Category Archives: Media Coverage

C and G News: New Habitat Home Dedicated in Madison Heights

Nonprofit continues to offer a ‘hand up, not a handout’

C&G NEWS — At the dedication ceremony for his new home Aug. 20, Michael Munger was grinning ear to ear, hugging one person after another and basking in the glow of adoring supporters who had spent many hours this summer helping him overhaul a foreclosed house in the neighborhood east of John R and south of 12 Mile.

Now Munger, 48, single with no kids, will have a place to call his own, not far from where he grew up in the 12 Mile and Dequindre area.

“It’s been an incredible experience,” Munger told the crowd gathered on the side of his new home on the 2000 block of Osmun. “Everybody did an excellent job — the quality of work, the time that they spent, ya know, just away from their families and their friends and everything, just to help me achieve a dream.”

From left: Artist Tim Yanke, home recipient Michael Munger, CEO and executive director of HFHOC Tim Ruggles

From left: Artist Tim Yanke, home recipient Michael Munger, CEO and executive director of HFHOC Tim Ruggles

The project was done through Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County (HFHOC), the first of three such projects in Madison Heights this year. Including the Munger home, HFHOC has already built or rehabbed seven homes in Madison Heights since 2010. County-wide, the group has 10 builds or rehabs planned this year.

Local artist Tim Yanke, of Park West Gallery, presented one of his “Yankee Doodles,” the third he’s donated to a Habitat dedication. The painting of an American flag featured the words of the National Anthem, and a rainbow-hued border celebrating the diversity of the United States. There was also a tree planted in the backyard — a new touch for a Habitat dedication. Read More →

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Hour Detroit Magazine: Wall to Wall Art

Park West Gallery and Dearborn’s The Henry team up to decorate a ’boutique’ hotel

HOUR DETROIT MAGAZINE — When the four-star hotel in Dearborn’s Town Center was part of the Ritz-Carlton chain, it had a multipurpose space known as The Gallery. In 2010, the facility changed hands, becoming the Henry Hotel Autograph Collection, and the new owners decided to retain the room’s name.

Then a real gallery moved in.

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“When they said, ‘We’d like to put you down here,’ I asked, ‘What’s the Gallery?'” recalls Mike Snodgrass, the curator employed by Southfield’s renowned Park West Gallery to maintain what’s believed to be the largest in-house art collection at any hotel in the world. “They said, ‘That’s a function room! We can’t give you that room!’

“I said, ‘But it’s … the Gallery! … People are going to walk in and ask, ‘Where’s the gallery?’ And they’ll be looking for me over there.”

Eventually, they reached a compromise: The room is still known as “The Gallery,” but now it actually looks like a gallery, replete with gentle track lighting and complementary paintings adorning every wall.

But the Henry’s fine art isn’t confined to one area, or even two… Read More →

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Park West Gallery CEO on Christie’s Appraisal of the DIA Collection

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Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr announced last week that he has formally engaged Christie’s auction house to appraise the collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts. Many fear that the museum’s prized works are at risk of being sold off as part of the city’s recent filing for the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.

Michigan’s Big Show, a popular radio program hosted by Michael Patrick Shiels, asked Park West Gallery CEO Albert Scaglione for his expert opinion on this controversial art news headline.

Scaglione said he can’t imagine that any Detroiters or Michiganders want to see anything from the DIA sold, speculating, “I really don’t believe this is going to lead to the sale of art.”

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Park West Gallery Named “Best Place to Buy Art” in Metro Detroit!

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Park West Gallery has just been named “Best Place to Buy Original Art” in metro Detroit! HOUR Detroit’s annual poll celebrates the city’s finest restaurants, services, businesses and people. We’re proud to be honored once again by the local community and thank the voters for your continued support.

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PBS Goes ‘One-on-One’ with Autumn de Forest (Video)

Park West Gallery’s youngest artist, 11-year-old Autumn de Forest, recently discussed her work and ideas on the PBS program “One-on-One.” The show presents compelling, real life stories and features political leaders, CEOs, television personalities, professors, artists and educational innovators who each share their experiences and accomplishments.

Learn more about the artist at http://bio.parkwestgallery.com/artists/Autumn-de-Forest.

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MetroFocus: Pop Artist Peter Max’s Inspiration (Video)

metrofocusPeter Max sat down with Steve Adubato, host of MetroFocus, to discuss his career and the motivation behind his iconic paintings

One of Max’s most famous series of paintings, six versions of the Statue of Liberty, has a special story behind it. Max told Adubato that early in his career, he met Ronald Reagan on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Reagan had already owned 35 of his works and exchanged phone numbers with the artist. Years later, when Mr. Reagan became president, Mrs. Reagan invited Max to the White House on July 4, 1981. It was there that Max created the series of paintings–and had a surprise visit from the president.

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Image courtesy of Peter Max Studio/MetroFocus

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Park West Gallery has enjoyed a relationship with Peter Max since the 1970s, and is the artist’s largest and longest-running dealer in the world. Peter Max fine art is available at Park West Gallery cruise art auctions throughout the world or may be purchased through our gallery in Southfield, Michigan. Learn more at www.parkwestgallery.com.

My TV20 Detroit: Leslie Lew at Children’s Art Education Workshop (Video)


New York-based Park West Gallery artist Leslie Lew recently visited the Detroit area to conduct a series of free art education workshops.

Lew, a renowned American neo-pop artist, uses “Buki’s Garden,” a story she wrote and illustrated, to tell the tale of a not so attractive kitty who shows that being different can have its advantages.

Detroit’s My TV20 News was on hand as Lew painted with the children at Focus Hope in Detroit. Watch:

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CBS Detroit: Author Teaches Diversity Through Art

Leslie Lew works with children at the Children’s Choice Learning Centers. (WWJ/Pat Sweeting)CBS DETROIT (June 18, 2013) — She’s bringing free art workshops and the message of diversity to youngsters in Pontiac and Detroit this week.

WWJ Newsradio 950′s Pat Sweeting explains that by using art and a book she has written called “Buki’s Garden”- Park West Gallery artist Leslie Lew of New York seeks to help young children understand that being different is alright.

“Today with the bullying going on with kids and all that, my book kind of teaches to be more excepting of differences and tolerant,” said Lew…

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