About Jen Tough Gallery + Workshops
“A fabulous instructor, gorgeous venue, wonderful staff, great fellow artists...what's not to love?”
Bay Area of California Location: Our gallery and workshop spaces are in the historic Benicia Arsenal in Benicia, California. The arsenal is a large area comprised of former military buildings, and the building we inhabit is a stately brick structure built in 1878. Our spaces have 18’ ceilings, exposed brick and columns, and join a leafy patio with fountain. The gallery is always open during your workshop, so make sure to check out the current exhibition.
The Arsenal has a long history of artists working in it, including Robert Arneson and Judy Chicago. Continuing in this tradition, the majority of spaces in the Arsenal are now artist studios. It’s a thriving community of artists anchored by our neighbor Arts Benicia, who also have an incredible gallery a few hundred yards from our gallery and workshop spaces.
Spend a few hours, a day, or a weekend in Benicia, a quaint waterfront town that is minutes from San Francisco, but seems worlds away and is truly a hidden gem. Enjoy First Street in Benicia, just 3 minutes from the Benicia Arsenal, where there are dozens of restaurants, wine bars and shops.
The gallery is open during workshops. Learn more about our gallery here.
Directions: 940 Tyler St, #29, Benicia, California, 94510
By car, we’re located 20 minutes north of Berkeley, 30 minutes south of Napa, and 45 minutes from San Francisco. You can take a walk-on ferry from San Francisco to Vallejo, and from there it’s an easy 12 minute drive via Uber or Lyft. There is plenty of free parking around the Arsenal.
If you haven’t visited us before, we highly recommend printing our Arsenal map below prior to your departure. The Arsenal area can be confusing to navigate the first time, and often GPS can point people in the wrong direction. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Workshop Spaces: Our workshops are held in our project space or in a lofty ballroom inside the Arsenal, close to our gallery. Exposed brick, 18 foot ceilings, arched doorways and a leafy courtyard with fountain create a tranquil and inspirational space where it’s easy for participants to relax and focus on their creativity. Our primary workshop studio is a 900 sq ft space with 18 foot ceilings and transom windows that look out onto Bouganvila vines and courtyard.
Amenities / Dining: We provide free coffee, tea and bottled water throughout your time with us. Depending on the length of workshop, we often bring in lunch, or you can take a short 3 minute drive to quaint downtown Benicia for dozens of dining options. See here for suggestions.