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‘Checking In’ at The Henry, Dearborn

the-henry-autograph-collection-dearborn-michigan-guestroom-detailPhoto credit: The Henry

DBusiness, Detroit’s premier business journal, recently profiled The Henry, an upscale boutique hotel in Dearborn, Michigan.  The hotel has just undergone major renovations, including the unique addition of Park West Gallery artwork on display throughout and in its own physical gallery space located on the ground floor.

In June 2010, in a bit of fortuitous timing, Host International sold the Ritz to Greenwood Hospitality Group. Eager to distance itself from the Ritz brand, the new owner quickly changed the name to The Henry, and launched a long-anticipated renovation of the 308-room hotel.

The multimillion-dollar upgrade, now finalized, includes a redesigned lobby and studio lounge, renovated rooms and suites, a new Club Lounge on the 10th floor for premier guests, and a new signature restaurant called TRIA, An American Brassiere. In addition, the hotel began offering contemporary paintings and sculptures for sale in a partnership with Park West Galleries in Southfield.

Read the full article [pdf]

For more information, please visit www.behenry.com/park-west-gallery.aspx.
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Winner Announced in the MIGreatArtist Online Arts Competition

"Jeanne - Joyful" by Deborah Hyde, MIGreatArtist (Park West Gallery)Deborah Hyde of West Bloomfield is the winner of Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson’s MI Great Artist regional competition. The winner was announced during a reception Friday evening at Park West Gallery in Southfield.

The runners-up are Charles Boike of Flint; Kim Fujiwara of Rochester Hills; Douglas La Ferle of Royal Oak; and Molly Landis of Pontiac.

“All of the finalists are outstanding artists,” Patterson said. “Deborah Hyde stood out to the judges because she has a unique method of creating large quilts that almost look photographic.”

Hyde says her technique, which she developed herself, takes hundreds of hours from her first sketches to sewing the completed product.

“I cut, place and sew one-inch fabric squares to make large figurative works,” Hyde said. “I have developed my own technique over the last 10 years, and lately have used a traditional Amish quilt pattern named ‘Sunshine and Shadow’ in which I imbed my image, manipulating color values to create depth and contour in my figures. Bold forms, interesting colors, and evocative images compel my work.”

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

The other finalists each receive a $250 cash prize; framing of up to five artworks included in the submission, Park West Gallery; a scholarship to attend one Business Basics workshop offered through the Oakland County Business Center; a one-hour consultation with an Oakland County business development representative; and a two-month solo exhibition in the Oakland County Galleria in Waterford.

Hyde’s and the other finalists’ art is on exhibit at Park West Gallery, 29469 Northwestern Highway in Southfield until Sept. 28. To view their submitted art online, go to MIGreatArtist.com.

“The inaugural year of the MI Great Artist contest was a resounding success. I’m looking forward to seeing great work from next year’s artists,” Patterson said.

MIGreatArtist Online Voting Starts Today

MIGreatArtist online competition, Park West Gallery
Voting is now open for MIGreatArtist, the online arts competition! More than 120 artists have submitted their works to be voted on by you – the public.

Now through August 17, visit www.migreatartist.com/Pages/Gallery.aspx to vote for your favorites. Vote once per day, for as many artists as you’d like.

The top 20 artists, as chosen by the public vote, will be announced on August 18. From that group, a five-member jury of arts professionals will then select five semi-finalists, to be revealed on August 24. Finally, the winner will be determined by a combination of jury score and public vote. The semi-finalists will exhibit their artwork at Park West Gallery from September 4-28. The winner will be revealed September 14 during an awards ceremony at Park West Gallery.

MIGreatArtist is an initiative of Oakland County, sponsored in part by Park West Gallery.

Vote now at www.migreatartist.com/Pages/Gallery.aspx.
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One Event, Four Fairs: The 53rd Annual Ann Arbor Art Fair

the ann arbor art fair logo, park west galleryIt may be one of the hottest summers on record, but artists and art enthusiasts from all over the world are gathering in the streets of downtown Ann Arbor this week for one of Michigan’s favorite annual events – the Ann Arbor Art Fair.

