Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Park West Gallery Spring Collection

Park West Gallery Spring Collection
Fine artwork, designer jewelry, sports memorabilia and animation featured

The Park West Gallery Spring Sale Collection is currently being featured online and in Park West’s Michigan Gallery. Fine artwork, high-end designer jewelry, sports memorabilia and animation art will be offered at exciting sale prices now through May 14th.

More than 300 works from some of the world’s greatest artists are featured in the Spring Sale including old and modern masters and contemporary artists. Fine jewelry from high-end designers such as Erte, Lumiere, Diara, Roberto Coin, and Gatto Luciano is also featured.

A portion of Park West Gallery’s extensive sports memorabilia collection has been incorporated into the Spring Collection as well as animation works featuring lovable Looney Tunes, Disney, and Hanna-Barbera characters.

Park West Spring Collection: sales.parkwestgallery.com.

Call knowledgeable art consultants at 800.521.9654.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Park West Gallery Chosen Best of Southfield

Park West Gallery Receives 2010 Best of Southfield Award
Park West Gallery was recently awarded, for the second consecutive year, the Best of Southfield Award by the U.S. Commerce Association. Park West was recognized in the Retail Establishment Property Operation category.

Since nationwide only 1 in 70 of the 2009 award recipients qualified as two-time award winners, this year’s award is that much more meaningful. To read what Park West Gallery CEO Albert Scaglione said upon receiving this award, visit the Park West Gallery Art Blog.

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Romero Britto Discusses the Art of Happiness

On a recent visit to Florida International University, pop artist Romero Britto spoke to students about the “art of happiness,” which his unique artwork is commonly referred to as. Britto has received international acclaim for not only his artwork, but his business acumen and philanthropic efforts as well. To watch Romero Britto’s FIU speech, visit the Park West Gallery Art Blog.

Best Friends. Romero Britto.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Peter Max Paints Life-Size Shaq Portrait

Pop artist Peter Max recently painted a life-size portrait of basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal. The painting is currently being featured in an exhibit curated by Shaq - Size DOES Matter. The exhibition is being held by the FLAG Art Foundation, includes works from international artists, and explores the myriad ways that scale affects the perception of contemporary art. In a recent interview with Fox News New York, Max showed off the impressive painting and discussed Shaq’s visit to his studio.

To view the full Peter Max interview, visit the
Park West Gallery Art Blog

Peter Max Interview

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Park West Foundation Co-Sponsors Peace Event

Weusi Olusola. Image Courtesy of the Detroit Free Press.
The First Annual Peace and Love Day is being held on the Marygrove College campus Saturday, March 13, 2010 from 1- 5 p.m. This free event, which is open to the public, is dedicated to taking a stand against violence and will provide community resources and entertainment.

Peace and Love Day is co-sponsored by the Park West Foundation, founded in 2006 by Park West Gallery CEO Albert Scaglione and his wife Mitsie Scaglione. It is being held in honor of the late Weusi Olusola, national youth and peace activist, whose mission of "pioneering for the preservation of our youth" is still very much alive.

For more information on Peace and Love Day, visit the
Park West Gallery Art Blog

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Art Basics: Painting Materials and Techniques

In our first “brief guide to art basics” posting, the Park West Gallery bloggers went over various painting mediums. So for this art basics post, we thought it made sense to go over assorted painting materials and techniques.

Stay tuned for future “brief guide to art basics” postings….and enjoy the following definitions of painting materials and techniques!

Painting Materials and Techniques

Alex Pauker. Coconut Trees - painting with impasto technique used.Gesso: A material used to prime a canvas or linen surface which allows the paint to be accepted more readily and not be absorbed into the canvas. It can also be applied to wood and sanded to create a fine and smooth painting surface.

Impasto: The application of think paint to the surface of the canvas or board to build up the textures. It can be applied with a brush or palette knife.

Pablo Picasso. Hibou - clay vase glazed and painted.Glazing: The opposite of impasto, glazing is done by diluting the pigments and layering one color over another which lends a softness and delicacy to the surface. It is most effective with an under painted tone and glazing applied on top.

Varnish: A solution (either oil or water-based) applied to a finished painting to cover and protect the work. It may be either gloss, satin, or matte finish, and it is also applied, at times, purely for aesthetic reasons.

Drybrush: The use of a small amount of pigment on the brush to create a linear application of pigment yielding a range of line characteristics.

Scumbling: A shading technique that is created by forcing the brush to open with pressure onto the surface of the canvas or board, creating a loose and textural type of brush stroke.

Check out the first Art Basics posting on Painting Mediums >>

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Modern Masters Exhibit at Philadelphia Art Museum

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is currently featuring a new exhibit that focuses on Modern Masters such as Picasso, Braque and Chagall. Picasso and the Avant-Garde in Paris, which includes 214 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper, follows the trajectory of Picasso’s artistic career while including works by artists who followed Picasso’s example and moved to the French capital.

For more information on the Modern Masters exhibit, visit the
Park West Gallery Art Blog

Three Musicians (1921) by Pablo Picasso, Philadelphia Museum of Art. ©2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
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