Friday, October 5, 2018

New Works at Fascination St. Fine Art!

Long time no see, blog followers! We have a real treat for you today though - we wanted to showcase some of the newest releases from an array of our amazing artists! Come check them out (and remember, you can get ALL the details on each of these artists and their works at our website, www.fascinationstart.com, but there are links to each piece within this blog post - explore to your heart’s content!) 

Tim Cotterill, aka Frogman is first in our lineup, since you can come see all these little guys at our show with him on October 12th and 13th! As part of the show, Frogman has made us a custom show frog, and we finally have a name for this beautiful guy - “You Are My Sunshine!



Here we have his newest release, “Ferguson”! Ferguson is special because he can be indoors or outdoors, and you can choose from different patinas!


Next up on Frogman’s side are these paperweights (Triangle, Horizontal, and Vertical) - never before have office supplies been so cute.



Then there’s little “Chase” - being small doesn’t mean you can’t leave a big impact.



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Fabio Napoleoni is now on deck, as we have a show coming up with him on November 1st! The artist of the Heart did not disappoint with these new pieces. One of two new releases, here is “True Optimist” - it comes with a free print of “Mr. Pickles!”



Next is “The Tipping Point” - a strong and solid piece.


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Gabe Leonard is one talented guy, and though we won’t see him again this year, we had to show off this new piece entitled, “Yes I Do”. A beautiful addition to his already large repertoire of gun-slinging women.


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Nano Lopez we just saw this August, and his next Foundry Tour is coming up at the end of this month! What kind of people would we be if we didn’t show off his newest release, the long-awaited and gorgeous “Katrina”.


Although he came out this summer, “Leonardo” here was more than worthy of another share.


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Thomas Arvid is well known for his mastery of realism with his wine-themed pieces, and this newest work “Making History” is no exception.


Hope you enjoyed our little e-tour of some of the newest and best works to travel through the gallery lately - you can stay up-to-date on all the goings-on here at Fascination St. Fine Art at the following social media sites and our website. We love to hear from you, our customers and fans, so please reach out if you like what you see!

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Upcoming Events September 2018



Time doesn’t slow down for anyone, and despite us not being able to believe it Charles Fazzino has come and gone. But never fear...this is another one of those Upcoming Event Summary posts so you can still plan out the next few months with us here at Fascination St. Fine Art.

Art Feast - October 6th 3PM - 6:30 PM
Join us here at the gallery for a very special book signing event for gallery owner Aaron LaPedis’ childrens’ book series sequel, A Boy Named Penguin 2: The Mystery of the Albino Calf. Alongside other businesses having fun sales and events, come see us here to help support the Autism Society of Colorado, meet the author, illustrator, and star of the book, Logan. We hope to see you there.

Tim Cotterill, aka FROGMAN - Live in Denver - Oct 12th (5-8pm) and Oct 13th (1-4pm)
Tim Cotterill, also known as Frogman, creates brilliant bronze frog sculptures that capture every characteristic on the frog-like spectrum. Whether the sculptures be ornery, loving, playful, pensive - these little frogs pack a wallop in emotional scale. Even the details in the patina of each piece add to the slick allure of these amphibious sculptures. We carry some of his gorgeous owl pieces, and some particularly friendly-looking fish - come survey the sleek elegance of Frogman’s creations for yourself, and meet the man behind these delightful sculptures. Please contact the gallery for more information!

Fabio Napoleoni - ONE NIGHT ONLY - November 1st (4-8pm)
Emotional artwork meets its master in Fabio Napoleoni’s expressive and beautiful work. His art centers around the themes of love, hurt, and everything to do with the Heart. Through all of the symbolic characters in each of his pieces Napoleoni takes us on a journey through our own souls. If you’ve already purchased artwork from Fabio or plan on purchasing some before, or the night of, Fabio will dedicate and sign any artwork brought. Please contact the gallery for more information on a dedication/signing list or on anything else to do with Fabio Napoleoni himself.

As always, we appreciate you stopping by. You can keep up with daily goings-on, new pieces, upcoming shows, and all that jazz by following us on social media, or checking our website. Check out where and how to do that below.

