Photographer, Arlene Bogna’s new panel discussion June 21! Plus, more Miami pix…

By Joy A. Kennelly

Ever since returning from Miami I’ve been going through something of a life/career transition. While vacationing I had the epiphany that although I will always love art and am still open to representing artists, it’s not what I want to focus my entire business on any more.

With the economy the way it is…

Here’s a quote from a recent NY Times article entitled: Gatekeepers to the Art World, “As contemporary art’s Armory Show in New York concludes this weekend and the auctions unfold later this spring, many are watching to see what impact the sliding economy will have on the art market.

Mary Parr, a director at Cheim & Read in Chelsea, noted that if real estate slows noticeably, the art market follows suit about six months later. High-end collectors, she said, ‘don’t get affected as quickly.’

A springtime thaw in prices may well trickle down to the gallery’s front desk. When the public, perhaps of necessity transformed into eligible customers, pushes open those chilly opaque doors, will gallerinas finally look up and smile?”

Click the link here for the entire article. VEERRRRRYYYY Interesting.

That’s all I’ll say about that. Plus, the other reason to go back to a more diverse client roster is I miss the variety I’ve always enjoyed. There’s something to be said for being a generalist or jack of all trades. I still love artists though! Art rules!

I’m extremely proud and excited to share all the good news that’s been happening for my photographer client, Arlene Bogna. She cracks me up (in a good way) with her enthusiasm and joie de vivre for her upcoming solo show at Gallery 825 in Hollywood on June 21 from 6pm – 9pm. It’s almost like awaiting the birth of a child because in a way this is.

She has been receiving awesome feedback already from such media as the following:

Excerpted from METROMIX
Art attack: Arlene Bogna’s ‘Safari Americana’
By Kimberly Waid andAlie Ward (June 2008)
Photos from her new series, “Safari Americana: Scenes of Delight” pop off the paper with rich pigments and a gorgeous stillness. Exploring the very specific and bizarre theme of roadside animal effigies (fiberglass cows, anyone?), Bogna presents a show that’s hauntingly vintage in aesthetic but also an homage to modern, plasticine life.

Click here for the entire article.

Excerpted from SCWCA / Southern California Women’s Caucus for Art
WOMEN AROUND TOWN
by Suvan Geer (June and July 2008)
The strange, sometimes funny, sometimes disturbing nature of human vs. animal relations is the focus of film maker Arlene Bogna’s first exhibition of color photographs at gallery 825. 6/21 to 7/18. www.laaa.org

What is really fun about working with Arlene is that she’s a hybrid between the film world and the art world. I’ve just spent the last few days promoting her involvement on the Discussions with the Artist panel with the very accomplished and former Getty guru, Peggy Fogelman, taking place at 4:30pm on June 21. Should be very interesting as it’s moderated by Gallery 825 Director, Peter Mays, who Arlene speaks very highly about.

Arlene herself has been very successful as a female director (contrary to the recent LA Times article’s assertion by The Big Picture: Patrick Goldstein Film directing is still a man’s world which brought the following written response from some very angry female directors representing the Alliance of Women Directors Hollywood’s got feeble excuses about female directors) and has won numerous awards for her PSA, Canvas.

I believe she is about to become very successful in the art world as well. Rumor has it her Gallery 825 show is “THE” show of the entire year (but then again, I AM her publicist, but I swear it’s true!:))

She’s extremely talented and uses her camera like a paintbrush. Here’s the most recent press release I’ve been pimping around on her behalf. Read it and you’ll see what I mean about her talent (and I’m not just saying it because I wrote it.:))

Oh, and click here for a peek at her press kit.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For More Information: Joy A. Kennelly

310.714.2077

Photographer & Award-Winning Filmmaker, Arlene Bogna’s Safari Americana: Scenes Of Delight Photographs to Exhibit 6pm – 9pm

In West Hollywood on Saturday, June 21, 2008 at Gallery 825

Bogna in Gallery 825’s Panel Discussion with Juror Peggy Fogelman at 4:30pm

Hollywood, CA Photographer & Award-winning Filmmaker, Arlene Bogna’s Safari Americana: Scenes of Delight solo photographic exhibit to be held at Gallery 825 on Saturday, June 21, 2008 from 6pm – 9pm features large, special edition color photographs. At 4:30pm, Bogna will participate in Gallery 825’s “Conversations with the Artists” Panel Discussion along with Juror Peggy Fogelman and artists from the evening. The panel will be moderated by Gallery 825 Director, Peter Mays.

“In Safari Americana: Scenes of Delight, I created these photographs using toy cameras with experimental techniques, including cross-processing, light leaks, pushed colors, expired film, and custom printing to capture my memories with a sense of play and discovery,” says Photographer, Arlene Bogna. “In this series, I explored this instinct of ours, a strange impulse to connect with, or show dominion over, our fictitious animal friends.”

Bogna’s raw analog photographic exhibit explores our relationship with animals and our need for them in a whimsical, yet thoughtful fashion. Bogna’s past and present selected exhibitions include: Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park, ART & WINE AUCTION: UCLA-Santa Monica Medical Center, VS:(w/ Lynda Lester-Slack) Gallery 825 Jurors: Sugar Brown of George Billis Gallery, & Kent Twitchell; Art & Architecture: AIA award winning home/gallery of Michael Collins & Daniel Banchik; Crackerjack Exhibit, Juror: Jay Belloli, The Armory Center for the Arts; Get:Art, Bonhams & Butterfields (Project Angel Food).

An Award-Winning Writer/Director and Photographer, Bogna has received two KidsFirst! Awards for her screenplay, Earth Kids, and a Telly, Platinum Best of Show Aurora, Davey, and Remi, for her narrative PSA, Canvas, she created for the art non-profit, A Window Between Worlds. Bogna’s art and film background includes fine art classes in color, composition, painting and drawing at The Art Center and Otis Parsons, film and media at the Universita di Bologna, Italy, culminating in a Film and Italian Literature degree from UCLA. She continues to expand upon her art education. For more information, go to http://www.arlenebognafineart.com.

Gallery 825 is located at 825 La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069. Free to the public, Safari Americana: Scenes of Delight exhibition runs June 21 – July 18, 2008. Valet parking is available. Gallery Hours: Tues – Sat, 10 am – 5 pm. For a private tour, or for more information, please call: (310) 204-4665 or email: info@arlenebognafineart.com

We hope you will join us seeing as this is going to be a simply FABULOUS show and definitely worthy of a pop by at a bare minimum. Just you watch and see. A star is born is all I have to say.

Oh, and since you’ve been so patient, here’s some of my architecture and art pictures from my vacation in Miami, FL.

I’ve been very busy, in addition to promoting Arlene, with producing another event for my South Bay Professional Connection starring Hermosa Beach’s own amazing Chef David Linville of The Shore Restaurant, and TVLand’s She’s Got the Look Finalist, Melissa Todd, a native of Redondo Beach, CA (she’s the tall blonde sitting down wearing a black dress to the left of Kim Alexis.) TVLand\'s She\'s Got the Lookwhich will benefit Surfrider Foundation. More details soon. In the meantime, don’t forget to mark your calendars for June 21 – Arlene Bogna’s solo exhibit of Safari Americana: Scenes of Delight! Be there.

Now here’s Miami and South Beach… I recommend hitting the Jewish Holocaust Memorial, Bass Museum of Art, Ocean Drive (of course! I especially loved visiting Ritz Carlton and the Delano), the Miami Design District and the Lincoln Road art and cafe scene. Very cool.

Enjoy!