Monday, January 31, 2011

Park West Gallery CARES Philanthropic Initiative Reaches Missouri Community

Clayton, Missouri, Park West Gallery CARES
Dear Park West Gallery,

"On behalf of the City of Clayton, I would like to thank Park West Gallery CARES for your generous donation of twenty works by various artists that Park West Gallery represents.

The City is excited to have new artwork for display in our facilities and have the opportunity to use these pieces as a fundraising tool for the local non-profit Clayton Century Foundation. This organization was created as a fundraising vehicle for community needs in the area of Arts, Parks and History and, as such, will be able to raise funds for future projects through generous donations such as yours.

As a community that values Art in all its forms, we are happy to have been selected as a recipient of this donation. Thank you again [...] The effort of your organization to assist communities like Clayton is commendable."

Craig Owens,
Clayton City Manager

Friday, January 28, 2011

Park West Gallery Offers the Best Customer Service

Dear Park West Gallery,

Thomas Kinkade, Park West Gallery Fine Art Collection
"Holiday Gathering" by Thomas Kinkade
Park West Gallery Collection
"I have taken many cruises, but have never purchased any artwork. On my last cruise, I decided to purchase a work of art for my sister for Christmas. At the time, they explained to me that there was a 12 week lead time, so it would be close, and that I may not receive it time for Christmas.

When I got home, I contacted your Customer Service department to see if they could 'push' the process, so that I would receive it in time. I spoke with Mary, and she assured me that she would do everything that she could to make it happen.

Well, I just want you to know that she did in fact do that, and actually went above and beyond the call of duty. She even called me the day that it was shipped to provide me with all of the tracking information. I actually received it a week before Christmas!

I just want you to know that Mary made my experience in dealing with Park West Gallery a very pleasant one. She truly is the best Customer Service Rep. that I have ever dealt with. Please provide kudos to Mary, and tell her that her efforts made one of your customers a very happy camper!

Thank you."

Michele K.
Syracuse, New York

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Thank You Park West Gallery for a Most Incredible Art Auction Cruise Experience

"Double Metamorphosis Suite" by Yaacov Agam | Park West Gallery Collection
"Dear Albert and Mitsie, Marc, Morry, and the Entire VIP EPIC Cruise Staff,

WOW, WOW and WOW. Thank you for the MOST incredible EVENTs on Norwegian EPIC. Truly a ONCE IN A LIFETIME experience! Our daughter will always remember YAACOV AGAM signing HER BOOK!!! We came away with wonderful books, new art, new friends, and memories to last a lifetime.

Thank you. Best regards for 2011."

Barbara, Stuart and Amanda D.
Ormond Beach, Florida

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A Memorable Park West Gallery Art Auction Cruise on Norweigan Epic

Dear Park West Gallery...

"Thank you so much for your letter thanking me and Tom for joining you on another memorable cruise. My goodness! I should be thanking you and your entire staff for inviting us and for showing us such a wonderful, memorable time on Norwegian Epic.

I had no idea how special the experience was going to be...not only the accommodations, which we are both still talking about to anyone who will listen, but the artists! To actually meet Yaacov Agam and Igor Medvedev, and have them personalize their books to ME.

I have been the proud owner of Medvedev's "Byzantine" (from a Park West Gallery Tampa land auction about six years ago); and when I pointed out that page in his book, both he and his wife expressed a combination of disbelief and happiness that I did, indeed, own that particular piece. At my request, he autographed that page for me.

I would be remiss if I didn't mention how special it was to have [Albert Scaglione] join us and participate in the presentations, particularly with Yaacov Agam. I bought an "Agamograph" piece during the auction; and during the photo session with Yaacov, I wished him a Happy Hanukkah. Rather than returning the saying to me, he proceeded to draw two overlapping Stars of David on my autographed page, along with his "rainbow," that he had already drawn. I cannot express how special that experience was to me.

"Sunrise" by Csaba Markus | Park West Gallery Fine Art Collection
I already had three pieces from Csaba Markus' "Beau" series, but had not had the honor of meeting him before. At this event, I acquired two of his pieces--an original colored pencil drawing and a very special edition piece--both beautifully done in his personally-designed frames.

I had acquired a Kanovich watercolor at the Baltic event and overbid another participant to win another Kanovich at this event--a three-dimensional two-figure terra cotta piece.

