Friday, May 29, 2009

Print Club of Albany Exhibits Park West Art Donation at Fulton Street Gallery


The Print Club of AlbanyNewswireToday/ Southfield, Mich./ May 29, 2009/ -- The Print Club of Albany will be exhibiting artwork donated by Albert Scaglione, founder and CEO of Park West Gallery, and Marc Scaglione, President of Park West. The Park West Donation Exhibition will be on display from Wednesday, May 27 through June 20 at Fulton Street Gallery in Troy, New York. Thousands of works of art have been donated to the Print Club of Albany by the Scagliones, and this is the first time that these works have been exhibited.

The exhibition will include artwork by Yaacov Agam, Arkady Ostritsky, Emile Bellet, Fanch Ledan, Anatole Krasnyansky, Linda Le Kinff, Igor Medvedev, Marcel Mouly, Peter Nixon, Jean-Claude Picot, Victor Spahn, Itzchak Tarkay and Tomasz Rut, among others.

"This will be a great opportunity to view works by many popular artists in one location," said Charles Semovitch, Curator of the Print Club of Albany. "We are grateful to the Scaglione family for making these works available."

Exhibit hours are Wednesday through Saturday noon - 4pm with additional hours on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6pm - 8pm. The opening reception will be held as part of Troy Night Out on Friday, May 29 from 5pm - 9pm.

About The Print Club of Albany
The Print Club of Albany, a 510(c) 3 non-profit organization, was founded in 1933. It is one of the most important print organizations in the United States. Many of America’s foremost printmakers and artists have been associated with the Club. Its mission is to encourage the study and appreciation of prints as fine arts. The Club sponsors programs such as lectures and holds exhibitions; it has a large and important collection that is used for study and exhibitions. The Club commissions a print each year from a nationally recognized artist and distributes this print to its members. The Print Club of Albany’s membership of both collectors and artists is international.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Atmosphere Evolves at Rugby Grille with New Art to Accompany Lighter Menu


Custom-made pieces enhance new menu and restaurant's continuing evolution

Townsend HotelBIRMINGHAM, Mich. March 20, 2009 – As part of Rugby Grille's continuing evolution, the Townsend Hotel's award-winning restaurant has partnered with Park West Gallery to add seven contemporary pieces of art from some of metro Detroit's, and the world's, finest artists.

"Art is an expression of life and these new pieces in Rugby Grille will greatly enhance our new healthier, lighter menu offerings and welcoming atmosphere," said Keith Schofield, director of restaurant operations for Rugby Grille. "Much like Executive Chef Jim Bologna layers the unique flavors in each dish, these artists use color and light to immediately grab our patrons' attention. The artists' remarkable skill will dazzle the eye and intrigue the mind."

Rugby GrilleThis art includes two hand-blown glass sculptures from April Wagner and Jason Ruff, a Pontiac-based duo whose work is formed by a process known as "fazzoletto," where the glass is blown in freeform and not from a mold. The two pieces custom made for Rugby Grille — "Lime Swan Nest" and "Solar Flare" — encompass rich, vibrant colors, dominant curves and an energy that complements the restaurant's enhanced allure. To create these pieces, the glass was heated to 2300°F and then blown and shaped into unique creations that characterize this art form.

Wagner and Ruff are both graduates of the College of Creative Studies in Detroit and have owned their custom-made private studio in Pontiac for the last 11 years. The skill and talent with which they perform their craft is enhanced by a love for Detroit and the local art scene.

"Jason and I loved the space and the artistic opportunities that Rugby Grille offered," said Wagner. "We also love Detroit and wanted to do something to show that this area is full of life and energy."

Complementing the two sculptures from Wagner and Ruff are five paintings from three of Park West Gallery's most revered and respected artists. Tim Yanke, Simon Bull, and Alfred Gockel are each known for their use of color, imagery and ability to stimulate the senses. Their diverse backgrounds are evident in their work, exuding an international flavor that is in tune with The Townsend Hotel’s appeal to discerning travelers from across the globe.

