Park West Gallery is excited to announce the dates for the 2010 Ann Arbor Street Fair. This annual event will be held July 21 – 24th and will include once again the most diverse, innovative and creative artists one can find. Established in 1960, the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair is the original of the now four award-winning Ann Arbor Art Fairs. It has been rated the best art fair by numerous magazines, bureaus and associations.
As always, the fair will include top local and out of state talent. This year’s poster was designed by the Art Fair’s featured artist, Mark Traughber from Pittsburgh, PA
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For Ann Arbor Art Fair details and a complete list of events visit www.artfair.org/
Last month internationally acclaimed artist Dominic Pangborn was the keynote speaker at Wayne State University’s TechTown kickoff event for Arts Impact. Aside from producing fine artwork in a variety of media, Pangborn is a fervent believer in giving back to one’s community and spends a great deal of time making a difference in the Detroit Area and beyond.
Arts Impact serves as an incubator within an incubator through its location and association with TechTown, Wayne State University’s high-tech research and development park. TechTown is situated in the heart of the Woodward Technology corridor, and offers state-of-the-art work space and start-up business support. Due to a surge in demand for start-up services for artistic and creative sector ventures and small businesses in the creative industries, Arts Impact meets the specialized needs of these entrepreneurs who produce or market new ideas, products and services.
Park West Gallery would like to wish Arts Impact and the businesses it partners with much success and thank Dominic Pangborn for once again taking the time to be a part of such a worthwhile cause.
Rembrandt's Saint James The Greater, 1661. (Lefteris Pitarakis/Associated Press)
While studying paintings created by Rembrandt van Rijn using software that examined lighting and spatial layout, University of British Columbia researcher Steve DiPaola uncovered how the Dutch master created his enduring works of art – through a technique that guides the viewer’s gaze.
According to DiPaola, Rembrandt’s technique was to paint a sharper focus on certain areas of a piece in order to draw the viewer’s eyes to that area. The study found that viewers would rest on the sharper areas longer, which resulted in a calming effect and also guided the viewer around the painting.
“This is about unlocking the puzzle of perception,” DiPaola told The Vancouver Sun newspaper. “Artists don’t always get the credit for it, but the way they make their magic is by exploiting brain science.”
By making certain details sharper and helping the viewer experience the painting, Rembrandt essentially created a narrative for his pieces. Whether Rembrandt actually knew what he was doing is still a question, but DiPaola feels the artist may have also intuitively done it. [Via CBC News]
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While Rembrandt is most widely known for his masterful paintings, he is also recognized as one of the best – if not the best – etcher of all time. For more information on the Park West Rembrandt Collection and the etching process in general, visit the Park West Gallery Rembrandt Website.
International Museum Day has been celebrated all over the world since 1977, and much like in years past, this year’s festivities are expected to entice both avid and novice museum-goers alike to turn out for the events. The date has been set for Tuesday, May 18, but many museums are celebrating International Museum Day for the entire week.
The motto for International Museum Day continues to be: museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, co-operation and peace among peoples. In keeping with that motto, the theme decided on for this year’s celebrations is Museums for social harmony.
Many museums are offering special rates and experiences in conjunction with International Museum Day, so plan on visiting your favorite museum on May 18th, or better yet, check out some museums you haven’t been to yet! As art enthusiasts, the Park West Gallery bloggers are looking forward to taking full advantage of International Museum Day to see some great artwork!
Visit your local museums’ websites to see if they are participating in International Museum Day….
Attention Park West Gallery Newsletter fans,
ISSUE 15: NOVEMBER 2009 is here!
Issue 15 features include:
- Park West Gallery CEO Talks Da Vinci with WJR
- Decoding the Durer in Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol
- Simon Bull Salutes “The Champ” at the Facing Ali Movie Premier
- Lucas & Spielberg Rockwell Collections to Go On View
- Agam Interview: Eating from the Tree of Knowledge
- An Interview with the Artistic Director of the Museo Picasso
READ ISSUE 15: NOVEMBER 2009 >>
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Social media site allows gallery to connect with art collectors worldwide
To reach fine art collectors worldwide, Park West Gallery recently launched a page on Facebook. This new Facebook Page aggregates all Park West web content, enabling fans to use it as their portal to all things Park West; the page also features general art content enthusiasts everywhere will enjoy.
Park West Gallery’s Facebook page will keep fans up to date on the latest news regarding Park West artists, the gallery and the art world in general. There are also various images uploaded to the page such as photographs of the elegant Park West galleries in Michigan and Florida.
Park West also maintains a Facebook group, the Park West Gallery Art Collectors Club. With a large number of members that grows daily, the Collectors Club hosts discussions on various art-related topics; these discussions are pertinent to novice and seasoned art collectors as well as anyone enthusiastic about fine artwork.
In keeping with its mission of bringing fine art to people everywhere, Park West Gallery will continue to develop its presence on Facebook. Art appreciators can join Park West on both the Park West Gallery page and the Park West Gallery Art Collectors Club and will find an ever-increasing wealth of information to utilize and enjoy.
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