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European Art Odyssey VIP Cruise with Park West Gallery

Written by Park West Gallery collectors, Marianne and Theo Hoogstraaten, Dutch authors of the thrillers “Child’s Play,” “Powerless,” “Apparent World” and “Lokvrouw”

From left, Theo and Marianne Hoogstraaten with Alfred Gockel.

From left, Theo and Marianne Hoogstraaten with Alfred Gockel

Shortly after our presentation on parallels between our work and the paintings of Vincent van Gogh, at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, we received another art-related invitation that was just as special: Park West Gallery offered us a European Art Odyssey VIP cruise.

Our first reaction was disbelief. Was this a joke?

The next email showed that the invitation was indeed serious. Park West did not ask for a deposit ahead of time and there were no obligations attached to the invitation. Their goal was to create an intimate and relaxing experience for each of their guests. It was only assumed that we, as art lovers, would attend the art lectures provided by guest artists, who were flown from America. Park West would create a very tempting environment to collect art, but there was no requirement to reach a minimum of spending.

We gladly accepted the invitation.

On July 18, we were welcomed at the hotel Hilton Molino Stucky in Venice. We enjoyed a cocktail party and dinner, where we could meet the other lucky ones. We were the only Dutch between Americans, one Irish and one Norwegian couple. Everything was perfectly organized and the atmosphere was extremely pleasant and friendly.

The next morning we boarded our vessel, the beautiful Norwegian Jade. We were checked in through a private desk of Park West in no time. It was a taste of the rest of the cruise ahead: private rooms for lectures, auctions and cocktail parties, a separate room in the restaurant and really everything on behalf of Park West. We have never been so spoiled!

The presentations of the artists who joined us during the cruise were unforgettable. The first who gave an appearance was the French painter Duaiv. A wide variety of palette knife painted artwork was presented. Duaiv is clearly more a painter than a speaker. His performance was a little shy, but he was disarming and very open. So his work sold well the next day. Our first impression that he was sympathetic, was confirmed when we talked with him and his wife about painting and writing. His wife had composed a beautifully illustrated book about his life and work. He confided that he had moved to the U.S because there, he and his family felt more comfortable and safer than in France. In Cannes, someone had shot at him, and he was hit in the arm. If he had told that during his presentation it would perhaps have yielded additional sales, but that wasn’t his style.

The next day, Dominic Pangborn made his entrance. During his presentation he told especially about his life and all the setbacks he had to overcome to get to where he was now. He was a good speaker and told a gripping story about the suicide of a son of his friends. That had emotionally effected him and he had caught his feelings in a painting. His Art in Motion series, full-color three-dimensional structures, which move when you walk by, attracted much interest.

The third artist, Alfred Gockel, surprised his audience by not speaking but painting and involving his audience in it. Because he had worked the evening long he could present the result the next morning. It was a beautiful painting, a symphony of colors in partly abstract, partly figurative patterns—a true Gockel! During the auction, buyers offered high amounts for that special artwork. Gockel is one of the few modern artists who work on etching plates, in the tradition of Rembrandt, Goya and Picasso. Some are printed in multiple colors. The circulation of it is always very limited, after which the plate is destroyed. In particular, a series of etchings of Venice was appreciated. We thoroughly talked with him about etching techniques and ways of printing, in wich we have a special interest.

On the last auction day, works by Yaacov Agam were featured. To everyone’s surprise, one of his works that was exhibited in the Guggenheim museum was offered for sale, and sold!

Before we left for Venice, we could not imagine what awaited us. In any case, all of our expectations were far exceeded. Who wouldn’t want to cruise from Venice to destinations such as the Greek islands of Corfu, Santorini and Mykonos, where we always had enough time to look around. During the days at sea we were immersed in art of high quality. Park West Gallery had everything very well-organized. There was no pressure to buy expensive works!

This European Art Odyssey VIP cruise was really a fantastic experience. We have written this review with pleasure and perhaps it will serve as a recommendation to others in the future.


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Five Finalists Chosen in MIGreatArtist Competition

MIGreatArtist online competition, Park West Gallery

A panel of esteemed judges has determined the five finalists in Oakland County’s MIGreatArtist competition. The finalists are:

  • Charles Boike of Flint
  • Kim Fujiwara of Rochester Hills
  • Deborah Hyde of West Bloomfield
  • Douglas La Ferle of Royal Oak
  • Molly Landis of Pontiac

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and Albert Scaglione, founder and CEO of Park West Gallery, launched the MIGreatArtist contest in June as another premier quality of life event for the Economic Growth Alliance (EGA) region which includes Oakland, Macomb, Livingston, Genesee, Lapeer and St. Clair counties.

