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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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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 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.

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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.

C & G News: Group assists young adults who age out of foster care

C&G NewspapersMay 30, 2013 — For many, the plight of foster children is something unseen, handled by the state while those fortunate enough to have families go about their lives.

But what happens when those in foster care age out of the system and suddenly find themselves out of sight, out of mind for the state, as well?

There are more than 14,000 children in foster care through Michigan’s Department of Human Services. More than 40 percent of that number is in the tri-county area, the majority in Wayne County.

Looming over each of their heads is the date they no longer receive assistance from the state, usually around age 21. That’s when they will be left to fend for themselves, with no family to turn to for guidance or support.

Life after high school is a source of great anxiety for these children, who already suffer acute feelings of abandonment. Any sense of stability is fleeting as they move from one place to another. And their caseworkers don’t always have the time to drive them to school or make sure they have the right supplies, much less play the role of a parent.

Recognizing the difficulty of this situation, the Park West Foundation formed in 2006 with the express purpose of aiding such individuals. Since then, it has assisted more than 500 young adults with matters of finance, clothing, housing, education and employment. Their focus was originally women, but now they also assist men aging out of foster care.

They also collaborate with a number of organizations to provide support services, such as crisis response, prevention and intervention; family preservation and life skills; teen parenting; and even worship opportunities through Life Directions, a program that provides exposure to different views of spirituality.

Without groups like the Park West Foundation, “Some would age out straight to the streets, and they’re the most likely to get in trouble and wind up in prison, since no one is caring for them or watching for them,” said Saba Gebrai, director of the Park West Foundation. “There is no stability or career path, no parents explaining what to do…”

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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 Foundation Director on WXYZ-TV Channel 7′s “Spotlight on the News”

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Now in its 48th season, Channel 7’s “Spotlight on the News” is Michigan’s longest running weekly news and public affairs program. Saba Gebrai, Director of the Park West Foundation, was featured on last Sunday’s program. Gebrai spoke to host Chuck Stokes about steps being taken to improve the success rate for foster care youth in Southeast Michigan.

Watch: http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/political/spotlight_on_the_news/spotlight-on-the-news-race-for-the-cure–adoption#ixzz2SWECVmFy

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 Gallery Founders Raise “Bail” for the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Annual Lock-Up Fundraiser

Muscular Dystrophy Association Lock-Up fundraiser

Park West Gallery CEO Albert Scaglione and his wife Mitsie earn their stripes as community leaders by donating to the fight against neuromuscular diseases

Park West Gallery founders Albert and Mitsie Scaglione have been accused, and are set to be convicted, of having big hearts. In participation with the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s (MDA) annual Lock-Up fundraiser, the Scagliones are raising “bail” in support of the fight against neuromuscular diseases. They hope to inspire others to donate to this worthy cause.

On Wednesday, January 30, Mitsie Scaglione will be handcuffed and “locked up” in MDA’s “Maximum Appreciation” mock jail facility. Family, friends and associates must donate a minimum goal of $2,400 in “bail” money in order to guarantee Mitsie’s release.

Her husband Albert Scaglione, CEO and founder of Park West Gallery, has pledged to match the final dollar amount in donations raised by Mitsie.

“It was an honor to be nominated to participate in such a unique and worthwhile event,” said Mitsie Scaglione. “The annual MDA Lock-Up is just one more way that Albert and I are able to give back to our community and to continue our mission of helping those in need.”

To help raise Mitsie’s “bail” in support of the MDA, please visit http://www.mdalockup.org/2013southfieldmi, click “Support a Jailbird” and type Mitsie Scaglione in the search fields. All donations are tax deductible.

About MDA Lock-Up
The Lock-Up is the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s premier fundraising program. These high-profile events occur all across the country at various times throughout the year. Business and community leaders agree to be “put behind bars for good,” where they utilize use their vendors, co-workers, family and friends to get donations that will go toward their “bail.” Each Jailbird has weeks to raise their donations. That way, on the day of the Lock-Up event, they can enjoy the Lock-Up experience by networking with other business leaders and meeting with the individuals and families that they’re helping in their community. All funds raised by the MDA Lock-Up assist the Association in providing lifesaving research, a nationwide network of medical clinics and accessible summer camp experiences to individuals and families affected by neuromuscular diseases.

For more information, please visit www.mda.org/lockup.

My TV20 Detroit: Local Artist Tim Yanke Helps Kids

Park West Gallery abstract artist Tim Yanke is painting with preschoolers in Pontiac to help raise funds for the community group Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency (OLHSA)’s Head Start which helps families in need. Yanke and the kids are creating paintings that will be auctioned off later this month at Park West Gallery in Southfield.

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To purchase tickets and for more information about “Four Seasons, 504 Reasons,” visit www.OLHSAYanke.EventBrite.com or call (248)-209-2623.
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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.

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.

Park West Gallery’s Celebrity Cruise Art Auction Team Raises Funds for Breast Cancer Research

Breast-Cancer-Research-Foundation-Logo-mdThe Park West Gallery Art Auction Team recently partnered up with the entire crew of the Celebrity Solstice to raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation during its October fundraising drive.

The Park West Gallery Team aboard Celebrity’s flagship conducted an auction for more than 800 members of the crew who attended the late night event. Fine art donated by Park West Gallery was auctioned off in addition to various donations from all around the ship including; a guest cabin for a voyage, an engine room tour, a bridge tour, shore excursions in the ships ports of call and dozens more.

One of the most coveted items available for bid was dinner with a member of the Ship’s Management and Senior Staff. Crew members bid hundreds of dollars for the chance to dine with some of the “Stars” of the Solstice.

The Park West Gallery Team also auctioned off a piece of blown glass artwork from the Corning Museum of Glass to raise additional funds for the charity. The two auctions, along with various other fundraising events held for the crew, netted over $20,000 for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Recently, Celebrity Cruise Lines selected two members of the Celebrity Solstice’s crew to be the Godmothers of the line’s new ship, the Celebrity Reflection. The two crewmembers are both women whose lives have been impacted by breast cancer. Both of the newly named Godmothers were present for the fundraising activities aboard the Solstice, making the event even more special.

“The compassion shown by the Solstice’s crew is truly remarkable,” said fundraiser organizer and Park West Auctioneer John Block. “It was very inspiring and of course it was an even more special event because Jo and Megan were present to witness the effort.”

For more information about the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, visit www.bcrfcure.org.
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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.