At the Epic event, I consider myself very lucky to have found another Picasso ceramic, which I will deraly treasure when it arrives.

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. At times I feel as if I'm back in school learning from [the art auctioneer's] and others' expertise. A case in point was the presentation of the works of Robert Kipniss.

This was our fifth VIP trip, and our third VIP cruise. It is difficult to find room for improvement since the hard work of your staff really paid off with the arrangements for the accommodations, auctions, parties, dinners, etc., down to a science.

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

Susan C.
Hudson, Florida

Monday, January 17, 2011

On Winning Park West Gallery's Thomas Kinkade Contest

Thomas Kinkade, Park West Gallery Fine Art Collection
"Garden of Prayer" by Thomas Kinkade | Park West Gallery Collection
Dear Park West Gallery,

"Oh my gosh I am soooo excited! Thank you so much!

This piece of art means so much to me. I saw Thomas Kinkade on TV talking about this painting and that the person at the end of the path could represent God or a special person in your life.

My mom died suddenly last March at the age of 60. When I saw Mr. Kinkade talk about this I knew I wanted this piece of art. I voted almost every day and prayed I would win this. The person at the end of the path is my mom.

Thank you so much for this."

Tina A.
Eugene, Oregon 
Thank you for sharing this touching personal story with us, Tina.

You could win your favorite Thomas Kinkade work of art in Park West Gallery's Vote for Your Favorite Kinkade Contest, just like Tina did! Park West Gallery randomly selects one winner every Friday and you can vote once per day.

Visit to enter.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

In Appreciation of Park West Gallery

Park West Gallery Fine Art Collection, Linda Le Kinff
Dear Mr. Shapiro,

"I have received my copy of the 2008 limited-edition publication Linda Le Kniff, The Graphic Work, biography and chronology of the artist's life and works, you so generously provided.

The photo-plates and text information were exceedingly well-written and presented. It's a wonderful research study of Mrs. Le Kniff's accomplishments and development of techniques in all media of experimentation to finished compositions.

I've so much enjoyed to this point having simply reviewed the overall chapters. During relaxed moments I look forward to reading cover to cover.

It's been our pleasure to have met her in person at Park West Gallery. We own several original paintings and that famous soccer lithograph, on which Linda executed a drawing with signature on the reverse side, as well as other unique objects acquired during exhibition tours. There's an interesting story behind every item acquired in association with the artist. 

In appreciation and defined acknowledgement of your personal service to us, I thank you. I've always appreciated the dignified and professional manner in which you, in particular, and Park West Gallery staff have interacted with clients over the years.

Wishing you a prosperous and successful New Year."

Ronald & Noreen N.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Park West Gallery Art Team Was Fantastic!

Dear Park West Gallery...

"We attended our art auction with Park West Gallery on the Carnival Legend last week and had a great time! The art team was FANTASTIC!! They were VERY knowledgeable and personable and made our experience outstanding."

Jacob M.
Crestview, Florida
"I enjoyed the art auctions. Those involved with your company were professional and well learned. They treated me with kindness and answered all questions. I am happy with selections you offered and as I said your people were helpful. I will tell my clients to make sure to attend the actions, if not to purchase, then for the education. I am looking forward to seeing my art in my home."

Twana M.
Vidor, Texas
"I would like to say thank you to the staff on the ship, Norwegian Gem. My painting (print) arrived safe and sound this morning and I'm so happy. I love it and it has the pride place in my home. Thank you all for your wonderful effort."

Edith B.
Jurien Bay, Australia

Monday, January 3, 2011

Park West Gallery Art Auctions Are Absolutely Awesome

Dear Park West Gallery...

"My wife and I took our honeymoon on the NCL Gem. We purchased 7 pieces of art on the cruise and we couldn't be happier. We have purchased from Park West Gallery before, but we have never had such an enjoyable experience.

[The art auctioneer team] was absolutely awesome. They are extremely friendly, they know their art, and made the auctions so much fun. They went out of their way to make us feel welcome, and worked so hard to find us the right pieces of art to fit our style. Park West Gallery is lucky to have them as a part of their team.

I hope this message finds its way to them to let them know how much we appreciate everything they did for us. Thanks again."

Greg and Leigha H.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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