“On behalf of Brooks, congratulations to the MIGreatArtist finalists,” Chief Deputy County Executive Gerald Poisson said. “Brooks’ inaugural regional art contest truly enhances the quality of life in the EGA region by promoting creativity.”

The finalists’ art will be on exhibit to the public at Park West Gallery in Southfield from Sept. 4 – 28. The winner of the MIGreatArtist competition will be announced at an award ceremony & reception on Sept. 14 at the gallery.

The MIGreatArtist winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize; up to five submitted artworks framed by Park West Gallery (value $500); a scholarship to attend classes on marketing and starting a new business offered through the Oakland County Business Center (value $700); will have their artwork featured on a poster to promote one of Oakland County’s signature quality of life events, printed by Park West Gallery (value $700); a solo exhibition at McLaren Oakland Hospital, Pontiac; and a solo exhibition at Lawrence Technological University, Southfield.

Four runners-up will each receive a $250 cash prize; framing of up to five artworks included in the submission, Park West Gallery (value $500); a scholarship to attend one Business Basics workshop offered through the Oakland County Business Center (value not to exceed $50); a one-hour consultation with an Oakland County business development representative; and a two-month solo exhibition in the Oakland County Galleria in Waterford.

More than 120 artists who live, work or go to school in the EGA region entered the contest. The public cast more than 13,500 votes online to choose the top 20. A panel of judges with expertise in art picked the finalists. The judges included Elliott Broom, vice president of operations at the Detroit Institute of Arts; Dominic Pangborn, Michigan-based artist and entrepreneur known for his fashion line; Albert Scaglione; Don Tocco, Troy business man and award-winning an artist; and Kristie Everett Zamora, arts and culture coordinator for Oakland County.

For more information, visit MIGreatArtist.com.
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MIGreatArtist Contest Launches at Park West Gallery

MIGreatArtist contest, Park West GalleryPontiac, Mich. (June 27, 2012) – Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and Park West Gallery Chief Executive Officer Albert Scaglione launched the MIGreatArtist™ contest today for artists who live, work, or go to school in the Economic Growth Alliance region of Oakland, Macomb, Livingston, Genesee, Lapeer and St. Clair counties. Artists will be able to submit pictures of up to five original paintings, drawings or sketches to the MIGreatArtist website, MIGreatArtist.com, beginning Friday, June 29, through July, 20, 2012 for public voting.

“The MIGreatArtist contest will encourage artists in the EGA region to showcase their creativity to art lovers throughout Michigan,” said Patterson. “MIGreatArtist joins the many premier regional quality of life events in Oakland County.”

MI Great Artist contest, Park West Gallery

The MIGreatArtist winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize; five submitted artworks framed by Park West Gallery (value $500); a group exhibition at Park West Gallery with Award Ceremony & Reception, Sept. 4 – 28, 2012; a scholarship to attend FastTrac® NewVenture Oct. 2 – Dec. 4, 2012, offered through the Oakland County Business Center (value $700); will have their artwork featured on a poster to promote one of Oakland County’s signature quality of life events TBD, printed by Park West Gallery (value $700); a solo exhibition at McLaren Hospital, Pontiac; and a solo exhibition at Lawrence Technological University, Southfield.

Four runners-up will each receive a $250.00 cash prize; framing of five artworks included in the submission, Park West Gallery (value $500); a group exhibition at Park West Gallery with Award Ceremony & Reception, Sept. 4 – 28, 2012; a scholarship to attend one Business Basics workshop offered through the Oakland County Business Center (value not to exceed $50); a one-hour consultation with an Oakland County business development representative; and a two-month solo exhibition in the Oakland County Galleria in Waterford.

Artists must be at least 18-years-old. Entrants who have created 2-D works of art will be able to upload up to five images and descriptions of their work for public voting.  From the top 20 artists, a seven-member jury of arts professionals will select five semi-finalists. The winner then will be determined by a combination of jury score and public vote.

The judges are Elliott W. Broom, vice president of museum operations at the Detroit Institute of Arts; Dominic Pangborn, founder of Pangborn Design Collection and former professor at the College of Creative Studies; Kristie Everett Zamora, arts, culture & film coordinator for Oakland County’s Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs; Albert Scaglione, founder and CEO of Park West Gallery; and Don Tocco, an artist whose work includes award-winning photography, paintings sold to high-end art collectors, portrait sculptures of famous global leaders.

