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Artist Tim Yanke Returns to OLHSA Head Start for Third Painting Session

tim yanke, oakland livingston human service agency, park west gallery

Contemporary artist Tim Yanke returned to Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency (OLHSA) today to continue a series of seasonal paintings with Head Start preschoolers. These children of low‐income families were emerged into a world of discovery and creativity for the third time this year as Yanke worked with them to paint a summer‐themed piece. Art supplies were donated by Park West Gallery.

Throughout 2012, Yanke has graciously donated his time to enriching the lives of OLHSA Head Start preschoolers, aged three to five years, through art. Already this year he has helped the children paint a winter-themed piece in January and a spring themed piece in May. With a fall piece to come later this season, the collection will be complete.

The pieces, finished with Yanke’s vibrant and skilled hand, will be auctioned off at a fundraiser for OLHSA, to be held at Park West Gallery.

See more photos from the event →
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Fine art by Tim Yanke is available through Park West Gallery and its cruise art auctions at sea. Learn more at www.parkwestgallery-yanke.com.

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.

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 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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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.

Around Town: ArtPrize, Detroit Design Festival, B’ham Art Fair

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This coming weekend is a perfect time to get outside and enjoy the first days of autumn. Fortunately, a variety of popular art events are happening all around Michigan, including:

Detroit Design Festival, Park West GalleryDETROIT DESIGN FESTIVAL
The DDF is a city-wide week-long crowd-sourced design festival developed to showcase the talents and abilities of Detroit’s creative community. A variety of happenings will take place, including studio tours, panels and roundtable discussions, fashion shows, and art battles. Detroit Creative Corridor Center established DDF to connect creatives with one another, expose them to new markets and consumers, and to display the creative talent that will help Detroit become a global center of creative innovation.

When: Wednesday, Sept. 21 – Wednesday, Sept. 28
Where: 50 venues throughout the Detroit Creative Corridor [map]
Website: www.detroitdesignfestival.com

ArtPrize, Park West GalleryARTPRIZE
Part arts festival, part social experiment, ArtPrize is an international contest decided solely by public vote. The competition is open to any artist in the world who can find space, anybody in the city who wants to create a venue and open to a vote from anyone who attends. It’s mission is to be a catalyst for collisions and connections between artists and communities, for the sake of infusing vitality and courage into culture. For two weeks, 1,582 artists from 36 countries and 43 states will show their work in 164 venues within three-square miles. Each artist will compete for the world’s largest prize for art, $474,000 ($250,000 to 1st place).

When: Wednesday, Sept. 21 – Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011
Where: Downtown Grand Rapids [map]
Website: www.artprize.org

Birmingham Art Fair, Park West GalleryBIRMINGHAM STREET ART FAIR
Birmingham’s 37th Annual Art Fair will feature more than 160 fine artists from around the country. Ceramics, painting, photography, glass, jewelry, sculpture, wood and more will be showcased, along with the annual art auction to raise funds for the outstanding work of Common Ground, Oakland County’s nonprofit agency providing emergency help for families in crisis.

When: Saturday, Sept. 24, 10 am – 6 pm; Sunday, Sept. 25, 10 am – 5 pm
Where: Downtown Birmingham [map]
Website: theguild.org/art-fairs/common-ground-art-fair

And if you’re in the neighborhood this weekend, stop by for a visit! Park West Gallery will be open Friday, 9am – 6pm and Saturday, 11 am – 6 pm [map].

Around Town: Arts, Beats & Eats 2011

Oakland County’s Favorite Summer Festival Celebrating Art, Music, Cuisine and Humanity returns September 2-5, 2011.

Arts, Beats & Eats, Park West Gallery

The 14th annual Arts, Beats & Eats returns to Downtown Royal Oak this Labor Day Weekend! The festival will offer more than 200 performances on ten stages, a highly ranked Juried Fine Arts Show and local restaurants offering some of the finest cuisine in metro Detroit.

Event Hours:
Friday, Sept. 2 • 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Saturday, Sept. 3 • 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sunday, Sept. 4 • 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Monday, Sept. 5 • 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

For more information, visit www.artsbeatseats.com.

And if you happen to be in the neighborhood this weekend, stop by for a visit! Park West Gallery will be open Saturday, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. [Directions]