Friday, December 30, 2011

A Really Special Park West Gallery Experience

Park West Gallery, Csaba Markus, cruise art auctions
"Eunoe" by Csaba Markus
Park West Gallery Collection
Dear Park West Gallery,

"Once again, thank you so much for your letter thanking me and Tom for joining you for a memorable VIP event.

The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe presented a really special backdrop for the presentations. Scott Jacobs and his wife could not have been more hospitable in opening up their gorgeous ranch to virtual strangers; and Park West Gallery's catering arrangements just added to the overall experience.

Although I had the privilege of meeting Csaba Markus last year at the Norwegian Epic VIP cruise, seeing him in his natural studio habitat - and having him cook his 'famous' goulash for us was a real experience; and I am looking forward to receiving the original as well as the edition piece I won at the auction while at Csaba's studio.

As I stated in a letter to you following the Baltic event, I really do enjoy the overall experience of being surrounded by the artwork and artists - and learning - a continuing educational experience - about the works as well as the artists. The presentations mean a lot to me even if I don't bid on a particular work or artist.

This was our sixth VIP trip (three on land, and three cruises); and it is still difficult to find room for improvement since the hard work of your staff continues to pay off with the arrangements for the accommodations, auctions, parties, dinners, etc. down to a science.

Again, thank you for all of your considerations, and I, too, look forward to seeing you at future events."

Hudson, Florida

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

One of the Best Cruises

Alex Pauker, Park West Gallery, fine art, cruise art auctions
"Wish You Were Here" by Alex Pauker
Park West Gallery Collection

Dear Mr. Scaglione,

"I really don't like letter writing, but I do when I feel like it warrants a letter. This episode started about seven years ago when I went on my first cruise. I went out of New York on the Celebrity line. While on that ship I met one of the Park West Gallery employees. Now I was never an art enthusiast, but my wife wanted to go to the auction, so we did. The Auctioneer made art seem very interesting. I ended up going to the rest of the auction and even let my wife purchase some art. My favorite pieces, being by Emile Bellet. Since that time I have been on other cruises. I started going with NCL.

This cruise, we left New York on September 25, 2011. It was also aboard the Norwegian Gem. I wasn't going to go on anymore NCL cruises, but my son wanted to get engaged on the cruise. So we booked and went. It was one of the best cruises I have been on, and in no small way, your art director is largely responsible.

I figured I would sit in, on the first lecture. WOW this man is powerful. I know he has to be knowledgeable or he wouldn't be in that position. [He] was an exceptional speaker as well. Since I retired from the police department in 1990 ... I have since been made Master Instructor and my job is to teach new instructors how to teach. I also go around and critique classes. I'm telling you this so you understand that I'm not easily impressed by public speakers. Most I find very boring. However I wish I could get my entire instructor staff to learn what seem to come natural to [this auctioneer]. There have been volumes of books written on the art of communicating. I think you could read them all and still not communicate as well as [he did]. He not only put out so much information at his lectures but made them interesting. You do your self proud by having a man like your Art Director on your staff."

Lindenhurst, New York

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Exemplary Service from Park West Gallery

Dear Mr. Scaglione,

I am writing you with regard to my recent cruise to Alaska on the Norwegian Pearl, which departed Seattle on August 21st. My wife and I have purchased art from Park West Gallery on a couple of previous cruises, so we intended to participate in the auctions on this cruise. You should also know that in our almost 40 years of marriage, my wife and I have always shared our positive feedback with management when we have received exemplary service from employees, believing as we do that positive feedback often goes unreported.

Your cruise Art Director and her assistants and his wife provided us with our best experience on any cruise previously. Not only did they represent Park West Gallery with complete professionalism and enthusiasm, but also made us feel as if we were special and appreciated clients. They were friendly, knowledgeable, informative, supportive and helpful. The art auctions and information sessions were the highlight of our cruise! [The assistant] did a wonderful job when he led one of the auction sessions and we believe he will make an excellent Art Director when he goes out on his own. [The Art Director]’s presentations were not just informative, but her love and appreciation for artists, art history and the topics she covered shone through and captivated us (I am sure other guests shared that feeling as well).

I am proud to say that I now own a Peter Max, an original Rembrandt etching (albeit it is a recent one), a one of a kind Tarkay (limited edition, hand signed, watercolor embellished) and several new Medvedev’s. Thanks to [the Art Director], I now understand what those terms mean and their implication for our own collecting. We are going to have to rethink almost all of the walls of our house, but what a fun thing it will be to do. We can’t wait to share our art with our friends and family!

Thank you for your time and your choices of personnel to represent your Galleries. We look forward to our next cruise and opportunity to add to our collection.

Sparks, Nevada

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Looking Forward to Future Park West Gallery Art Auction Cruises

Park West Gallery, Itzchak Tarkay, cruise art auctions
"Rainy Day Blues #26" by Itzchak Tarkay
Park West Gallery Collection
Dear Park West Gallery,

"Just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our buying experience on-board the NCL Star.

