Park West Gallery: Art Education Matters

Students create self portraits through the Turnaround Arts program.

(Sponsored Post) Knowledge is power, and there are few things more powerful than art.

Despite art’s connection to human emotion, we at the Park West Gallery understand the art world can be intimidating for those who feel they aren’t “in-the-know,” so we strive to make art accessible for people of all ages by demystifying it. We emphasize the importance of art education by hosting regular free educational seminars and sponsoring enrichment programs through our nonprofit organization, the Park West Foundation.

Exposure to the arts is a critical part of a child’s development. After all, some of the world’s greatest artists had their start at a young age, including:

  • Rembrandt van Rijn—Considered the great master of the Baroque Age, Rembrandt had an inclination toward painting as a boy and apprenticed under a painter at the age of 14.
  • Pablo Picasso—Perhaps the most famous modern artist, Picasso received formal artistic training starting at age seven. It is said that Picasso’s first word was “piz,” short for “pencil” in Spanish.

In 2016, the Park West Foundation began its “Museum Spotlight” program. The program sponsored museum exhibitions featuring some of today’s leading contemporary artists, including Yaacov Agam, Peter Max, Autumn de Forest, and Anatole Krasnyansky. These exhibitions were held in such prestigious institutions as the Tampa Museum of Art and the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio.

Autumn demonstrates “pull painting” to students with Turnaround Arts. (Photo courtesy of Doug de Forest)

Visit us online to see where we bring the creative endeavors of artists to collectors in the hope that current and future generations will be inspired. We connect people to art in a fun, educational and welcoming experience through our art auctions aboard more than 100 cruise ships around the world.

Chris Gray is a senior writer for Park West Gallery.


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