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Albert Scaglione featured on the Huffington Post

Park West Gallery founder and CEO Albert Scaglione and artist Autumn de Forest inside Park West Gallery's Southfield, Michigan Headquarters

Park West Gallery founder and CEO Albert Scaglione and artist Autumn de Forest inside Park West Gallery’s Southfield, Michigan Headquarters

In 1969, Albert Scaglione founded Park West Gallery, a company that would drastically change the way fine art was collected. In an interview on the Huffington Post, Park West Gallery‘s founder and CEO spoke about his passion for art, the sense of adventure he has fused into Park West and building an unrivaled experience around art collecting.

From a young age, Scaglione realized that art speaks to everyone, but many people feel too intimidated to enter the art world. He says even his own parents felt this way and never thought they could have artwork of their own. Scaglione set out to change this perception by founding Park West Gallery. Today, Park West Gallery spreads a love for art through 104 art galleries on cruise ships, providing an experience that is as memorable as the artwork.

I came from a middle class family and studied to be an engineer but art really became a constant pulling in my life. When I was 16 years old I applied for a job at an art gallery. I took the job and it was fascinating. I worked there for 2 summers. When I was in highschool I dressed in a suit everyday. I like suits, ties, fashion and shoes. I liked looking right. When I was at Wayne state, teaching engineering, I kept wandering over to where the artists were. I decided to leave teaching and open an art gallery.

Read the full interview on the Huffington Post

Master Sculptor, Nano Lopez, to exhibit at Park West Gallery

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., June 1, 2015 — Park West Gallery, which hosts fine art auctions on cruise ships, live art auctions in major metropolitan areas and via art gallery locations in Detroit and Miami Lakes, Florida, will present the works of master sculptor Nano Lopez in an exhibit at its Detroit-area gallery.

Davian Nano Lopez Parkwest Gallery

Behold 36 intricate sculptures during Park West Gallery’s newest exhibition, held June 7-28 at 29469 Northwestern Highway in Southfield. This will be the only venue for the exhibition.

On display will be Lopez’s popular “Nanimals”– colorful creatures that attract viewers of all ages with their playfulness. At the exhibition, meet Nanimals like a dragon enjoying ice cream, a turtle ready for the races, a poetic owl and a life-sized ostrich.

Mast sculptor, Nano Lopez, poses with

Master sculptor, Nano Lopez, poses with “Elizabeth (Lifesize)”

Also exhibited are Lopez’s figures, which combine classical training and experimentation to produce sculptures like a winged goddess holding the world. His use of organic textures and human-made objects convey his respect for nature, science and creativity.

“At first glance, it is uncertain which period in time these works hail from,” said David Gorman, Gallery Director for Park West Gallery. “Upon further investigation, it is apparent that these works assume a contemporary role. By incorporating 21st century elements in a surreal approach, Nano Lopez has a way of capturing one’s attention, leaving the viewer spellbound.”

Lopez uses the “lost wax” technique to create his bronze sculptures. The process involves sculpting a clay model, making a silicone mold from the model and pouring wax into this mold. The hardened wax is then used to create a ceramic shell. The term “lost wax” refers to wax melting out of the shell when it’s baked in a kiln. Molten bronze is poured into the shell to create the final sculpture.

Born in Bogota, Columbia, Lopez studied at institutions like the Superior National School of Beaux Arts in Paris and under masters likeFrancisco Baron. Lopez worked at bronze foundries before starting his own business in 1987, and in 2006 became a full-time artist.

Admission is free to the public. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. For more information, call 248-354-2343 or visit www.parkwestgallery.com.

Park West Gallery in Detroit connects artists to fine art aficionados via land and sea art auctions by creating an entertaining, educational and welcoming environment that ignites a passion for the arts.

19th Annual Gala Art Auction Raises Funds for FCCA Foundation

The 19th annual Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association Gala was held on March 13, 2013 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Dozens of the cruise industry’s top executives, CEOs and presidents were all attendance at this premier social event, held during the week of Cruise Shipping Miami.

