Artists Arlene Bogna and Gali Rotstein, Reminder:SBPC Surfrider Benefit TONIGHT!

This just in! Here’s a sneak peek preview of Arlene Bogna‘s write up in Art Scene with my update on her art show following and update on Artist Gali Rotstein as well. Yeah! Congratulations Arlene and Gali! You two deserve it!

More details on the South Bay Professional Connection’s Surfrider Benefit taking place tonight from 5:30pm – 8:00pm at The Shore Restaurant follows this wonderful news ok?


Arlene Bogna’s “Safari Americana” photographs make the viewer sink into a nostalgic reverie. They include color-saturated images of hulking man-made bovines standing like dumb, complacent sentinels in dark R.V. parks or empty dirt lots. They exert a strong whiff of this country’s historic car culture. She asks us to consider what it is in human nature, or the American psyche, that makes us delight in the sight of painted, three dimensional animals perched atop sign poles or hawking honey from flat bed trucks. Bogna’s images have the spontaneous feel of snapshots, yet the carefully orchestrated camera angles and artist’s repeated down-low perspective capture the sheer naive exhibitionism of the roadway animal signs.

Isn’t that a wonderful article? Click on the link above for more!

When we hit Arlene’s art exhibit this past Saturday night (lots of pix in this link) Safari Americana: Scenes of Delight it was packed when we arrived. Following are more pictures taken by Tasty Pie Pictures that are much more artistic than my style.

Just know, the pictures he took don’t accurately reflect how packed this gallery was although they’re very stunning. Apparently, this was the busiest the gallery has been all year! I’m telling you, that’s PR in action baby.

Arlene explaining Favorite The Director of the J. Paul Getty, Michael Brand, was there and checked out Arlene’s work which was rather exciting. So was Peggy Fogelman, who Arlene had spoken on a panel with earlier. Peggy is now at the Peabody Museum, but had been at The Getty prior to that which is cool. (They’re the twosome in the pix above.)

Arlene had a multi-media corner with a video of cows walking around and occasionally mooing. Then she had set up a cow bell that you could hit a button to hear ring. At one point it was so busy you couldn’t hear anything! Cow bell

You can see all the pix if you click the link above entitled Safari Americana: Scenes of Delight.

Just know, if you missed the opening, you can still catch the exhibit through July 18. Click here for a link to all the details.

Remember my other success story artist, Gali Rotstein? You’re going to be so impressed when you read about what she’s been up to since we got her into the Lois Lambert Gallery!

Gali has a show at the Finegood Art Gallery West Hills located at 22622 Vanowen Street, West Hills, CA 91307 with an Opening Reception from 2pm -4pm this Sunday the 29th. Call 818 464- 3218 for more details if you can’t read the invite as is –be there or be square!
Gali was one of 92 selected out of 2000 submissions to be in the DCA Municipal Gallery 2008 juried exhibition!!!!! Isn’t that awesome? Go Gali! For an emerging artist this is fantastic news! Check out to see more of her work ok? I believe new art is uploaded now.
Now for a quick update on the South Bay Professional Connection’s Surfrider Tasting Party Benefit at The Shore Restaurant tonight with host, TV Land’s She’s Got the Look Finalist, Melissa Todd.


WHAT: The South Bay Professional Connection (SBPC) announces a Tasting Party at The Shore Restaurant featuring Executive Chef David Linville’s menu of fresh, internationally inspired California comfort food from 5:30pm – 8:00pm on Wednesday, June 25, 2008 in Hermosa Beach, CA. TV Land’s “She’s Got the Look” finalist, Melissa Todd, a Redondo Beach native, will host the evening and raffle drawing. Goody bags will be given to the top 20 winners of the SBPC networking questionnaire contest open to all attendees. 100% of the $20 suggested entry fee donation will be given to The Surfrider Foundation. (

WHO: Chef David Linville, Chef david- best TV Land’s She’s Got the Look Finalist, Melissa Todd, and special guests,Tank Top Pic 4 E-Mail Fitness Model Brenda Kelly, and Actor Patrick Kilpatrick

WHEN: Tonight, Wednesday, June 25, 2008 5:30pm – 8:00pm

WHERE: The Shore Restaurant1320 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

WHY: The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches. Surfrider_foundation_southbay_logo

The South Bay Professional Connection’s (TSBPC) mission is to promote the interests of the South Bay as a whole to the media, the public, businesses, and residents.

