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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

Albert Scaglione in the Huffington Post

Albert Scaglione

Supportive parents, a love of art, and an attitude of working harder than anyone else are just some of the reasons Park West Gallery Founder and CEO Albert Scaglione gives for succeeding in the art world.

The Huffington Post recently published an article profiling Scaglione and how he made the decision to leave a career in teaching and rocket science to pursue his passion for art, which led to the formation of Park West Gallery, the “largest art dealer in the world” of original artwork.

Nova Lorraine, editor-in-chief of Raine Magazine, shares what she learned after having a one-on-one with the CEO about working with artists like Yaacov Agam and Peter Max, and what influences him as an entrepreneur.

From the article:

Discovering new masters and finding pieces of the old masters, Scaglione is like an Indiana Jones of the art world. Today, alongside his wife, Mitsie Scaglione, Albert has had an opportunity to make an impact in the industry. For example, Park West currently has one of the largest collections of Picasso graphics, all of which have been built through auction houses such as Sotheby’s and more. Read More…

Outside of the art world, the article notes that the Scaglione family is just as passionate about giving back to their community through monetary gifts and donations of art.

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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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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Park West Gallery Sponsors New York Neo-Pop Artist Leslie Lew to Conduct Free Art Workshops for Detroit Area Children

Lew’s children’s book “Buki’s Garden” teaches a life lesson that diversity should be celebrated

Southfield, Mich. — New York-based Park West Gallery artist, Leslie Lew, will visit the Detroit area June 17 – 20 to conduct a series of free art education workshops at a wide variety of children’s centers in metro Detroit. 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.

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Lew’s “Buki’s Garden Workshop” was made possible by a grant she received in 2004 from the New York Arts Council for the purpose of helping artists enrich the quality of life in their various communities.

The object lesson of “Buki’s Garden” is to teach children of all ages that being different is nothing to be ashamed of, since we are all different in many ways. The message Lew seeks to impart on children is that differences among people, even those in the animal kingdom, are a natural part of life. She highlights the fact that diversity, on all levels, enhances rather than detracts from who we are as human beings.

Lew begins her workshops by reading the story of “Buki,” after which the children are given an opportunity to discuss the book, comment on what they’ve learned and encouraged to ask questions. Lew then uses her own special touch to transform the painting portion of her workshops into a magical moment her young artists will cherish for the rest of their lives. Every child is given their own 3-D version of “Buki” which Lew has mounted on white canvas board outlined in black. The kids are given an assortment of colors with which to paint their own versions of “Buki” and turned loose to express their own unique creativity.

“Leslie is not only an extraordinarily gifted artist, but a person of enormous charity and goodwill who utilizes her talents to enrich the lives of others and instill in them an appreciation and love for art,” said Albert Scaglione, founder and CEO of Park West Gallery.

Lew works in sculpted oil, utilizing sculpturally rich swirls of vivid color to capture on canvas the essence of whatever image she is creating and bringing it to life. Lew has exhibited her art at museums and galleries throughout the United States and across the world including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, London and Sofia, Bulgaria.

“It gives me great joy and a sense of personal fulfillment to be able to introduce young children to the amazing world of art, and teach them that painting can be fun,” Lew said. “Who knows? Maybe some of these children will one day become artists, or at least use the medium as a recreational outlet.”

Leslie Lew’s “Buki’s Garden Workshops” will be held at the following locations the week of June 17 – 20, with dates and times included:

Monday, June 17 at Little Oaks Child Care Center, 1200 N. Telegraph Road in Pontiac from 10 am to noon (two separate groups); Children’s Hospital of Michigan, 3901 Beaubien in Detroit from 2 to 3 pm

Tuesday, June 18 at Children’s Village, 1200 N. Telegraph Rd. in Pontiac from 4:30 to 5:30 pm; Grace Centers of Hope, 35 E. Huron Street in Pontiac from 6:30 to 7:30 pm

Wednesday, June 19 at HOPE Center for Children, 1550 Oakman Blvd. in Detroit from 9:30 to 11:30 am (two separate groups)

Thursday, June 20 at Missionary Baptist Church, 143 Oneida Street in Pontiac from 3 to 4 pm

Press contact: For media inquiries only, please contact Bob Dustman at (248)-568-2925 or bob.dustman@gmail.com.

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.

Park West Gallery CEO Albert Scaglione on Michigan’s Big Show

Michigan's Big Show with Michael Patrick ShielsPark West Gallery CEO Albert Scaglione was recently interviewed by Michael Patrick Shiels on “Michigan’s Big Show” radio program. It was a lively discussion about art world news and more — from the 23rd anniversary of the $500 million Gardner Museum heist to the best art venues in Paris to what’s new at Park West Gallery.

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