American Palette by Tim YankeTim Yanke is a native Detroiter known for his spontaneous painting nature; he approaches each piece with no preconceptions. His piece for Rugby Grille, titled “American Palette,” draws inspiration from great abstract painters and uses bright colors and compelling imagery to capture the attention of viewers.

"When Mr. Schofield approached me to develop a unique work for the new Rugby Grille, my first thought was to create a high-impact and eye catching work in keeping with the international theme,” said artist Tim Yanke. “The painting uses a multitude of colors to represent the diversity of our community and country. Other subtle references include our nation's flag revealed from a slight distance as well as the text ‘golden coast of California,’ ‘providing a helping hand from sea to shining sea and to the rest of the world,’ ‘the Great Plains’ and ‘sierra mountains.’ I hope visitors to the new Rugby Grille enjoy the painting as much as I enjoyed creating it.”

Simon Bull's two pieces, titled "Summer Haze XIII" and "Treasure," reflect an inner beauty and examination of life that define this well-traveled artist. He learned different painting techniques while living in Hong Kong and throughout his education in England. In 2003, his painting entitled “The Journey Never Ends,” was named Print of the Year by the National Association of Limited Edition Dealers. He resides in California and continues his passion of combining colors and sensory harmonies to touch people's lives through art.

Alfred Gockel's two offerings — "Made of Sun" and "On the Rocks" — encompass fluid brush strokes in an "action painting" format that complements the new energy of Rugby Grille. In the last decade, well over two million examples of his imagery in various media forms have been sold in the U.S. art market alone. Gockel resides in his native Germany, where he continues to produce works with universal appeal to art enthusiasts worldwide.

Since The Townsend Hotel opened in 1988, it has received numerous awards and accolades including Mobil Four Star and AAA Four Diamond designations as well as a perennial position on Conde Nast's "Top 100 Gold List," and Travel + Leisure's "World's Best Hotels." THE TOWNSEND HOTEL, a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, is located at 100 Townsend Street in downtown Birmingham, Mich. For more information, contact the hotel at 248-642-7900 or 800-548-4172. Additional information available at http://www.townsendhotel.com/.


Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Park West Gallery - May '09: Breaking ART NEWS!


Attention Park West Gallery Newsletter fans:
Issue 9, May '09 is here!

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This month's featured newsletter articles include:
  • New Old Masters Websites,

  • Experiencing Rockwell,

  • CNN Interviews Peter Max,

  • Latin Art Show Features Britto,

  • Park West Launches Fanch Website,

  • Park West Artists at Sea,

  • ...And More!

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Thomas Kinkade on Race Day at the Indy 500


Courtesy of indy500.com Trackside Report --

Artist Thomas Kinkade, known as The Painter of Light™, is the featured artist for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Centennial Era. He painted a special portrait for the Centennial Era Gala on Feb. 27 and also painted the portrait that appears on the covers of the 2009 Indianapolis 500 Official Program and Indianapolis 500 Media Guide.

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THOMAS KINKADE on the passion and work that went into the painting:
"The passion I have is to capture memories, to evoke the emotional connection we have to an experience. I came out here and stood up on the bleachers and looked around, and I saw all the elements of the track. It was empty at the time. But I saw the stadium, how the track laid out, the horizon, the skyline of Indianapolis and the Pagoda. I saw it all in my imagination.

I began thinking, 'I want to get this energy - what I call the excitement of the moment- into this painting.' As I began working on it, I thought, 'Well you have this big piece of asphalt, the huge spectator stands; I've got to do something to get some movement.' So I just started throwing flags into it. It gives it kind of a patriotic excitement."
On some of the fine details in the painting:
"I just love the idea of the diversity of the crowd. I like having characters in the crowd. I started hiding people in it. I put Norman Rockwell in there. As far as I know he never went to the track, but he did now. Because he's one of my heroes in the race world, I put a portrait of Dale Earnhardt. I tried to represent the different generations.

I view this painting as a piece of history. I will tell you, of the best events of my artistic career doing sporting events, number two would have been when I did the farewell portrait for Yankee Stadium. But the greatest event was taking this painting down through downtown Indianapolis during the parade (Saturday). That was fabulous."

