Art Exhibit, Public Library

Benicia boasts one of the most active and influential art communities in the Bay Area… along Benicia’s Main Street, in Tannery Row Benicia, along summer art walks, and at Benicia’s Public Library. Hundreds of artists live and work in studios throughout the city.

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 glass art studios, where you can often see nationally acclaimed glass artists at work.

Benicia Public Library, 150 East L Street, Benicia, CA 94510 (707) 746-4343

The Marilyn Citron O’Rourke Art Gallery at the Benicia Public Library is proud to present an exhibition of Hand-Pulled Prints on fine art paper by artists Susan De Haven and Carol Brent Levin. Works included in this show portray a variety of printmaking processes including etching, lithography, and relief. Many of the prints in this exhibit were inspired by nature. Artist Reception is open to the public on June 29, from 6:30 -9:30 PM.

Benicia Art Walk

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 Cliffhouse. Joan Wise.

Helping give the artistic community a focus and collective voice is Arts Benicia, a nonprofit art center, which 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.

Fine leather purses, cowboy boots, jeans, etc. at Tina Marie’s.

As part of this event, Once Upon A Canvas Benicia in Tannery Row Benicia is featuring a new show by local artists, exquisite handbags at Tina Marie’s Boutique, exquisite fine clothing from Bonjour where you will definitely see something so fine you won’t be able to leave without it.

Enticing photography. Jack Protzo.

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, which is also located in Tannery Row Benicia.

Art Scavenger Hunt, April 29

Art Scavenger Hunt – Saturday, April 29, Noon to 4 p.m.

Discover amazing art found in downtown galleries while doing a scavenger hunt.

Participants will receive a free “I Love Benicia” bag and be entered in drawing to win $100 in Downtown Dollars. Scavenger Hunt Forms with list of tasks will be available at Benicia Main Street on the day of the event.

The Scavenger Hunt will list a number of tasks to accomplish as participants walk through six galleries and look at art. Participating galleries include Benicia Main Street, Benicia Plein Air Gallery, Gallery 621, Mernie Buchanan Studio & Art Gallery, Once Upon a Canvas, and Gallerie Renee Marie.

New Artist. New Exhibits.

Stop by Once Upon a Canvas Benicia to meet new artists, view their work, and learn about our ongoing classes.

Once of our newest exhibitors, David, will be on hand on April 8 to meet and greet visit ors. His thoughts about his art (expressed using another form of art: his own unique capitalization):

“The World of Art to Me is When a Piece becomes a Masterpiece from simply looking. This piece will say ‘You Can’t be without Me in your Thoughts.’ My work is a Thought within Every Inch of the Canvas or whatever I’m working on or wish.”

“There is so much to learn when it comes to Creativity and the World of Mediums.

I just hope the Observer sees something new everytime they have a need to Escape Into My Work.”

Prime Space in a Prime Benicia Location.

Many treasures are displayed throughout the shops in Tannery Row Benicia. The quaint town is worth a day trip for families wishing to stroll in a quaint historical town while seeking little treasures for home or for gifts. Benicia also has events throughout the year to add to your pleasure.

Here is a unique opportunity to establish yourself before summer’s visitors stroll along downtown Benicia’s Main Street with prime antique shops, chic boutique shops (including Tannery Row’s fine selection of collectibles, art, fashion, food and beverages. 129E (Tannery Row Benicia floorplan below) is available.

Adding to the desirable location are the Benicia Farmer’s Market, and the addition of a fine new waterside dining facility built along the new biking/walking Bay Trail with fine views of Carquinez Strait.

Tannery Row Benicia Restaurant.

3,252 S.F. Restaurant with adjacent outdoor dining area overlooking Carquinez Strait.

If interested in developing or growing your business in Benicia, contact Joe Lopez: 925 216 5401. 

Camaraderie and Champagne

Marina Griffin

​Stop by Once Upon A Canvas Benicia this afternoon (Feb 18, 1-5 p.m.) to view new exhibitions and to meet/greet Marina Griffin (Below: Sunset in Orange), and Leslie Rossman, Bill Lawrence and other new and long-time artists displaying their fine works.

Music, champagne reception, raffle tickets, laughter and camaraderie. 129 First Street, Benicia. (707) 326-9369.

Sunset in Orange.


New from Tina Marie’s

Tina Marie’s has a most unusual collection of jeans and boots.

It’s impossible to wander through her shop without finding selections of desirable, unique styles be it a new pair of jeans, fantastic boots, purses, art and amusing gift items such as “Lip Sense,” which “won’t kiss off your cowboy.

Tina Marie’s also carries unique fashion from Julia Zatopek, a student at Tarleton State University who designs in her “spare time.”

A Party: New Look. New Artists. New Art.

January 21, 2017, Saturday.
Once Upon a Canvas’ 3rd Anniversary Party.

Join us to celebrate art and camaraderie at this year’s anniversary, which also presents our remodeled, sophisticated studio showcasing new art and artists.

Tannery Row Shops are constantly adding new artifacts, designer clothing, antiques, crafts, Western wear, etc.

Do stop by, grab a sandwich at Char’s, raise a glass at Cullen’s Tannery Pub, and wander through the warmth of Benicia’s only indoor shopping arcade.

Celtic Group Golden Bough.Also on Saturday, January 21, 2017: At 8 p.m., Celtic Group Golden Bough will perform at Stone Hall at Benicia Historical Museum, 2060 Camel Road, Benicia, CA 94510. (707) 745-5435
Doors open at 7:00 PM; no-host bar. Tickets $25 available at Museum office, at, and Bookshop Benicia.

Outside Our Doors: Lighted Boat Parade!

Saturday, December 10, 2016 – 6:00pm

Lighted Boat Parade

Carquinez Strait from Benicia Marina to First Street Pier and back
266 East B Street, Benicia, CA 94510

Benicia Marina

lighted-boat-paradeDecorated boats leave Benicia Marina and motor west on Carquinez Strait, past the First Street Pier (down the street from Tannery Row Benicia), then return to the Marina where refreshments are served on the main dock.

Event is free and open to the public.

Entry boats are judged in several categories. Various prizes are offered for each category, including slip credits, and gift baskets:

  • Best Overall Decorations
  • Best Lighted Powerboat
  • Best Lighted Sailboat
  • Participation Award

Christmas Parade Outside The Tannery!

Saturday, December 10, 2016 – 10:00am – 3:00pm

Christmas Parade & Holiday Market

First Street, Benicia, CA 94510

christmas-parade-beniciaBenicia’s Christmas Parade starts at 10:00 AM at First and D Streets and ends at H Street. The parade features local marching bands, dancers, and the much anticipated Santa Claus. The Holiday Market features handcrafted arts & crafts, gourmet items and delicious foods.