Armando’s Gallery House is a multicultural experience. It is an art gallery, a painting studio, a restaurant, and a beer and wine lounge. The art gallery is ever changing, and Armando is always there to share his ideas and his paintings, many of which are for sale. One can sip wine and paint on a blank canvas, often with some help from the artist. This is a very popular evening with groups of friends. Each week the restaurant boasts a new menu with freshly grown ingredients and a beautiful artistic presentation. There is an excellent selection of beers and wines, and there is a “Gentleman’s Den” where ladies and gentleman alike can enjoy one of the many beers and wines that are offered.
“…a business that combines his twin passions of creating art and entertaining friends. The result is Armando’s Gallery House, a restaurant and art gallery that stands alone in the North State in terms of originality.
An extravaganza of artwork, knickknacks and distinctive furnishings, the Gallery House is a constantly evolving potpourri that has been delighting customers since the doors …”
“’Armando wants everyone to feel that they are a guest in his home, and he succeeds,’ [Lyn] Regan says. ‘The Gallery is cozy and inviting. I have gone there for a special event where I dressed up, and one night I went in my slippers because I wanted to just relax with a glass of wine in the ambiance of his peaceful and lovely gallery.’”
“Belly dance performances, movie nights, concerts and other themed events are held at least once a month. Guests are served by a pair of waitresses attired in colorful kimonos; Armando says the idea is to emulate geishas, ‘the ultimate level of service.’
Aspiring artists can buy a blank canvas and work on their own masterpiece while they dine or have a drink. Armando freely offers tips and guidance as his time allows; Thursdays are usually the best for those wishing for more instruction.
‘They may say, “I’m not an artist,’ and I tell them you will leave with a painting you will be happy with,’ Armando says. He urges his guests to outline their works with a permanent marker rather than a pencil to eliminate any second-guessing. ‘Your first instinct is usually the best,’ he says.
A self-taught artist, Armando says he’s had the urge to create since age 5 and he kept returning to it despite the objections of his father. Art became his refuge as a teenager and a means of expression as an adult.”