Artist Peter Max Joins Forces With HELP USA to Support Veterans This Memorial Day


LAS VEGAS, NV Marketwire -- Artist Peter Max has teamed up with the national non-profit organization, HELP USA, to raise funds to support U.S. veterans this Memorial Day. On Sunday, May 24 Peter Max will present HELP USA with a one-of-a-kind original artwork to support the organization's newest initiative in Las Vegas and will install a special veterans exhibit at the Art of Peter Max Gallery inside the Caesars Palace Forum Shops in Las Vegas, Nevada.

To raise funds to support the organization's effort to provide transitional, permanent and affordable supportive housing to U.S. veterans, Max has announced a patriotic fundraising initiative. Beginning Memorial Day through the fourth of July, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of select Peter Max patriotic paintings will directly benefit HELP USA. For more information please visit The Art of Peter Max Gallery or call (702) 644-7070.

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HELP USA chairperson Maria Cuomo Cole and artist Peter Max selected a collection of Max's patriotic paintings to be on display at the HELP USA exhibit at The Art of Peter Max Gallery this Memorial Day weekend. In addition to a variety of Max's well-known images that salute America, the HELP USA exhibit will showcase a one-of-a-kind HELP USA painting that Max created exclusively for the organization.

HELP USA chairperson Maria Cuomo Cole and artist Peter Max selected a collection of Max's patriotic paintings to be on display at the HELP USA exhibit at The Art of Peter Max Gallery this Memorial Day weekend. In addition to a variety of Max's well-known images that salute America, the HELP USA exhibit will showcase a one-of-a-kind HELP USA painting that Max created exclusively for the organization.

Friday, May 22, 2009

The Perfect Pair: International Jazz Day and Park West Artist Marcus Glenn


International Jazz Day
Saturday, May 23, 2009

Rhythm with a Yellow Moon by Marcus Glenn
Tomorrow is International Jazz Day, which was created in 1991 by musician and bandleader, D. Michael Denny. Since then it has grown into the most recognized one day, world-wide celebration of jazz (one of the only art forms indigenous to America) and the musicians, past and present, who create and sustain it.

One Park West Gallery artist who is sure to take note of this increasingly celebrated day is Marcus Glenn. His artwork often revolves around jazz and the musicians who create it. While he doesn’t play any instruments himself, Glenn’s works are influenced by his many friends who are musicians as well as the jazz clubs he regularly visits.

Three is Better Than One (Study) by Marcus GlennMarcus Glenn is known for his use of vibrant colors, his expressive use of exotic papers and fabrics, and his ability to create a masterful textured collage effect. His figures are animated and mannerist in approach, often stretching and twisting into impossible yet highly expressive positions. All of these characteristics coming together allow the viewers to experience jazz in a unique way; they can actually see it.

Remember to take some time tomorrow to appreciate jazz along with the millions of others who are looking forward to celebrating International Jazz Day. You could go to one of the various jazz festivals being held, you could host a jazz-themed backyard barbeque, or you could simply put in a CD and enjoy music crafted by your favorite jazz musician. However, if you want to see jazz come alive through fine artwork, check out the collection of works created by Marcus Glenn.

Flavor of Jazz by Marcus Glenn

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Subjects of Rembrandt Etchings


Most Rembrandt etchings fall into one of five categories: Biblical subjects, self-portraits, portraits, landscapes and genre scenes.
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Biblical Subjects
Rembrandt’s Biblical subjects comprise a substantial portion of his etching ouvre. They have traditionally been some of the most sought after by collectors and were innovative for their time because of the manner in which they reveal Christ’s interaction with the people of His time.


Presentation in the Temple

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Self-Portraits
In the late 1620s, Rembrandt began to paint and etch his first self-portraits. Throughout his career he produced many subsequent self-portraits in both mediums. Scholars differ as to Rembrandt’s motivation for creating self-portraits. The earliest notion that he could not afford to pay for models has given way to the more cogent idea that in his pursuit of the “psychological portrait,” the desire to reveal the human and spiritual nature of the sitter, he used his own face to more deeply contemplate this revolutionary approach for the time.


