Park West Gallery donates to conservation and betterment
SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Feb. 18, 2015 – Park West Gallery, known for fine art auctions on cruise ships and its art gallery in Detroit, has donated $115,000 to three non-profit organizations.
Park West Gallery reviews hundreds of artists each year, considering their talents and their contributions to the world. To support these philanthropic efforts, the gallery’s non-profit organization, the Park West Foundation, is working with artists Guy Harvey, Romero Britto and Andrew Bone to support organizations that encourage conservation and bettering society.
Park West Gallery has donated $50,000 to both the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and Best Buddies International. The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, founded by artist and scientist Harvey, works to support efforts that protect marine habitats and environments.
“Park West Gallery has done a tremendous job in supporting my artwork and is now furthering their commitment to our oceans by making a generous financial contribution to benefit the research and education work of the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation,” Harvey said.
Best Buddies International is an organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-on-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Neo-pop artist Britto has supported the organization since 1994.
“Good will and kindness are contagious,” Britto said. “It’s wonderful to see the Park West Foundation giving generously to Best Buddies, an important organization that I have held dear to my heart for many years.”
The foundation is providing $15,000 to Bone’s Forever Wildlife Foundation, which is working with the Wildlife ACT Fund Cheetah Project. Bone, a wildlife artist and conservationist, says the project will protect South Africa’s cheetah population with monitoring and research techniques.
“What we need to do is get in there and collar four or five of these cheetah to start monitoring them, because we have absolutely no idea what their conditions are or where they are,” Bone said. “Park West is in a position to be able to donate, and I know it’s going to be a win-win.”
Founded in 2006, the Park West Foundation supports art education as well as providing resources to foster care youth. Park West Gallery in Detroit connects artists to collectors via art auctions at sea by creating entertaining, educational and welcoming environments that ignite a passion for the arts.