“I want to compliment our cruise art director, Michael. We have purchased on cruise ships in the past and have seen several directors. Michael is by far the best one we have encountered.
He is extremely knowledgeable about art and the artists. He has a passion for collecting and tries to share that passion with patrons. He has an intense energy during the auctions. The auctions were fun and entertaining.
Michael was great with art patrons. During the previews, I saw him moving through the crowd, able to talk at any level about the piece in question. I heard him make recommendations with sincerity and in line with the patrons’ interests, not just to make another sale. He treated everyone with the same respect and dedication whether buying thousands of dollars on multiple pieces or only hundreds on one piece.
The thing that makes him stand out, in my opinion, is that he is genuine and it shows. I hope next time I go on a cruise, he is the art director because I will definitely buy from him again.”
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“We recently had the pleasure of meeting and working with Martin, Park West Art Auctioneer on the Volendam, Holland America Line, during a cruise to ports in New Zealand and Australia.
Martin’s enthusiasm, dedication, and knowledge of fine art is absolutely outstanding. We have traveled on several Holland America Cruises, attended numerous art seminars and auctions and Martin stands out amongst any art auctioneers we have met previously.
He is truly a credit to your organization. He exudes confidence and enthusiasm for his position and is a delight to work with on art purchases and in seminars.
Please pass our congratulations on to a superb employee and individual.”
Brenda A. and Gale R.
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Dear Park West Gallery:
Jaco, our Park West Art Auctioneer, did an outstanding job of steering us towards art that we liked and was within our budget. He made the auction events enjoyable as we learned about the process. He also provided outstanding customer service in the follow-up meeting to arrange framing and shipping.
My wife and I greatly appreciate his assistance.
Dear Park West,
“We just returned from our cruise and we purchased several more Park West works of art. I just wanted to let you know that our art auctioneers Michael and Kevin were OUTSTANDING!! They were extremely knowledgeable and professional; and this along with their fervor towards art made all the auctions exciting and ‘Must attend events!!’
We will be back on the Conquest in August and again in October and look forward to attending Michael’s auctions.”
Frank and I would like to thank you again for inviting us to be part of the Park West VIP Cruise. This was our first VIP cruise and we were impressed with how Park West did everything top notch from beginning to end.
It was exciting to get to meet the four different artists, Noah, Tim Yanke, Nano and of course Jerry Blank who was not scheduled for the VIP cruise but was able to join us. Each of these artists were a pleasure to meet. Their unique artwork and their personal stories made us appreciate them even more. We purchased artwork from each one of the artists and cannot wait to have them delivered. We were particularly excited when we received our first two peices of artwork this Saturday one of which was Tim Yanke’s, ‘Lone Star’. Tim is such an exceptional individual and we were pleased to have had the opportunity to spend time with him.
The art enrichment presentation was very informative and we learned to appreciate artwork that we would not have ever thought to even look at in the past. Special thanks to Chris, Simon, Samantha, EJ and Rebecca for doing such an excellent job. Please give our regards and thanks to each of them.
Frank and Ginette M.
Thank you for making me feel comfortable enough to say yes to the VIP cruise. It was truly an amazing experience. When we boarded the ship, I never would have thought I would acquire the works of art I now own. Getting to know Noah, Tim, Jerry and Nano gave me new insight not only into their work, but art in general.
Everyone from Park West was absolutely wonderful. Chris was a superb host. Rebecca, Sam and EJ were supportive and understanding. Simon was always there making sure everyone was being looked after properly.
The trip was everything you told me it would be and more. Thank you for a wonderful week I’ll never forget.
Lake In The Hills, Illinois
Posted in Artists & Special Collections, Cruise Art Auctions at Sea, Customer Corner, Nano Lopez, Noah, Tim Yanke, VIP Testimonials
Tagged Art Auctions at Sea, artwork, cruise ship art auctions, Jerry Blank, Nano Lopez, Noah, Park West art auctioneer, Park West Gallery, Park West VIP cruise, Tim Yanke
Dear Park West Gallery:
Just wanted to send a quick note on how much fun my wife and I had purchasing our artwork at the auction on our ship. I’ve seen your auctions on previous cruises, but this is the first time I have attended and participated. Both Derek and Bruce made the event fun and were very helpful with the many questions that I had.
Now the only thing I am looking forward to is getting my artwork and putting it up in my game room.
Fort Lee, Virginia
I want to commend Amy from Park West for her knowledge and professionalism at the art auction aboard the Carnival Inspiration. I had never attended an art auction prior to this cruise, and I walked away with two fantastic pieces of art at a spectacular price. Amy made the auction fun and informative, and I look forward to future Park West auctions in the future. Thank you Amy!!!
