Thursday, August 28, 2008

Kind Words of Note

"August 2008

Class of 2008

'If eyes were made for seeing
Then beauty is its own excuse for being.'
~ William Wordsworth

The VIP Tour "Class of 2008" wishes to express its appreciation and gratitude for the generous hospitality and the, perhaps, undeserved rewards we have experienced. Along the way we shared precious time with Peter Max who provided individual greetings and photo ops for each at Ringo's baby grand. Next, we were mesmerized by the flashing Hungarian eyes of Csaba Markus, then soothed by the aqueous tones of Marko Mavrovich who worked as we watched...

From the Park West faculty we gained insight via a graduate cram course in art history. So again, thank you all for demonstrating that out on the boundless sea voyage beyond all horizons in life, we stand on the solid ground of beauty held in our hearts and minds. Since great art sought us out, the Class of 2008 promises to take good and careful care of our ownership.


The VIP Class of 2008"

Marko Mavrovich "Solitude in the Pacific", 2005

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

A Little Afternoon Gossip

Itzchak Tarkay

"Sisters at Tea II"

Park West Gallery proudly unveils a new website featuring one of the most influential artists of the early 21st Century, Itzchak Tarkay.

Tarkay has achieved recognition as a leading representative of a new generation of figurative artists. The inspiration for his work lies with French Impressionism, and Post-Impressionism, particularly the color sophistication of Matisse and the drawing style of Toulouse-Lautrec, while summing up the characteristics of his model subject without relying on the precise copying of natural forms, or the patient assembling of exact detail.

Tarkay's sophisticated ladies are often depicted relaxing at a cafe, chatting about the latest gossip over afternoon tea. And now you have a chance to join in on the gossip at the Park West Gallery Itzchak Tarkay Forum! Share your thoughts on Tarkay's artwork and comment on his style and technique. Click here to start chatting!

Check out the Tarkay videos on the Park West Gallery YouTube channel

Monday, August 18, 2008

Sold! Thank You to Bidder #106!

Park West Gallery extends our heartfelt appreciation to all of our loyal customers who have taken time to write about their positive experiences of purchasing artwork while aboard cruise ship art auctions at sea.

Following is one of our favorite recent letters and we would like to say thank you by posting it here, on our new Customer Service blog. Please email Park West Gallery
to submit your positive feedback...and you never know, you just might see yourself published!

"August 2008

[Dear] Park West Galleries, Art Auction at Sea Director:

My wife and I sailed on the Carnival 'Victory' 7/21-7/26/08 out of New York and we wanted to share with you our experience with your art auctions.

We take at least one cruise a year and always look forward to the Art at Sea Auctions. Not only are they a welcome break from the usual shipboard activities but they also give us a chance to learn more about art, artists and styles. As we headed down to dinner on our first night, we noticed a table had been set up near one of the dining rooms advertising the Park West Auction and a contest to guess the price of a Picasso. We had seen and participated in this raffle before so we walked over to try our luck again. At the moment, it was unmanned but within 30 seconds, we heard someone call out to us 'hello strangers'. We turned around to see our old friend Sandeep who had recognized us from across the room. This will be our 4th cruise and 3rd in a row that Sandeep has been one of our art representatives. We were amazed that he remembered our names given the thousands of people he has come in contact with. He also asked if we were happy with our last purchases, which he remembered by artist. We laughed at the odds of seeing each other again especially since we've embarked at various parts of the country each time and on different cruise lines. We talked briefly and he told us that the main auctioneer's name was Ian and that he would be down in the gallery all evening and to stop by and see the display of art.

After dinner, we went down to the gallery to look at the display. We always like to meet our auctioneer beforehand and see what they are like and what artists they enjoy and collect. That first night is always a good night to meet the Park West representatives because most guests are busy trying to find suitcases, rooms and dining facilities so it gives us time to chat. We met Ian and his assistant Amanda and we were immediately impressed with their knowledge and passion for art. We also found that they along with Sandeep had visited the special Dali exhibit at the MOMA in New York as we did before the cruise, so we had even more things to talk about. We left knowing that we would enjoy ourselves at the first auction the next day.

