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Park West Gallery Auctioneer Spotlight: Casey Gandy

 In Art & Gallery News, Cruise Art Auctions at Sea
Park West Auctioneer Casey Gandy

Park West Auctioneer Casey Gandy

Established over 50 years ago, Park West Gallery understands just how personal art collecting can be—an experience highlighted by the attention our clients receive from our incredible onboard Art Teams.

Park West takes great pride in our personal approach to art, that’s why, every month, we take time to recognize some of our top auctioneers.

In January’s spotlight, we’d like to introduce you to Casey Gandy, a North-Carolina native with a fun-loving spirit and passion for visiting new places.

Since joining Park West almost five years ago, Casey has shared her infectious knowledge and love of fine art with thousands of cruise guests. You can learn more about her in our new Q&A!

 

Previous ships as auctioneer: Carnival Spirit, Norwegian Pride of America, Royal Caribbean (RCI) Vision of the Seas, RCI Explorer of the Seas, RCI Allure of the Seas, RCI Independence of the Seas

Current ship: RCI Anthem of the Seas

RCI Anthem of the Seas

RCI Anthem of the Seas

 

Where is your hometown? 

Casey: Fuquay Varina, North Carolina

 

When did you start working as an international art auctioneer on cruise ships?

Casey: I started working with Park West in April 2015 and transitioned into my current auctioneer role in October 2017. Prior to working with Park West, I was heading up the membership services department for a local fitness company and its 40+ locations in North and South Carolina, all while going to school for Chemical Engineering and Art History. I’ve always had a passion for the arts, but never thought I would be so lucky to find a career focused in art!

Gandy showing off her auctioneer skills on stage

Gandy showing off her auctioneer skills on stage

 

Who is your favorite Park West artist and why? 

Casey: I love so many of our artists and I fall in love with each for different reasons. (It’s hard to pick just one!) I currently have artworks by Nano Lopez, Chris DeRubeis, Patrick Guyton, Romero Britto, David “Lebo” Le Batard, and Peter Max in my own collection at home. I love them all.

 

Do you have a favorite client memory?

Casey: I have too many fond collector memories, and so many clients have become close personal friends. One of my favorite memories goes back to my early Park West days. We had a collector sail with her entire family and collect over 30 works of art throughout the cruise. Her husband and her kids were all involved in putting this collection together—it was so nice to see a family connecting over their newfound appreciation of art.

Gandy and some of her Park West co-workers pose in front of the Sydney Opera House.

Gandy and some of her Park West co-workers pose in front of the Sydney Opera House.

 

Out of all the places you’ve traveled, where is your favorite port?

Casey: I love Hawaii! On NCL’s Pride of America, I spent eight months sailing around the Hawaiian islands every day and I loved every second of it. Hawaii is truly a heavenly paradise.

 

What does life look like when you’re home and not working?

Casey: When I’m not working, I try to travel here and there for pleasure, but my ideal day is at home with my family. My nieces and nephew—they’re my true joy.

International travel is one of the major perks of being a cruise ship auctioneer.

International travel is one of the major perks of being a cruise ship auctioneer.

 

Tell us one thing about living and working at sea that would surprise most people.

Casey: At sea, you often lose track of what day of the week it is. We base the days off whether it’s a “port day” or a “sea day.”

 

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