Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Mitsie’s Memories: Visiting the Muhammad Ali Center

Park West Foundation, Park West Gallery, Albert Scaglione, Mitsie Scaglione, cruise ship art auctions, Simon Bull, Muhammad Ali Center
The late youth mentor and anti-violence activist Weusi Olusola, artist Simon Bull,
Albert and Mitsie Scaglione along with Park West Foundation youths visit with
The Champ, Muhammad Ali. Photo ©Park West Gallery, 2010
Thanks to an educational program sponsored by the Park West Foundation, in association with Park West Gallery, a special group of Detroit-area young women and men enjoyed the once-in-a-lifetime experience of meeting Muhammad Ali in person. Park West Gallery founder Albert Scaglione and his wife Mitsie accompanied the young Detroiters to Louisville to visit with the international boxing legend at the city’s acclaimed Muhammad Ali Center.

~Written by Mitsie Scaglione ~

Our visit to the Muhammad Ali Museum in Louisville, Kentucky was multi-faceted. I have so many wonderful memories of that trip, some highlights of which were:

1. Touring the Museum—a tribute not only to Muhammad Ali’s career but also to his life.

2. Seeing the installation by artist Simon Bull—his creative depictions of Ali capture the man and his emotions.

3. Bringing eleven of our foster girls and boys from our Park West Foundation in Detroit to the museum, where they had the opportunity to learn about Ali’s life, from his humble beginnings to the present.

Read the full article and see exclusive photos from the visit at The Park West Gallery Art Blog.
The Simon Bull Collection of Muhammad Ali artwork is available for purchase exclusively through Park West Gallery and our cruise art auctions at sea. Please visit parkwestgallery.com for more information.

Monday, August 30, 2010

CNN's Iconic Logo Redesigned by Romero Britto

CNN Icon, Romero Britto, Park West Gallery
Image credit: CNN Icon/Romero Britto
In August, CNN Icon presenter Monita Rajpal traveled to Montreaux, Switzerland, where she met and interviewed pop artist Romero Britto, one of the many contemporary artists represented by Park West Gallery.

Rajpal challenged the Brazilian artist to redesign the famous red CNN logo and spoke to him about his poster created for the 44th Montreaux Jazz Festival (view the poster here). Britto also showed off two classic Gibson guitars which he customized to be auctioned at the jazz festival for a musician’s charity.

Watch a short clip from the CNN Icon program at the Park West Gallery Art Blog.
Park West Gallery is proud to offer exclusive graphic editions from the world-renowned contemporary artist Britto. View Collection Highlights »

Park West CARES Initiative Announces Donations Extension

Nicky Yanke, Mitsie Scaglione, Park West Gallery, Park West CARES
Nicky Yanke, Park West Gallery HR Director, and Mitsie Scaglione, wife of Park West Gallery CEO
Albert Scaglione, help load items donated by Park West CARES to Covenant House Michigan on August 27, 2010.
Due to its success, Park West Gallery will be extending Park West CARES, an initiative to donate thousands of new items of clothing and other apparel to local, charitable organizations, through December.

“Park West CARES has received such an overwhelmingly positive response that we decided to continue the donations through the remainder of the year,” said Albert Scaglione, CEO of Park West Gallery. “All of the organizations chosen to receive these items provide such a valuable service, and we are honored to be able to help them and our community in this way.”

On August 27, 2010, approximately 300 items of summer clothing were given to Covenant House of Michigan, the sixth nonprofit organization to receive a generous donation from Park West CARES...

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Do you know of a local charity or nonprofit in need of summer clothing items? Park West CARES will be continuing its donation efforts through December, so please leave a comment with your suggestions!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Ask Park West Gallery! Join Us for ‘Ask a Curator Day’

Park West Gallery, Ask a Curator Day, @ParkWestGal Twitter
Join Park West Gallery @ParkWestGal on Twitter for Ask a Curator Day!

On Wednesday, September 1, 2010, you will have the opportunity to ask Park West Gallery Director Morris Shapiro anything and everything—well, almost—the questions do have to be art-related.

Visit the Park West Gallery Art Blog to find out how you can participate.

Last Chance to Save! Park West Gallery Kinkade Sale

Park West Gallery, Thomas Kinkade, fine art print sale
You can vote for your favorite Kinkade once per day, so visit daily!
Park West Gallery will choose one winner every Friday!
Visit www.parkwest-kinkade.com for details.

This week only, collect Bridge of Faith for just $99.99,
a savings of 55% off our normal price.
Hurry, offer ends August 26th!