The first auction day is always a cautionary day for us because we don't know what's on board the ship. That's one of the reasons we go and talk to our auctioneers and get an idea of what may be available. To our surprise, this was possibly one of the biggest in number and selection of art and artists that we had ever seen at a sea auction. We were very impressed at what was available. We tend to gravitate towards the 'finer' pieces of art nowadays. We think that's because over the years, we have spoken to so many Park West representatives that have given us honest information in regards to what is collectible that we feel more confident and knowledgeable when we look at artwork. We always reflect back to our first auction 8 years ago when we felt so out of place amongst all the beautiful pieces of art. We didn't buy anything that cruise. In fact, we left before it started thinking we had WalMart prints at home. What would we do with fine art?

So on the first auction, we got to see Ian in action. What a ham! He was great. He got the good-sized crowd laughing at his bad jokes and everyone was at ease and having a good time. During the preview we looked at some pieces by Agam, which we have considered before. We requested an opening bid quote from Sandeep to decide whether we wanted to have a piece brought up. In the process, Sandeep told us about the collectibility of Agam as well. Strangely, we didn't get our price quote from him but instead a 'suggestion' to wait and talk after the auction. Well as it turned out, the very piece we were looking at came up as a mystery piece during the auction. Now we always raise our bid card during the mystery piece because it's fun, all in attendance can get involved and you always get a great deal. We now own an Agam. As it turns out, Ian owns the same piece. Since we had attended the Dali exhibit in New York, we became more fascinated with his works so we inquired about some of the art on board. It was great talking to Ian, Amanda and Sandeep about Dali since we all got to share what we had seen at the museum. We got some information that we needed to think about before the next auction in regards to pieces that were available and what we might want to collect.

On the 2nd and last auction of the cruise, we went to the preview a bit early armed with questions about collecting Dali. We talked to Ian, Amanda and Sandeep in depth about Dali. We can honestly say we walked away both more knowledgeable and more confused. There are so many choices of Dali's work available out there. They are all interesting in their own way and you really have to love a piece to want to own it. You should be proud that your Park West staff did not sell us a Dali that day. Instead, they emphasized one of the most important philosophies of buying art. We learned a long time ago from one of our favorite Park West auctioneers, J.C., that you should always buy the best medium of art that you can afford and that it should be a piece that you can look at everyday, still find something new in it that you have never seen before and still love owning it. That is what they made us remember. We are so glad that philosophy is still being taught to all the new auctioneers. During the actual preview as my wife and I wandered separately around the room, two works of art caught our eye. Mind you now that we had just gotten through this discussion about Dali and what a step up in collecting art that would be. We brought Ian over to find out the opening bid on a Britto litho. He gave us a little smirk like you just stepped down a bit given the lengthy consideration we just went through over buying a Dali. What can we say, we really liked it. Next we walked him over to a Miro. We think Ian's spirits and confidence in us returned.

The works of Miro have fascinated us for many years. We have never really liked the pieces we have seen before. They have been interesting but not something we could love everyday and not always affordable. We were given the opening bid and Ian made sure to explain to us this was a big step up in collecting, even bigger than a Dali. He said we should take some time to decide on this one. We moved the art to a place we could look at it more closely and discuss it. We appreciated the fact that Ian, Amanda and Sandeep all came by separately to ask us if we had questions or concerns and each gave us some information they knew about the piece and the artist. Maybe this is the kind of treatment you get when you are about to spend a large sum of money on artwork? We can honestly say though that the extra attention we were getting was not out of want to make a good sale but out of concern and respect. We have never met a Park West employee who acts like the sale is the most important thing. At any of the auctions we have attended, an important element is to gain knowledge of art by being exposed to different artists and styles. Sometimes we walk away with art, sometimes we don't. Last year we bought a Chagall (thank you Sandeep) after much consideration. Would we be disappointed if we didn't buy this Miro? Probably, but at the same time we were enjoying ourselves with the possibility that we could own this lovely piece of art. A final stop by Ian before the auction began to ask if we had reached a decision. We then took our seats for the auction and Ian went up on stage.

