Fresno artists Augustine and Rita Vargas, known collectively as Artist Unique, are holding an art show and demonstration at Allard’s Art and Frame Supplies on Saturday, August 14, 2010 from 11AM to 2PM. They are abstract impressionist artists and work with oils on canvas.

Detail of Augustine at work

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.

Augustine's Art on display at Allard's

“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.

Rita Vargas Painting Detail

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.”

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