Our auctioneer, Jaco, and his assistant, Michelle, were fabulous. They were helpful and informative – my daughter hopes to study art when she goes to university and they gave her tips and suggestions, looked at her work and encouraged her. They presented several seminars during the cruise and we felt we learned a great deal spending time with them. We are very happy with our purchases and look forward to our next cruise and Park West! Thanks again to Jaco and Michelle.
Park West Gallery recently held a conference for over 100 Plymouth Auctioneering associates – providing services for Park West cruise ship art auctions at sea. The experience was memorable and gave everyone a chance to interact with the artists in attendance – Peter Max, Yaacov Agam, Itzchak Tarkay – just to name a few. Following is a selection thoughtful comments from some of those lucky enough to attend:
“Meeting with and interacting with the artists while creating art gave us a sense of the strong connection they have with Park West and we are an essential member of the same team. I felt very fortunate for this and would like to thank the forward thinking team for including us. Cheers.” — Ty
“I thoroughly enjoyed my training. The experience of meeting the artists was awesome and very unexpected, which made it easier for me to learn. You can get the feel of their passion and style from watching them paint or give a presentation. The trainers are fantastic. I feel motivated, ready to perform and look forward to boarding my ship.” — Crystal
“I feel incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet with auctioneers from all over the world. The presentations were motivating and inspiring and I really enjoyed listening to Chris, Gordon and Lane. Being able to spend time in the gallery was amazing. Thank you so much!” — Naomi
“I definitely want to take a moment and thank Park West for the opportunity to be a part of the Conference. Best wishes and I’m thrilled to be a part of the Park West family.” — Robert
“I was taken away by the entire experience of the conference. I feel very fortunate to have been able to be a part of such an amazing event. The opportunity to meet and talk to so many of the artists that Park West represents was truly an experience of a lifetime. To meet so many people that are a part of Park West gave me a much more intimate feeling of the company and how it operates and the amazing people involved in making this company what it is today.” — Hoomann
“I learned a lot about the artists that I’ve met and about all the people that I will have the opportunity to work with in the future. I would like to thank all of you at Park West for giving me this unique opportunity to participate.” — Daniel
“I’d like to say that this entire experience has been phenomenal and I want to thank everybody at Park West for allowing me to learn and experience so much throughout both the training as well as the conference. As a result of the conversations I had with the artists throughout the conference, I feel that I’ve developed a much deeper understanding of their work and developed a much more personal connection to them as well as their art.” — Negin
“Hearing Mr. Scaglione speak and talking one on one with him several times, left me with a profound respect for Park West and inspired me to have a strong belief in myself and the company. The artist expo experience enabled me to make a personal and emotional connection with the art. I think this will ultimately allow me to provide clients with the highest level of service. Thank you very much for the opportunity and the experience.” — Joshua
“I would like to thank everyone for giving me this opportunity to not just witness the greatness, but to share and be involved in this event. To have the chance of shaking Peter Max’s hand or meeting Tim Yanke, and so many others, was a moment of my life that I will treasure and remember forever.“ — Martin
“It has been amazing, everything through our reception, food, meeting the artists to the organization. The gala event was one of the highlights of my life and career.“ — Willem
Posted in Cruise Art Auctions at Sea
Tagged Albert Scaglione, Artists & Special Collections, auctioneer conference, fine art, Itzchak Tarkay, Park West 40th anniversary, Park West art auctioneer, Park West Gallery, Peter Max, Plymouth auctioneering, training, Yaacov Agam
“I just wanted to let you know about the great people you have working for you on Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. We have been long time Park West customers, all the way back to when we lived in Michigan. The majority of our purchases have been with the cruise line staff. They are very knowledgeable and helpful.
Destino #64 (Set 1)
Our most recent experience was on Voyager of the Seas, while visiting the Mediterranean. Jackie and her husband Damion were great. We bought 4 pieces. They answered all of our questions. I also saw Jackie dealing with some other passengers; she was very professional. She should be commended.
We also have had a long time relationship with Carrie and her soon to be husband Darko. We had purchased a number of pieces from them as well, including 2 Destinos from the first release. We have kept in touch by email over the years and are trying to set up another cruise, just so we can visit with them and purchase some additional works.
We are probably not your biggest purchasing clients, but we are loyal and confident in the value and Park West stands behind every transaction. Keep up the good work!”
Chuck & Jan K.
Boynton Beach, Florida