Exploring the World as a Park West VIP

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VIP collectors in Ephesus, Turkey (Photo courtesy of Jason Betteridge)

When you’re a VIP collector with Park West Gallery, it’s all about the art, but it’s also so much more.

To be a VIP at Park West means clients are not only offered some of the most exclusive artworks in Park West’s extensive collection, but also meet the artists themselves and enjoy amazing trips to exotic locations.

This was the case in 2017 when Park West’s VIP clients journeyed to locations from Asia to Antarctica.

“There is an alchemy that happens when you meet an artist, understand who they are as a person, appreciate their approach to painting and then share this adventure with fellow collectors on the same journey,” says VIP Auctioneer Jason Betteridge.

Here are just some of the incredible journeys our VIPs have taken alongside Park West and its artists.



Israel is the home of many Park West Gallery artists, including Slava Ilyayev, Maya Green, Mark Kanovich, and David Najar. In addition, among them is renowned kinetic artist Yaacov Agam.

Park West Galley VIP guests at the Yaacov Agam Museum of Art

FRONT ROW: Aris Ogaden, VIP Coordinator; John Block, VIP Auctioneer; Ketut Arsana, Head VIP Coordinator; Diane Hnidan, VIP Guest; Simon Lindner, VIP Associate; Yaacov Agam, Artist; Chantal Thomas d’Hoste, Featured Harpist; Morris Shapiro, Park West Gallery Director; Savannah Schulatz, CS Auctioneer; Cherisa Bareither, CS Art Associate; Kin Lai, VIP Guest; Francoise Farrell, CS Gallery Director; Nick Velicka, Constellation Art Auctioneer; SeBelle Bowman, VIP Associate
SECOND ROW: Several guests, including Donna Morrison Musto, VIP Associate; Jin Trotter, VIP Associate; Diane Pandolfi, Director, Park West Foundation, and her husband Dennis; Albert & Mitsie Scaglione, CEO and Corporate Secretary, Park West Gallery; Mark Fromer, Chairman, Friends of Yaacov Agam Museum; Ran & Ayala Balokan, Romi Gallery (Photo by Shooka Cohen)

In 2017, Agam’s decades-long career was honored with the opening of the Yaacov Agam Museum of Art in Rishon LeZion. Recently, Park West VIPs has the opportunity to visit the museum in the company of Agam.

“Taking a group of art collectors to the Holy Land on a tour hosted by Yaacov Agam was one of the great experiences of my life,” says VIP Auctioneer John Block. “To visit the Yaacov Agam Museum and get a private tour by Agam himself was a rare treat.”

Yaacov Agam meeting Park West Gallery's VIP guests on the steps of the Yaacov Agam Museum of Art. (Photo by Shooka Cohen)

Yaacov Agam meeting Park West Gallery’s VIP guests on the steps of the Yaacov Agam Museum of Art. (Photo by Shooka Cohen)

The VIPs also visited Old Jaffa and a building complex designed by Agam in Tel Baruch, as well as the Tel Aviv Museum during their artistic journey.



(Photo courtesy of SeBelle Bowman)

During trips to Asia, VIPs had the opportunity to tour Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam and climb the Great Wall of China. VIP tours were also arranged for destinations such as Japan, Cambodia, and Thailand.

The Tian Tan Buddha statue on Lantau
Island in Hong Kong (Photo courtesy of SeBelle Bowman)

“Asia is a magical place filled with great food, wonderful people, and history and art that are truly remarkable,” Block said. “It’s the perfect destination for a group of art collectors to explore.”



Yes, believe it or not, Antarctica has become a popular destination for cruises, especially for those hoping to travel to all seven continents during their lifetime.

Cape Horn (Photo courtesy of Donna Morrison)

Known as the White Continent, VIP guests viewed the hundreds of thousands of penguins that call the icy frontier home, and icebergs as large as mountains or small countries. Whether through itineraries based around Hope Bay, Deception Island, or crossing the Lemaire Channel, Antarctica is truly a sight to behold.

Only about 20,000 passengers visit the continent on an annual basis, making it all the more special for Park West VIPs.

“Our international adventures give us the opportunity to utilize our resources and partnerships to make these adventures much more than the sum of their parts,” Betteridge says. “These are real experiences and have to be attended to truly appreciate.”

King penguins on the Falkland Islands (Photo courtesy of Donna Morrison)

VIP collectors David and Christine B. are among those who have enjoyed a Park West VIP experience. They had the opportunity to meet artists such as Lebo, Scott Jacobs, Michael Cheval, and Sam Park during a cruise.

“They were just amazing people with such wonderful stories to share. We spent so much time just sitting and chatting with these awesome gentlemen,” David said. “We felt like part of a big, diverse family gathered for a common purpose, and made some new friends we will know and love for a lifetime!”

To learn more about becoming a VIP member, contact Park West Gallery at (800) 521-9654 ext. 1 or clientservices@parkwestgallery.com.

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