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Monday, September 10, 2018

Charles Fazzino: Master of 3D Pop Art



What comes to mind when you think of “pop art”? If the works of Fazzino aren’t included in your musings of soup cans or Marilyn Monroe’s multi-colored faces, they should be. Charles Fazzino isn’t called the “Master of 3D Pop Art” for no reason, and as one of the most iconic and widely-collected pop artists of all time he has a 30+ year long track record to back up that title.

On December 26th, 1955, Charles Fazzino was born to a Finnish sculptor named Irene, and an Italian shoe designer named Salvatore. Art became a passion for Fazzino through his first formal art class in 1967 while in middle school, with his first solo art exhibition following soon after in 1968. The passion for his craft only blossomed through to college - Fazzino graduated from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan in 1977 with a Bachelor Degree of Fine Arts, majoring in both Illustration and Printmaking.

The three-dimensional silkscreen serigraphs that Fazzino has come to be so known and loved for had a clear start in his life. While Fazzino was young on a trip to Florida, Fazzino stumbled upon a store holding a free class about paper tole techniques. Paper tole is the craft of cutting, shaping, and glueing many identical prints of paper together to create layered, 3D effects. This reminded Fazzino of the pop-up books of his youth, and left him creatively inspired to venture down a whole new artistic path. Upon returning to New York, Fazzino cut out many city street scene prints and layered them together to create the 3D effect, giving new life to the once flat prints. Fazzino soon noticed that people were buying these new, three-dimensional pieces of his over his traditional, two-dimensional work.

“The process really comes from doodles as a child, and then I love pop-out books and did a little bit of printmaking in school...Everything came together.” - Charles Fazzino

Such fascinating works often leave people asking if machines created the beautiful 3D scenes, as they’re of such superior quality and there are just SO many pieces! Well, believe it or not, ALL of Fazzino’s works are hand-drawn, hand-printed, hand-cut, and hand-glued. From beginning to end, the process Charles Fazzino has for making his incredible art is awe-inspiring. The process starts in a research phase, which could take several months depending on the subject matter being drawn. Then Fazzino takes this research and creates a flat, detailed, and colored drawing to be sent off to be printed into silkscreen. One layer of this is used as a base, while thinner “flats” in the silkscreen are used as cutouts for the layering process. Layering is typically done in three layers, (“Layered like a lasagna” as Fazzino famously self-describes the process), and then finished by hand with glitter glue and Swarovski crystals for the iconic flair we all know and love in his works. For a more detailed look into this process, please visit this page on his website: (https://www.fazzino.com/art-blog/making-the-fazzino-singapore/)

Charles Fazzino’s works can be seen in hundreds of museums and galleries spanning over 20 countries. He has breached the barriers of artist, and has been called a “pop culture historian” due to the wide spectrum of his work, and the manner in which he touches his audience by capturing the best in each of their lives, regardless of where they’re from. Aside from his gallery representation, Fazzino keeps busy with being the official, licensed artist of the NFL for the Super Bowls since 2001, as well as the artist for at least thirteen Major League Baseball All-Star Games. Fazzino is no stranger to being an official artist for major events outside of sports as well - you can see his works for events like the Olympics, Grammy Awards, Daytime Emmy Awards, and he even boasts a theatrical nomination in 2013 for his live art experience, “The Fazzino Ride”.

Come see the works of - and meet - this accomplished artist here at Fascination St. Fine Art and Frame on Friday, September 14th from 5pm-8pm, and Saturday, September 15th from 1pm-4pm. Charles Fazzino will be dedicating any purchased artwork as well as chatting with collectors. Thanks for stopping by and we all hope to see you at the show!

For more information on this event, please don’t hesitate call us at 303-333-1566 or reach out to the gallery with any of the following: 

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Upcoming Events 8/28/18



Another one of these posts? Well...YES! Events seem to pop up out of the ground like flowers here at Fascination St. Fine Art - gotta make sure everyone can come smell the roses with us no matter what time of year it is.

Charles Fazzino - Master of 3D Pop Art LIVE September 14th-15th
Come meet the man behind the mesmerizing 3D serigraphs that adorn our walls here at Fascination St. Fine Art and Frame, Charles Fazzino! This artist is internationally acclaimed, and he’s the official, licensed artist of the Super Bowl for the NFL for over 20 years now. Football isn’t his only passion though - Fazzino often makes scenes based off baseball, city life, and international travel hot spots...including Denver! “Colorado on My Mind” is one of his best selling serigraphs here at our gallery, and we hope you’ll be able to squeeze in meeting a very famous, VERY talented artist’s beautiful vision of Colorado, as well as the artist himself. For more information on this event, please contact us here at the gallery via the various contact methods at the bottom of this post. Hope to see you there! 

