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Park West Gallery shows the power of paint improves lives

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Students work on self portraits at San Bernardino’s Barton Elementary in California during a Turnaround Arts event. (Photo courtesy of T Studio)

Park West Gallery is taking strides to ensure that art is for everyone, not only through its cruise art auctions, but to ensure art is in the classroom and available for all to enjoy.

In a post created by T Brand Studio on the New York Times site, the importance of including art in education is highlighted by efforts from Park West Gallery and some of the artists it represents, including Autumn de Forest, Romero Britto and Guy Harvey.

Autumn, a 14-year-old artistic prodigy, travels around the country with the Turnaround Arts program, working directly with students to inspire them and promote art education. Turnaround Arts is a public-private program organized by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities to improve low-ranking schools in 14 states. Park West Gallery donates art supplies for the students to use.

“I am honored to work with the Turnaround Arts program,” says Autumn. “This program helps schools that really need the arts, music, dance and theatre.”

According to the article, a two-year study of Turnaround Arts schools demonstrated that math scores had increased by 22.5 percent and reading scores by 12.6 percent. Meanwhile, studies from the Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds have revealed that exposure to the arts increases academic engagement and enrollment.

Other artists with Park West Gallery, including Britto and Harvey, encourage arts education, and speak to how it positively impacted their careers as artists.

“I still think that, in school, they should emphasize more arts and culture,” Britto says in the article. “It does give a possibility [to] create something unique and new.”

Along with the artists, Park West Gallery Founder and CEO Albert Scaglione says his 40-plus year career has focused on bringing art to the masses through art auctions and educational efforts. The gallery’s non-profit organization, the Park West Foundation, also plays a key role, such as underwriting museum exhibitions around the country. These exhibitions have included Autumn at the Butler Institute of American Art and Yaacov Agam at the Museum of Geometric and MADI Art.

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Albert Scaglione featured on the Huffington Post

Park West Gallery founder and CEO Albert Scaglione and artist Autumn de Forest inside Park West Gallery's Southfield, Michigan Headquarters

Park West Gallery founder and CEO Albert Scaglione and artist Autumn de Forest inside Park West Gallery’s Southfield, Michigan Headquarters

In 1969, Albert Scaglione founded Park West Gallery, a company that would drastically change the way fine art was collected. In an interview on the Huffington Post, Park West Gallery‘s founder and CEO spoke about his passion for art, the sense of adventure he has fused into Park West and building an unrivaled experience around art collecting.

From a young age, Scaglione realized that art speaks to everyone, but many people feel too intimidated to enter the art world. He says even his own parents felt this way and never thought they could have artwork of their own. Scaglione set out to change this perception by founding Park West Gallery. Today, Park West Gallery spreads a love for art through 104 art galleries on cruise ships, providing an experience that is as memorable as the artwork.

I came from a middle class family and studied to be an engineer but art really became a constant pulling in my life. When I was 16 years old I applied for a job at an art gallery. I took the job and it was fascinating. I worked there for 2 summers. When I was in highschool I dressed in a suit everyday. I like suits, ties, fashion and shoes. I liked looking right. When I was at Wayne state, teaching engineering, I kept wandering over to where the artists were. I decided to leave teaching and open an art gallery.

Read the full interview on the Huffington Post

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.


“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.

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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.


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