Self Portrait in a Flat Cap and Embroidered Dress

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Portraits
The vast majority of the portraits Rembrandt etched were meant to be used by the sitter, many of which were friends and acquaintances of Rembrandt’s, as opposed to being sold to the general public. His earliest portraits are rather simple in terms of the techniques and designs used where as later portraits have more elaborate details and more complex compositions.


Park West Gallery Rembrandt Collection: Clement de Jonghe, Printseller

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Landscapes
During Rembrandt’s lifetime prints of the Dutch landscape were extremely popular, and he too used the Dutch landscape as a subject. The inspiration for a large portion of his landscape etchings came from Amsterdam and the surrounding areas; however, Rembrandt is known for putting imaginary elements in the landscapes such as mountains and foreign buildings. While Rembrandt completed most of the landscape etchings indoors by using his drawings as a reference, the spontaneous lines in a few of the etchings indicate that he may have, on occasion, etched outdoors while at the actual location.


Park West Gallery Rembrandt Collection: Landscape with a Cow Drinking

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Genre Scenes
Rembrandt created several etchings that depict everyday scenes, also called genre scenes, and often used street characters such as rootless musicians, beggars and the homeless as his subjects. The compassion he used while portraying these individuals was not the norm at the time. Rembrandt’s series of male and female nudes fall under the category of genre as well. Contrary to the majority of his contemporaries who focused on the classical ideal of beauty, Rembrandt depicted his models realistically, revealing their bodies’ flaws.


Park West Gallery Rembrandt Collection: The Strolling Musicians

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Latin Art Show Features Park West Gallery Artist Romero Britto


Work from the finest Latin American artists, including world famous Romero Britto, will be featured at the Latin Art Show at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. The show runs May 15 - 29, with weekday exhibit hours of noon to 7 pm. Admission is free.

Britto donated his framed and signed piece Kids Heart for a silent auction at the Art Center, held during the opening reception on May 15. Britto has gained worldwide fame for his eye-popping colorful portraits, sculptures and paintings, popular among art galleries and celebrities alike.

For more info on the Latin Art Show visit http://www.fl-arts.org

Kids Heart by Romero Britto

Kids Heart by Romero Britto

Monday, May 18, 2009

Park West Gallery Extends Presence on Internet


To reach a broader audience and to accommodate its collectors all over the world, Park West Gallery has increased its presence on the web. Park West now has an extensive collection of videos on its YouTube Channel and offers useful information on its Squidoo Page.

Visit the Park West Gallery YouTube Channel
With over 90 videos on the channel and counting, Park West continues its mission of enhancing the fine art collecting experience. Many of these videos showcase in depth interviews with some of today’s most talented artists while others offer information about some of the most famous artists in history. Park West’s YouTube Channel is sure to give art enthusiasts and collectors alike a greater appreciation for and knowledge of their favorite artists.


Visit the Park West Gallery Squidoo Page
Find out more about Park West Gallery, its artists, and fine artwork on the new Park West Squidoo page. By becoming part of the Squidoo community, Park West offers art appreciators everywhere another way to learn about Park West and to enhance their art collecting experience.


Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Peter Max: "I’m just wowed by the universe"


Peter Max’s artwork "evolves all the time," the ’60s icon says.

Excerpted from an article & interview originally published May 10, 2009
BY DREW JUBERA: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“After I finish with you, I’m putting on my sneakers and going to the studio,” Peter Max said from his New York home. “I’m going to paint all day.”

A painter whose cosmic pop art helped define the peace-and-love 1960s — he’s even credited with coining “Be-In” for a gathering of humanity for humanity’s sake — Max, at 70, is still working.

With a staff of 90 at his studio across from Lincoln Center, he said of his daily routine, “The majority of my time is at the easel, though sometimes I sign posters, go into meetings with museum directors — all the stuff that surrounds the life of Peter Max.”


Q: You’re credited with capturing the Zeitgeist of the 1960s. How’d that happen?

