Monday, October 27, 2008

Puzzled by Art? (October 2008)

How well do you know Park West Gallery and its artists? Enter the answers for each clue into the corresponding numbered spaces in the grid below. The dashes indicate the number of letters in each answer. If you have solved the puzzle correctly, the highlighted boxes reading down the center column will reveal a 2-word message apropos to the season. Enjoy!

1. Park West Gallery is currently celebrating its ________ anniversary

2. Surname of the first officially licensed Harley-Davidson artist

3. Capital city of France near where you'll find Linda Le Kinff's magnifique studio

4. Dürer wrote a treatise on human ________, composed of four books on the subject

5. These classic characters are "pep artist"David Willardson's muses

6. Visit Park West Gallery's 63,000 square foot facility in this Michigan city

7. Continent called home by artist and conservationist, Andrew Bone

8. Thomas Kinkade is known as "The Painter of ________"

9. First name of Cubist co-founder, aka the most famous artist of the 20th century

10. Rembrandt mastered dramatic use of light and shadow, or this term

11. Surname of the illustrator celebrated for his covers of "The Saturday Evening Post"

12. Linda Le Kinff applies a special material called ________ to her paintings

13. This art form, stressing change and movement, was pioneered by Yaacov Agam

14. Salvador Dalí was inspired by this poet's epic "Divine Comedy"

October puzzle(Need help? Hint: All answers are found in the October Newsletter, Park West Gallery and Artist Biographies webpages)

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Park West Gallery Art Expo 2008

To celebrate Park West's 40th anniversary, more than one-hundred fine art auctioneers, associates and trainees from Plymouth Auctioneering, providing services for Park West cruise ship art auctions at sea, attended an unprecedented semi-annual conference and Art Expo during October 1-6, 2008.

Anatole Krasnyansky (left) with Itzchak Tarkay (right) at Art Expo 2008 Forty artists from around the globe - including Itzchak Tarkay, Peter Max, Yaacov Agam, Csaba Markus, Emile Bellet, Anatole Krasnyansky and Marko Mavrovich - were flown in and provided with complementary accommodations for the special event along with thirty of Park West's most distinguished VIP couples who also attended the festivities.

"I was taken away by the entire experience of the conference. The opportunity to meet and talk to so many of the artists that Park West represents was truly an experience of a lifetime. I now have a much more intimate feeling of Park West, how it operates and the amazing people involved in making the company what it is today," said associate auctioneer, Hooman Shad.

Attendees were treated to an opening ceremony and fine dining at the prestigious Ritz Carlton in Dearborn, Michigan. At the historic Henry Ford Museum everyone enjoyed full access to the museum's displays of impressive innovations and inventions. Guests were exulted by the entertainment at Detroit's luxurious MGM Grand Casino and Ignite Lounge. And finally, the ultimate culinary feast was had by all during the farewell party at the Roostertail, often host to celebrities including Tony Bennett, Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones and Aretha Franklin.

The Art Expo featured an introductory lecture by visionary pop artist, Peter Max, and other guest speakers included representatives from Kinkade and Disney Studios.

Csaba Markus painting live at Park West Art Expo 2008In addition to first-class auctions offering some of the best artwork in the Park West collection, auctioneers, trainees and VIPs had the opportunity to mingle and engage in discussions with the artists. Some of the artists, like Csaba Markus, were so inspired by the ambient creative energy that they set up mini-studios throughout Park West Gallery exhibition spaces. Onlookers enjoyed a rare glimpse into the creative process as they watched their favorite artists paint live before their eyes.

VIP guests, Tom and Judy of Corona California, complimented "The VIP event was awesome! The whole Park West staff went above and beyond to make it truly memorable. The friends we made and memories we shared will last for a long time."

Monday, October 20, 2008

Park West Gallery Launches New Linda Le Kinff Website

Le Kinff website Park West Gallery continues its 40 year tradition of connecting people with artists and fine art by inviting you to visit our new web site for artist Linda Le Kinff.

Park West Gallery's new Linda Le Kinff website features an updated biography of the artist, an online gallery of Le Kinff's artwork, YouTube videos and a forum for guests to share their thoughts about Le Kinff and her art.

Explore the new Linda Le Kinff site located on the web at

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Happy Boss's Day From the Park West Gallery Customer Service Team!

Misha Lenn, Color Sketch for Dear Diary

In celebration of Boss's Day 2008, the Park West Customer Service team would like to share some thoughts about our wonderful boss, "MG". Thanks for making Park West Gallery a great place to work! We love you!