Public voting online will open July 25 through Aug. 17, 2012. The top 20 artists will be posted at MIGreatArtist.com on Aug. 18. Beginning that day, the judges will review public voting results and narrow submissions down to the five semi-finalists who will be announced on Aug. 24. The semi-finalists will be on display at Park West Gallery Sept. 4-28. The winner will be announced Sept. 14 at an awards ceremony at Park West Gallery.

MIGreatArtist is open to all original art work submitted by the original creator that is 2-D, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, ink, pastel, and collage, among others. Photography and digital artworks are excluded from the competition.

MIGreatArtist partners include Oakland County, Park West Gallery, Lawrence Technological University, McLaren Oakland, Economic Growth Alliance, AdvantageOakland.com, Medical Main Street, and Prosper® magazine.

For more information, visit www.MIGreatArtist.com.

Watch Artist Dominic Pangborn on ‘Detroit 2020’

Detroit 2020, Dominic Pangborn, Park West Gallery“Detroit 2020,” a weekly program on ABC Channel 7 (WXYZ-TV in Detroit), says it’s committed to addressing the challenges facing the Detroit region. The goal of the show is to unify, inspire change and help make Detroit a better place to live, work and raise families. 

This week, “Detroit 2020” highlighted Park West Gallery artist, Dominic Pangborn, whose studio is located in downtown Detroit. Pangborn said that with all of his success, he is committed to Detroit, explaining, “I specifically chose Detroit because I really firmly believe that businesses should be in the city. So I moved into the city of Detroit.”


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Fine art by Dominic Pangborn is available for purchase through Park West Gallery and its cruise art auctions at sea. To learn more visit, parkwestgallery-pangborn.com.

International Artist Dominic Pangborn Creates Permanent Installation for New Marlins Park Baseball Stadium

MIAMI, Fla. – This past March, international artist Dominic Pangborn participated in the historic grand opening of the new Miami Marlins ballpark. Construction of the stadium was completed at the end of March, just in time for Opening Day in April. Marlins Park is located in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami, just west of downtown. Seated on the historic 42-acre site of the Orange Bowl, it features state-of-the-art amenities like a retractable roof and a 21st century contemporary style.

Dominic Pangborn, Park West Gallery, Marlins Stadium

When Dominic Pangborn was approached by the director of the stadium’s operations (familiar with his work) he agreed that this would be a very unique and exciting opportunity to exhibit to the Florida community.

The Park West Gallery artist chose to highlight 10 years of Marlins’ history, designing a piece 10 ft. high x 40 ft. long x 4 ft. deep. Pangborn’s largest public piece to date, the work is created from vinyl transferred onto aluminum and is viewable from the stands, as well as home plate, the pitcher’s mound, first base and right field.

The Pangborn installation has become the main artistic highlight in the stadium. It’s featured on the official stadium tour and is located on the main mezzanine level above the concessions.

Fine art by Dominic Pangborn is available for purchase through Park West Gallery and its cruise art auctions at sea. To learn more visit, parkwestgallery-pangborn.com.

Park West Gallery Supports American Education Week

American Education Week (November 13-19, 2011) celebrates public education and honors individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education. Through art donations and sponsored artist lectures, Park West Gallery maintains a commitment to enhancing the quality of education in our schools.

International Artist Dominic Pangborn Visits SPF Middle Schools

Dominic Pangborn, Park West GalleryMindy Scarlett (left), editor of the soon-to-be-launched Scotch Plains/Fanwood Edition of TheAlternativePress.com; Artist Dominic Pangborn; Phyllis Mirabella, vice president of the Education Enrichment Foundation of SPF and Al Mirabella, Freeholder for Union County. Credit: SPF News

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD NEWS – On Monday, Nov. 14, internationally renowned Michigan based Artist Dominic Pangborn visited both Park and Terrill Middle Schools in the Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District. Pangborn was visiting courtesy of Park West CARES, the philanthropic arm of Park West Gallery, the largest art dealer in the world.

In addition to making one of their premier artists available to speak to SPF Middle School students, Park West Gallery is also making a generous donation of 20 works of art to the Education Enrichment Foundation of SPF. Those works of art will ultimately benefit SPF students district-wide.

