Park West Gallery Donates Art Collection to Children Are People’s HOPEfest 2022

 In Art & Gallery News, Artists & Special Collections, In the News, Philanthropy

Children Are People, Inc. (CAP), a Tennessee nonprofit organization inspiring character development, academic achievement and community involvement in at-risk youth, recently received a 35-piece art collection worth more than $100,000 that will be auctioned during HOPEfest, the organization’s annual capstone fundraiser on Saturday, November 12.

Leading up to the event, you can bid on works from the collection online at:

The collection includes art by Kre8, Romero Britto, Peter Max, Marcel Mouly, Daniel Wall, Autumn de Forest, James Coleman, Anatoly Metlan, Wyland, LEBO, Duaiv, and other incredible artists.

The donation comes from Park West Gallery and includes a striking array of impressionist landscapes, vibrant pop art, and colorful still life paintings. Headquartered in Southfield, Michigan, Park West Gallery is the world’s largest art dealer, bringing the experience of collecting fine art to more than 3 million customers since 1969.

John Block, Principal Auctioneer and Executive Vice President of Park West Gallery, has more than 20 years of industry experience. He plays a leading role in the gallery’s sales and operations management, strategic planning, training, development and more.

Park West Executive Vice President John Block

Park West Executive Vice President John Block

Block is also serving as one of the auctioneers for HOPEfest—along with Park West VIP Auctioneer Erhard Vermeulen—which takes place on Saturday, November 12, at 6 p.m. in the Premier Centre Banquet Hall at Hendersonville Expo Center.

“For more than 50 years, Park West Gallery has helped art lovers and collectors around the world enjoy beautiful works from the world’s most talented artists,” said Block. “We feel blessed and honored to help raise funds for a wonderful organization like CAP, whose students have shown no shortage of artistic talent themselves.”

Susan Superczynski, Executive Director at CAP, said she was floored when she first saw some of the pieces that will be up for auction during HOPEfest, including a piece from Wyland—a world renown artist and conservationist known for his breathtaking outdoor murals featuring life-size whales and other sea life.

"Our Radiant Reef" by Wyland is just one of the artworks being auctioned off for HOPEfest 2022

“Our Radiant Reef” by Wyland is just one of the artworks being auctioned off for HOPEfest 2022

“The brilliance and beauty captured in this collection is truly remarkable,” said Superczynski. “We are so thankful for Park West Gallery’s generosity and assistance in making HOPEfest an event that will benefit our students, staff members, and volunteers for years to come.”

In addition to the art, HOPEfest’s online auction features a wide variety of sought-after items, including a seven-day cruise package, autographed memorabilia from Jon Bon Jovi and Morgan Wallen, and a resort vacation in Panama City, Florida.

"Kre8ed By Power" by Kre8 is another amazing work that will be available to bid on at HOPEfest 2022

“Kre8ed By Power” by Kre8 is another amazing work that will be available to bid on at HOPEfest 2022

CAP’s annual fundraiser is a foundational event that fuels the organization’s mission to unlock the potential of at-risk youth, to remove barriers to their success, and to inspire character development, academic achievement, and community involvement. Last year’s fundraiser generated more than $220,000, which CAP will use to help furnish its new building.

To learn more about CAP, buy HOPEfest tickets and register for the online auction, visit

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