Tim Cotterill “Frogman” - Hopping On Over to Denver October 12th-13th
Fascination St. Fine Art and Frame is excited to be hosting an exclusive FROGMAN event in October! Tim Cotterill, also known as Frogman, creates brilliant bronze frog sculptures that capture every characteristic on the frog-like spectrum. Whether the sculptures be ornery, loving, playful, pensive - these little frogs pack a wallop in emotional scale. Even the details in the patina of each piece add to the slick allure of these amphibious sculptures. But “Frogman” isn’t as accurate of a name as it may have once been, since Mr. Cotterill dabbles in some other creatures for sculpture as well. We carry some of his gorgeous owl pieces, and some particularly friendly-looking fish - come survey the sleek elegance of Frogman’s creations for yourself, and meet the man behind these delightful sculptures. Please contact the gallery for more information! 

Fabio Napoleoni - LIVE in Denver, for ONE NIGHT ONLY November 1st 
Come meet one of our best-selling artists, Fabio Napoleoni! His art centers around the themes of love, hurt, and everything to do with the Heart. Through all of the symbolic characters in each of his pieces Napoleoni takes us on a journey through our own souls, unboxing any feelings we may have put away in the process. From the humorous to the more morose, Fabio doesn’t disappoint. If you’ve already purchased artwork from Fabio or plan on purchasing some before or the night of, Fabio will dedicate and sign any artwork brought. Please contact the gallery for more information on a dedication/signing list or on anything else to do with Fabio Napoleoni himself. 

As always, thank you for stopping by and checking out what’s going on here at Fascination St. Fine Art - we can’t wait to see you again or meet you at any of these fabulous events! Stay tuned to any of our sites and channels for more information. 


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Monday, August 13, 2018

Art With a Purpose




In the wake of some of the more conservation-based holidays we’ve been celebrating recently, we wanted to take a moment to not only highlight some incredible artists of ours, but to highlight their sincere efforts to make this world we all inhabit a better place. Our artists aren’t the only ones who work hard to be charitable with their profits, though - we here at Fascination St. Fine Art and Frame have a history of helping out charitable causes as well! Art truly does make the world go ‘round, so stick around to find out more. All of the charities listed here have been linked within this blog post, so don’t be shy clicking around if you want to donate to any of the great charities we are mentioning today. 

To start our artist highlight reel, we have the self-proclaimed “Rockstar of the Art World” - Michael Godard. Although his work tends to be a more satirical view of life, his inspiration is sourced in a more melancholy place. In 2006, his daughter lost her hard-fought battle with brain cancer, thus leaving Godard inspired to raise funds for a cure. To quote Michael Godard’s own website, “The funds I help raise save lives, and at the end of the day, it’s the most important thing I do. All the money in the world can not bring her back, but the funds I help raise for a cure will help save another child.” To stay true to this declaration, you can see that Godard works closely with reputable foundations such as St. Jude’s, The Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Foundation, Make a Wish, and the Nevada Cancer Institute. In his newest piece (pictured in our blog banner to the right) aptly named “Angel Kiss” you can see a portrait of his late daughter. Godard stated that he wanted to “convey her innocence, sweetness, and beautiful spirit,” with this piece, and to continue to touch people for generations to come. 

Next on the artist list - our in-house wildlife conservation “nerd”, Daniel Ryan. He is widely known for his beautiful mixed media pieces on reclaimed wood. (You can see his original piece, “Oh Hello” on the bottom left of the blog banner.) The process is very labor intensive - it can take upwards of 60 hours for Ryan to complete a single piece. The level of detail in the shading and anatomy of the animals he features in his works splashed against patterns of bright colors and shades have gained him incredibly notoriety, but not just in the art world. In October of 2015, he donated his piece “Quiet Contemplation” to the Gorilla Doctors Foundation for a silent auction of theirs, and then in November of 2015 he donated another work “King Among Monarchs” to the African Wildlife Foundation. Not only is he donating pieces, he donates his profits - a percentage of what Ryan makes ends up being donated to the local wildlife conservation efforts. Conservation of the beauty that nature holds around us is obviously more than just a theme for Daniel Ryan’s artwork - it’s a credo he lives up to everyday through his incredible talents. 