For more information, please contact Publicist, Joy A. Kennelly 310 714-2077

I really do hope you’ll consider joining us at The Shore on Wednesday. It just won’t be the same without you!:) Here’s the invite to entice you and share all the details followed by all the pix I’ve been promising ok?

It’s a worthy cause, great food, fun, pretty hostess, and lots of cool people. You can click on the invite to enlarge and see the words better. See you then!

June 25 shore flyer


Gali sold! Yeah!

By Joy A. Kennelly

For those of you who don’t know what 3 is, it’s one of the paintings that was on display at the Lois Lambert Gallery at Bergamot Station. Go Gali go!

More to come I’m sure… That’s all for now…

Wrap-up of Artist Gali Rotstein’s amazing Art Opening Reception

By Joy A. Kennelly

It took me a bit to collect all the pictures from the other night at Lois Lambert Gallery and Bergamot Station, but here they are in all their glory!


Gali has not one, but two Art Openings! Mark your calendars…

By Joy A. Kennelly

Here’s the latest on Gali’s Art Opening!Happy_invite We now have a great sugar-free energy drink called Go Girl and hopefully an organic vodka soon – we’re calling these drinks, “Mother’s Little Helpers” – doncha love it!?

Save the dates! January 12, 2008 6pm – 9pm & January 20, 2008 2pm – 5pm
January is all about Artist Gali Rotstein!

Please join us for the launch of emerging LA Artist, Gali Rotstein, at Bergamot Station in the Lois Lambert Gallery. A portion of the evening’s proceeds benefit Children’s Action Network, a charity dedicated to finding homes for the more than 114,000 foster children in the U.S. waiting for an adoptive family.

DJ Sooze spins while you admire and buy amazing art, enjoy gourmet Joseph Schmidt Chocolates, sip “Mother’s Little Helper” drinks and enjoy the evening with a wide variety of industry types, art lovers, celebs, and friends.

The entire Lois Lambert Gallery Group ’08 Exhibit will run January 12 – March 9, 2008.

Bergamot Station is going to be a major art scene on January 12th! Celebrate Gali’s launch at Lois Lambert Gallery, and then pop over to visit LA Weekly’s sponsored gallery and other galleries hosting receptions too.

SAVE THE DATE – JANUARY 20, 2008 2pm – 5pm

Don’t miss Gali’s sculptures, Freeway Freeway and Once Upon A Time, on display during the New Members Exhibit at the Municipal Art Gallery which runs January 18 – April 20, 2008 located at 4800 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90027.

The Opening Reception is January 20, 2008, 2 – 5 p.m. This exhibit coincides with the Main Gallery exhibits, Spirits of Los Angeles and Tropical: Art of Brazil, Cuba & Haiti.

Look forward to seeing you!

Artist Gali Rotstein’s Art Opening & cool news re: Brad Brown of Brown Entertainment Group

By Joy A. Kennelly

Just learned that one of the guest speakers from my Entertainment Public Relations class, Brad Brown of Brown Entertainment Group, was quoted in today’s LA Times regarding Sweeney Todd. Click here for the full article. Very cool. Thanks for sharing Brad! Guess my little plug helped establish him in the media’s eyes as the expert he really is.

My client, Gali Rotstein, has also just informed me that she was able to procure Joseph Schmidt Chocolates as a sponsor for her January 12, 2008 Art Opening Reception at Lois Lambert Gallery. Very cool! Click on the link if you’re still looking for Christmas gifts – very gourmet chocolate for the most discerning palate.

We’re also planning to serve “Mother’s Little Helper” drinks in keeping with the Requiem for a Housewife theme. Should be very fun. I have a few requests into some potential drink sponsors so will keep you posted. There will definitely be enough wine to keep you moist though so never fear as you peruse the art . I’m just going for some other libations too (alcoholic and non.)

