and public and private organizations to create and promote art and cultural programs and activities within Benicia.

Benicia also enjoys a vibrant performing arts community, with twice-yearly, professional-quality productions by the highly regarded Benicia Old Town Theatre Group and frequent performances by locally and regionally known musicians at venues such as the First Street Café and The Rellik Tavern.

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Upcoming Arts Events
4 Sep 2016 (All day) - 2 Oct 2016 (All day)
The Birth of the Blues

Vicki Byrum Dennis is the September featured artist at Gallerie Renee Marie. In a show called "The Birth of the Blues," she showcases abstract and contemporary designs using acrylic and collage, all based on a blue color palette. An artist's reception will take place at the gallery on Saturday, September 10 from 4:00 - 7:00 PM.

13 Sep 2016 (All day) - 16 Oct 2016 (All day)
The Daily Fabric

“The Daily Fabric” textile collage exhibit by Susan Sharman runs through October 16. Meet the artist at her reception on Sunday, September 18, 3:00-5:00 PM.

Inspired by embroidered samplers, the artist uses the medium of fabric and thread to create a bridge with her past. Drawn to the antique linens and doilies with their handcrafted elements the artist “draws” with needle and thread, incorporating her own imagery with the existing craftwork. The mixed media collages incorporate old photographs/found ephemera, drawings and digital imagery.

8 Oct 2016 - 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Benicia Art Walk 2016

Benicia Art Walk 2016 kicks-off on Saturday, June 11, 3-6 PM in downtown Benicia. Enjoy great art, live music, and small sips...all FREE!

Participating galleries are Once Upon a Canvas, Benicia Plein Air Gallery, Gallery 621, Mernie Buchanan Studio & Gallery, Lindsay Art Glass, and Gallerie Renee Marie. Check out these galleries and more on First Street in downtown Benicia on the Second Saturdays of June, July, September & October, 3:00-6:00 PM.