Collect any 4 Kinkade works – Only $900*
Collect any 10 Kinkade works – Only $1,750*
*Unframed prices. Shipping charges will apply.

For more information, visit www.parkwest-kinkade.com.
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Monday, August 23, 2010

Park West CARES Donates to Vista Maria

Vista Maria, Park West Gallery, Park West CARES
As a continuation of Park West Gallery's summer initiative, Park West CARES donated close to 1000 items of clothing to Vista Maria on Friday, August 20th. Throughout the summer months of July and August, Park West CARES has already donated clothing to a number of non-profit organizations and plans to extend the summer initiative into the fall. Upcoming donations include Covenant House, Counterpoint Crisis Shelter and Genesis One Transitional Youth Center.

About Vista Maria
Vista Maria's mission is to heal Michigan's victimized girls and women with best-practice treatment programs designed to meet their unique needs while serving other vulnerable children and families within Southeast Michigan. Vista Maria's success is based on the philosophy of Saint Mary Euphrasia Pelletier, who founded the Sisters of the Good Shepherd - the community of women who founded Vista Maria. Her compassion, empathy, and interest in helping marginalized women and children evolved out of her own experience as a troubled adolescent. Therapy at Vista Maria is designed around each girl's individual experiences and needs. This encompasses a variety of activities that address the physical, spiritual, intellectual, and recreational well being of the girls.
To find out more about Vista Maria, visit them at http://www.vistamaria.org/.

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Park West Gallery Exclusive: "Csaba Markus, Aesthetic Olympian"

Csaba Markus, Park West Gallery, Morris Shapiro
Csaba Markus “Veritas” (2006) | Park West Gallery Collection
Following is an excerpt from an original article written by Park West Gallery Director, Morris Shapiro:

In the contemporary world of art a battle is currently raging. As the 20th Century clicked over to the 21st, it provided a convenient demarcation point for this struggle, but it has really been ongoing for at least 90 years. The conflict is about the search by artists of our time for the fundamentals of aesthetics which have long ago been “thrown under the bus.”
The word, “aesthetic” is derived from the Greek word, “aesthesis,” which means “perception with feeling,” and in so simple a joining of two phenomena, the entire history of western art criticism has rested. Perception of course deals with the sensorial response to art: what we perceive and experience through our limited senses as we take in what exists before us for contemplation. Feeling, results in what we take from that contemplation and from whatever “information” our senses provide. That is, how the information affects the perspective we bring to the contemplation of an artwork. That perspective is made up of our emotions, our experiences, our education, our dispositions, our passions, our prejudices and the myriad other qualities that define who we are each individually.
All through the storied evolution of aesthetic philosophy two halves have formed the whole of the aesthetic experience. They are the “yin and yang” of art and their measure must each be taken to develop a true analysis of any work of art in any medium. “Form” is the physical body, the manifestation in concrete reality of the work of art before us. In the visual arts (for which we will confine our discussion here) form may include the medium employed, the size or format of the work, the use of line, color, texture, contrast, the composition of the work, or any number of other “physical’ attributes. “Content,” on the other hand, is what the work of art is communicating to us as we experience it during contemplation. All art has something to communicate, even if the communication is about the absence of communication...
Read the full article at the Park West Gallery Art Blog
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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Defining David Willardson's "Pep Art"

David Willardson, Disney animation, Park West Gallery
David Willardson “J’Adore” (2006), from the Park West Gallery Collection.
©Collectors Editions. All rights reserved. ©Disney.
With his unique combination of pop art and action painting, David Willardson has illustrated everything from Disney characters to Hollywood movie posters. Nicknamed "Pep Art," Willardson's painting style was an immediate hit with Disney executives and continues to please art collectors around the world. Whether a Disney fan or a Jackson Pollock aficionado, you can't help but be moved by the infusion of color, personality and energy that permeates the artwork of David Willardson.

Visit the Park West Gallery Art Blog to go behind the scenes at Willardson's studio and listen he discusses the history of his "anima-zing" artwork.
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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Celebrity Game Show Contestant Salvador Dali on “What’s My Line”

Salvador Dali on Whats My Line, Park West Gallery
Take a trip back to the decade of hula hoops, sock hops and Elvis by watching some hilarious footage of Salvador Dali as a contestant on the popular game show What's My Line? (original air date January 27, 1957). The game tasked celebrity panelists with questioning contestants in order to determine their occupations. Although the artist doesn’t speak much more than to answer “yes” or “no,” the episode starring Salvador Dali was quite entertaining.

