Music Legend Gary Puckett Transforms Park West VIP Events Into Concerts to Remember

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Gary Puckett and the New Union Gap at a Park West VIP event in February 2018. (Left to Right) Park West Gallery director Morris Shapiro, Scott Jacobs, Gary Puckett, Patrick Guyton, VIP auctioneer Jason Betteridge

Gary Puckett and the New Union Gap in February 2018. (Left to Right) Park West Gallery Director Morris Shapiro, Scott Jacobs, Gary Puckett, Patrick Guyton, VIP auctioneer Jason Betteridge

When you attend a Park West auction, you never know who you’re going to meet. You might meet fellow art lovers, your favorite artist, or—if you’re lucky—you might meet a rock ‘n’ roll legend.

The next time you’re on a cruise, keep your eye out for Gary Puckett, one of the most popular rock stars of the 1960s. With his band The Union Gap, Puckett had six consecutive gold records and sold more records in 1968 than any other artist, including The Beatles.

He’s responsible for world-famous songs—“Young Girl,” “Woman Woman,” “Lady Willpower”—he’s topped the Billboard charts, and he’s also a passionate Park West collector.

Gary Puckett at a Park West VIP event in February 2018

Gary Puckett in February 2018

Puckett and his wife Lorrie gravitated toward art collecting because, as he puts it, “We just wanted to start adorning our walls with cool stuff.” The musician still performs all over the world and, while traveling on a cruise ship years ago, he visited a Park West gallery for the first time and began collecting in earnest.

Once Puckett started collecting, he “discovered all of the great artists that live and work in this world” and quickly became a Park West regular.

“Meeting Gary—that was a beautiful accident,” says Jason Betteridge, one of Park West’s VIP auctioneers.

While collecting, Puckett developed a friendship with artist Scott Jacobs, who introduced Gary to the Park West team.

(Left to Right) Daniel Wall, Patrick Guyton, Gary Puckett, Jason Betteridge, Scott Jacobs, Morris Shapiro

(Left to Right) Daniel Wall, Patrick Guyton, Gary Puckett, Jason Betteridge, Scott Jacobs, Morris Shapiro

“That introduction gave us an amazing idea,” says Betteridge. “We thought it would be fantastic to also have a live performance by a music industry titan, who loves art collecting just as much as everyone there.”

Puckett liked the idea and, in 2014, he performed for the first time at a Park West event. The collectors were completely knocked out by his performance, but Puckett and Betteridge had another surprise up their sleeves.

Scott Jacobs, backing up Gary Puckett on the drums, at a Park West VIP event in February 2018

Scott Jacobs, backing up Gary Puckett on the drums, in February 2018

Puckett notes that there’s a natural connection between art and music—in his words, they’re both “expressions from the heart and soul”—and Betteridge knew that several of Park West’s top artists were also accomplished musicians.

So, imagine the shock of the VIP collectors when the artists who were exhibiting their work throughout the event picked up their own instruments and joined Puckett on stage.

Scott Jacobs sat behind the drums, Patrick Guyton grabbed his bass guitar, Tim Yanke shook his tambourine—even Betteridge and Park West Gallery Director Morris Shapiro joined in on percussion.

As they backed up Puckett on a selection of his greatest hits, in that moment, a new band was born—a NEW Union Gap.

“We even dress up in the Civil War costumes like The Union Gap used to,” says Betteridge. “It’s so much fun. The collectors love it.”

Gary Puckett playing at a Park West event, accompanied by Park West Gallery Director Morris Shapiro

Gary Puckett accompanied by Park West Gallery Director Morris Shapiro

Since 2014, Gary Puckett has performed all over the world for Park West VIP collectors. In February 2018, they were joined by famed French artist Duaiv, an accomplished classical cellist, who opened for the band with a stirring performance.

“We love having Gary in the Park West family, both as a musician and a collector,” Betteridge says. “He’s this musical genius, but he also really and truly loves art.”

Puckett confirms that his passion for the art world is still going strong.

“My wife and I have about 12 or 14 Scott Jacobs paintings—he and his wife Sharon are very good friends of ours,” says Puckett. “We also have works from Max, Ginzburg, Fanch, Medvedev, Campanile, Erte, and various others. And let’s not forget Guyton. We’re running out of walls but we’re going to have to get a Duaiv and a Yanke soon!”

Puckett plans to keep playing at Park West events, and Betteridge couldn’t be happier about it.

