Naïve Painter Captures Churches and Lifeblood of Northern New Mexico Exhibit Unveiled at DNCU DeVargas Branch



DNCU News:

SANTA FE—Del Norte Credit Union, northern New Mexico’s hometown financial cooperative, is proud to welcome northern New Mexico native (and DNCU member) Faustino Herrera de Vargas to the select group of artists honored through the DNCU North Star Artists series.

Artist Faustino Herrera de Vargas. Courtesy/DNCU

A collection of his vibrant paintings of familiar as well as lesser-known churches from around northern New Mexico was recently installed at the DNCU DeVargas branch, 510 North Guadalupe in Santa Fe.

At 78-years-young and self-taught, De Vargas is a well-known Santa Fe personality who discovered his artistic calling 20 years ago. Since that time, he has been on a quest to depict all the churches of northern New Mexico—as a way to memorialize special places that represent “home” to so many locals. Remarkably, he has painted 700, developing a unique style that is at once moving and playful.

“I want people of all income levels to be able to enjoy my art. I make paintings, but I also learned how to transfer the images onto tin, magnets, and ceramic tiles. I feel honored when people share their experiences and stories of their hometown church with me,” he said.

DNCU is pleased to provide the space for De Vargas’s pieces, which are available for purchase.

“We are delighted to exhibit these joyful works as part of our DNCU North Star Artists series. De Vargas really fits the bill, with his strong connection to the Hispanic culture and rural roots. His vivid paintings capture the essence and heritage of the region,” said President/CEO Chuck Valenti of Del Norte Credit Union.

The DNCU North Star Artists series aims to showcase local artists in branches as space permits. The De Vargas exhibit is expected to be available through the end of the year.

About Del Norte Credit Union  

Chartered in 1954 as Los Alamos Scientific Lab Credit Union, Del Norte Credit Union is dedicated to helping its members achieve their financial goals by being a trusted source of unbiased financial advice. Today DNCU serves 14 counties in northern New Mexico and more than 40,000 members. 


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