Again Ian began with the corny jokes. There is never a hook around when you need one. One by one different requests were brought up and bid on. Mystery pieces revealed, raffle tickets given away, everyone having a good time and then the most wonderful piece of art was brought to the stage. Next to Ian was THE MIRO!! After a brief explanation about the art, it's artists and it's importance in the art world, it was time to open the bidding. Our card #106 was up in a flash. We suddenly realized 'what if someone else was going to bid too?' Those were the most agonizing seconds of our lives. No one else bid and I'm not sure if Ian would have let them as fast as the gavel came down. After the auction, Ian, Amanda and Sandeep all came over to congratulate us. We were so happy to share our joy with them. That evening at final checkout it was sad to say goodbye to our newest Park West Gallery friends Ian and Amanda. Sandeep we figured we would probably see again next year somewhere so his goodbyes are less final.

After every cruise we go on, we like to drop a note (or in this case an essay) to let you know how satisfied we are with the people and services you provide. It's always a pleasure to meet different auctioneers who are still able to pass on new information on art and artists. Each of your auctioneers brings their own style of wit, presentation and professionalism. They all have the ability to teach potential buyers about art, how to appreciate art and artists, learn about art and relate to all people regardless of economic status. Most of all though, they know how to have fun and pass that on to their audience so that it's a great time for everyone in attendance. Thank you Ian, Amanda and Sandeep for another wonderful cruise. And thank you Park West for another enjoyable auction.

P.S. We still ended up with the Britto litho. We loved it.


Patrick & Diane A." (Plantation, Florida)

Friday, August 15, 2008

The Park West Foundation and Park West Gallery Sponsor Be A Tiger For Kids

Simon Bull
"Tiger Fire"

Supporting Creative, Lasting Solutions for Youth

In 2005 Albert and Mitsie Scaglione, owners of the acclaimed Park West Gallery and Cruise Art Auctions, founded this not-for-profit organization as a way to give something back to their Detroit community. The Park West Foundation was organized to provide much needed help to youth where it is needed the most. Of the many groups the foundation helps, New Directions For Youth aims to provide under privileged children with a support system to ease the difficult transition from foster care to a fulfilling life as young adults. The Park West Foundation is funded primarily through financial contributions and donations of fine art by Park West Gallery.


Cornerstone Schools Invite You to Be a Tiger for Kids on September 8th

DETROIT, Aug. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Monday, September 8th, Cornerstone Schools and the Detroit Tigers will host the 3rd annual Be A Tiger For Kids event at Comerica Park. This notable event is a thank you to thousands across various communities in and around metropolitan Detroit who have helped to provide an excellent education to 1,131 children who attend Cornerstone Schools.

Cornerstone Schools encourage those from the community to donate at and help to change a life and create a new city for all through education excellence. This year more than ever, Cornerstone needs the help of the community to re-enroll their students this fall. One hundred percent of the donation goes to the Cornerstone Scholarship fund. Many of the parents whose children now attend Cornerstone are at or below the poverty line and have been negatively impacted by the economic conditions in the city. Most of the parents work two jobs to cover the cost of their child's education. All parents must pay something towards their child's tuition regardless of their financial means. A donation to Cornerstone's Scholarship fund fills the financial gap.

As a thank you for qualifying donations, one will receive entry to the Rock 'n Roar pre-game party on September 8th, a fun family event with food, entertainment, games provided and tickets to the 7:05 pm Tigers vs. Oakland A's ball game. The Cornerstone choir will sing the national anthem and thank the thousands of supporters on hand sporting bright orange tee shirts. "It is quite the visual. We are fortunate to have the support of so many from the various communities in and around Detroit; however, we have yet to reach our financial goals for the 2008/2009 school year. We need help from the community to continue with our mission to educate the children of the city. As individuals there is nothing greater one can do than to change a life and provide a child with a future," says Clark Durant, CEO, Cornerstone Schools.

Cornerstone Schools are high-performing faith based independent schools in Detroit. Through the support of the community, Cornerstone seeks to achieve the following: an excellent education for 1,131 children Cornerstone children, a broad and beloved community of friends to surround these children with excellent role models and supporters who can help provide scholarship assistance so our current children can re-enroll this fall, and a sustainable model that will drive change for excellence in the larger system.

