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Leslie Lew Brings “Buki’s Garden” Children’s Art Workshop to Detroit

This summer, Park West Gallery sponsored New York-based artist Leslie Lew to visit the Detroit area to conduct a series of free art education workshops for children. 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.

“In this day and age, there’s a lot of kids who are bullying, being bullied…. that’s kind of why I did the book,” Lew explained. “I think that it was a good thing to do. The story really teaches people to be accepting of being different.”

Lew said that her decision to bring Buki to Detroit was deliberate. “Going to Detroit I just felt would be a really important thing because there are so many kids that need a little bit more encouragement, or they don’t feel as special as they should.”

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My TV20 Detroit: Leslie Lew at Children’s Art Education Workshop (Video)

New York-based Park West Gallery artist Leslie Lew recently visited the Detroit area to conduct a series of free art education workshops.

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.

Detroit’s My TV20 News was on hand as Lew painted with the children at Focus Hope in Detroit. Watch:

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CBS Detroit: Author Teaches Diversity Through Art

Leslie Lew works with children at the Children’s Choice Learning Centers. (WWJ/Pat Sweeting)CBS DETROIT (June 18, 2013) — She’s bringing free art workshops and the message of diversity to youngsters in Pontiac and Detroit this week.

WWJ Newsradio 950′s Pat Sweeting explains that by using art and a book she has written called “Buki’s Garden”- Park West Gallery artist Leslie Lew of New York seeks to help young children understand that being different is alright.

“Today with the bullying going on with kids and all that, my book kind of teaches to be more excepting of differences and tolerant,” said Lew…

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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.

buki's garden, leslie lew

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.

Art Basel Takes Over Miami Beach

The art world is still buzzing about last weekend’s 11th Annual Art Basel Miami Beach, one of the most prestigious art shows in the U.S. More than 260 leading galleries from all over the world showcased works by more than 2,000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Leslie Lew Art Basel Miami Beach

Park West Gallery artist Leslie Lew was selected to be a “Featured Artist” at Art Basel’s Overture, dedicated to presenting major new trends from around the world. Overture’s pop-themed exhibition featured Lew’s sculpted oils alongside works of renowned artists Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Roy Lichtenstein.

Another Art Basel highlight was Champion’s 2012 Art Car, designed by Park West Gallery pop artist Romero Britto. The brightly-colored Porsche 911 Cabriolet roamed the streets of Miami, making its way around to the various Art Basel events.

Romero Britto Porsche 911 Cabriolet at Art Basel Miami Beach

All told, an estimated 65,000 people attended Art Basel Miami Beach this year, making it one of the art world’s most popular annual events.

To learn more about Art Basel Miami Beach, visit http://miamibeach.artbasel.com.

Fine art by Leslie Lew and Romero Britto is available through Park West Gallery and its cruise art auctions at sea. Learn more at www.parkwestgallery.com.

The Art of Comic-Con 2012

San Diego Comic-Con 2012The eagerly anticipated 43rd annual Comic-Con International took place this past weekend in sunny San Diego, CA. (We were surprised to learn that the popular event was first held back in 1970, making it just about the same age as Park West Gallery!) Known for its devoted fans, Comic-Con is an annual conference allowing people to connect with artists, actors and creators of content they love through interviews and panels.

Once seen as an obscure event just for die-hard comic and anime fans, Comic-Con has blossomed into a mainstream event with the increasing popularity of sci-fi and fantasy genres. With big budget comic book-based movies, like “Iron Man” and “The Avengers” becoming so mainstream, production studios have begun to use Comic-Con as a marketing opportunity, helping to make this event—dare we say—cool.

Amid movie stars and writers, however, the art that originally drew so many people to Comic-Con is still showcased. Artists’ Alley is the section of the conference that gives attendees the chance to meet creators and purchase art directly from their favorite artists.

It seems like now, more than ever, comics have a huge impact on pop culture as we know it. But comic book art has actually been around for some time. In fact, the first comic book appeared in 1933 and comic strips were around for decades before. Loveable iconic characters like Garfield, Little Lulu, and Blondie all got their start in comics.

"Batman and Robin" (2009), Leslie Lew, Park West Gallery

If, like us, you were unable to attend this year’s Comic-Con but want to experience the art of comic book superheroes, take a look at the Park West Gallery Collection online. Aside from a wide array of animation art, Park West Gallery also offers a number of works by artists like Leslie Lew, whose layered oil paintings of superheroes and pop culture characters are a must-see for any comic enthusiast.

Are you a fan of comic book art? Have you ever attended Comic-Con? Share your experience with us in the comments below.

Swirling Paint with Leslie Lew

Leslie Lew fine art is available at Park West Gallery cruise art auctions and through our gallery in Southfield, Michigan. View the online collection →

Katonah Museum of Art, Leslie Lew
“Swirling Paint with Leslie” at the Katonah Museum of Art.


KATONAH, NY — When August rolls around and it feels like everything has gone quiet, come see why the Katonah Museum of Art is the place to be every Second Saturday for art enthusiasts and culture vultures alike. Join pop artist Leslie Lew for the Museum’s third party of the season, Swirling Paint with Leslie, on August 13 from 6:30-8:30pm.

For Swirling Paint with Leslie, pop artist Leslie Lew offers a rare opportunity to experience her artistic process. Through a method called “Sculpted Oils,” Lew’s vivid paintings are composed using thick and sculpturally-rich swirls of color, bringing her works to life beyond the canvas. Lew will guide guests through this technique, adding texture and volume to a number of paintings throughout the evening.

To purchase tickets and for more information, call 914-232-9555 or visit www.katonahmuseum.org.

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Park West Gallery, the Artists’ Perspective [Video]

We often learn about the Park West Gallery experience from our collectors’ perspectives, but what is it like for the artists we represent? What advantages do our artists most enjoy from the unique opportunity to be included in the Park West Gallery family?

In the following Park West Gallery exclusive, you’ll hear from world-renowned contemporary artists including Peter NixonCsaba Markus, Romero Britto, Andrew Bone and Leslie Lew. Watch: