Top 10 Park West Gallery Moments of 2017

 In Alexandre Renoir, Art & Gallery News, Autumn de Forest, Csaba Markus, Dominic Pangborn, Lebo, Matthew Beyrer, Orlando Quevedo, Pablo Picasso, Peter Max, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Yaacov Agam

From exciting new artists to major gallery renovations, 2017 has held several major milestones for Park West Gallery! With 2018 around the corner, we’re taking a look back at some of our favorite moments from the past year.

We look forward to experiencing more moments like these with our collectors in 2018. Happy New Year!


1. Park West Sponsors DIA’s Monet Exhibition

Park West Gallery and the Detroit Institute of Arts have been longstanding fixtures in Michigan’s art community, but 2017 marked the first time the two joined forces.

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“Rounded Flower Bed” and its unique display at the Detroit Institute of Arts

Park West Gallery and the Park West Foundation sponsored the DIA’s exhibition, “Monet: Framing Life,” highlighting the origins of Impressionism with 11 artworks by Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

The exhibition is on display until March 4, 2018.

Article: Stroll Through Monet’s Garden at the Detroit Institute of Arts


2. The Renovation of Park West Museum

Park West Gallery’s headquarters underwent major renovations this year, greatly expanding the scope of Park West Museum, the gallery’s free-to-the-public museum showcasing artwork from some of art history’s greatest figures.

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Picasso gallery at Park West Museum

The bigger-than-ever museum now features artwork by Pablo Picasso, Rembrandt van Rijn, Marc Chagall, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and other masters. Park West Museum also houses artwork from museum exhibitions around the country featuring contemporary greats like Yaacov Agam and Peter Max.

Park West Museum is located within Park West Gallery’s headquarters in Southfield, Michigan.

Article: Park West Museum Features Yaacov Agam Exhibition


3. Yaacov Agam Museum of Art Opens in Israel

Renowned kinetic artist Yaacov Agam joined the elite group of artists who have an entire museum dedicated to their art.

The Yaacov Agam Museum of Art, located in Rishon LeZion, Israel, opened on October 26. The museum is publicly funded and supplemented by donations from the Park West Foundation and other contributors. Park West Gallery celebrated the opening with a special reception for its VIP clients and a tour of the museum by Agam himself.

Park West Gallery VIP clients enjoying lunch on the patio of the Yaacov Agam Museum of Art (Photo by Shooka Cohen)

Park West Gallery VIP clients enjoying lunch on the patio of the Yaacov Agam Museum of Art (Photo by Shooka Cohen)

“I can’t think of an artist who deserves this kind of recognition more than Agam,” said Albert Scaglione, Founder and CEO of Park West Gallery. “He has been so influential to generations of Israeli artists and his work needs to be experienced in person. This museum is the perfect showcase for his genius.”

Article: Israel’s Yaacov Agam Museum of Art Celebrates Its Opening with Park West Gallery


4. Auctioneer Saves Drowning Woman

Park West Auctioneer Jason Bartlett displayed an amazing feat of heroism in October when he saved the life of a drowning woman.

Jason Bartlett

While in Hawaii during a Carnival cruise, Bartlett saw a woman struggling in the water and didn’t hesitate to act. He dove in to save her from the rough waves. The crew of the cruise ship recognized Bartlett for his heroic actions with Carnival’s “I am Hero” award.

“When I saw the lady I made it personal, because that lady could be a mother, wife and daughter to someone, so I treated the situation like I would treat my family,” Bartlett said.

Article: Park West Auctioneer Honored for Rescuing Drowning Woman


5. Park West Gallery’s New Artists

Park West Gallery’s family of artists continued to grow with the addition of four talented artists:

  • Gregory Arth – Arth takes ordinary circuit boards and other pieces of technology and transforms them into dynamic, textured artwork.
  • Matt Beyrer – Inspired by nature, Beyrer incorporates the natural grain of wood panels into landscapes and still life compositions.
  • Orlando Quevedo – As the leading proponent of “Magical Realism,” Quevedo blends architectural interiors with elements of illusion and antiquity in his surreal art.
  • Alexandre Renoir – The great-grandson of artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Alexandre creates colorful landscapes and floral studies in an Impressionist style.