The Be A Tiger For Kids event is sponsored by over 30 corporate sponsors which include; AT&T, Beaumont Hospitals, Big Boy, Cargill, Cunnington Family Foundation, Detroit Medical Center, DTE Energy, Fisher & Company, GM, ITC Holdings Corp., Masco Corporation, Meijer, MTU Detroit Diesel, National City, National Logistics Management, Park West Galleries, Price Waterhouse Coopers LLP, William Pulte, Richard Helppie, Shuert Enterprises, Soave Enterprises, The Broad Foundation, Weldaloy,Yazaki and others.

To donate and receive tickets for the Be A Tiger For Kids event on September 8th, visit or call 1-800-343-0950.

SOURCE Cornerstone Schools Association

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Park West Gallery Celebrates 40 Years...and Everybody Is Still Talking About It!

More than 40 artists represented by Park West Gallery — from the Israeli founder of kinetic art, Yaakov Agam, to U.S. celebrity artists Thomas Kinkade and Peter Max— convened in Detroit on July 16–17, 2008

Sundance-winner Alexander Rockwell to direct documentary of event

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. -- Park West Gallery, one of the world’s largest fine art dealers, marked its 40th anniversary this July by bringing more than 40 artists to Detroit, offering journalists a unique opportunity to interview some of the biggest names in the art world. The artists, along with a number of well-known art historians and writers, stayed at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham, Mich., and convened at Park West’s 63,000-square-foot gallery in Southfield, Mich., for the two-day event.

Since its establishment in 1969, Park West Gallery has helped launch the careers of hundreds of contemporary artists, providing fine artwork to more than 1.2 million clients in more than 70 countries around the world. Among the artists who attended the anniversary celebration are Yaakov Agam, Thomas Kinkade, Peter Max, Csaba Marcus, Anatole Krasnyansky, Fanch Ledan, Linda LeKinff, Tomasz Rut, Igor Medvedev, and Itzchak Tarkay. The event also featured South African realist painter Andrew Bone, who works in the bush of Africa; British artist Simon Bull, who recently painted the life of Muhammad Ali; and American photo-realist painter Scott Jacobs.

"Dear Mr. Scaglione,

We would like to express our gratitude to you for inviting us to the Park West 40th Anniversary. It was indeed a huge success and a stupendous undertaking on your part to have such distinguished artists come together for your event.

We had a fabulous time seeing your gallery, meeting the artists and enjoying your lovely town, plus buying several great pieces of art.

The accomodations at the Townsend Hotel were superb and every breakfast, lunch and dinner were outstanding. Needless to say, every arrangement made by your staff, from airport pickup and back, the bus rides to the gallery were perfect.

We thank you so much for a wonderful five days in Birmingham and congratulate you on your many achievements.


Mary & John M." (Omaha, NE)

Monday, August 11, 2008

WWJ (CBS) "Michigan Matters" Features Park West Gallery CEO, Albert Scaglione

Sunday, August 10, 2008

DETROIT, Michigan/ Televised on WWJ (CBS) Michigan Matters --

Carol Cain [WWJTV Community Affairs Director and Detroit Free Press Columnist] visits with two Boys of Summer -- two elder statesmen who have made their marks and are now giving back to the community. First up: legendary Detroit Tigers Hall of Fame Coach Sparky Anderson...Then, Albert Scaglione, who went from working as an engineer at NASA to chucking it all and owning an art gallery called Park West Gallery. It is based in Metro Detroit and has over $1 billion worth of art he is selling in 70 countries and on cruise ships. Scaglione talks about his view of success and how he is giving back by helping kids forced out of foster care.

[Segment 3]

> Cain: "Welcome back to Michigan Matters. His story is certainly eclectic. He was working as an engineer for NASA on a program shooting for Mars in the 1960s when the government cut the funding. He was at a cross-roads trying to figure out what to do next. He thought about it and returned to a job he truly loved, a job he had as a teen working in an art gallery."