The Gala’s festivities included a silent art auction composed of a magnificent collection donated by Park West Gallery. One hundred percent of the proceeds raised from the Gala and art auction will benefit the nonprofit FCCA Foundation. Created in 1993, the Foundation funds humanitarian causes in the Caribbean and Latin America.

For more information about the Park West Foundation, Park West Gallery CARES and Park West Gallery’s other philanthropic initiatives, please visit www.parkwestgallery.org.

Park West Auctions Are Must Attend Events!

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.”

Deborah W.
Adkins, Texas


Park West Gallery Launches Rembrandt and Picasso Websites!

Fine Artwork by the ‘Old Masters’ Featured Exclusively 

Park West Gallery recently launched websites dedicated to two ‘Old Masters’ – Rembrandt Van Rijn and Pablo Picasso. As one of the largest and most respected dealers of both Rembrandt etchings and Picasso graphic works, Park West Gallery has launched these sites to share its knowledge of both masters with collectors and fine artwork appreciators worldwide. The websites feature the works that make up the Park West Rembrandt and Picasso Collections.

Collectors and ‘Old Master’ aficionados alike will enjoy visiting both sites and learning more about the master artists and their works. Through these new websites, Park West Gallery has made Rembrandt and Picasso fine artwork viewable worldwide and continues its mission of bringing fine art to people everywhere.

The Park West Gallery Rembrandt Website
Features extensive information on the Millennium Edition – a limited edition of posthumous impressions printed by master printer, Marjorie Van Dyke. The site also features many other Rembrandt works available through the Park West Collection. Additional information includes the provenance of Rembrandt’s copper plates, the etching process, a timeline of Rembrandt’s life and work, and information on the current market for Rembrandt etchings. Visit http://rembrandt.parkwestgallery.com/

Rembrandt, Park West Gallery
The Park West Gallery Picasso Website
Features extensive information on the 347 Series (347 works that were created over a seven month period and became the last hand-signed etchings and engravings Picasso ever produced), and the Suite Vollard (100 Picasso etchings, aquatints and drypoints that are regarded as some of Picasso’s greatest graphic achievements). Park West Gallery holds the world’s largest collection of works from the 347 Series and one of the largest collections of Suite Vollard etchings. Visit http://picasso.parkwestgallery.com/

Pablo Picasso, Park West Gallery


Park West Gallery Director Morris Shapiro Featured in Detroit Jewish News

Article & Photos courtesy of The Detroit Jewish News Online

PLATINUM: Decor – Art & Soul
Peek inside the personal collection of Park West Gallery’s director.


Morris Shapiro, Jewish News

Morris Shapiro sits in front of Le Marriage by Marc Chagall, a wedding gift Shapiro and his wife, MaryAnn, gave to each other. “The couple stands under the chuppah and surrounding them is a visual feast of celebration — dancers, musicians, friends, family and children,” says Shapiro. “His drawing talent was one of Chagall’s greatest gifts, and this work, absent of color, focuses the viewer on his extraordinary draftsmanship.”

A large work by Marc Chagall hangs in the front hall of Morris and MaryAnn Shapiro’s Novi home.

“It’s definitely one of my favorites,” the 56-year-old Park West Gallery director says of Le Mariage, a 1976 aquatint framed in black that depicts a traditional Jewish wedding. “We bought it for each other as a wedding gift.”

A tour of the Shapiros’ contemporary home reveals more than 100 other works, all with personal meaning. Hanging over the living-room sofa is a large contemporary piece by Miro; and nearby, the small gold-framed Portrait of Jan Lutman the Goldsmith is by Rembrandt. In the family room, a large piece by Detroit artist Marcus Glenn hangs over the fireplace. Other walls hold a Matisse-like drawing, works by 1998 World Cup artist Linda LeKinff and mysterious and otherworldly images by New York artist Robert Kipniss. Many share Shapiro’s Jewish heritage.

“I don’t have a traditional art collection, per se,” he explains. “I’m immersed in art. My collection is eclectic and based on personal experiences and relationships with artists. Each means something special to me.”