Park West collectors can’t get enough of these new artists. In fact, Beyrer had a run of eight sold-out consecutive VIP auctions, becoming the first artist to achieve this in Park West VIP history.

Article: New Park West Artists Break the Mold


6. The Creation of Caldographs

Park West Gallery artists constantly explore the latest methods in creating art. In 2017, a combination of ancient techniques and modern technology emerged—caldographs.

Artist Csaba Markus is the innovator of the medium, which uses dye sublimation to bond images onto wood at a molecular level. Other artists who have embraced the medium include David “Lebo” Le Batard, Tim Yanke, and Matt Beyrer.

Article: Park West Gallery Artist Csaba Markus Unveils Caldographs


7. Dominic Pangborn Honors Blessed Solanus Casey

The Solanus Casey Center selected artist Dominic Pangborn to create artwork in celebration of the beatification of Blessed Solanus Casey.

Workers install artwork by Dominic Pangborn at the Solanus Casey Center (Photo courtesy of Dominic Pangborn)

Following the beatification, Casey is one step closer to being declared a saint by the Catholic Church—that would make Casey the first-ever male Catholic saint from the United States. Pangborn created one of his trademark Art in Motion artworks featuring Casey to welcome the thousands of annual visitors to Detroit’s Solanus Casey Center.

Article: Artist Dominic Pangborn Honors Blessed Solanus Casey in Detroit


8. Peter Max Creates U.S. Open Art

Peter Max poses with both versions of his US Open theme art. (Photo courtesy of Ash Marshall / Twitter)

Pop artist Peter Max celebrated the U.S. Open in 1997 by painting the event’s official artwork featuring the Arthur Ashe Stadium. In 2017, the U.S. Open knew exactly who to turn to for the stadium’s 20th anniversary.

“We could not think of a better way to kick off the 20th anniversary of Arthur Ashe Stadium than by ‘returning to the source’ and having Peter Max create another signature work that truly captures the power of tennis’ grandest stadium,” Katrina Adams, USTA president and chairman of the board, said in a press release.

Article: Peter Max Unveils 2017 US Open Artwork


9. Collector Proposes During Art Auction

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Robert proposing to his girlfriend, Rachel, during an art auction at sea.

Park West art auctions are full of beautiful and surprising moments, which is why Park West collector Robert saw it as the perfect romantic setting to propose to his girlfriend, Rachel.

During a cruise aboard the Carnival Pride, Robert worked with Auctioneer Jessica van Rooyen to plot an elaborate wedding proposal. When a veiled work of art appeared on stage, Robert bid on it and won.

The art team revealed the artwork was actually a sign that read “Rachel will you marry me?” and Robert knelt before Rachel to propose. (She said “Yes!”)

Article: Collectors Say ‘I Do’ During Park West Art Auction


10. Autumn de Forest Becomes One of Teen Vogue’s “21 Under 21”

Art prodigy Autumn de Forest has exhibited her art all over the world, won awards, and has even presented her art to Pope Francis, to name a few of her many accomplishments.

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Autumn de Forest in Los Angeles for the 2017 Teen Vogue Summit (Photo courtesy of Relevant Communications)

It’s no wonder, then, that Teen Vogue selected the 16-year-old artist as one of its “21 Under 21,” a group of young women changing the world for the better through their actions.

This past year kept de Forest busy. She also appeared on Australia’s “Sunrise” television show and held solo exhibitions at the Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center in Tennessee and the LeRoy Neiman Art Center in Harlem.

Article: Art Prodigy Autumn de Forest Named in Teen Vogue’s ’21 Under 21’

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  • Jacinthe Sabourin (Québec, Canada)

    Ongoing pure pleasure to read your newsletter. Thank you and continue the good work. From Québec, Canada, I wish all the best for 2018 to art lovers across the world.