> MG is a great boss; dedicated to us & the customer. She is always encouraging, and I feel lucky to have a boss like her. ~EH

> MG is the most personable and genuine boss I've ever had. She always balances professionalism with fun perfectly. Thanks for making Park West a great place to work! ~LW

> MG is great to work for because she realizes we are all human and takes the time to get to know us. She's like a mother hen in a good way! ~KS

> MG is the best boss. She is caring and supportive of her staff. She makes a point of taking care of us. She is a problem solver and she gets things done. ~SS

> MG is one of the best managers I have ever worked for, she is compassionate, understanding and so very fair in everything she does. She watches out for all of us like we were her children. God Bless MG!!!! Happy Bosses Day!!!! ~CB

> MG is very easy going, easy to work with and makes working here more enjoyable because she treats us like her children. She always makes sure everything is good for us in our working environment. ~JC

> MG is the best boss I've ever had--she's easy to talk to--understanding. In the middle of any stress or drama she makes it a little more fun to work here--she keeps us entertained. ~CK

> At Park West, we don’t just celebrate Bosses Week from Oct 12 – 18 we celebrate it 52 weeks a year. Our boss, lovingly known as MG, is the greatest. Everyone who knows her loves her, gallery staff, auctioneers, associates, vendors, artists and guests; she’s like a magnet, ready to back you up, help you out, pass along a good word or just give you a hug. She’s like the amazing energizer bunny on heels, still going strong after 10 years with Park West. Having worked with her for 5 years I am extremely grateful to have her as a boss, associate and friend. ~MC

> MG is the fashionista of Park West. ~JK

> MG is one of the sweetest people you will ever meet. MG always worries over us, making sure everything is ok. She is your mom away from home. ~KK

> Thanks to MG in my life a new element is art, which inspires me everyday visually and mentally; art was not involved in my past, but since the day that MG met me and open the doors of the Gallery to me, I discovered a whole new world. She gave me confidence and support and even on the worst days, I don't feel uncomfortable because her smile makes my day bright. ~MAC

> MG is the mother bear of our Customer Service den. She keeps all of us together with her kindness, understanding and discipline. We love and respect her very much. ~LM

> MG makes the day with a funny story to start each morning. She is a wonderful boss, always willing to work with us in any situation. She is very easy to approach and shows concern. And she is so energetic, I'm glad to have her as my boss. ~PJ

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Park West Gallery Poll - Who is Your Favorite Artist?

With only a few weeks left until the election for President of the United States and tonight's final debate between Barack Obama and John McCain, many Americans are busy deciding which candidate to choose. So we thought it would be interesting to conduct a little informal Park West Gallery poll of our own - who is your favorite artist?

Farkas, Three Flags

Whether you enjoy the great masters like Salvador Dalí, Albrecht Dürer, Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall or Rembrandt or more contemporary artists like Peter Max, Itzchak Tarkay, Linda Le Kinff, Thomas Kinkade or Alfred Gockel - we would love to hear your thoughts!

Vote for your favorite artist by leaving a comment at our Park West Gallery Customer Service blog. Results will be published in a future posting and good luck to all!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Winnie the Pooh and Park West Too!

Winnie the Pooh

On this day, October 14, A.A. Milne's famed children's story Winnie-the-Pooh was published for the first time in 1926.

The adventures of cute, cuddly Pooh bear and his friends - Christopher Robin, Eeyore, Rabbit, Kanga, Roo, Tigger, and Piglet - are still enjoyed today by young and old.

With Sweetest Day just around the corner (Saturday, October 18), collect something special for your "Hunny" like a limited-edition Pooh and friends etching or production cel.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Cheers to Park West Gallery

Park West Gallery recently held a conference for over 100 Plymouth Auctioneering associates, providing services for Park West cruise ship art auctions at sea. The experience was memorable and gave everyone a chance to interact with the artists in attendance - Peter Max, Yaacov Agam, Itzchak Tarkay - just to name a few. Following are the thoughtful comments from some of those lucky to attend:

"Meeting with and interacting with the artists while creating art gave us a sense of the strong connection they have with Park West and we are an essential member of the same team. I felt very fortunate for this and would like to thank the forward thinking team for including us. Cheers.
All the best,

"I thoroughly enjoyed my training. The experience of meeting the artists was awesome and very unexpected which made it easier for me to learn instead of just reading all the info. You can get the feel of their passion and style from watching them paint or give a presentation. The trainers are fantastic. I feel motivated and ready to perform and look forward to boarding my ship.