Working with Southfield’s 63,000-square-foot Park West Gallery has enabled Shapiro to meet many of the artists whose work now hangs in the home he shares with MaryAnn and 14-year-old daughter Amanda. Three other children – Mia, Myles and Mason – are grown. A family portrait by artist Peter Max hangs over the living room’s grand piano, and a tour of his collection is sprinkled with stories and reminiscences of artists he has been fortunate enough to meet and work with.

Morris Shapiro's Personal Art Collection

Contemporary artist Igor Medvedev, whose quietly elegant Late Fishing hangs above a cherry-wood Ello sideboard in the dining room of Morris and MaryAnn Shapiro’s Novi home, says that his work is about capturing “visual miracles.”

Working directly with artists is one of the best parts of the job, he says, and a dream since he was a child. Shapiro grew up in Chicago in the 1950s and ’60s. His mother, he says, decorated the house with gaudy French Provincial furniture and accessories. “It was really hideous,” he remembers. “There was no art on the walls, so I made my own. I drew and painted in part to rebel against my parents.”

Thumbing through a book on the Holy Land one day in his parents’ library, he came across a woodcut of Adam and Eve by Albrecht Durer. “I was mesmerized by the contours and lines and Durer’s use of space,” he says. “From that moment on, I was smitten.

“He eventually followed Durer into drawing, going on to study at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. While there, he shifted his emphasis from studio art to art history and art criticism, later working at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts before returning to the Windy City to pursue another passion – music.

After playing the drums professionally for a time, Shapiro took a position as gallery director for Chicago’s Merrill Chase Galleries, where he worked from 1977-1983. In 1983, he came to Detroit to head Park West’s retail gallery, where he’s been ever since.

After 25 years, he’s still passionate about the company’s philosophy of bringing art to the public.

“In many ways, art has been taken away from the people and made less accessible,” he says. “It’s gratifying to be able to swing the pendulum back and to allow people to experience art firsthand.”

While Shapiro is serious about his art, not all of his art is serious. Another favorite piece in his collection is a drawing by animator Chuck Jones, dedicated to daughter Amanda. “It was really neat to meet him,” Shapiro says.

While eclectic, Shapiro says his collection reflects his interests and his life. He’s passionate about reading, writing and music and loves to travel. He participates in jazz jam sessions whenever possible and is currently collaborating with Amanda, a burgeoning singer-songwriter, on her first demo recording. He enjoys spending time with his first grandchild, Matthew.

A member of Temple Shir Shalom in West Bloomfield, Shapiro also is passionate about his family and his faith. He believes it “is about being appreciative of the blessings I have in life, the sanctity of family, the observance of and passing on of tradition,” he says. “My religion also provides for me a perspective of how short life is, how miniscule and insignificant we are, how God’s creations are miraculous and infinite and how fortunate [we are] for every day we are given. Each day is a gift of inestimable value.”

He believes others interested in collecting art should follow the same philosophy, allowing art to enhance their life, not just their wallets.

“Knowing what you like is the entrance into the art world,” he says. “People should buy art because they love it. It should be collected for its emotional and spiritual benefits, not its financial benefits. It’s really the only way to go.”

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Comments from a Park West Gallery VIP Customer

On Friday, Febuary 27, Park West Gallery received a fantastic comment from one of our VIP customers on a Customer Corner blog posting. The message was so heartfelt and appreciated that we are reposting it in full as follows. Thank you Patrick & Diane!

To whom it may concern,

My wife and I recently returned from our first VIP Cruise/auction at sea on the Carnival Miracle out of Port Everglades on Feb. 1–9, 2009. We have to admit, when Samantha first contacted us, we were very skeptical about the invitation. We had been to a VIP land auction at your Miami Lakes Gallery before but this invitation was very different with its offer of an 8-day cruise. After many question filled e-mails and phone calls to Samantha (sorry about that), we accepted the invitation.

Of course our first thought was of our past “time share” sales horror experiences. Boy were we ever wrong in thinking that. We ended up having the time of our lives meeting other people who shared our love for art and cruising to exotic places. But I think most of all we enjoyed the company of your fine Park West staff, seeing works of art we had never seen before, and meeting the special artists who sailed with us.