> Scaglione: "The part about leaving engineering was an interesting one because I was working for Wayne State University at the time and the NASA work was my research and the work that I was doing was fundamentally and primarily about how to get into deep space, how to get a man on Mars. The part that I was working on were the heat shields. I worked with a wonderful professor who came from China, wrote many books and articles and great stuff until in the late 60s, the government decided no more funding, no more deep space, no more supersonic transport.

So the kind of work being done by engineers of my sort, mechanical, aerospace engineer, was no longer being funded for research. They had plenty of teaching opportunities, however, you could go to work for the government and take your rocket designs and put nuclear warheads on the end. Stick them out in space and bring them back in. That troubled me. The papers would be secret, classified papers. And I kind of thought about that for a year. I had a brother who was in the air force and actually worked for the government and worked for NASA down in Cleveland, Dayton actually, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and we prayed on it, talked about it and I finally said, I can't. I just can't do this. And I did something so totally, seemingly different that I knew I would never return.

> Cain: "Going back to your earlier roots as a teen when you worked in your cousin's art store?"

> Scaglione: "That's right. In Lyndhurst, New Jersey, my cousin, Paul. And after eight years of working on a truck with my father every summer, my mother said, 'Joe, isn't it time Albert did something a little different? Let him go to work in the art gallery.' When I did, it was like a miracle. I mean, even the smell of oil paint and varnish to these days makes me happy. I go down to our restoration department and I smile a lot. Not from the drug effect, but from the effect of just remembering it. I was stretching paintings and helping to frame paintings and it was a great experience.

I remember with all the money I earned, the majority of it went to a Christmas present for my parents. And in fact, my sister inherited that, my parents are both dead now, that i bought them for Christmas that year when I was 16 years old. I thought about that when I wanted to choose a new career. Let me do something I really like. I also was kind of always fascinated with art.

I think when you get to art and science, you have a left-right brain combination. To work in any scientific endeavor where you're working in theoretical things, you're trying to be creative, you're trying to come up to solutions to problems that have never been solved before. New thinking, different thinking. A lot of failure, a lot of trial and error, a lot of getting your own authorship on something. Art is very similar.

In order to be successful as an artist, I don't know of a single artist who is a copycat of anybody else who has been very successful. Every artist has to have his own unique authorship. And while I'm not an artist and claim no artistic talent, I have a tremendous understanding at least of the feelings that go into it based upon my own feelings. And it seemed very natural for me when I started working with artists; M.C. Escher in the early 70s, Yaacov Agam, Peter Max, Victor Vasarely...and I found out without having any money, I didn't have any money, but just having a certain passion, these people would allow me to sell their work. And they would often loan me the work. And I would go sell the work and pay them and go sell the work and pay them. And lo and behold it worked."

> Cain: "Here we are, 40 years later, a lot of people watching the show at home are in a similar situation where they're changing careers, whether by choice or being forced out because of all the cut back of white collar and blue collar jobs in the manufacturing sector of the state. They're looking at options. Maybe someone is looking to open their new business. Is there a piece of advice you would give someone, again particularly looking back in your early days when you started out of running a business, as what it takes to be successful?"

> Scaglione: "I think it's a number of things. I think it's a lot of hard work. I think to find something where you have a niche that needs to be filled. What I found, and it was almost by accident, my teaching style of being very engaging and of liking people and of wanting to hear their questions, wanting to know where they're coming from. And then my interest in going and doing research and my interest in connecting the artist with the people worked beautifully. A lot of people weren't doing that.

When I started in '69, and I think it's even true today, there is a certain style that says, art is not for everybody. And the kind of art I have in my spot is only for certain special people who really get it. And my approach is very different. My approach said that here is what I have, are you interested? Do you like any of it? If you do, I can even get to you meet the artist. I can engage you in it. I'll read like there is no tomorrow everything I can on it and I'll get you to the truth about what's the spiritual work.

