Published: August 12, 2016
Established in 1992, Fascination St. Fine Art is a fresh and colorful space featuring original paintings, sculpture and limited edition artwork. Here, Owner Aaron LaPedis discusses finding value not only in fine art, but in commonly unappreciated objects, and diversity as well.
What kind of process do you go through to decide which artists your gallery will feature?
We start by looking into our artists’ background and look at what other galleries they have shown in. We have certain genres of art that we are specifically looking for at different times and if an artist fills that genre, we will feature them. It is a long, thoughtful process that we only do a few times a year.
You are a world-renowned collector, also referred to as, “The Garage Sale Millionaire.” How do you turn a passion for collecting in to a profession?
Since the beginning it was a hobby. I realized quickly I could make money off items that others thought had no value. Since I had so much fun doing it, making money came easy. Going to garage sales and second hand stores is still fun, and until I lose the excitement of the hunt and the find, I will continue to do it. You should never lose the passion for your hobby, because then it turns into work. So I would say the way to turn a passion into a profession is to never lose the passion.
What was the first thing you started collecting?
Comic books, then coins. After the coins, I quickly switched to art.
Your gallery won the Small Business of the Year award from the Cherry Creek Chamber this year. How do you think your location in Cherry Creek North has impacted your business?
Third Avenue is the most popular street in Cherry Creek North and plays an important part in the popularity of our business. But the most important factor is that we have been in Cherry Creek North for 26 years. It is very common for people to need to pass a business several times before they work up the interest to enter that business. We make sure that we maintain a fun, exciting atmosphere to encourage anyone and everyone to enter and enjoy the artwork.
You recently expanded in to the world of children’s books. Tell us about A Boy Named Logan Penguin and His Great Adventures…
The book was written for my wife for Mother’s Day. It is about our son and how he copes with the struggles of being on the autism spectrum. So many people loved the little book so I decided to have it published to share with a larger audience. The book is dedicated to raising awareness and acceptance of Autism Spectrum Disorder and the idea of accepting all people. I feel like we are always judging people by the color of their skin, nationality, personal preferences, or their disabilities and I felt this was a good way to illustrate that we are all very similar.
“Third Avenue is the most popular street in Cherry Creek North and plays an important part in the popularity of our business. But the most important factor is that we have been in Cherry Creek North for 26 years. It is very common for people to need to pass a business several times before they work up the interest to enter that business. We make sure that we maintain a fun, exciting atmosphere to encourage anyone and everyone to enter and enjoy the artwork.” – Aaron LaPedis, Fascination St. Fine Art
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Fascination St. Fine Art
315 Detroit Street
Denver, CO 80206
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