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The Detroit Free Press 'Do Good Detroit Blog' Features Park West Gallery

The Detroit Free Press Do Good Detroit Blog, Park West Gallery, Park West CARES
The Do Good Detroit Blog, sponsored by The Detroit Free Press, recently featured an article discussing Park West Gallery's summer donation initiative, Park West CARES. The Do Good Detroit Blog is described as “where to find out about who is doing good and how you can do good in our community.” Park West is honored by the mention and proud to share the article with all of our readers!

Read the full article here
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Park West CARES Gifts Clothing and Paintings to Pontiac Shelter

Grace Centers of Hope CEO Rev. Kent Clark (left) accepted a donation of artwork
and clothing from Park West Gallery CEO Albert Scaglione (right) on August 13, 2010.
The Oakland Press (Aug. 17, 2010) – Through its Park West CARES philanthropy initiative, Park West Gallery donated more than 600 items of clothing and 11 Thomas Kinkade paintings to Pontiac-based Grace Centers of Hope.

Grace Centers of Hope has been providing its services to Southeast Michigan as a homeless shelter since 1942.

“We are very grateful for the wonderful generosity of Park West Gallery,” the Rev. Kent Clark, CEO of Grace Centers of Hope, said in a statement. “This donation is not the first time they have supported our organization. For the past several years, Park West Gallery has been a valued partner in our efforts to address homelessness in Michigan.”

The relationship between the two organizations began in 2008 when Park West founder and CEO Albert Scaglione and his wife, Mitsie, made a $25,000 donation to Grace Centers.

The Grace donation Friday was one stop during Park West’s Southeast Michigan donation blitz throughout August.

“Gallery Gives Paintings to Pontiac Shelter” – Read the full article
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Park West Gallery Featured in Lansing State Journal

On August 15, 2010, the Lansing State Journal reported on a major gift of art donated by Park West Gallery CEO Albert Scaglione to the Charlotte Public Schools (CPS) Education Foundation. More than 800 paintings and prints were given to the community.

"Foundation Gets Art Gift Valued at $1.3 Million" - Read the full article here
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Monday, August 16, 2010

Mitsie’s Memories: Visiting Yaacov Agam in Israel

Yaacov Agam, Albert Scaglione, Mitsie Scaglione
Albert Scaglione with Yaacov Agam at his home in Jerusalem; the artists signs editions
of his artwork for Park West Gallery. Photo ©Park West Gallery, 2010
Jerusalem, Israel
~ Written by Mitsie Scaglione ~
In reflecting back on the last 30 years with Yaacov Agam, I realized I could write a volume on the memories that our family has shared with the artist and his family. From our first meeting at his studio in Paris, to his farm outside of Paris, to his home in Israel—we have watched each other’s children become adults and begin their careers...

Read the full story at the Park West Gallery Art Blog

Related Links:
- Read more of Mitsie’s Memories: A Tribute to Marcel Mouly
- Visit Park West Gallery to learn about artist Yaacov Agam and view his artwork

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Noah’s World of Color Vinylmation™ Water Show Opens at Disneyland Resort

Noah Fine Art, World of Color Vinylmation, Disney California Adventure Theme Park, Park West Gallery
Noah puts finishing touches on his World of Color Vinylmation™ artwork
at Disney’s California Adventure Theme Park. Photo credit: Noah Fine Art
World of Color Vinylmation™ by Park West artist Noah is being released Saturday, August 14 at Disney’s California Adventure Theme Park. A fantastic new nighttime spectacular, World of Color™ weaves water, color, fire and light into a kaleidoscope of fantasy and imagination. The attraction uses more than 1,000 jets of water to form incredible shapes in time to the music as Disney characters come to life. For the premiere World of Color Vinylmation™ event, Noah was asked to paint a large 5-foot-tall Vinylmation™ piece as well as an original painting; both will be displayed on opening night.

Watch video of Noah adding finishing touches to his World of Color Vinylmation™ art and get the event details at The Park West Gallery Art Blog.
Visit Park West Gallery to learn more about the artist and view selections from the Noah Fine Art Collection.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Park West CARES Donates to Capuchin Soup Kitchen

Park West CARES, Park West Gallery, Capuchin Soup Kitchen
August 6, 2010: A Park West Gallery volunteer loads boxes of clothing onto the Capuchin Soup Kitchen truck.
For the third consecutive Friday, Park West CARES, Park West Gallery’s summer donation initiative, gave several hundred items of clothing to a local non-profit organization. The Capuchin Soup Kitchen of Detroit, which provides material, psychological and social needs to the less fortunate, was given over 750 pieces of clothing. The pick up took place on August 6 at Park West Gallery in Southfield, Michigan.

