ARTS

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 a variety of world-class pieces.

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. Mike Kendall

Artist, Benicia Arsenal

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.

Nearly 80 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 the first weekend in May.

The City of 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. Under the direction of the City Council, the commission works with public and private organizations to create and promote art, 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 CaféLucca Beer Garden, and The Rellik Tavern.

ARTS DIRECTORY

Below, please find artists by category, in order of appearance by last name. Note that some artists may be listed in more than one category.

If you are a Benicia artist and would like to be listed or update your website on the listing, please contact us.

ART INSTRUCTION

Artcentric Pottery Painting and Glass Fusing Studio
www.ArtcentricBenicia.com

Arts Benicia
artsbenicia.org

COLLAGE

Bolton, Sharon
www.sharonpaynebolton.com

Dalton, Carol
www.caroldaltonart.com

Kelling, Jeffrey
www.jeffreycarterkelling.com

DRAWING

Bize, Brigette
www.brigittebize.com

Bolton, Sharon
www.sharonpaynebolton.com

Brooks, Edward
www.edwardbrooksfineart.com

Jonas, John
www.johnjonasweb.com

Kelling, Jeffrey
www.jeffreycarterkelling.com

FAUX FINISHES | MURALS

GLASS

Jenkins, Rob

Lindsay Art Glass
www.lindsayartglass.com

Quarrick, Robert
www.robertquarrick.com

Stern, Arthur
www.arthurstern.com

Studio 113
www.studio113.com/html/vision.html

MIXED MEDIA

Art by Johnny
www.artbyjohnny.com

Arthur, Christine
www.christine-arthur.com

Champagne, Lee Roy
www.mikekendall.com

Desuyo, Hedi B.
www.hedibdesuyo.com

Gray, Stephanie

Guttman, Bea
www.beaguttman.com

Jenkins, Rob

Jonas, Marty
www.martyjonas.com

Kendall, Mike
www.mikekendall.com

Mele, Joseph
www.studiomele.com

Orendorff, Marcy

Riggs, Anthony
www.anthonyriggs.com/AnthonyRiggsArtist/anthonyriggs.html

Stanton, Thomas Eric

PAINTING

Alexander, Darlene
www.alexpaints.com

Bize, Brigette
www.brigittebize.com

Brinck, Kari
www.kbrinck.com

Brooks, Edward
www.edwardbrooksfineart.com

Busi, Becky
www.beckybusi.com

Castillo, Janine
www.janinebarreracastillo.com

Clayden, Carrie
www.hipchickdesignsca.com

Corbaley, Joanne
www.joannecorbaley.com

Covey, Donna
www.djcovey.com

Dalton, Carol
www.caroldaltonart.com

Guttman, Bea
www.beaguttman.com

Harsh, William
www.williamharsh.com

John Ballou
www.johnballou.com/

Jonas, John
www.johnjonasweb.com

Kelling, Jeffrey
www.jeffreycarterkelling.com

Kendall, Mike
www.mikekendall.com

Kohler, Wayne
www.flickr.com/photos/waynekohler/

Kozak, Sandra
www.sandrakozak.com

Lamosse, Jeanne
www.jeannelamosse.com

Livingston, Biganess
www.biganess.com

Malikowski, Sue
www.designleafstudio.com/html_folder/fa2.htm

Martino, Joe

Mattison, Jody
www.jodymattison.com/jodymattison.com/Home.html

Mazer, Cheryl

Mele, Joseph
www.studiomele.com

Millholland, Connie

Milne, Robin
www.robbintmilne.com

Morace, Larry
www.arttreasures.net/Larry_Morace.html

Morse, Samuel F. B.
www.sammymorse.com

Orendorff, Marcy

Overlock, Les
www.Lesoverlock.com

Petty, Anne

Potter, Chuck
www.ianistudio.com

Stanton, Thomas Eric

Tover-Krein, Toby
www.mesart.com/ttover-krein

Turner, Jerrold

Valley, Greg
www.greggvalley.com

Vitale, Mike
www.thelindentreesite.com

Williams, Diane
www.ianistudio.com

 

PHOTOGRAPHY | FILM

Avanti Photography
www.avantiphotography.com

Bize, Brigette
www.brigittebize.com

Brooks, Edward
www.edwardbrooksfineart.com

Clayden, Carrie
www.hipchickdesignsca.com

Desuyo, Hedi B.
www.hedibdesuyo.com

Ferrell, Christie
www.christiesphotography.net

Hobson, John L.
www.showtheangelthings.com

Naleid, Katrine
www.knphoto.com

Stanton, Thomas Eric

Waters, Jane
www.janielaurel.com

Welch, Stephen Austin
www.saw-art.com

PRINTMAKING

Altman, Michael
www.paintsong.com

Grebmeier, Linda
www.paintsong.com

Guttman, Bea
www.beaguttman.com

Harsh, William
www.williamharsh.com

Hobson, John L.
www.showtheangelthings.com

Mele, Joseph
www.studiomele.com

O’Connor, Kathleen
www.kathleenoconnor.com

SCULPTURE

Arthur, Christine
www.christine-arthur.com

Bize, Brigette
www.brigittebize.com

Bolton, Sharon
www.sharonpaynebolton.com

Brinck, Kari
www.kbrinck.com

Brooks, Edward
www.edwardbrooksfineart.com

Busi, Becky
www.beckybusi.com

Champagne, Lee Roy
www.mikekendall.com

Ebersole, John
www.94510.org/ebersole.html

Jenkins, Rob

Kendall, Mike
www.mikekendall.com

Lundburg, e.
www.studio-e-artworks.com

Oros, Mary
www.maryoros.com

Schlatter, Fred
www.fredschlatterart.com

Stanton, Thomas Eric

Vitale, Mike
www.thelindentreesite.com

TEXTILES

Arthur, Christine
www.christine-arthur.com

Gray, Stephanie

Hobson, John L.
www.showtheangelthings.com

Jonas, Marty
www.martyjonas.com

WOOD CARVING

Schlatter, Fred
www.carvedgraphics.net