A: My art probably fit a moment in the ’60s. In 1967, for instance, when a whole cultural revolution was going on, I went to Paris and got to meet a swami from India. I loved the guy and thought, “This is what America needs” and I brought him to America, to my home. This is a year before George Harrison fell in love with the maharishi. I had the same experience. I loved him for his wisdom... Then a part of me came out in my art.

Q: How was the art world you came into in the ’60s different than the art world of your predecessors?

A: I had a new palette available to me. When Toulouse-Lautrec and those guys were around, they had their studios and their galleries. When Peter Max came around 70 or 80 years later, he had Life magazine and TV shows and was able to do posters. I was able to put my art into the mass media. My canvas changed. Where the Lautrecs and Rembrandts literally had a cloth canvas, my canvas became television shows and magazines.

Q: How does a pop artist stay relevant in a popular culture that’s always changing?

A: I’m so tuned in to the day to day, where we are, where we’re going. I love the planet, I love art, I love color, I love creativity. Everything is creative. Every couch you see, all the cars in the street, the new diets, the new paradigms we live by — everything’s creative. You and me and everybody, we’re all little tiny creatives. We kind of fulfill the big picture.

Q: Was Warhol an influence?

A: Warhol was a friend. We hung around together. When he did portraits, I did the same portraits. We influenced each other, we were contemporaries, though he came on the scene about 10 years before me. I remember going to a Warhol show when I was a student. I remember [Warhol associate] Gerry Malanga stood on a crate and read some far-out poetry.

Q: You’ve appropriated popular images of presidents for your art in the past. You even painted 44 images of Barack Obama from two photographs. What do you make of the dustup over Shepard Fairey’s use of an Associated Press photograph for his famous Obama image?

A: These things happen. Fairey is an artist, he was touched by Obama and painted him. I thought he did a great job. I don’t know what’s going to happen with it. I say, “Let it go.”

Q: Has your art changed since the ’60s?

A: My art evolves all the time. When I’m going to be painting today, for sure it will be different than it was last April, and much different than it was three years before that.

Q: Will your legacy be in the art world or the world of pop culture?

A: I don’t think that way. I’m just wowed by the universe. I’m just glad to do something I love to do. I love color, I love painting, I love shapes, I love composition, I love the people around me. I’m adoring it all. My legacy is in the hands of other people.


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Monday, May 11, 2009

Happy Birthday, Salvador Dali


Salvador Dali
(May 11, 1904 – January 23, 1989)

Park West Gallery Launches New Salvador Dali Website

Features works from the Albaretto Collection,
the Biblia Sacra and the Divine Comedy

Salvador Dali, Park West Gallery Collection
Park West Gallery recently launched a website featuring the Park West Salvador Dali Collection of artwork. This collection is one of the most thoroughly documented and authenticated collections of Dali artwork in existence.

Site visitors can learn about Salvador Dali’s Biblia Sacra, The Divine Comedy and Albaretto Editions - sought-after collections of works created by the Surrealist master. Collectors of Park West Dali artwork can visit the site at http://dali.parkwestgallery.com/ to gain a better understanding of the history behind the works they have acquired.

There is a rich history behind these works,” said Morris Shapiro, Gallery Director for Park West. “This information allows past, present and future collectors to understand the lineage of these works. This type of historical information greatly enhances the experience of fine art collecting.

Salvador Dali aficionados and collectors alike will enjoy visiting the site and learning more about the master, his life and his work. Through this new website, Park West Gallery has made Dali’s fine artwork viewable worldwide and continues its mission of bringing fine art to people everywhere.

Park West Gallery, Salvador Dali Collection



Thursday, May 7, 2009

Park West Gallery Launches Rembrandt and Picasso Websites!


Fine Artwork by the ‘Old Masters’ Featured Exclusively

Park West Gallery recently launched websites dedicated to two ‘Old Masters’ - Rembrandt Van Rijn and Pablo Picasso. As one of the largest and most respected dealers of both Rembrandt etchings and Picasso graphic works, Park West Gallery has launched these sites to share its knowledge of both masters with collectors and fine artwork appreciators worldwide. The websites feature the works that make up the Park West Rembrandt and Picasso Collections.