For the final artist in our lineup today, we have the emotional and very creative Fabio Napoleoni. His array of adorable characters will tug at your heartstrings, whether you know their backstory or not. The deep well of feelings that reside within his paint strokes resonate with all who gaze upon his works. It’s no wonder he’s gotten as popular as he has in such a small amount of time, but he didn’t squander the blessing that life had given him. Napoleoni has a piece that he created specifically to benefit the Operation Motorsport organization, entitled “We Are One” (pictured in the blog banner, top left). Operation Motorsport has a goal of aiding disabled, injured, and wounded service members/veterans in finding retraining, recovery, and rehabilitation through a love of motorsports. 

To wrap this giant post up, we wanted to share with you all that not only do your purchases here allow fabulous artwork into your home...they’re doing some real work. Aaron LaPedis, owner of Fascination St. Fine Art and Frame, is a huge supporter of local charities. Whether it be donating straight out of our own profits, or providing items for charity gala silent auctions, we are constantly trying to find ways to give back to the community and world we live in. Places we have donated have been local schools, the Autism Society, Gateway Battered Women’s Services, Invisible Disabilities, and many others. Our latest venture has been donating the cash tips at the bar from the Michael Godard show to the Autism Society - so be sure to come to our events so as to not miss out on an easy way to give back! 

Thanks for reading about all of the good that can come from creating, selling, and purchasing artwork. Art truly can change lives, and we want to help foster that philosophy within our own business. We are glad to have you all, our loyal customers, to help make that ideal a reality.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

International Cat Day



“Having a bunch of cats around is good. If you're feeling bad, you just look at the cats, you'll feel better because they know that everything is just as it is. There's nothing to get excited about. They just know. They're saviors.” - Charles Bukowski

Obviously the star of our upcoming show here at Fascination St. Fine Art and Frame, Nano Lopez, has to agree. The cats you see here are just a few of the many cats Nano has sculpted to life throughout his career in his internationally acclaimed series of animal works lovingly called “Nanimals”.

“Cats are difficult to find the anatomy...unless it’s a wet, skinny kind of naked cat, but they’re not that pretty,” said Lopez at an event through another one of his galleries. This challenge may be the key to why cats are a frequent subject within the Nanimals collection. Their personalities vary too, from the expectant Lucy to the pensive and thoughtful Edison, and on up to Catfish Lily stretching out her long back, eagerly reaching towards the gear in front of her. Sally seems content with her gentle smile and posture whereas Jack seems to have just woken up from a long nap with that arched back stretch of his.

You can come check out ALL the Nanimal cats, as well as their other critter friends and Mr. Lopez himself at our Nano Lopez event August 24th and 25th here at Fascination St. Fine Art and Frame! The magic of these sculptures will capture and transport you to a place of creative curiosity, ornate details, and beautiful color amongst creatures both familiar and strange.

Click here to see the Facebook event so that you can pencil us in your end-of-summer schedule!

But before we go...in the spirit of International Cat Day, here are some random facts about our feline compadres, and links to reputable charities that dedicate their funds and efforts to the rescue of, and the rights of cats everywhere.

FELINE FACTS
Collectively, kittens yawn about 200 million time per hour. A fingerprint is to a human as a nose is to a cat. Cats can pick up on your tone of voice, so sweet-talking to your cat has more of an impact than you think. Cats have over 100 sounds in their vocal repertoire, while dogs only have 10. Cats sleep 16 hours of any given day. A cat can reach up to five times its own height per jump. Cats have the skillset that makes them able to learn how to use a toilet. Cats CAN be lefties and righties, just like us. More than forty percent of them are, leaving some ambidextrous. Genetically, cats' brains are more similar to that of a human than a dog's brain. Today, cats are living twice as long as they did just 50 years ago. Cats have the cognitive ability to sense a human's feelings and overall mood. A female cat is also known to be called a "queen" or a "molly." Call them wide-eyes: cats are the mammals with the largest eyes.