The art team was wonderful. They were very professional and experienced in the art field and answered our many questions about collecting art.

The auctions were fun and informative. The team worked well together and with us, as clients.

You have a very talented group in this particular team and we send our highest recommendation to you regarding their performance.

We look forward to future cruises and the Park West Gallery experience on-board."

Clearwater, Florida

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Thanks Once Again

Peter Max, Park West Gallery, cruise art auctions
"Planetary Vision" by Peter Max
Park West Gallery Collection
©Peter Max, 2011

Dear Park West Gallery,

"Thank you and all of your colleagues for a wonderful cruise. We enjoyed the entire experience and are looking forward to the arrival of our Zen Max. We saw Peter is now involved in the design of a cruise liner departing in 2015. We look forward to seeing you and the Park West Gallery crew then and the years in between. Thanks once again to all of you."
Minneapolis, Minnesota
"I just wanted to let you know what a wonderful job [your art auction team] did on our cruise. They really made it a lot of fun and even though we only made a small purchase we learned so much. [Your associate] was especially helpful in teaching us more about the Agam that will some day be our first big purchase. They were 'Great.'"

Houston, Texas
"Just a quick email to let you know that we have received all of our paintings and certificates of authenticity and everything was received in excellent condition. All paintings are now hung and I would like to thank you and your company for your prompt delivery and condition these were received in."

Walkley Heights, Australia

Friday, December 2, 2011

Thank You for Another Wonderful Park West Gallery Art Auction Cruise

Park West Gallery, Tim Yanke, cruise art auctions
"Lone Star XVIII" by Tim Yanke
Park West Gallery Collection

Dear Park West Gallery,

"I just wanted to take a few moments to thank you for inviting us on another wonderful VIP cruise. The whole event, from starting at the W Hotel in Times Square through our docking back in NY City, was just wonderful.

Being able to start the week with a Broadway show, visit the Peter Max studio, then meet Marko, Tim and Leslie while on board were great highlights to a great week. It is so interesting to meet the artists, discuss their lives, their styles; their approach to their craft truly opens the collector to a different plateau. I don't think I would ever understand the abstractions of Tim Yanke, the style of Leslie Lew or the ever changing point of view of Marko without spending time with the artists, and with the presentations by [your team].

As we upscale our collection, we look forward to joining you on future VIP events. We cannot wait for our new acquisitions to start arriving from Park West Gallery. Again, our sincere thanks for this marvelous opportunity."

Stratford, Connecticut

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Just a Short Note of Thanks

Marko Mavrovich, Park West Gallery
"Normandie Sunset" by Marko Mavrovich
Park West Gallery Collection

Dear Park West Gallery,

"Just a short note to say 'thank you' for the invitation to cruise with Park West Gallery to Bermuda — Ray and I had a great time. We really enjoyed meeting Marko, Tim and Leslie. 

You have a wonderful staff that helped make our art collecting an enjoyable experience. It was fun meeting and being with people who have the same passion for collecting art.

Hope to see you again."

Fall River, Massachusetts

Monday, November 14, 2011

A Wonderful Cruising Experience

Dear Park West Gallery,

My wife, Fran, and I have taken several cruises on Norwegian Cruise Line during the past eight years. Each was distinguished by the ship's opulence, interesting events and top-notch entertainment along with a very friendly and helpful staff. One additional activity also stands out for us; the art auctions and seminars.

We returned to New York on 24 September having cruised to Canada and New England for seven days aboard the Norwegian Jewel. The art auctioneer presented two seminars covering art history and conducted two auctions. We attended each of these events and were greatly impressed by [his] knowledge, presentation style and enthusiasm. We learned a great deal and now have a much better appreciation for art's various forms, styles and genres. We are looking forward to another such fine experience during our next cruise aboard Norwegian Cruise Line.

Hampton Bays, New York

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Pleased with Park West Gallery

Marcus Glenn, Park West Gallery
"Art Inspired by Life" by Marcus Glenn
Park West Gallery Collection

Dear Park West Gallery,

"I would like to drop a quick note to say how much we enjoyed your art team on our cruise. [They] took a lot of time with us to show and explain the artists and working to get us the best prices possible.

We were not planning on getting anything this cruise as we had been offered some VIP packages and were planning on waiting for one of them to buy. However when we met with your team we could not help but to purchase more.

What a unique once in a lifetime chance you have offered at a fantastic price. [Your team] was great to work with and I would love to cruise with this group again. They were a very special crew and you could tell they all cared about us as well as each other."

Omaha, Nebraska 
"Since our honeymoon on the now-decommissioned Carnival Jubilee in 2003, we have enjoyed artwork purchased from Park West Gallery on nearly a half-dozen cruises. Naturally, we have encountered the same number of auctioneers, and dozens of their team members. However, on no other occasion have we felt as comfortable and important as we did on the Carnival Magic's August 14 sailing out of Barcelona.

[The team was] professional, yet personal. They were passionate about their work and committed to sharing their knowledge with us. Under their direction, we 'graduated' from serial lithographs to Peter Max and Itzchak Tarkay originals, and we couldn't be more pleased.