For example, Yaacov Agam and I get along very well because his father was an orthodox rabbi and he considers every one of his works a visual prayer. I'm a person whose mother and grandmothers were daily communicants. I'm not. I'm a Catholic and believe in God and go to church and do all that good stuff and we came together in our spirituality. So here is an orthodox Jew and a Catholic who are seeing things perfectly alike in that we believe in keeping our word, we believe in the Ten Commandments. He believes every one of his works is a prayer. I was refreshed by that. And he's got this dynamic thing. So in terms of your question, what should one do? You've got to find a niche where you're filling something that somebody isn't filling, if you want to start a new business. You've got to have a reason for people to want to come to you. And when you do, I think they're going to beat a path to your door."

> Cain: "When we return, we'll hear what Albert has to say about other cities who are trying to get him to move his business their way. We're back with more Michigan Matters right after this."

[Segment 4]

> Cain: "Welcome back to Michigan Matters where we're continuing our conversation with Albert Scaglione, founder of Park West Gallery. He is celebrating his 40th anniversary here. We had a chance to talk about success.

Are they surprised that you're running a big empire from Detroit?"

> Scaglione: "I don't know if it's an empire, it's a reasonably good-sized business. I don't think so. I'm very proud of Detroit. I've been here for -- since 1962. And so that's a few years. And so I'm a Detroiter now. The work ethic in Detroit is just phenomenal. The talent pool in Detroit is just phenomenal. For example, we have our own restoration department. When you sell as much art as we do, it gets damaged in shipping and other ways and we have restorers and we have a wonderful staff. We've been wooed away many times to go to Florida to do our business or to go to the south or here or there. I'm here. As long as I'm running this business, it's very likely to stay in Detroit."

> Cain: "As a business owner in the state, how do you view Michigan's climate as a place to do business? You mentioned trying to be wooed away by other places, trying to woo you away. What keeps you here? How do you think the state is doing in terms of being effective at keeping businesses and luring new businesses?"

> Scaglione: "I may not be the best one to answer that question because I don't have my hands wrapped around statistics. I can tell that the energy is good. I have a lot of friends in government, from Jennifer Granholm to the Levins, both Carl and Sandy Levin. And they're all good-hearted people and they're all serious people. I think we all care. I think our problems are deeper set. I think our problems have to do with the changing industry. We need mass transportation. I love Brooks, he's a great guy, but i don't agree with the mass transportation issue.

We have -- my wife and I have have a ministry where we're working with 71 girls from the inner city who've been in foster care. And they're now under our care and they're as old as 19, 20, they've been kind of booted out of the system. And it's hard for them to get around any place. Everybody needs to have a car. We need to have mass transit. We need to have change. We need things to happen. I think our hearts are in the right place. I think it will take some time. That's why I'm dug in. My program for the girls, to help our girls and boys eventually, 6,000 like that, I think it's a 20-year program. Not a program for today. We've been at it three years. So I think as long as we're willing to dig in and keep our hearts pure, whether we think it's this issue or that issue, I think we have intelligent and good people who are not leaving the state.

> Cain: "How do you view, as someone who deals with many philanthropic causes, I know you've donated art to some of the universities here in the state, I know you're going to be giving the commencement speech at Central Michigan University. How do you view philanthropic as a corporate business owner yourself? How do you view that? What's your take on that?"

> Scaglione: "You have to do it. You have to do it. If you don't do it, then you have to say shame on you. And it's something that -- even in a year when you may not make any money, most corporations have assets. We have assets. So our asset is a big art collection. Our art collection is valued in excess of 1 billion dollars. That's a lot of money. And that asset needs to be sold. And you need to put your money where your mouth is.

If you believe in causes, you have to help them, whether it means giving a picture, whether it means -- for example, I put this out for the public. If you have a good charitable cause and you want to use this facility free, come and ask us. You're going to get an answer of yes. It's writing a check. It's lending a helping hand. It's giving some advice or framing. Many ways. And other corporations can do it in different ways. You can do it with your talent. You can encourage your employees to work pro bono. If you're a law firm, you can do some pro bono work. That's what it takes. I think as a corporation, it's first and foremost, you can't expect the government to have the problems that we have in this state, both in Detroit and in the whole state, to step up with money that they don't have. But corporations have assets. I think every CEO of every corporation that is successful in any manner has an obligation to do this."

