“A fabulous instructor, gorgeous venue, wonderful staff, great fellow artists...what's not to love?”

Our gallery and workshop spaces are in the historic Benicia Arsenal in Benicia, California. The arsenal is a large area comprised of many former military buildings, and the building we inhabit is a stately brick structure built in 1878. Spend a few hours or a whole weekend with us in Benicia, where you’ll find plenty of dining options, shops and antique stores on Benicia’s waterfront First Street, just a 3 minute drive from the historic Benicia Arsenal.

Upcoming Workshops


November 9 + 10 / Colleen Gianatiempo: Expressive Art in Mixed Media

November 9 + 10 / Colleen Gianatiempo: Expressive Art in Mixed Media


Date: November 9 + 10 / 10:00-5:00 with one hour lunch break

Location: 940 Tyler St, Studio 29, Benicia, CA 94510

“My class offers a deeply nourishing, soulful jump-start to any creative habit by inviting a whole new way of painting from a space of freedom, non-judgment, and experimentation.

The focus is on loosening up, tuning into intuition, releasing expectations, and welcoming joyful authentic expression back into your creative process and your daily life. You will experiment with wild abandon with mixed media materials that are outside the box!"

About the instructor: My work, expresses my love of nature and my observations of flowers and fauna.  I use the abstract language of bold color, varying textures, shapes, and pattern to interpret the geometric and organic forms.  I take a tiny sliver of an element that inspires me and magnify it to highlight, and show off its complexities, intricate layers, patterns and design.

Embracing spontaneity, I coat on, layer over, sand off, erase, paint on top of, excavate, collage, spray away, remove and repeat.  Each piece transforms through equal parts order and chaos.  This process is just as relevant to me as the end result.  In Aqueous, Fibonacci spirals peek through layers of paint and pastel, revealing the organic perfection of nature.

What may be minuscule or simply overlooked, is what I find most beautiful, poignant, and impactful in the world around me.

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By purchasing this workshop, I agree with the Waiver of Liability, Medical Release, Photography/Videotape Release and Indemnification Agreement and fully understand its contents. I am aware that this is a release of liability and a contract between myself and Okey Dokey Inc/Jen Tough Gallery, and that I do it of my own free will. I also understand the Refund Policies and the potential consequences thereof, set forth by Okey Dokey Inc/Jen Tough Gallery and agree to such terms. found here.

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