The pair married in 1980. Augustine Vargas has been painting for 30 years, developing a stream-of-consciousness style of painting characterized by blended colors and textures that are reminiscent of mist, light, energy, and familiar shapes such as windows, doorways, caverns, figures, planets and more.
Rita Vargas’s hobbies include sketching and photography. Two years ago she became Augustine's apprentice, learning his oil painting techniques, working more from references than stream-of-consciousness to create luminous interpretations of people, nature and celestial images.
Allard’s Art Supplies, Framing and Fine Pens, located at 5350 N Blackstone Ave, Fresno, CA 93710, has been serving the community of Fresno for approximately 35 years. Allard’s provides art products for nearly every medium, has an in-house custom frame shop and serves as a gallery for local artists. It has been a welcome venue for experienced and budding artists alike.
“One reason I like to do the show is that Allard’s encourages artists to participate and it’s the truest way to connect with people and teach them about what you do through your art,” Augustine Vargas said.
This will be his fourth showing at the gallery. He kicks off each show with a demonstration of his creative process. Rita Vargas has assisted with every art demo prior, but this will be her first year showing her own work and holding her own demonstration. She expressed her excitement about the upcoming show and Allard’s participation in the art community.
“It’s a great way to reach people and promote the arts,” Rita Vargas said. “Art is so important and deserves to be in the spotlight.”