This year’s 53rd Ann Arbor Art Fair consists of four independent award-winning art fairs (The Original, the South University Art Fair, the Summer Art Fair and the State Street Area Art Fair) in one, and will exhibit the work of more than 1,000 artists. Now through Saturday, fair-goers can “meet the artists, enjoy the city and soak up the experience” at this highly anticipated event.

As a Michigan-based arts advocate, Park West Gallery’s mission aligns with what the Ann Arbor Art Fair also strives to accomplish — to connect artists with the public in an exciting way and to increase art appreciation in the community. The fair exposes more than 500,000 people to art each summer, so, much like with our newly launched MIGreatArtist contest, emerging artists will be given a unique opportunity to showcase their creativity to a considerable audience.

The Park West Gallery crew is excited to visit the art fair this weekend! Will we see you there?

For more information about the Ann Arbor Art Fair, please visit artfairs.visitannarbor.org or download the event map [pdf].

Are You Michigan’s Next Great Artist?

On June 27, 2012, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and Park West Gallery CEO Albert Scaglione launched the MIGreatArtist™ online arts competition.

MIGreatArtist™ is open to visual artists, 18 years and older, who live, work or attend school in Oakland, Macomb, St. Clair, Livingston, Lapeer and Genesee counties. Entries must be received by July 20.

Visit www.MIGreatArtist.com to learn more.

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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.

It’s a Norman Rockwell Kind of Holiday

It’s that time of year again when fluffy white flakes and yuletide carols fill the sights and sounds of suburban Michigan. And just down the street from Park West Gallery’s Southfield location lies the historic little town of Franklin, twinkling with holiday spirit.

Jolly Postman by Norman Rockwell, Park West GalleryFranklin Village, Michigan, Park West Gallery

Like it was yanked from a Christmas snow globe, downtown Franklin lights up with cheer, perfect for antiquing or site-seeing, looking for gifts or stopping for tea. Visitors to the town will definitely feel like they’re in a Norman Rockwell painting, nostalgic for the era of “The Saturday Evening Post.”

Painting what he knew, Rockwell studied his friends and neighbors for more than fifty years for his famous magazine covers. With an ongoing theme of childlike naivety, gentle teasing, and family values, more than 300 covers were painted throughout his career.

In the mood to experience even more holiday merriment? Works by Norman Rockwell are currently on display at Park West Gallery in Southfield – just minutes from charming downtown Franklin.

And don’t forget: the Park West Gallery Holiday Sale doesn’t end until December 26, so if there’s still someone special on your Holiday to-do list, gift them something they’re guaranteed not to have!
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Through association with the Norman Rockwell Licensing Company (the estate of the artist) and Curtis Publishing (owner of the copyrights of The Saturday Evening Post artwork), Park West Gallery has been able in recent years to bring new and exceptional collecting opportunities for Norman Rockwell artworks to enthusiastic collectors. For more information, please call 800-521-9654 x 4 or email sales@parkwestgallery.com

For more information about Park West Gallery’s land and cruise ship auctions, visit our website at www.parkwestgallery.com.

Park West Foundation in The Michigan Citizen

the michigan citizen, park west gallery, park west foundationLocal child rights activist lauds Michigan adoption law

Nov. 27, 2011 — Ethiopian-born child rights advocate Saba Gebrai has lauded state legislature for the new law extending care to Michigan foster youth.

The law, signed Nov. 22, encourages adoption, foster care, mentoring, tutoring and respite care.

Saba Gebrai is the director for the Blue Babies Park West Foundation, an organization in Detroit committed to supporting and uplifting youth in the social welfare system eager to improve themselves, as well as those who are in foster care.

Blue Babies is made up of former and current foster care youth who believe in themselves and in service of their peers and communities, daily transforming lives through youth-led, creative solutions.

Blue Babies Park West Foundation is involved with Child Welfare, working to create families for children and young adults who do not have families. The foundation also serves as a resource center for Child Welfare issues and does referrals in cases that require special needs.

Thousands of children all over Michigan and the world are growing up without a parent or family. This has inspired the Be1andBlue campaign that helps youth to formally connect to caring people, families, organizations, businesses and faith communities everywhere…

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For more information about the Park West Foundation and Park West Gallery’s other philanthropic programs, please visit www.parkwestgallery.com and click on Philanthropy.