Got to loosen up the wallets people! Just teasing. Not really, but this is for a good cause! Don’t forget a portion of the proceeds benefit Children’s Action Network, a charity helping foster children find permanent homes.

Here’s the original press release I sent out with more conceptual information on her collection and some of her collectors for your review. You might recognize the names…



Collectors include Andy Spahn, Harris Yulin, Susan Landau, Alisa Adler & others

Los Angeles, CA… Artist Gali Rotstein’s latest collection, REQUIEM FOR A HOUSEWIFE, explores the unexpressed feeling and desires of the modern day housewife…why do women still hate the term? Why is it so cloaked in terms like “Stay-at-Home Mom” or “Primary Care Giver”? What does the word really mean?

These and other questions are examined in Gali’s REQUIEM FOR A HOUSEWIFE, which was recently featured, as part of a special design make-over by Interior Designer Leslie Sachs of Breathing Room Design, on the television show EXTRA.

Collectors include: Political Entertainment Consultant, Andy Spahn; Children’s Action Network Executive Director, Jennifer Perry; The Gersh Agency Partner, Richard Arlook; Paradigm Agency’s Head of TV Talent, Alisa Adler; Actors Harris Yulin and Jeffrey Jones; and Susan Landau, formerly of the Krieger/Landau Gallery.

Gali Rotstein’s art goes against the creed of “less is more.” She chooses to use multiple sources of light and perspectives to create three-dimensional multi-layered, sculpture-like paintings. “My heaven is in the junkyard and hardware store,” says Gali.

Expressing herself through drawing, painting, photography, and assemblage from her findings of discarded objects, she incorporates natural elements such as twigs and moss, as well as ordinary man-made objects, and wires and light bulbs, to present her whimsical and often humorous viewpoints.

Surrounded by the works of such influential contemporary artists as Nathan Oliveira, Elmer Bischoff, Wayne Thiebaud, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, David Park, Selden Gile, Christo, Richard Diebenkorn, and Anselm Kiefer — collected by her father, Naftali Zisman, her creative influences, as a child were significant. Family friends included Israeli artists Raffi Kaiser, Menachem Gueffen and Menashe Kadishman who were also instrumental in her early appreciation of art.

It wasn’t until after running three successful start-up businesses, writing a children’s book series, overcoming a serious illness and experiencing a life-defining moment that she finally came to terms with her untapped childhood passion and decided to become contemporary artist.

In one short year after moving into a studio, she created and completed her first series, HOME. Debuting at the Santa Monica Fine Art Studios Open House in November 2005, her collection sold seven pieces, (half the show) in one night — a coup for a totally unknown artist.

Through Gali’s latest series, REQUIEM FOR A HOUSEWIFE, she is waging war on the word and all that it implies; which, in practical terms, and despite her successful ventures in business and other artistic endeavors, she feels she is.

Currently she is working on her next collection, Planet SOS, which deals with the current “crisis” atmosphere in the United States. This body of work again includes sculptures and three-dimensional paintings.

For more information on the artist and commissioning artwork, please contact: Lois Lambert, Lois Lambert Gallery 310 829-6990. Press inquiries, please contact Joy Kennelly, The Joy Writer PR & Marketing, 310 714-2077.



Save Saturday, January 12, 2008, for Gali Rotstein’s Art Opening Celebration (I would say reception, but this is gonna be a celebration!)


Please save Saturday, January 12, 2008 on your calendar and plan to join us at Lois Lambert Gallery in Bergamot Station for Artist Gali Rotstein‘s Art Opening from 6pm – 9pm. A portion of the evening’s proceeds benefit the Children’s Action Network.

This is going to be the party of January and if you’re an art collector, Lois Lambert is one gallery you must put on your “Must See” list. YOU WILL BE GLAD YOU DID!

Trust me.

Over 5,000 very cool, art & other hip people have been invited from numerous sources…

Amazing artists, great guests, charity cheer, and delectable drinks… what more can you ask for?

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