As our framed artwork is arriving and making its place in our entryway, we are reminded of the stellar job these three individuals did. We genuinely appreciated their customer service and warmth, such that we left our European cruise not simply missing the beautiful ports of call, but the generosity and friendliness of the Carnival Magic art team.

We hope you will pass this message onto them and let them know that their work has made a difference in our lives. Thank you very much, Park West Gallery, for recruiting such talented people who inspire us. We wish the very best for our home state of Michigan's greatest gallery."

Cypress, Texas

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Park West Gallery Treats Us Like Royalty

Park West Gallery, Dominic Pangborn
"Loving It - Art in Motion Series" by Dominic Pangborn
Park West Gallery Collection
Dear Park West Gallery, 

"Please convey to Morry, Albert and Mitsie, and all of the people associated with the August auction event at the Henry, we were thrilled with the artists and the access to them. Everyone treated us like royalty. We were not expecting this type of event. Again, thank you for the invitation and the hospitality."

Latrobe, Pennsylvania 
"I want to thank you and your colleagues again for a wonderful trip, super service, and more great art! Park West Gallery certainly knows how to put on a memorable event!"

Huntington, New York
"[Your associate] provided the kind of customer service and sales experience you would wish for each transaction. I contacted Park West Gallery after looking for sources for Tarkay art online. I also remembered the Park West Gallery auctions in Champaign-Urbana in years past. [Your associate] responded to my request, and over the next three weeks, responded to my questions with detailed advice and suggestions. Our e-mail exchange numbered 10, and I also called and spoke personally with [her] on one occasion. The result was a sale for Park West Gallery and a purchase that met my expectations entirely. With the anticipated arrival of the COA by separate mail soon, this transaction will be concluded, very satisfactorily for me. I have spent a lifetime in customer service, and wanted you to know how helpful I found [your associate]."

Champaign, Illinois

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Park West Gallery Treatment is First-Class

Alfred Gockel, Park West Gallery
"Image in the Field" by Alfred Gockel
Park West Gallery

Dear Park West Gallery,

"We just received our photos with Csaba Markus and Alex Gockel. What a nice remembrance... and we look pretty good, too!

Thanks for inviting us. It was both enjoyable and educational. Interacting with the artists added a dimension we never expected. We look forward to cruising with you again.

Warm regards to the entire Park West Gallery team,"

Nashville, Tennessee

"On behalf of my daughter Sophia and I, we would like to thank you, Park West Gallery and all the people involved in making this cruise a memorable one for years to come. We all felt that we were given nothing less than first-class treatment by you and the staff on board.

My daughter and I have been exclusive collectors from Park West Gallery for over 10 years now and intend to be for a long time to come. We admired the expert information and opinions that were given to all of us.

Thank you very much and we hope to see you all again in the near future."

Pine Bush, New York

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

We Really Enjoyed the Park West Gallery Art Collector Cruise

Park West Gallery, Csaba Markus
"La Desire" by Csaba Markus
Park West Gallery Collection
Dear Park West Gallery,

"We just received our last piece of Csaba Markus art, wow. We always enjoy your auction events but we really enjoyed our last collector cruise on NCL in April. All the staff is so easy and fun to work with, they make you want to come back again and again. Thank you to everyone for being so nice and kind. Meeting and taking pictures with Marko, Nano and Marcus was an honor. We love all our art but for the first time we purchased a beautiful sculpture by Nano that is extraordinary. We can't say enough about how wonderful Park West Gallery is to all art lovers, new and old collectors. We look forward to being invited to your next collector cruise."

New Braunfels, Texas

Friday, October 14, 2011

The Park West Gallery Experience is Exciting and Fun

"Reflections of the Coast" by Charles Lee
Park West Gallery Collection


"I wanted to recognize your staff onboard the Ecstasy during our last cruise. [The auctioneer] and the rest [of his staff] made the entire experience exciting and fun. [He] made good use of humor and kept us entertained throughout. He was extremely knowledgeable and helpful in informing us on the art we were interested in purchasing. Please pass along a job well done and you can be assured Park West Gallery will be our first choice when we look to collect again."

Spring, Texas

"Just wanted to say you have a great team onboard the Carnival Freedom. We have been to a number of auctions at sea, but this was by far the best of any I and my wife have attended. Informative, fun and fast moving enough not to get bored. We are were very pleased that we managed to get several works of art on this cruise that we have wanted originals for. Please pass on this small note of appreciation to them. You have a great team there."

Palm Bay, Florida

Monday, October 10, 2011

Park West Gallery CEO Inspires Art Collectors

"Couture" by Itzchak Tarkay
Park West Gallery Collection

"They say that 'for every action there is a reaction' and so on down the line. Meeting you for the first time at the Michigan VIP Event was truly inspirational. Your energy, your faith, your passion for everything you do is obviously why Park West Gallery is so successful and also why you have so many dedicated and talented employees who share your passion and vision.

