Did you ever want to go inside
an artist's studio?
The next artist studio live Zoom tour is...
April 15, 2021@ noon PT
We will bring you to the
Fresno studio of
Rick Freitas
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Rick Freitas is a Fresno-based artist who grew up in Los Banos, California. Freitas has produced paintings and sculpture over many years. He began seriously embracing painting at age 38 when he started a six-year study under master painter Sr. Franko Covino reproducing masterworks in oil using the same techniques as the painters of the 16th and 17th centuries. His current works apply 400-year-old painting techniques to contemporary subjects. FAM will take you into this talented artist’s home studio where you will learn more about how he works, what inspires him, and what he is doing now, five years after his solo FAM exhibition.
His 2016 solo exhibition at the Fresno Art Museum featured new oils on board of farmworkers and farming scenes from the San Joaquin Valley called Promise Land. It was a huge success and garnered lots of accolades from the Fresno community and beyond.
When Rick is not in the studio, his time is devoted to creating marvelous food. He is co-owner of Love & Garlic Catering with his wife Nancy Vajretti.
Note that this studio tour will be recorded and available to be viewed by
non-members of the Museum within a few weeks of the live tour.
Museum members: Click here to register!
Non-Museum members must wait for the recording
to be published after the event
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Our Artist Studio Visits are Fresno Art Museum member-only events. Barring any technical difficulty, we plan to record each of our artist studio visits and present them here.

You can click the image below to see our recorded studio tours:



A Fresno Art Museum Production
© 2020 Fresno Art Museum
All images: © Will Bullas

On Thursday, November 12, 2020 at noon a live visit via Zoom was held at the Carmel Valley, California studio of artist and illustrator, Will Bullas. Will currently has an exhibition of illustrations at the Fresno Art Museum from his illustrated children's book "M is for Masterpiece: An Art Alphabet" written by David Domeniconi. This studio visit explores all the other amazing and humorous art that Will has created over the years and gives some insight into his creative process. The only thing missing from the video is a laugh track!


 A Fresno Art Museum Production 
© 2020 Fresno Art Museum 
All images: © Richard Amend, Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend, and Wyatt Amend

On Thursday, December 10, 2020, this gifted family of artists invited FAM into their Ojai, California studios which they call The Amend Family Arts Compound. It was a great tour of the work and studios of three extraordinary artists and an opportunity to get to know them and the dynamics within the family. The recording includes a per-recorded video tour of each of the family members in their studios. FAM is happy to share it with those who missed it!

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A Fresno Art Museum Production 
© 2021 Fresno Art Museum 
All images: © Bonnie Peterson

On Thursday, February 4, 2021, FAM visited the Michigan Studio of fiber artist Bonnie Peterson. This proved to be a most interesting tour of how this artist combines science and art to create her amazing and detailed quilts. Her exhibition, Another Sierra Day is currently on view at the Fresno Art Museum. For more details on Bonnie's exhibition you can check it out in our gallery guide.

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A Fresno Art Museum Production 
© 2021 Fresno Art Museum 
All images: © Margaret Lazzari

On March 18, 2021 FAM had a virtual visit to the studio of this accomplished Southern California artist. Viewers learned what inspires Margaret and how she works to create her monumental colorful and masterful paintings. We are happy to share it with those who missed it. Enjoy the visit!

 Special thank you to Sarah Bernard for video editing.


Pictured above in banner: Will Bullas, Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend, Richard Amend, Wyatt Amend, and Bonnie Peterson, our first artist studio tour participants.