Category Archives: Media Coverage

The Oakland Press: Auburn Hills Family Receives Habitat for Humanity Home in Waterford

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THE OAKLAND PRESS (June 21, 2013) — An Auburn Hills family will leave their trailer Saturday and drive over to Waterford to receive keys to their newly refurbished Habitat for Humanity home.

“They are so excited and cannot get wait to get out of where they are and into this beautiful new home,” said Stephanie Osterland, Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County’s director of family and community relationships.

Park West Gallery of Southfield is presenting a large artwork created by artist Tim Yanke to the Meffords for their new home.

Gallery owners plan to donate a piece of art to all 2013 Oakland County Habitat homes, said gallery officials.

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DBusiness: Park West Gallery Partners with Habitat for Humanity

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DBUSINESS (June 18, 2013) — When the Mefford family receives the keys to their new home on Saturday, they will also be the first Habitat partner family to receive a vibrant painting by Tim Yanke from the latest in a long line of corporate partners, Park West Gallery in Southfield.

“Park West Gallery exemplifies the many corporate and community partnerships that Habitat for Humanity depends on to serve the community and help Oakland County families achieve safe and affordable housing,” says Tim Ruggles, executive director and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County. “It is heartwarming and exhilarating to see the diversity of corporate partners who donate their resources, time and talent to help us achieve Habitat’s mission.”

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The Huffington Post: Autumn de Forest, 11-Year-Old Child Prodigy, Returns With New Artwork

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THE HUFFINGTON POST (June 14, 2013) — Child prodigy extraordinaire Autumn de Forest rose to fame a few years ago when, at the tender age of seven, the Discovery Channel labeled her a “child genius.” Media outlets at the time were enamored with her painting abilities, praising the child for her tendency to create canvases that, well, looked like the work of established artists…

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Child Prodigy Painter Autumn de Forest on ‘The Wendy Williams Show’

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Tuesday, June 4 on “The Wendy Williams Show,” catch Park West Gallery’s young prodigy painter Autumn de Forest as she shows off her latest masterpiece!

Eleven-year-old Autumn has been creating quite a name for herself in the art world, having been interviewed by Matt Lauer on “The Today Show,” and featured on “Inside Edition,” ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC news spots. The “pint-sized Picasso” has already commissioned six-figure works of art and garnered national and international acclaim for her colorful tributes to Marilyn Monroe.  Her artistic style has been compared to iconic masters including Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock and Pablo Picasso.

“The art of Autumn de Forest already exhibits a maturity and depth that many artists never achieve.  She is an amazing person, an avid reader and a sponge for all that is good around her,” said Albert Scaglione, CEO and Founder of Park West Gallery.

Autumn’s greatest ability is her power to inspire those around her with the wonder of her creativity and the beauty of self-expression. She continues to reach young people and adults alike with her humorous and yet precociously articulate observations and insights into art, life and creativity.

Check your local listings for show details.

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

C & G News: Group assists young adults who age out of foster care

C&G NewspapersMay 30, 2013 — For many, the plight of foster children is something unseen, handled by the state while those fortunate enough to have families go about their lives.

But what happens when those in foster care age out of the system and suddenly find themselves out of sight, out of mind for the state, as well?

There are more than 14,000 children in foster care through Michigan’s Department of Human Services. More than 40 percent of that number is in the tri-county area, the majority in Wayne County.

Looming over each of their heads is the date they no longer receive assistance from the state, usually around age 21. That’s when they will be left to fend for themselves, with no family to turn to for guidance or support.

Life after high school is a source of great anxiety for these children, who already suffer acute feelings of abandonment. Any sense of stability is fleeting as they move from one place to another. And their caseworkers don’t always have the time to drive them to school or make sure they have the right supplies, much less play the role of a parent.

Recognizing the difficulty of this situation, the Park West Foundation formed in 2006 with the express purpose of aiding such individuals. Since then, it has assisted more than 500 young adults with matters of finance, clothing, housing, education and employment. Their focus was originally women, but now they also assist men aging out of foster care.

They also collaborate with a number of organizations to provide support services, such as crisis response, prevention and intervention; family preservation and life skills; teen parenting; and even worship opportunities through Life Directions, a program that provides exposure to different views of spirituality.

Without groups like the Park West Foundation, “Some would age out straight to the streets, and they’re the most likely to get in trouble and wind up in prison, since no one is caring for them or watching for them,” said Saba Gebrai, director of the Park West Foundation. “There is no stability or career path, no parents explaining what to do…”

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For more information about the Park West Foundation, Park West Gallery CARES and Park West Gallery’s other philanthropic initiatives, please visit www.parkwestgallery.org.

Heritage Florida Jewish News: Peter Max’s Art Still Pops

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Peter Max’s Art Still Pops

max-heritage-jewish-newsMay 24, 2013 — If Peter Max’s life had turned out the way he originally planned, he wouldn’t be an artist.

“I always thought I was going to become an astronomer because I loved astronomy so much,” Max says. “I thought art was something that kids do, a hobby.”

Max’s “hobby” has made him one of the most popular artists of the last 50 years, a painter whose dazzlingly colorful, easily recognizable work is among the most collectible in the art market. He has painted everything from musicians Jimi Hendrix and Taylor Swift to American symbols like the Statue of Liberty to cartoon characters and U.S. presidents. One of his more recent major works won’t fit in any art gallery: The Norwegian Cruise Line ship Breakaway, which took its maiden voyage on April 30, boasts a Peter Max design on the front half of the ship.

Max’s love affair with art began at a very young age in a very faraway place—Shanghai, China. Max, born Peter Max Finkelstein in 1937 in Berlin, was taken to Shanghai as an infant by his parents to escape Nazi persecution…

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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.

May is National Foster Care Month

WJR, Paul W. Smith, Park West GalleryDid you know? May is designated as National Foster Care Month. The annual campaign raises awareness about the urgent needs of youth in the foster care system and encourages citizens from every walk of life to get involved. Today, the campaign spotlights the importance of permanency for the more than 380,000 children under 18 in foster care.

Saba Gebrai, director of the Park West Foundation, recently spoke to WJR Radio’s “The Big Story” to address the issues of foster care in metro Detroit. The Park West Foundation was established in 2006 by Albert and Mitsie Scaglione, the founders of the Park West Gallery.

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For more information about the Park West Foundation, Park West Gallery CARES and Park West Gallery’s other philanthropic initiatives, please visit www.parkwestgallery.org.

The Straits Times: Artist Yaacov Agam Draws the Line to Stun

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Artist Yaacov Agam draws the line to stun

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Paris-based Israeli artist Yaacov Agam marked his 85th birthday last Saturday in Singapore with a solo exhibition at Capella Hotel in Sentosa.

The Unexpected – Time In Art presents 18 works, a mix of old and new, that show the ease with which he has played with shapes, colours, textures and forms to create art.

His works are in several collections including that of The Guggenheim and he made a stop here en route from Taipei, where the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts is showing a retrospective of his works.

His obsession with art, he says as he draws a series of dots, lines and animal forms on a sheet of paper, started after he visited the Lascaux caves in France, which are famous for the Paleolithic paintings on the walls.

The year slips him but it was pretty early in his career and led to an extended exploration of forms over the years. “The most important invention for humanity is art,” he says…

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Fine art by Yaacov Agam is available through Park West Gallery and our cruise art auctions at sea. Learn more at www.parkwestgallery.com.