It is a pleasure for us to be invited to, and participate in, the Park West Gallery VIP Events. Your hosts/associates/auctioneers always go the extra mile to make the event even better than the last. The auctions, the artwork, and the planned social events this week were awesome!

The VIP Event that we attended at The Henry in Dearborn (what a beautiful hotel), presented us with unexpected and welcome surprises. Meeting the artists (David Najar, Itzchak Tarkay, Tim Yanke and Peter Max) was exciting. Sharing meals with them, purchasing their artwork and meeting other people/couples who also share the passion of art collecting made for some wonderful and fun memories. We thank you for this opportunity.

We loved browsing Park West Gallery and wished we had more time to spend there. Thank you for opening your doors to us. The music and the meal were lovely. We, again, enjoyed meeting you and Mitsie, and look forward to attending other VIP Events in the future."

Sandy, Utah

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Great Service at Sea

Park West Gallery, Emile Bellet, cruise art auctions at sea
"Parfum de Tournesols" by Emile Bellet
Park West Gallery Collection


"We wanted to let your company know how impressed, delighted, and amazed at your auctioneer. He made an art auction fun, while educating my wife and I on the different types of work shown throughout the week's events. He also took some time so listen to our interests/likes and our budget and help direct us towards a few pieces we truly enjoyed.

We ended up purchasing two works by Bellet but through the numerous raffles and whatnot we received much more. They helped us to purchases these pieces as close to our budget as possible and made sure we were completely satisfied with what we were receiving.

[The art auctioneer] should be commended and any awards or rewards you can, should be awarded to this fine individual for your company. Because of him we will be future shoppers and only wish we could find out his schedule to make sure the next time we are in the market for pieces of art we could arrange to attend his auction.

Thank you for your great service!"

Topeka, Kansas

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Sharing Art Knowledge, Expertise and Insight

"Heaven Sent" by Noah | Park West Gallery Collection
Dear Park West Gallery,

We would like to express our sincere gratitude for including us at the collectors event at Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch. It was indeed a pleasure to meet [Mr. Shapiro] and have the opportunity to share in [his] knowledge, expertise and insights of the art community. The beauty and majesty of the location and the friendliness of the group combined to offer a memorable weekend. It is always special to meet the artists and realize the inspiration and vision behind their works. Your staff took the time and effort to make us feel welcome and their efficiency and gracious service did not go unnoticed. Once again, Thank You. We are looking forward to receiving our artworks."

Jamestown, Colorado

"Sorry this is so late in coming. I think of dropping a line but everything I think of seems lame. I am so insignificant when it comes to art. I wish I had brought a notebook to your talks on some of the older artists so I could have taken notes. The paintings were so soothing; you could have just one and be happy. I need to take an art appreciation class from you... Anyway thanks for all of your hospitality and talks. We enjoyed both."


Monday, September 19, 2011

Our Trip with Park West Gallery Was a Great Experience

"Big Thunder" by Tim Yanke
Park West Gallery Collection

Dear Park West Gallery,

"We want to express our thanks to the whole Park West Gallery Team. Everyone made the experience highly enjoyable, and we came away with a greater knowledge and appreciation of art as well as some very nice pieces that will be beautiful additions to our collection.

Meeting Noah, Tim, and Leslie (again!) enriched the experience and added depth to the art that each brings to our world. It is valuable to put a personality to the art that we have. Please thank them as well for their efforts when the opportunity presents. 

We also know that it takes a great deal of work behind the scenes to make an event work so seamlessly, and we want to recognize the efforts of all to make the week as wonderful as it was. 

Please pass our thanks along to all who worked so hard to make our trip with Park West Gallery a great experience."

La Mesa, California

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Art Collectors Love Park West Gallery VIP Treatment

"Late Night with Friends"
by Anatole Krasnyansky
Park West Gallery Collection

Dear Park West Gallery, 

"I just wanted to thank you again... even the FedEx deliveries are VIP! They call me to schedule a convenient delivery day/time and treat the delivery as very special. I did not think the Park West Gallery VIP treatment continued beyond the wonderful cruise. I have about 8 boxes here that I haven't even opened yet...Chanukah in August!"

Chandler, Arizona
"We just went on a 12-day cruise in Europe with the Carnival Magic. As you well know, Park West Gallery has a team on this ship. We went to all their auctions and events and we really want to say that we have never seen anything like it. It was AMAZING! The job they did was beyond great. They took the auctions, events and customer care to a whole new level. They made fun events and auctions with a fantastic atmosphere and energy. The art was presented in a perfect way both in the gallery and during the auction. We bought quite a few paintings and we are more than 200% amazed at the customer care and they work they did in all parts of the cruise. [The auction team] did the best job we have ever seen on any cruise or land auction or gallery. Park West Gallery should be proud to have all of those people on their list of employees and we think you are very lucky to have such a talented, knowledgeable and skilled team!"

Oslo, Norway
"Everyone we met from Park West Gallery these last few days made us feel like a part of the family. And, more than that, all of the people who attended became friends. We are actually in contact with some of them now! The artists whom we met couldn't have been more personable. How lucky Park West is to have these people represent the gallery."

