Barnsdall Art Gallery & art LA, the New Los Angeles International Contemporary Art Fair

By Joy A. Kennelly

Hit the New Member Exhibit up at Barnsdall Art Gallery to support Gali and her sculptures this past Sunday. We had put all our energy and publicity efforts towards her Bergamot Station event because we were playing a smaller role in this prestigious exhibition.

It was enjoyable and the art was interesting. However, I must say, the people watching was the thing that really made it the most fun. There was a salsa band playing and people dancing as you entered which added to the festive air.

My favorite art guest was the African-American woman with the HUGE chunky turquoise jewelry and the hairband pulling her hair away from her face into a HUGE afro pillow on top of her head. Her style kind of reminded me of being in Africa. Sorry, my camera is on the fritz or I would show you a pic. Definitely a character. She was just one of many!

I really enjoyed the naked bronze sculptures by John H. Jones because one group of naked people descended to hell, one group descended to heaven and the other just went in a circle like a galaxy if I remember correctly. I always like seeing how artists envision the after-life.

The rooms that made me LOL, was the artist who put all her thoughts on therapy into collages and other collections of random art. It was a little over-whelming to see two rooms filled to the gills with such random thoughts, but it was also funny to anyone who’s ever been in therapy. That’s why some people consider those who go to therapy crazy. I can see why!

My artist, Gali Rotstein, was very pleased to have participated. Gali’s two sculptures will stay on display in the room that visiting curators will come in to find new artists which is great promotion for her!

Also, she made the front page of the Department of Cultural Affairs Registry announcing the event which I wish I could post, but you’ll just have to click dca-registry-publicity.pdf to review. All the details are in the link and here’s some quick details on who to contact and hours as it runs through April 20, 2008.

Gallery Viewing Hours:
Thursday – Sunday: 12 – 5 pm
or by appointment, call Mary E. Oliver,
Registrar/Curator (323) 644- 6269
DCA Slide Registry is a program of the
Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles

galis-art-opening-january-12-2008-105.jpgHere’s a cute picture of Gali with our Go Girl Energy Drink sponsor the night of her last event at Lois Lambert Gallery. I’m still waiting on a few more and will post them as they come up.

Now onward and upward to the art LA 2008 event benefiting Hammer Projects this Thursday, January 24, 2008 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium located at 1855 main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401.

Tickets can be purchased online at and clicking the art LA 2008 link. Or contact the Hammer Museum at 310.443.7026 or

I’m attending as a professional blogger which I’m thrilled to be doing. This is going to be an amazing collection of art galleries and artists which I just love.

More to come…


Great news re: Travel Play Co and Gali’s Art Opening in January!

By Joy A. Kennelly

As I was sitting waiting for an appointment I received a call from a woman I’ve been in touch with over at Children’s Hospital for the past few months regarding our potential donation of the Travel Tray to children who are recuperating in hospital beds at Children’s Hospital.

Apparently our product had gone through one committee evaluation already. Suzanne was just about to go into another committee meeting to discuss our donation and needed a quick question answered.

I didn’t know the answer, so quickly called Gali Rotstein, my now artist client, but former CEO of Travel Play Co and inventor of the Travel Tray, who took over and returned her call immediately.

By the time I got out of my meeting I had a message from Gali telling me it’s a go!

Children’s Hospital executives love the Travel Trays and we’re donating 400 this Monday! How wonderful! Now all the children who are stuck in the hospital over Christmas holidays will have a collapsible lap tray to hold all their toys and crayons and whatever else they have to play with while they’re lying in bed. Perfect Christmas gift!

Here’s some pictures to demonstrate it’s original use for when children are traveling, but it’s perfect for the hospital too. I bet adults could use it in the hospital too.


Gali and I are both thrilled, but not as happy as our Broker, Fred, because now he can share this awesome news with major toy company that is currently reviewing our product to determine whether or not they’re going to license the patent and make it their own! Very cool news all the way around.

I love making other people happy and today has been a good day for that. Now to get some other sticks in the fire now that the flames are starting to rise on Travel Tray!

Next product to work on is StufStop which is designed for adults to hold all their belongings on the passenger seat while they’re driving. More info to come soon!

The other good news is that Children’s Action Network Director, Jennifer, who was one of Gali’s first collectors, and Lois Lambert Gallery Director, Lois Lambert, have both agreed to allow this charity to be the beneficiary of a portion of the proceeds for the entire Group ’08 show this January 12, 2008 that Gali Rotstein will be debuting in with her “Requiem for A Housewife” artwork! Now you really have to join us!

We’re all meeting tomorrow to discuss the particulars, and it’s all very exciting. Children’s Action Network is currently dedicated to finding homes for the more than 114,000 children in the United States who are waiting for an adoptive family and improving outcomes for the more than 500,000 children in foster care.

Here’s a blurb on their TV show called “A Home for the Holidays” which will be airing soon on CBS:

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and Children’s Action Network are pleased to present the ninth annual “A Home for the Holidays” television special on CBS December 21, 2007 at 8 p.m. EST / PST (7 p.m. CST / MST)!
Each December, Children’s Action Network and the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption present “A Home for the Holidays,” a CBS network television special bringing together all-star talent to raise awareness for foster care adoption.

This year, the celebrity lineup includes Sheryl Crow, Fergie, James Blunt, Karmina, Carole King, and Reba McEntire. David Krumholtz, comedian George Lopez and René Russo are among the celebrities presenting inspirational stories of extraordinary families who will share the joys they found through foster care adoption.

Since 1999, this heartwarming holiday special has generated tens of thousands of calls from viewers moved to action after hearing true stories of families who adopted from foster care and of waiting children.

Tune in and watch “A Home for the Holidays” and share, through the eyes of a child, the joy of having a family – not just for the holidays, but forever. Save the date!

Friday, December 21, 2007
8:00 – 9:00 pm. EST / PST
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. CST / MST