Does a day of art, wine, and good food sound like a great way to wind down the summer? There are only two more chances this year to check out Benicia’s popular Art Walk, and one of them is this Saturday.
Held the second Saturday of the month from June through October (except August), it’s an afternoon of discovery as you stroll First Street along Benicia’s downtown waterfront. From 3-6 p.m., six galleries will open their doors to the public to showcase some of the most talented artists in the Bay Area. Catch the fall series of local exhibits, live entertainment, and a chance to meet the artists in person.
Start your trek at Gallerie Renee Marie, located at 1038 First Street, and delight in the work of Vicki Byrum Dennis. Known for her collage art, Vicki will be unveiling her latest paintings capturing abstract and contemporary designs influenced by her love of blues music. There will also be a pop up blues jam to celebrate Vicki’s Opening Reception “Birth of the Blues.” Be sure to be at the gallery by 4:15 p.m. to see the entire show.
Things will be heating up at Lindsay Art Glass, located at 109 East F Street, where you can meet artist Joyita Bakshi Ghose at a trunk show highlighting her new silk wearables. Her organic pieces are painted individually with permanent dyes on white Chinese silk.
Witness the age-old craft of blowing glass, and see Lindsay’s new hand-blown pumpkins, as well as ghosts and witch hats for fall. Also peruse vases, bowls, jewelry, urns, lamps, and much more.
A short distance away is Mernie Buchanan’s Studio & Gallery, located at 117 East D Street, where you can check out her latest series featuring canine models. People may remember her past work including “Faux Louvre” and “The Money Series.”
Continue to Gallery 621 (309 First Street), which is presenting works by Lee Wilder Snider, September’s featured artist. Also, Daniel Hunter will host an informal discussion on his tile works. You can enter to win one of Daniel’s original “Tile” creations. The drawing will be at 6 p.m. (must be present to win).
Gallery 621 includes pieces from several prominent artists who work in a variety of mediums, including sculpture, painting, printmaking, and photography.
And next door, the Benicia Plein Air Gallery will host artist Marshall Lockman and his latest collection called “California Color.” Bask in the beauty of the great outdoors as Marshall brings his subjects to life on canvas. Learn the challenges of using acrylics verses watercolor, and discover how his unique perspective shines through his art.
In the courtyard between the Plein Air Gallery and Gallery 621, you may want to take a minute to enjoy jazz guitarist Matt Silva. And performing a few blocks north, outside Lindsay Art Glass, will be jazz guitarist Steve DellaMaggoria.
Before you break for dinner at one of the many delicious eateries downtown, check out Once Upon a Canvas, located in Suite J of the Tannery Building at 129 First Street. Artists Sharon Campbell and Pam McMillin will introduce their new styles including three-layered paint and light wall. More than just a gallery, locals and artists alike gather at Once Upon a Canvas to create, display, and just plain enjoy art.
For more information about Benicia Art Walk, please visit the Art Walk website or Facebook page. And for more details about Benicia’s art scene, and what makes this such a fun town to experience, check out visitbenicia.org/arts/.