Barrington, Illinois

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Thank You for Sharing the Beauty of Art

Park West Gallery, Linda Le Kinff
"Rosa Maria II #4" by Linda Le Kinff
Park West Gallery Collection

Dear Park West Gallery

"A big note of thanks to your team for being willing to share your knowledge of the beauty of art. I enjoyed immensely learning about all the new and most recent artworks, seeing how an auction is run and most all, meeting you all. The best of luck to you all in your endeavors to educate people (like me) in knowing the wonderful World of Art."


"Karen and I had a wonderful time at the Park West Gallery land event in Philadelphia and we wanted to thank you for introducing us to such a fabulous time. We thoroughly enjoyed meeting the artists Dominic Pangborn, Alex Gockel, Linda Le Kinff, and as a special bonus, Peter Max! We bought three great paintings and can't wait to see them on our walls. The auctioneer, and genial host, helped us to enjoy every minute of the event. He and his associates are to be commended for all the hard work they did to make this a very successful meeting. We look forward to another event in the future!"

Staten Island, New York

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Great Times at Park West Gallery Cruise Art Auctions

Peter Max, Park West Gallery
"Vase of Flowers" by ©Peter Max
Park West Gallery Collection
Dear Park West Gallery,

"I just wanted to write and tell you what a great time we had on our cruise. The art dealer and his staff were the best we have dealt with. He was very well informed about all aspects of art and artists. His way of dealing with clients was exceptional. We purchased 4 paintings and are very pleased with them. Peter Max is one of our favorites and now we have 4 of them. Thank you for the wonderful service.

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
"Thanks for the great cruise, the hundreds of pieces of great art, and the opportunity to meet two of the best and most approachable artists in the industry. We were truly delighted with the information and knowledge of art you provided. Please also thank your staff for the superior jobs they did. And, of course, thank both Dominic and Marco for the beautiful works they provided, and for giving us a chance to meet with them on a personal level. Everyone made the trip a memorable experience for us. We're looking forward to receiving the art we chose."

Milford, Ohio

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Laughter and Wonderful Memories

Park West Gallery, David Najar
"The Blue Coast" by David Najar | Park West Gallery Collection
Dear Park West Gallery,

"I want to comment on my experience last weekend with your team from Park West Gallery in Balboa, CA. 

I went and didn't know what to expect. I have to let you know that it was one of the best weekends. [The auctioneer] and his team were the most friendly, knowledgeable, and made my friend and I feel so comfortable. My friend has cancer and the laughter and quality of the weekend brought healing to her soul. Thank you for that.

I went not wanting to spend anything and $6900 later, with no regrets and wonderful memories. The artists that I met were amazing, David Najar is upcoming, from what I understand. Please let me know when he is showing again, his personality is priceless. And Scott Jacobs captured the room and our hearts, along with his nephew Todd.

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this event. You should give [the auctioneer] a raise!!!! Thank you again, I know that sometimes you only hear the bad, and its important to know that you are doing something right, and you are."

Yorba Linda, California

Friday, August 19, 2011

Outstanding Customer Service at Park West Gallery

Park West Gallery, Simon Bull
"Jazz Club XXXIII" by Simon Bull
Park West Gallery Collection

Dear Park West Gallery,

"First let me say that I've had nothing but great experiences in dealing with Park West Galleries

I've been to several auctions at sea and several land auctions. My entire art collection has come from Park West Gallery and any further art purchases will only be made through Park West Gallery. 

I must single out Lisa for her extraordinary efforts in helping me with my latest purchase which happens to be my first original painting. Without her outstanding Customer Service and attention to my situation, I doubt that this transaction would have taken place. 

I also know that I will absolutely love dealing with Lisa in the future and would recommend her to anyone interested in the world of art. Park West Gallery is lucky to have her. 

Kindest Regards,"

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Monday, August 15, 2011

Park West Gallery Treats Collectors Like Family

James Coleman, Park West Gallery
"Midnight Blue" by James Coleman
Park West Gallery Collection
Dear Park West Gallery,

"In December 2010, I was contacted by a Park West Gallery Art Consultant, who invited me and a guest to attend a Park West Gallery VIP Cruise aboard the Norwegian EPIC.

The Park West Gallery Staff Members were great. They treated each guest more like a family member instead of a customer. There was no pressure to purchase anything, the staff only wanted to show off the awesome art collection on board. Our auctioneer was not only knowledgeable about art; he was also very personable and made each guest feel truly appreciated.

The artists lined up for the event were phenomenal. Meeting Tim Yanke, James Coleman and Nano Lopez was an opportunity of a lifetime. The artists were very friendly and took the time to talk to each guest, not in hopes of making sales, just meeting new friends. We had no intention of purchasing any additional artwork, since we are still trying to find room on the walls for all the artwork we already purchased from Park West Gallery. After meeting the artists, we purchased several new pieces of art.

