It’s Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday/Paczki Day!

Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Alfred Gockel, Park West Gallery

TITLE: “Mardi Gras”

ARTIST: Alfred Gockel

DATE: 2005

WHY WE CHOSE IT: Southerners may be feasting on sugary king cakes, but in the metro Detroit area, today is celebrated as Paczki Day, a time to enjoy delicious cream and jelly-filled donuts. These sweet, lard-filled treats are the traditional fare of Mardi Gras (French for “Fat Tuesday”), the last chance for Catholics to indulge before fasting for Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday.

SOURCE: Park West Gallery Collection

Fine art by Alfred Gockel is available through Park West Gallery and its cruise art auctions at sea. Learn more at www.parkwest-gockel.com.

The Statue of Liberty Turns 125

Alfred Gockel, Statue of Liberty, Park West Gallery

TITLE: “Lady Liberty”

ARTIST: Alfred Gockel

DATE: 2004

WHY WE CHOSE IT: “We will not forget that liberty here made her home; nor shall her chosen altar be neglected,” said President Grover Cleveland as he dedicated the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor on Oct. 28, 1886. Today — 125 years later — the 225-ton, 151-foot-tall gift from France continues to stand as a symbol of America’s freedom, attracting millions of visitors from around the world.

SOURCE: Park West Gallery Collection

Exclusive artwork by Alfred Gockel is available through Park West Gallery and its cruise art auctions at sea. Learn more at www.parkwest-gockel.com.