VIP auctioneer Jason Betteridge playing bongos with Gary Puckett and the New Union Gap

VIP auctioneer Jason Betteridge playing bongos with Gary Puckett and the New Union Gap

“Having someone at Gary Puckett’s level performing at our events really brings home how special our VIP events are,” says Betteridge. “We’re not just serving wine and cheese. We connect our collectors with our artists, we display the absolute best works of art we can offer, and we create these once-in-a-lifetime vacation experiences too.”

“You get to share your love of art with people who are just like you, in some of the most beautiful places in the world, and sometimes a rock star shows up and sings ‘Woman Woman.’ How great is that?”

 

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  • Paul Schuller
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    Very cool write up and pics. Honored to have been a part of this fantastic event. We had a blast, and this concert was TOPS!! Best, Paul and Suzie

  • Karen
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    I have a desire to be reinstated into the Park West VIP Program. My efforts seem to have fallen on deaf ears, though. Was it something I said? If so, please accept my sincere apology and give me a chance to right my wrong. I remember The Union Gap with much fondness. How great that the band performs at some of the VIP events.

  • joe and linda watson (VIPS)
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    We love Dom and his wonderful art, including his ties! We have two adopted South Korean daughters as well. Would it be possible to order a copy of his poster for the Paralympics?

  • Linda Hinshaw
    Reply

    I’ve been invited to the last 2 VIP events in Dallas but no word this year.

  • Debbie Lannen
    Reply

    A true legend! What a incredible surprise it would be. World famous artists and world famous musicians in one place. Doesn’t get much better!

  • Ellie Frierson
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    Thanks to Gary for gracing us with his talent. Thoroughly enjoyed the talented artists on stage along with Jason and Maury. An honor to have Duaiv perform. The art from all was stunning. Wonderful Napa VIP event. Thanks Park West!

  • David Bates
    Reply

    My wife and I attended a VIP event in Half Moon Bay in 2017. We bought an etching that was going to be personalized by Csaba Marcus. We have not received it yet.

  • Marianne Lamb
    Reply

    Long time VIP, no invites in 18 months, what’s up? Last purchased Medium Bronze Sculpture-Sherlock. Please contact us.

  • Constance Nieland
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    I have attended several VIP events and have loved every minute of it! My home spotlights artwork from Dali, Duaiv, Dürer, and many others ❤️ I would love to be included on another of your VIP cruises this summer! Park West is an AMAZING company for us art lovers!

  • Terri and Joel Schacher
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    We’ve been collecting with Park West since 1997 and have accumulated 65 works from more then a dozen artists. We have been to several events including cruises , but this event was by far the best. Great people, great artists and a very wonderful and accommodating Park West staff. Thanks to Gary, for a short time we felt 16 again. Thank you PWG for including us and we look forward to our next art adventure!

  • Barbara Scharlau
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    Love Park West and think of you daily walking from one room to another loving the art I bought from you. Love my angel from Peter Max, Mona Lisa from Autumn, and several other great artists though out our home. “Art Is Everywhere” in our home and I started a fundraiser for children in the ARTS scholarships for lessons with an not for profit in our community in Martin County , Florida. We are just above Palm Beach and Jupiter, Fl. Come visit us in Paradise.
    Cannot wait for my next cruise with Princess so I can see my friends at Park West. Barb Scharlau

  • David Hellenthal
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    Headed to Asheville NC for Park West VIP. Would certainly enjoy Gary Puckett and he Union Gap. Strange to think I just took his CD out to stotage 3 days ago prior to getting this notice. Moved to NC about three years ago and just got Cd’s unpacked. Just a strange coincidence. Whoever is the entertainer, we are excited to attend our first VIP event. Getting ready for our upcoming road trip. Will be sure to bring GPUG CD. Thank you PW for the invite, see you in a week.

  • Andrew Moan
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    My wife Karen and I have been Park West collectors for over years and have been to 5 VIP events that we loved, but we have not heard from Park West lately. We love music so this would be right up our ally. Thanks!
    Andy & Karen Moan

  • Michelle Bennewitz
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    We experienced the concert in Napa this past February. It was AMAZING!!! It was a cold night in Napa, but the entertainment was RED HOT! Thank you for a wonderful time. 🙂

  • Andrew Moan
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    My wife and I love music and art! This sounds awesome and would be right up our ally. We have been to 5 VIP events in the past and they all have been amazing! Please keep us in mind for future events like these. Thank you!
    Andy & Karen

  • Glenn Litzenberger
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    Going back to Nemacolin next month for my second VIP event. Love their entertainment, be it Gary Puckett, Hannibal, the artists, or my fellow attendees. Love it!

  • Terri and Joel Schacher
    Reply

    Joel and I had the pleasure to be at this concert in February. What a great time and the artists were all awesome playing in the band and you too Jason!!

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