[The Art Consultant] advised me it would be an experience of a lifetime if I were to attend the Park West Gallery VIP Cruise. He was absolutely correct in his prediction. We are grateful for having been afforded the opportunity to participate in a Park West Gallery VIP Event.

I would like to commend you for having such a great staff.

Very grateful art customers,"

Keystone Heights, Florida

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Artists Surprise Park West Gallery Collectors

Park West Gallery, David Najar
"My Golden Palace" by David Najar
Park West Gallery Collection
Dear Park West Gallery,

"We're just recovering from a fantastic weekend at the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach.

It was the usual outstanding Park West Gallery event, but this was made even more memorable with the presence of Anatole Krasnyansky, Itzchak Tarkay, David Najar, and a surprise visit by Scott Jacobs. There was also a phone conversation with Tim Yanke during one of the auctions.

To say it was a thrill to meet and talk to these world renowned artists is an understatement.

We can't wait to display the piece by Krasnyansky and two more of Tim Yanke's works to go along with his beautiful Kokopelli. I wrote to Tim and told him the family room is going to be called the 'Tim Yanke' room.

[The auctioneer] and the rest of the staff made us feel as special as the beautiful Newport surroundings.

Thank you."

Irvine, California
"I really didn't know who to write to but I just wanted to thank Park West Gallery for the fabulous weekend my husband and I had in Huntington Beach, CA.

This was the first event we have been able to attend and we were only able to stay Saturday and Sunday but we had a wonderful time.

Meeting Itzchak Tarkay, David Najar and you especially surprised us with Scott Jacobs - who is such a great guy - it was such a pleasure. Scott even got on the dance floor with us on Saturday night.

Thanks again."

Northridge, California

Monday, August 8, 2011

Park West Gallery, Providing Art Education and Appreciation

"Pierrot" by Marc Chagall
Park West Gallery Collection
Dear Park West Gallery,

"I want to thank you personally for all you did to make our VIP cruise so enjoyable. Behind the scenes, you went the last mile to make certain that we had a great time and your wonderful personality got us off to a great start from day one all through the remainder of the trip. You made certain everything was perfect, were friendly all the time and smiled, smiled and smiled some more. And then ran one of the most effective auctions I’ve had the opportunity to attend. I hope you were pleased with the overall results… I know Amy and I are excited about the five new additions to our home..."

Little Rock, Arkansas
"[Your art auctioneers] are Awesome! They were extremely knowledgeable and were a huge help in getting our art collection started. We bought our first Peter Max, some Chens, quite a few Kinkade pieces and some animations for our son's room. I believe that we are going to enjoy all of this artwork and it would not have been possible without their help."

Stockbridge, Georgia
"To give a plug to your presenter/auctioneer on our cruise up through the North Pacific Coast Islands and fjords off Canada and Alaska. My wife and I attended several showings... The point of this note is to say how impressed we are/were over her presentation and a mini-bio of Rembrandt as a pioneering master of graphic arts and founder of techniques of putting his creations on so many different media. Art history lecturing with ECLAT!! An education and appreciation...beginner's class 101...but fun as well."

Eagle Point, Oregon

Friday, July 29, 2011

Cruise Auction Guests Find a Passion for Art

Dear Park West Gallery,

"While I did not purchase art on my recent cruise (we did win a piece) I thought I would drop you a note about your team.

The auctioneer was excellent. He was so good that my wife and I attended both auctions. I wanted to thank him and let you know how much we appreciated his insight and history of the artists. His passion for art was obvious.

I hope that soon we will be able to afford some fine art and it will be from your gallery. This is due to [the auctioneer]. I doubt he would even know who we were, as we were just two of many faces in a crowd.

Please let him and the rest of the team know he has turned two ordinary people into two people who are now fully interested in learning more about the artists he spoke of and art in general... so much so I have been perusing your site since I have been home (just this morning!). You have an excellent associate there."

Jensen Beach, Florida

Monday, July 25, 2011

Thrilled to Meet the Artists at Park West Gallery Events

"She Speaks Softly" by Itzchak Tarkay
Park West Gallery Collection
Dear Park West Gallery,

Just a belated note to thank you and all of your associates at Park West Gallery for making the weekend in Dearborn, Michigan enjoyable and exciting. What a thrill to meet Peter Max and Itzchak Tarkay, as well as David Najar and Tim Yanke! We just received the photos which were taken of us with the artists and our art work, and have already gotten a couple of the pieces which we purchased that weekend.

All the details of the various events were carefully planned and executed, and it was obvious that much effort and expense went into the lavish entertaining. The instruction from the artists was enlightening, the entertainment was lively, and the food was fabulous.

Thanks once again for giving us the opportunity and the honor to spend time with you and Albert Scaglione and the many art collectors we met in Dearborn.

Northbrook, Illinois

Friday, July 22, 2011

Park West Gallery Gives Back

Dear Albert and Mitsie,

"We were so delighted to see you recognized in the 'Giving Back' column of The Free Press today. It's so nice to see all the fine work your doing for the community being recognized. We've always felt that you and Park West Gallery are so much more than a business."

