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Art incubator: How Artisan Works helps struggling artists

ROCHESTER, NY (WROC) - They're called arts incubators – a place that local artists can show off their work and actually make a living. And we have one in our own backyard: Artisan Works. 

Driving down Blossom Road, you can't help but notice it.

“Not everyone likes everything but at the end of the day I do,” says Louis Perticone.

As founder of Artisan Works, Perticone has hand-picked every item and each item is meticulously placed inside his 100,000 square-foot art space.

Perticone says he's created one of the few artist incubator in the U.S. It's his way of funding creativity.

“Artists have no money, they can't afford framing, they struggle and most artists end up with a different career so they can make a living,” says Perticone.

Artisan Works pays artists for their raw material. Then they offer buyers the option to rent pieces to decorate their homes or offices. They also have a lease to own program,  but their biggest money maker: the event business.

"That's why your sitting in Casa Blanca, that's why we built Bourbon Street that can seat 350 people," Perticone explains.

What started as hobby of collecting classic portraits eventually grew to vintage cars, Steinway pianos and even taxidermy.

Artisan Works is currently looking working toward taking over the entire Blossom Center. It would consists of mostly non-profits.

If you are interested in donating to Artisan Works, you can click here.


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