While most students were expecting a boring lecture on the finer points of modern art, they were pleasantly surprised by Pangborn’s amusing and unassuming presentation…

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Exclusive artwork by Dominic Pangborn is available for purchase through Park West Gallery and its cruise art auctions at sea. Visit the Park West Gallery Pangborn Fine Art Collection →

Park West Gallery is committed to art enrichment and community outreach, having donated thousands of new items of clothing, works of art and books to charitable and educational organizations nationwide. To nominate a charitable organization in your community that would benefit from the Park West Gallery CARES philanthropic initiative, please send your submission to pwgcares@parkwestgallery.com.

Dominic Pangborn’s Artistic Journey

The Wire, Dominic Pangborn, Park West GalleryOn the bright side: artist Dominic Pangborn shares inspiration

Oct. 19, 2011 — Dominic Pangborn was the illegitimate child of an American soldier, born into a divided and bombed-out country in 1952, during the Korean War. On the bright side, he had next to nothing.

“Having nothing and being in an environment of nothing taught me a lot of things,” he said. “One was creativity.”

Pangborn’s unfailing positivity has helped him become a successful artist, represented by the world’s largest art dealer, Park West Gallery. He’s the founder of both a graphic design firm and a fashion label, and finally, an endearing and inspiring public speaker.

He spoke recently at Great Bay Community College in Portsmouth as part of the school’s monthly Leadership Series, which invites students and the public to meet with businesspeople and discuss their success stories, philosophies, and current issues and trends…

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Exclusive artwork by Dominic Pangborn is available for purchase through Park West Gallery and its cruise art auctions at sea.

Visit the Park West Gallery Pangborn Fine Art Collection →

Park West Gallery CARES Continues Partnership with Douglas High

park west gallery cares, douglas high schoolDouglas High School art teacher Debbie Cusack and her students pose with various Thomas Kinkade artworks donated to the school by Park West Gallery CARES.

Park West Gallery donates additional works to support the school’s arts in education programming

WINSTON, OR – Like most of America, Winston, Oregon has been hit hard by the downturns in the economy.  However, unlike many other schools, Winston’s Douglas High School has been able to maintain a thriving arts program for its students.  Impressed with the school’s dedication to arts in education even in bad economic times, Park West Gallery donated five works of art by Thomas Kinkade through its philanthropic Park West Gallery CARES initiative to the high school with hopes of furthering and supporting the school’s art programming. 

This donation follows a previous donation of 20 works by various Park West artists and a lecture by artist Dominic Pangborn in November 2010.  Douglas High School was able to auction works of art by Thomas Kinkade from the previous donation and use the proceeds to purchase art supplies and materials including: shelving, drying racks and containers for art storage and an opaque projector.

“Thank you for these gifts for our art program!  I am in awe and speechless with Park West Gallery’s generosity.  Just the idea of someone remembering our struggling little school is an amazing concept for the students and me.  We are extremely thankful and appreciative of these donations.  It feels so good to check—rather than cross—much needed supplies off my list, and we are only able to do so because of Park West Gallery,” declared Debbie Cusack, Douglas High School’s art teacher. 

“We are committed to keeping the arts alive in our schools,” said Stoney Goldstein, executive vice president of Park West Gallery.  “We realize that budgets are being crunched and funding for the arts is drying up, and we’re simply stepping up to the plate to do our part.  Park West Gallery is very impressed and inspired by Winston and by Douglas High School’s dedication to keeping arts in education for their students.  The arts allow our children to be creative, which in turn helps develop critical and forward thinking skills.  Kids feel a sense of pride and ownership of the artwork they create and develop the ability to think outside of the box.  We recognize that the arts provide a foundation for innovation.”

Launched in July 2010, Park West Gallery CARES initially limited its outreach to organizations in the Detroit, MI and Miami, FL areas where Park West Gallery has physical locations.  However, due to its monumental success, Park West Gallery has decided to extend the initiative to communities throughout the United States.  Douglas High School is one of many organizations that have received similar donations and artist talks provided by Park West Gallery CARES.  Other recipients include the Lake Geneva Public Library in Lake Geneva, WI, the Youth Arts Corp. in St. Petersburg, FL, the City of Clayton’s public art program in Clayton, MO, St. Mary’s Interparochial School in Philadelphia, PA, The International School in Bellevue, WA, Goethe School in Chicago, IL and the Woodbridge Public Library in Iselin, NJ.

If you know of a charitable organization in your community that would benefit from Park West Gallery CARES, please send your suggestions to pwgcares@parkwestgallery.com.
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