Washington, Michigan

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Experience Art Appreciation at Sea with Park West Gallery

Dear Park West Gallery,

"We would like to inform you about our exceptional experience with [the Park West Gallery staff] this past week on board the cruise ship Destiny.

We purchased two Peter Max mixed media lithographs and can't wait for them to arrive at our home. I wanted to buy more but my wife put a clamp on the purse strings!

Our four teenagers were newly exposed to art and were encouraged (and did) attend their first art auction. [The Park West Gallery] team was very enthusiastic and their enthusiasm was contagious - our children told us that they now have a new appreciation for art.

The team answered all of our questions seriously and respectfully. They were all very personable and accommodating which led to a memorable family experience."

Carmel, Indiana

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Park West Gallery Art Auctions Are Informative and Fun

"Lilac Cottage" by Thomas Kinkade
Park West Gallery Collection
Dear Park West Gallery,

"[The art auctioneer] and his staff were very friendly, intelligent and extremely knowledgeable in their work. They were always smiling and happy.

Every single person on staff made me & my fiancee's trip. Because of their hard work, creativity and energy, we bought paintings that we never thought we would. We will follow them for our next cruise.

I will always highly recommend them to anyone that is interested in buying an art piece. THEY MADE OUR TRIP GREAT!"

Staten Island, New York
I just wanted to say I really enjoyed the auctions on our cruise, and all the great information I learned from [the art auctioneer] and his staff. We are looking forward to receiving our art we purchased."

Leesburg, Florida
"We enjoy the print that we purchased during our cruise trip back Oct. 2010, on the Norwegian Jewel.

My mother & I have fond memories of the art shows, how helpful the art auctioneer was and his informative knowledge!

Now, when I visit some art galleries here on the north shore of Long Island, or the Hampton's, I'll have confidence in what I learned from Park West Gallery!

Long Island, New York

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Can't Wait for Our Park West Gallery Art

"Icon" by Alfred Gockel
Park West Gallery Collection
Park West Gallery,

"We just returned from our cruise and cannot wait for our art to arrive. We are so delighted with the two Gockel Hearts and the Peter Max Love print.

[Your team was] wonderful to work with. [The art auctioneer] spent a considerable amount of time with us, learning about the artwork we already have (also purchased through Park West Gallery) and what are hopes were for this purchase.

We always thought Peter Max was out of our price range but [the auctioneer] and the Park West Gallery team were able to do wonders for us. All through the cruise when [the auctioneer] would see us and our two boys he was friendly, remembered our names and made the boys feel welcome in the gallery. He showed genuine interest in my 11-year-old's desire to draw and paint and even requested a picture from him. He made Daulton feel very important.

Thank you to the cruise team and to Park West Gallery for making it so easy for novice art collectors like us to enjoy the auction experience and collect beautiful pieces of art. We can't wait for our next cruise and our purchase (fingers crossed) of a Charles Lee!"

Pacifica, California

Monday, July 18, 2011

Carnival Cruisers Enjoy Park West Gallery Art Auctions

"Aloha Bugs" | Warner Bros. Studio
Park West Gallery Animation Collection
Dear Park West Gallery,

"I recently took another wonderful Carnival cruise and one of the highlights of each cruise is the art auction by Park West Gallery.

I must say on this cruise (Carnival Freedom, sail date May 29, 2011) the two gentlemen and the two ladies were the finest team I have ever observed thus far.

My wife and I purchased a very nice piece of art at a very reasonable price at auction.

I will certainly relay my experience with the Carnival management team as well.

Good work!"

Charleston, Tennessee

Friday, July 15, 2011

Really Positive Experiences with Park West Gallery

"Yellow II" by Linda Le Kinff
Park West Gallery Collection
Dear Park West Gallery,

"Thank you so much for keeping me informed! You have been so helpful and are an asset to your company!

Feel free to share this with your supervisor or 'next up the ladder!' I own a business too and really appreciate when people show they care about my customers as much as I do."

Wellesley, Massachusetts
"We just wanted to drop you a note saying Thank You to Park West Gallery for an absolutely fantastic time.

The artwork shown was phenomenal and we only wish we could have spent more. The parties, the tours and of course meeting artists like Tarkay, Fanch, and Peter Nixon made it even more special.

Although we cruise often all over the world, Park West Gallery and the new friends we meet make these trips special and we look forward to others in the future."

Highland Beach, Florida
"OMG - You guys have the BEST staff ever!
I must have talked [the auctioneer's] ear off for the three days leading up to the auction. He was attentive, interested and very nice. And what can't I say about [the assistants]?? They were so sweet and nice!! Talked to them a lot too.

I am very excited about getting my artwork in two months. But I could not wait to tell you guys that you have the best group of staff. They knew our names right away, noticed I hung around a certain piece and just made the viewing/buying a really positive experience, without being pushy or demanding like regular 'sales' people.

I am definitely going to recommend you guys to people and hope [your staff is] rewarded, because they earned the recognition!!!"