  • Gary McElfresh

    What a GREAT Top Ten. But how about #11…a close runner-up….SeBelle Bowman gets “hitched”!

  • Neil Morris

    Thank you for the wonderful recap of last year. I am a 100% disabled/ retired US Army Ranger&US Marine Scout Sniper. Due to my wounds I have periods where my chronic pain is elevated and I’m not able to travel ( no regrets or complaints). I say this because I had been invited to Nemacolin, PA., for the weekend with Peter Max and many other great Artists. To miss Peter Max when my wife and I live about an hour a way was heart breaking! Thank you for the picture in the Summary and all of the other pictures and descriptions.
    I grew up in the 60’s and Peter was my artistic motivation and idol and I grew artistically as he moved from the cartoon style to the current, beautiful, free style, he expresses now!
    Thank you guys for ALL you do! Through your auctions, letters, etc… I’ve been able to educate my children about art on canvas or any medium for that matter. Now they have identified with their favorites and are on the hunt, and creating/expressing themselves through art as well.
    MSGT USMC (Ret.)

  • Ken & Gillian Alessio

    Our top PWG moments of 2017 were meeting and acquiring art of Alexander Renoir and Tim Yanke. Thanks guys!

  • Francis Gembicki

    Always a pleasure read about Park West!

  • Doug Gindling

    My wife and I treasure our relationship with Park West – from the fabulous artwork we’ve collected to the stories and updates we receive on-line and in “Collector” magazine. Thank you for enriching our lives.

  • Lloyd Churchill

    I bought three David Najar art pieces while on a cruise. Can you please show some more pieces and speak of his current successes?

  • Joan May

    We bought 3 pieces of art on the Princess Sun in late November. We are heading to the Caribbean in 2 weeks. Is there a way I can CK my delivery schedule? Thank you, Joan May

  • April Myers

    This was a great way to catch up, very inspiring!

  • Kathleen Hampton

    Csaba Markus is my absolute favorite (I’m a holder of 4 pieces of art of his — “Waiting” being my fav) and this video just grabs my heart! I would love to meet this man sometime in my future! love this!

  • Ann Bocchino

    Happy New Year to all at Park West from a happy Csaba Markus collector (9 lovely ladies)! Please wish the great Csaba a happy, healthy, prosperous and creative New Year from a huge fan of his work!

  • Geraldine Fisher

    Looking forward to another Park West auction on board the Diamond Princess 11/1/2018.Highly recomended.Thank you Park West.

  • Don Tritton

    Love to visit Park West gallery and museum one day. Its on the bucket list.

  • david a Silverberg

    we purchased many items 1980s and 1990s
    I wish to update current value
    how do we do such
    do YOU have file on all our purchaSES-SEND TO ME

  • Georgette Ganne

    So looking forward to our next cruise in April 2018 & always enjoy attending & sometimes purchasing at your fun & educational auctions.

  • C michael hawn

    My wife and I have enjoyed our Parkwest 2017 experiences. Happy New Year

  • Michael Mills

    Czaba Markus’ original art work will forever be featured in our home. Looking forward to viewing his latest works. Good luck Czaba.

  • Joe NB

    Great Newsletter. The thing I appreciate about ParkWest is the commitment to teach laypeople about art. Not everyone (including me) is a big-time collector. But ParkWest has an interesting way for me to enjoy art.

  • Keith Parker

    Michael Godard as “The Hairdresser” was my PWG 2017 memorable moment.

  • Murray and Janelle Anderson

    Thanks for the update. Always educational and informative. Looking forward to our next cruise and purchase opportunity. Regards

  • Paul Adelberg

    Park West collector for many years. How would I go about upgrading my art from mixed media to originals ( Peter Max ) No doubt the art work that I purchased from Park West years ago has increased in value. will that be taken into account toward the purchase of original art work ?

  • Kate and Pat Lambrix

    So many favorites!!!! We could not live (love) without our ParkWest experiences!

  • John & Michelle

    Thanks for these great moments. Your team is great, VIP events wonderful, and we acquired many great works of art thanks to Park West

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