Rigo Rivas at The Diamond Valley Arts Center

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(Rigo Rivas)

ART AT THE CENTER will have an opening reception Saturday, September 7 from 4 to 6 p.m. for artist Rigo Rivas whose Return to the Garden artwork will be on display at The Diamond Valley Arts Center (DVAC) during the month of September 2019. DVAC is located at 123 N. Harvard St., in Hemet’s historic downtown. 

Rigo Rivas’s interest in drawings and paintings began at a very young age and was inspired by his oldest brother. “Though he never took any art classes, my brother would draw, paint, and give artistic advice. I admired his artwork, and he gave me my first tips about art.” 

Mr. Rivas was born in a small town, surrounded by forest, near “fincas” (coffee plantations) and a beautiful lake called Coatepeque in El Salvador where he lived until the age of twenty. Growing up in a large family, he enjoyed many trips to visit relatives. Going to the beach, walking along the countryside, and roasting corn in the hills, all provided him with countless memories. 

Although the artist has taken art classes that utilized pastels and oil painting at the L.A. Community College, his preferred medium is the fast-drying acrylic paint. Presently he exhibits his paintings regularly at the Latino Art Museum in Pomona.

DVAC is open Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. ART AT THE CENTER is always FREE and appropriate for children. For more information on DVAC and its’ programs go to www.thedvac.org and for sponsorship opportunities, contact dvacinfo@gmail.com.

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