Read the full story at the Park West Gallery Art Blog
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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Rarely Seen, Largest Ever Picasso Canvas on Display

Pablo Picasso, Deux Femmes Courant sur la Plage, Ballets Russes curtain
A V&A employee admires Pablo Picasso’s front cloth designed for the Ballets Russes
1924 performance of “Le Train Bleu.” [Photo: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images]
On Thursday, a rarely seen Pablo Picasso work was hung at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. In fact, the gigantic canvas curtain has spent most of the last 80 years rolled up in storage.

The piece measures 34″ x 38″, qualifying it as the largest painting ever designed by Picasso. It was purchased by the museum in 1969 and will be the star of a retrospective opening this fall—Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes, 1909-1929.

More about this HUGE Picasso and the exhibit at the Park West Gallery Art Blog
Park West Gallery has become one of the longest running and largest dealers of Picasso graphic works internationally. Learn more about the collection

Artist Peter Nixon Talks About the Park West Experience

Peter Nixon, Allure. Park West Gallery
Detail from “Allure” (2005), Peter Nixon | The Park West Gallery Collection
“Working with Park West is a unique opportunity and a dream job for an artist…,” says Peter Nixon, who has been part of the Park West Gallery family of artists for over 5 years. “The mission—started by Albert Scaglione in 1969—was, and still is, to make art accessible to everyone... [Park West] is an organization with complete commitment, honesty and integrity towards their work. I certainly don’t think you stay in the business for 40 years if you’re not.”

Watch the full interview with Peter Nixon at the Park West Gallery Art Blog

Learn more about Peter Nixon at the Park West Gallery Artist Biographies or view selections of his work from the Park West Gallery Collection.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Park West Gallery Co-Sponsors Back-to-School Drive for Kids

Guest auctioneer Stoney Goldstein (left) and Children’s Home Society supporter
Todd Nordstrom (right) stand in front of artwork donated by Park West Gallery.
On Thursday, July 19th, Park West Gallery co-sponsored the Nordstrom Network’s 11th Annual Happy Hour to benefit Children’s Home Society of Florida’s Back-to-School Drive. The event was attended by over 120 people, and featured a live Art and Bachelor/Bachelorette Auction.

Park West Gallery donated artwork for the auction and Park West Executive Vice President Stoney Goldstein was the guest auctioneer. 100% of the auction proceeds will go to purchase back-to-school supplies.

Read more about this successful event at the Park West Gallery Art Blog

Simon Bull Paints Northern California

Simon Bull, Park West Gallery
Simon Bull paints the famous Drive Through Tree along the Avenue of the Giants,
a scenic highway running through California’s Humboldt Redwoods State Park.
On a recent trip through Northern California, artist Simon Bull brought his video camera along to document his plein air painting journey. Travel with the artist and watch as he captures the beauty of nature on canvas.

Watch the video on the Park West Gallery Art Blog

Learn more about Simon Bull at the Park West Gallery Artist Biographies, or view selections of his artwork from the Park West Gallery Collection

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Win a FREE Thomas Kinkade Print from Park West Gallery

Thomas Kinkade, Evening Majesty, Park West Gallery Collection
 Thomas Kinkade "Evening Majesty" (1999) | Park West Gallery Collection
Congratulations to this week's winner of
the Park West Gallery Vote for Your Favorite 
Thomas Kinkade Contest: 

Yoko M. won Evening Majesty!!

Click here to enter to win your favorite Thomas Kinkade artwork.

Winners will be randomly selected every Friday.
You can vote once per day, so come back and vote daily!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Linda Le Kinff Discusses Her Graphic Editions with Park West Gallery

Linda Le Kinff signs an edition of her graphic works at Park West Gallery. 
Visit the Park West Gallery Art Blog to watch exclusive video of Gallery Director Morris Shapiro speaking with contemporary French artist Linda Le Kinff about her graphic works. In the video, Le Kinff talks about how she incorporates the printing processes of serigraphy and lithography into art editions distributed exclusively through Park West Gallery.

Watch more artist videos at the Park West Gallery YouTube Channel

Park West CARES: Donation to Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries

Park West CARES, Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, Park West Gallery donation program
July 30, 2010: Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries picks up a donation from Park West Gallery as part of the Park West CARES summer initiative.
On Friday, July 30, Park West CARES, Park West Gallery’s summer donation initiative, gave several hundred items of clothing to The Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries (DRMM). The DRMM is one of the largest providers in the fight against homelessness and substance abuse in the country.

This was the second week in a long lineup of Park West CARES donations scheduled to take place throughout the summer.

Read the full story at the Park West Gallery Art Blog

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