Los Angeles, California

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Thanks for Opening a New Extraordinary World of Art

"Melodia" by Csaba Markus
Park West Gallery Collection
Dear Park West Gallery,

"We just returned today from a NCL cruise to Bermuda aboard the Gem. What a wonderful time Sandy and I had with your staff. It literally started 15 minutes after we boarded the Gem as we went directly to the Art Gallery

[The auctioneer's] assistant met us and Sandy immediately saw a Csaba Marcus work. When I looked over she had her hand over her mouth and I immediately knew that we were off and running (buying art). Three auctions and many hours of one-on-one conversations with [the auctioneer] and her staff, we left the ship with two unique variations of works by Peter Max, three original works by other artists, the Csaba piece and a litany of great memories.

As we were completing our paperwork late Saturday evening, I mentioned to [the auctioneer] that she sold me a $300 Kinkade a number of years ago on the Dawn, that is to be replaced by one of our new original pieces, and that she attempted to sell me a Max piece that I had no intention of purchasing, but would love to own (I now own a similar Max). She asked me what has changed in the 5 or so years since then to the point now where we are so excited about learning and buying art that our days aboard ship are scheduled around the art functions. I couldn’t really give her a good answer until I thought about this while trying to fall asleep.

The real reason is that through the extraordinary people of Park West Gallery, we have become knowledgeable, although I still consider myself a novice about the art world and the artists that Park West Gallery represents, the satisfaction knowing that the art is backed by a world class organization, and that if there is an issue, you and your group handle everything in a professional and courteous manor.

Park West Gallery has invited us to a VIP event... We already feel the excitement beginning to build in anticipation. We can’t wait...

Thanks so much for opening this new extraordinary world."

Poughquag, New York

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Thank You for the Wonderful Time and Hospitality

"Hidden Identity" by Dominic Pangborn
Park West Gallery Collection
Dear Park West Gallery,

"I just wanted to take the time to once again thank you personally and your entire staff for the wonderful time and the hospitality you provided for Martha and me starting in NYC and throughout the entire cruise on the Jewel.

All of you totally outdid yourselves in showing everyone a great time and providing a wonderful experience. The art auctions were great; Marko, Noah and Dominic were great....everything was great. I know that a huge amount of time and effort go into such an undertaking and it was fantastic. We can't wait to receive our artwork we purchased!!

We certainly hope to once again in the future meet up with you and your staff on another cruise if it is in the cards. We will definitely need more art and more room in the house!!!

Best regards always and health and happiness to all."

Alexandria, Kentucky

Monday, July 11, 2011

Compliments for the Cruise Art Auction Team

"Lady Wellington" by Barbara Wood
Dear Park West Gallery,

I am sending you this letter to let you know how pleased you should be regarding some of your employees.

My husband and I went on a Western Caribbean cruise aboard the Carnival Legend on April 10-17, 2011 and had a delightful experience with your art people. You should be very proud of the way they conducted themselves and represented Park West Gallery. They made a great team and worked well together.

Your art director was very patient and kind and very knowledgeable on all the art pieces and artists. He was a great auctioneer. [The art associate] was a great teacher and conducted four separate education classes on art, which I attended and thoroughly enjoyed. [Another associate] was so cheerful and bubbly, I wanted to just always come back and look at the art because she always gave me a happy mood. [Another team member] was such a gentleman and always there to help and assist with any answers to questions I might have. [The art handler] was always so full of energy, with such a pleasing personality and he always knew where to put the paintings, etc.

All in all, I should say 'the team' worked extremely well together and certainly brought Park West Gallery to the public and the people on the ship. This is not my first cruise, and I am well aware of the art for sale on cruises, but I just felt that this time I really needed to compliment the art people. And what better way to compliment someone than to let their boss know how well they represented Park West Gallery.

I hope you will congratulate these fine young people on a job well done.

Cumming, Georgia

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Customers Express Personal Gratitude for Park West Gallery

"Who Are You When I'm not Looking"
by Marko Mavrovich
Dear Park West Gallery,

"We want to thank Park West Gallery for the wonderful VIP cruise. The art was awesome and meeting the artists was so special. Your staff was exceptional. They were always so professional and personable. The whole experience was just outstanding."

Joseph & Judy A.
Glendale, Arizona
"I would like to personally express my gratitude to Mary for handling a delayed issue with receiving an additional art piece from our cruise last November. She reached out to all the players involved, escalating the problem and fixing it within a shortened timeframe. She did all the leg work, followed up and completed the deal. Customer service like this although expected is never realized. I would like to share this message with management so that Mary is properly recognized for her efforts."

Howard T.
Lansdale, Pennsylvania

"Just wanted to drop you a note to personally thank you for inviting us on the NCL Jewel VIP cruise. Everyone and everything was great, starting with NYC and all throughout the cruise. We had a wonderful time and experience from beginning to end and truly appreciate all of the effort everyone put into seeing that all was absolutely great. We hope to see you again, whether it be on a cruise, land event or just by chance. Thanks again for the great time and hospitality."

Dan & Martha W.
Alexandria, Kentucky
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