"I feel incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet with auctioneers from all over the world. The presentations were motivating and inspiring and I really enjoyed listening to Chris, Gordon and Lane. Being able to spend time in the gallery was amazing. Thank you so much!

"I definitely want to take a moment and thank Park West for the opportunity to be a part of the Conference. Best wishes and I'm thrilled to be a part of the Park West family.

"I was taken away by the entire experience of the conference. I feel very fortunate to have been able to be a part of such an amazing event. The opportunity to meet and talk to so many of the artists that Park West represents was truly an experience of a lifetime. To meet so many people that are a part of Park West gave me a much more intimate feeling of the company and how it operates and the amazing people involved in making this company what it is today.

"I learned a lot about the artists that I've met and about all the people that I will have the opportunity to work with in the future. I would like to thank all of you at Park West for giving me this unique opportunity to participate.
Thank you!

"I'd like to say that this entire experience has been phenomenal and I want to thank everybody at Park West for allowing me to learn and experience so much throughout both the training as well as the conference. As a result of the conversations I had with the artists throughout the conference, I feel that I've developed a much deeper understanding of their work and developed a much more personal connection to them as well as their art.
Thank you again,

"Hearing Mr. Scaglione speak and talking one on one with him several times, left me with a profound respect for Park West and inspired me to strong belief in myself and the company. The artist expo experience enabled me to make a personal and emotional connection with the art. I think this will ultimately allow me to provide clients with the highest level of service. Thank you very much for the opportunity and the experience.
Best Regards,

"I would like to thank everyone for giving me this opportunity to not just witness the greatness, but to share and be involved in this event. To have the chance of shaking Peter Max's hand or meeting Tim Yanke, and so many others, was a moment of my life that I will treasure and remember forever.
Yours Truly,

"It has been amazing, everything through our reception, food, meeting the artists to the organization. The gala event was probably one of the highlights of my life and career.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

A Truly Great Vacation

"October 8, 2008

Dear [Park West]:

Consistent with our telephone conversation today I wanted to thank you for assisting me with information regarding my pending Peter Max shipment. The purpose of this letter separate from thanking you is to compliment the efforts made by your auctioneer, his wife and their 'on board' assistant. Royal Caribbean Cruise Line is very lucky to have your firm on board with them. My wife, and both of our respective mothers, took a cruise to Bermuda last month where I attended your 'on board' auction, both days.

The highlight of the auction in addition to my purchases was Arthur, his wife and their assistant. They made these events spectacular! Arthur is fantastic, his enthusiasm, his knowledge of art and history, his wit and experience made this an informative, fun and exciting event. The help that all three of them provided me helped with my various purchases. Their service was simply great. The knowledge of art and history their assistant shared with all of us was very informative and it made learning fun and exciting as well.

Frankly, I enjoyed myself so much at these two auctions, the cocktail event and the pre-auction activities that this activity made this cruise fantastic due to their combined efforts. Thanks to your staff this cruise for me will remain a standout memory and resulted in a truly great vacation. I hope to cruise again and look forward to seeing your firm on board. I remain,

Sincerely yours,"

David R.
Merchantville, New Jersey

Monday, October 6, 2008

Customer Service Week 2008!

It's officially Customer Service Week 2008! This nationally recognized event is celebrated during the first full week of October. And what better way to celebrate than to share your appreciation for the Park West Gallery Customer Service team! Park West Gallery strives to bring all of our customers the very best experience in purchasing artwork and our Customer Service team is always eager to assist in achieving that goal.

Leave your positive comments here or email to share your thoughts. We look forward to hearing from you!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Happy Birthday, Charlie Brown

Charlie Brown and Snoopy, 2004October 2, 1950 -- Peanuts comic strip debuted in 7 newspapers.

The popular comic strip featuring Charlie Brown and his gang - Snoopy, Woodstock, Franklin, Lucy & Linus van Pelt, Peppermint Patty and Sally Brown - is one of the most influential and admired series of its kind.

Peanuts merchandise continues to be highly collectible and in a few weeks we will all enjoy watching the annual Halloween special, "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown".

Visit Park West Gallery to inquire about our collection of Peanuts and Animation artwork

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Discover the Artists at Park West Gallery

Since 1969, Park West has helped launch the careers of numerous world-renowned contemporary artists and sold artwork by the most historic figures in art history. Celebrate Park West Gallery's 40th Anniversary by locating the artist's names listed and circling them in the diagram below!!

Discover the ArtistsDiscover the Artists
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