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Artist Reception

Sep 14 2019
Venue: Benicia Plein Air Gallery, 307 First Street

 

Artist Reception,

Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019

3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

 

The public is invited to meet featured artist for the month of September, Iris Sabre, at a reception on Saturday, Sept. 14, 3:00-5:00 p.m.  Her show will be on display from September 5 - 29. The Benicia Plein Air Gallery is located at 307 First Street in the heart of historic downtown Benicia.  Staffed by the artists, the gallery is open Thursdays through Sundays, from noon to 6:00 p.m.at the gallery. 

 

This exhibit, entitled "View from the Edge", shows the best of her plein air work executed during the past year.  She is a quintessential plein air painter, working rapidly in oil paint to complete a large format painting on site.  Iris' enthusiasm for her work is evident in her characteristic use of colorful paint and broad brush strokes. The "view from the edge" refers to the location where Iris stands while painting, be it the edge of a cliff, the edge of a meadow, the edge of a stream, or the edge of the sea. Born and raised in San Francisco, Iris considers herself to be a naturalist. She feels intensely the sights, sounds, and colors of her native environment. For her, the act of painting is a way of being there, of immersing herself in the beauty the surroundings.  

 

Iris earned a bachelors' degree in Fine Arts  from San Francisco State University and has continued to learn and explore her medium in classes and workshops with several local artists. She also paints figures and portraits and shows her work in galleries in San Francisco, the East Bay, and Marin County.  She has won awards for her work at several venues including the Marin County Fair, Marin Society of Artists, San Francisco Women Artists, and the Oakland Art Association. 

 

Also on exhibit is a new collection of plein air paintings by all 13 of the gallery's artists showcasing a colorful variety of media and styles. For more information visit www.BeniciaPleinAir.com.