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Visual Arts & Crafts

Benicia is home to painters, sculptors, photographers, wood turners, illustrators, metal smiths, ceramicists, jewelry designers and other artists, with studios scattered throughout the city, but primarily concentrated in Benicia's intriguing Arsenal arts district.

“Traveling to the Benicia Arsenal is much like falling into the White Rabbit's hole. The Wonderland Adventure begins by passing through large wrought iron gates and taking several forks and bends in the road until the waterfront district of the Arsenal is before you. This area holds mystery and edginess with a mix of history and industry. Artists share space with galleries, event facilities, antique and furniture stores, manufacturers, and an active port. The buildings range from historic to converted factory plants.“

– Christina Strawbridge in Inside Benicia. December 2009

The Arsenal's twice-yearly Open Studios events are parallel to none, in part due to the Arsenal's nearly 100 artists being concentrated into a relatively small, walkable area. In contrast to most open studios events, visitors are able to park their cars and walk to dozens of artist studios, making it possible to see much more art than at other similar events.

Art Walk

Benicia Art Walk 2016 is on the Second Saturdays in June, July, September, and October from 3:00-6:00 PM on First Street in downtown Benicia. Come for lunch or stay for dinner and tour six amazing galleries hosting the fun this year with live entertainment and other activities. Click here for the Benicia Art Walk 2016 brochure. More info is available on Facebook.com/BeniciaArtWalk.

Art Galleries

Arts Benicia
991 Tyler Street
Benicia, CA 94510
(707) 747-0131

Benicia Plein Art Gallery
307 First Street
Benicia, CA 94510

Gallery 621
309 First Street
Benicia, CA 94510
(707) 746-6211 

Gallerie Renee Marie
1038 First Street
Benicia, CA 94510
(707) 480-5501

HQ Gallery
1350 Hayes Street, Suite A-5, lower level
Benicia, CA 94510

Lindsay Art Glass
109 East F Street
Benicia, CA 94510
(707) 748-1336

Marilyn Citron O'Rourke Gallery at Benicia Public Library
150 East L Street
Benicia, CA 94510
(707) 746-4343

Mernie Buchanan Studio & Gallery
117 East D St.
Benicia, CA 94510
(707) 745-5694

Nourot Glass Studio
637 First St
Benicia, CA 94510
(707) 745-1463

Once Upon a Canvas
129 First Street
Benicia, CA 94510
(707) 745-1842

Studio 41: Gifts 4 Every 1
700 First Street
Benicia, CA 94510
(707) 745-0254

Historic Crafts

Bradbury & Bradbury Art Wallpapers specializes in handmade historical wallpaper used for restorations in the Victorian, Arts & Crafts, and Modernism styles. Tours can be scheduled by appointment by calling (707) 746-1900.

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Upcoming Arts Events
12 Apr 2017 (All day) - 7 May 2017 (All day)
Mike Kendal -- Off the Wall

As part of its 30th anniversary celebration, Arts Benicia will honor Mike Kendall, one of its first exhibiting artists, with a one man show during Benicia Artists Open Studios. Kendall’s paintings and sculptures will be on view in the Arts Benicia gallery April 8 - May 7, 2017. Arts Benicia is wheelchair accessible from Jackson Street. Exhibit Hours:  Wednesday - Sunday, 12:00 - 5:00 PM.

Activities in conjunction with this exhibition:

Family Art Day: Sunday, April 30, 1:00 – 3:00 PM, Free and open to the public.

Benicia Artists Open Studios: Saturday & Sunday, May 6 & 7 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Free and open to the public.

28 Apr 2017 - 8:00pm - 29 Apr 2017 - 8:00pm
Intimate Apparel

Benicia Old Town Theatre Group's spring production, Intimate Apparel,runs April 21-May 13 with shows on Friday & Saturday at 8:00 PM and Sundays at 2:00 PM. Tickets are on sale now at https://www.beniciaoldtowntheatregroup.com/
Intimate Apparel is described as a thoughtful, affecting play that offers a poignant commentary on an era when the cut and color of one's dress-and of course, skin-determined whom one could not marry, sleep with, even talk to in public.

29 Apr 2017 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Art Scavenger Hunt

Discover amazing art found in downtown galleries while doing a scavenger hunt. Participants will receive a free “I Love Benicia” bag and be entered into a drawing to win $100 in Downtown Dollars. Scavenger Hunt Forms with list of tasks will be available at Benicia Main Street (90 First St. in the train depot), at participating galleries, and on the day of the event here.

• Gallerie Renee Marie – 1038 First Street
• Gallery 621 – 309 First Street
• Benicia Plein Air Gallery – 307 First Street
• Once Upon a Canvas – 129 First Street
• Benicia Main Street – 90 First Street