Collectors and ‘Old Master’ aficionados alike will enjoy visiting both sites and learning more about the master artists and their works. Through these new websites, Park West Gallery has made Rembrandt and Picasso fine artwork viewable worldwide and continues its mission of bringing fine art to people everywhere.

The Park West Gallery Rembrandt Website
Features extensive information on the Millennium Edition - a limited edition of posthumous impressions printed by master printer, Marjorie Van Dyke. The site also features many other Rembrandt works available through the Park West Collection. Additional information includes the provenance of Rembrandt’s copper plates, the etching process, a timeline of Rembrandt’s life and work, and information on the current market for Rembrandt etchings.
Visit http://rembrandt.parkwestgallery.com/

Rembrandt, Park West Gallery
The Park West Gallery Picasso Website
Features extensive information on the 347 Series (347 works that were created over a seven month period and became the last hand-signed etchings and engravings Picasso ever produced), and the Suite Vollard (100 Picasso etchings, aquatints and drypoints that are regarded as some of Picasso’s greatest graphic achievements). Park West Gallery holds the world’s largest collection of works from the 347 Series and one of the largest collections of Suite Vollard etchings. Visit http://picasso.parkwestgallery.com/

Pablo Picasso, Park West Gallery

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Park West Gallery Mother's Day Sale


Park West Gallery Mother's Day Sale

Park West Gallery Mother's Day Sale
May 5 - 9, 2009

Give Mom a gift that she'll always remember

Park West Gallery® has acquired a wonderful selection of Designer Watches and Fine Jewelry, all available for purchase at special low prices for Mother's Day.

Park West Gallery Mother's Day Sale


Call 800.521.9654 x 4 or stop into the Gallery to see our display!

Park West Gallery is located at 29469 Northwestern Hwy in Southfield, Mich.

Reminder:
Mother's Day is this Sunday - May 10, 2009

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Iconic Peter Max Art on the Cover of Austin Monthly


The May 2009 Issue of Austin Monthly Magazine features artwork by pop artist icon Peter Max.


Austin Monthly Magazine Peter Max
Image Courtesy of Austin Monthly Magazine

Peter Max recently visited News 8 Austin to discuss the magazine cover and some of his other recent artworks, including his painting of 44 portraits of Barack Obama.



Monday, May 4, 2009

Park West Gallery Twitter Contest: Art Book Giveaway


Park West Gallery is giving away a FREE Hardcover Art Book to one of our Twitter Followers!! Our last Twitter contest was so successful, we've decided to do it again! Here's how you can join in on the fun...

Prize Details and Contest Rules

THE PRIZE:

Agam The Elysee Salon

Agam The Elysee SalonIn 1968, Yaacov Agam, world famous pioneer of the Kinetic Art movement, designed an antechamber to mark the entrance to the private apartments in the East Wing of the Elysee Palace in Paris. His chamber now stands as an integral and permanent part of the Centre Pompidou. The Elysee Salon, a glossy hardcover book published by editions du Centre Pompidou, contains extracts, interviews and gorgeous color plates of the entire sculpture chamber; a testimony to the vision of Pompidou, the philosophy and creativity of Agam, and the commission, politics, installation, and reinstallation of the Salon that took place over a thirty-two year period from 1968 to 2000. Most recently, Agam completed work on a sculpture gracing the entrance to a new stadium built in Kaohsiung, Taiwan for The World Games 2009.

CONTEST RULES:

  1. You must be following Park West Gallery @ParkWestGal on Twitter.


  2. Tweet the message below (including the link) on your Twitter feed:

  3. Follow Park West Gallery @ParkWestGal and you could win an #ART prize! Details --> http://twurl.nl/udp3fj


  4. Each time you tweet the message above it will count as a separate entry -- so the more you tweet, the greater your chance of winning! However, we will only count one entry per hour for each account (we're not trying to spam the twitterverse).


  5. One winner will be randomly selected when @ParkWestGal reaches 1,000 followers -- we're already close, so it should be soon!


  6. The winner will be announced via Twitter and will be asked to Direct Message @ParkWestGal with their shipping info.


GOOD LUCK and HAPPY TWEETING!

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