Getting to meet Simon Bull, Dominic Pangborn and Tim Rogerson was one of the coolest and most special things that we have ever experienced. Not only did we get to see some of their fantastic works of art but also we got to talk with them, hang out around the ship with them and watch them paint. What a thrill for all in attendance.

You don’t usually get to speak with an artist and find out what goes through their minds when they paint or what inspired them to create the beautiful works of art we got to see. Too many times, all we know about an artist is what we read in an art books or hear about in secondhand stories. Oh to have been given the opportunity such as this to speak with the likes of Rembrandt, Picasso, Mouly, Miro or Dali in such a fashion when they were alive. Each of our artists was very different in their approach to creating art but they all had the love of creating and appreciating it in common. That was the common thread for all of us in attendance. Truly an amazing experience.

We would especially like to thank our wonderful hosts for the trip as well. Chris, Samantha, Katherine and Rebecca went out of their way each day to make sure all of our needs were taken care of. Each of them had their own insight and knowledge regarding different art and artists and were always available to answer any of our questions. It was a difficult task to keep track of our group as we all had different needs and questions. They all handled a very stressful situation in a calm and professional manner. But the most important part of the whole experience was the fun factor, which was met every single day.

This was our second but most in-depth time spent with Chris. We were lightly exposed to his wit and knowledge at the Miami Lakes event. From the very first meet and greet at the hotel before the cruise, we knew we were in for a treat. Chris has the ability to make you think, ask questions, look at art and artists differently then you thought possible and most importantly, enable you to have a good time. Who could have guessed you could find Homer Simpson in a Tarkay original. If you haven’t seen Chris’s demonstration, ask him to show you.

It was very refreshing to see the Park West group during off hours (if they had any) around the ship as well. There was no talk of art (unless you wanted to) but pleasant, get to know you conversations and talk of other topics and experiences. We went from strangers to friends in a short period of time.

Learning can be fun if you listen and ask questions. Our Guru Art Guide, Chris, was more masterful than mystical in opening our eyes to appreciate the art world around us. The array of different art brought on board for the VIP auction was outstanding. We knew most of the artists but had never seen or knew of the existence of many of the works. For the first time we realized we were now collectors and not just buyers of art.

Again, Chris and his staff were there to answer any of our questions during the auctions. They all had the ability to advise us and guide us in our choice of art to collect. What was most satisfying to us was to hear all of them remind us many times to “collect artwork you like”. That is the key to the whole thing for us.

Our tastes are all over the spectrum as far as styles and artists. Attending the evening lectures on different artists’, styles, techniques and history really changed our opinion on art we would never have thought of adding to our collection. We have come to learn from past “regular” auctions to have open minds and not go with a shopping list of things we “need” to get at your events.

Over the years of buying art, we don’t think there is an item in our house we haven’t enjoyed looking at each day. It’s a pleasure to hear that philosophy being presented to us by your company even at the VIP level. We have decided it’s time to take our art collection to new levels so we will be exchanging some of our older art so we can add to our gallery of new fine art works. We hope they will find good homes and be with people who can take the same journey as we are on.

We are excited to receive our new artwork in the coming months. Again we thank Park West, Chris, Samantha, Katherine, Rebecca and everyone else we didn’t meet who helped make this a wonderful and memorable trip.


Patrick & Diane A.
Plantation, Florida


Park West Gallery Launches Updated Thomas Kinkade Website

Park West Gallery continues its 40 year tradition of connecting people with artists and fine art by inviting you to visit our new website for Thomas Kinkade

Thomas Kinkade, Park West Gallery

Park West Gallery’s updated Kinkade website features a biography of the artist, an online gallery of Kinkade’s artwork and video of Kinkade at Park West’s 40th Anniversary celebration. Learn about and be fascinated by “The Painter of Light” and his art.

“The worlds I paint leave a lot to engage the imagination by hinting at what lies beyond the four edges of the painting. What I paint touches on foundational life values. Home, family, peacefulness. And one of the messages I try to constantly get across is slow it down and enjoy every moment.” — Thomas Kinkade

Explore the new Kinkade website www.parkwest-kinkade.com