> Cain: "At 69, Albert shows no signs of slowing down. We can only imagine how much his company will change over the next ten years and certainly we'll be watching. With that, we wrap up this week's show. My special thanks to Albert and Sparky for joining us this morning."

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Friday, August 8, 2008

Even More Kudos to Park West Gallery!

"August 8, 2008

It has been two years since Nancy my wife and I were on the Carnival cruise ship. Enjoying the Bahamas and taking in the the wonderful views of the art work of Park West Gallery. We have friends and family come over to our house and enjoy the works of Alfred Gockel, Arkady Ostritsky, Anatole Krasnyansky( my favorite artist), Linda LeKinff, Marcus Glenn, Neil Farkas, Lebadang, Peter Max. You can tell we love are art work. I remember when I was a custom framer there at Park West over 16 years ago, I met Lebadang in person, a really nice gentleman. I truly miss the art world and the environment. I watched the Park West Gallery tour video online, the gallery is beautiful. My wife Nancy cannot believe how large and beautiful the gallery is. I hope you could tell Albert he has done a fantastic job on the gallery.

Best Wishes,

Nathaniel & Nancy R." (Sterling Heights, MI)


"August 7, 2008

Good morning,

I recently bought some beautiful artwork from Park West on the Carnival cruise ship Inspiration. My dealer/auctioneer was Matt - and he was fantastic! He and his assistants Joseph and Carrie were extremely knowledgeable, helpful, and made the entire experience one I will never forget. I especially enjoyed the showing of Destino - thanks for bringing it out to the auctions!

Thank you very much,

Dale H." (Riverview, FL)


"August 7, 2008

Thanks [Park West]!!! My mom and I went on a cruise a few weeks ago and really had a lot of fun with the Park West employees there. We would like to let them know how we appreciated them.... It was Sebastian, Casey and Trevor on the Adventure of the Seas ship with Royal Caribbean.


Aleesa B."


"August 5, 2008

Kudos to Leslie!

Leslie, has always treated us with kindness and understanding. She also handled [any] issues in an expeditious manner. We look forward to working with her in the future.

~ Thomas & Louise M.
" (Hallandale Beach, FL)


"August 5, 2008

[Dear Appraisal Department]

Thank you so much for responding so quickly and sending out the [certificates of authenticity]. I have always been very happy with the service [Park West] has offered. My wife and I are interested in acquiring new appraisals. We will be in touch shortly. Once again, thank you for your time and diligent efforts.

~ Javier G." (Miami, FL)

Monday, August 4, 2008

THIS JUST IN! Park West Customers Share Their Thoughts

"July 28, 2008

Dear Parkwest Team,

I wanted to THANK your team for the pleasure to spend a little time visiting with you and for the great art we came home with. I will admit, we are junkies. But you only live once. Thank you for including us in the "Parkwest Family"! Our son smiled all the way home knowing he owns a painting from the artist! We are thankful our son has such a strong appreciation for arts in many forms. We buy for our pleasure and the pleasure we know our son will have in the years to come. We look forward to future events and growing with your artists!

Sincerely, Marie B." (Vancouver, WA)


"August 3, 2008

[Dear Park West],

I want to thank you very much for inviting me to the Resort. It was a beautiful location with excellent services. The events and attending artists were great as usual-Ledan, Markus, and Mavrovich. Chris made the auctions exciting and fun. Park West Gallery staff was friendly and knew everyone's name-very impressive. I am sorry I was unable to attend previous events in Las Vegas, Florida, Michigan and Texas although I appreciated being invited. I hope I will be considered for your next event. When I arrived home, I received a surprise package in the afternoon-pictures from last May's event in Newport Beach. Great job by everyone!

Thanks again, Carol A." (Huntington Beach, CA)


"August 4, 2008

I just wanted to take a minute and let you know of a very recent (last week) experience I had aboard the NCL Spirit regarding Park West. I attended, for the first time, two Art Auctions onboard and had the most fun and enjoyment I've had in a long time. That experience had everything to do with your Auctioneer... Anyway, point of the matter is, his personality, knowledge and how he treats people was just plain "extraordinary", it was a great experience and one that will make this cruise a lasting memory......

Thanks, Bill H."

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