CHARITIES

As always, thanks for stopping by. If you are as enamored with Nano's work as we are, please reach out to us at any of the following:

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Hope your day is PURRRRRRRRRfect! 

Friday, July 27, 2018

Upcoming Events - Come Read About Them!





The next few months are pretty exciting here at Fascination St. Fine Art and Frame! We wanted to take a moment to highlight the key ones coming up so our dedicated customers could set some time aside to come soak in some art and memorable times with us. 







Nano Lopez - Master Sculptor LIVE August 24th-25th
Everyone’s favorite eccentric sculpting master, Nano Lopez, will be here in Denver this August 24th and 25th in a two-day event that’s expected to delight and entertain. Come meet the artist, have him dedicate the pieces you purchase, get a deeper look into the process, and see some pieces you may have never seen before from this master of his craft. For more information on this event please be sure to contact the gallery on any of our platforms, and stay tuned to our websites and social media for more exciting information! 

Charles Fazzino - Master of 3D Pop Art LIVE September 14th-15th
Come meet the man behind the mesmerizing 3D serigraphs that adorn our walls here at Fascination St. Fine Art and Frame, Charles Fazzino! As the creator of limited edition fine art silkscreen serigraphs, Charles Fazzino is best known for his obsession for bright colors and wonderful detail, the frenetic energy that infuses his work, and a unique hand assembled 3-D layering technique that brings his images to life. Fazzino, graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City, is one of the most popular and highly-collected pop artists of all time. His artworks are exhibited in hundreds of museums and galleries in more than twenty different countries, including ours! Please contact our gallery for more information on this show and special sales or events going on we may be promoting. 

Ringo Starr - Denver VIP Experience Exclusive Event - September 25th
Fascination St. Fine Art and Frame is happy to promote and sponsor the Ringo Starr Denver VIP Experience! Attendance to this event requires a pre-purchase of the VIP Package which comes with - 2 tickets to see Ringo Starr & his All-Starr Band when they perform at The Paramount here in Denver (in VIP seating between rows 3 and 5), MEETING RINGO BEFORE THE CONCERT, getting a photo taken with Ringo Starr, an exclusive lithograph and shirt, and...you get to choose ANY framed Ringo Starr artwork valued at $3,450! WOW that’s an insanely cool package, but this is why this event must be paid in full by September 1st, which is when we will cease to take orders or payments for this event. One-hundred percent of the proceeds are going to benefit the LOTUS FOUNDATION CHARITY! For more information on this exciting opportunity, please contact us here at the gallery before that September 1st deadline. 


Tim Cotterill “Frogman” - LIVE in Denver October 12th-13th
Fascination St. Fine Art and Frame is excited to be hosting an exclusive FROGMAN event in October! Tim Cotterill, also known as Frogman, creates bronze frog sculptures that capture the whimsical character, the jewel-like quality and the pure JOY of these beautiful little creatures. "Through the centuries and throughout the world, frogs have symbolized many things - Good Luck, Royalty, Fertility, Magic Potions, Energy, Charm. In today's fast world, life sometimes becomes complicated and stressful. As you can see, my art is not. It's Elegant, Stylish, Whimsical, Unique and pure FUN! As children we were excited to see our first frogs. They made us laugh when they jumped our way! We were curious about the strange way they felt; the odd way they moved and their simple contented look. I used to watch frogs at my pond in England, noting how each one had its own color markings, character and even personality." Come survey the sleek elegance of Frogman’s creations and meet the man behind these delightful sculptures during this two day show October 12th-13th. Please contact the gallery for more information!


Nano Lopez - Fall Foundry Tour October 26th-27th
Have you ever wanted a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the inner workings of a master sculptor's studio? THIS is your chance then! The Nano Lopez Fall Foundry Tour for 2018 will be October 26th-27th, and we are now taking reservations on this exciting opportunity. Travel to Walla Walla, Washington and survey how the master does what he does - it's a great time for sure. Please be sure to call the gallery for more information on this event, we wouldn't want anyone to miss out! 


As always, thanks for stopping by and checking up on what’s going down here. We here at Fascination St. Fine Art and Frame are excited to be such a hot-spot for fun events, and can’t wait to see you at them! For those of you that need to contact us, here’s a quick list of the venues you can contact us through. 


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