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


South Bay Professional Connection (SBPC) Announces June 25 Surfrider Benefit at The Shore with TVLand’s She’s Got the Look, Melissa Todd, hosting

By Joy A. Kennelly


The Team Pic

Hosted by TV Land’s “She’s Got the Look” Finalist, Melissa Todd; Evening benefits The Surfrider FoundationSurfrider_foundation_southbay_logo

South Bay, CA 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 cuisine 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. 100% of the $20 suggested entry fee donation will be given to The Surfrider Foundation. Goody bags will be given to the top 20 winners of the SBPC networking questionnaire contest open to all attendees.

The Shore’s Executive Chef Dave’s Chef david- best Tasting menu includes: Garlic Shrimp sauteed in compound butter with goat cheese crustinis; Shrimp Crimini Mushrooms stuffed with spinach, shallots and smoked bacon; a Greek Trio served with hummus, tapenade, tiziki and toasted pita; Ginger Soy Marinated Poki served with shaved Japanese pickled cucumbers and fried wontons; Buttermilk and Tabasco marinated Southern Fried chicken with Belgium waffles and maple syrup; Parmesan crusted New Zealand lollipop lamb chops in port wine reduction; Crab Cakes served with Dijon cream sauce, and Mac & Cheese with Amsterdam imported cheese enhanced by a well-rounded international wine list. “It’s all about the food,” says Chef Dave. “I love the South Bay because people care more about enjoying my food than they do about being seen.”

An experienced TV host/model, Melissa Tank Top Pic 4 E-Mail Todd, will host the raffle offering a $50 Gift Certificate to The Shore, a designer dress donated by local retailer Luna G’s Personal Stylist, Greycie Baran, among other items. Melissa will be available for guest’s questions and comments about her appearance on TV Land’s show, “She’s Got the Look,” throughout the evening.

Surfrider Foundation information will be available for interested guests to review and additional donations will be accepted throughout the evening.

The Shore is located at 1320 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 and is open Monday through Friday: 5:00pm – 1:45am and Saturday and Sunday: 1:00pm – 1:45am. Executive Chef David Linville, formerly with Standard Hotel Sunset Strip, Viceroy Hotel, Mastros Beverly Hills, and St. Regis Hotel, offers an internationally inspired California comfort cuisine menu. For more information, please review: or call 310 376-0414.


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. TSBPC provides a wide variety of community, professional, social and business opportunities for professional groups, companies, and others interested in connecting with South Bay businesses, residents, visitors, and cultural, entertainment and educational institutions.


“She’s Got the Look” model, Melissa Todd, a sexy 38-year-old originally from Redondo Beach, CA, is a finalist on TV Land’s new series, in collaboration with Wilhelmina Models, Inc., which seeks to discover a sophisticated, beautiful and confident woman 35 or older to become the next great supermodel. Prior to her TV Land appearance, Melissa enjoyed an active hosting career as an on-camera host for the Hallmark Channel, Toyota Corp., LA Fitness and a PBS cooking show among others, in addition to commercial & film appearances. She has also graced the covers of Shape, Muscle and Fitness Magazines.

ABOUT THE SURFRIDER FOUNDATION Surfrider_foundation_southbay_logo

The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 50,000 members and 80 chapters worldwide. or call Nancy Hastings 310 995-7873.


Opened in March 2006, The Shore Restaurant and Lounge reflects the casual elegance of the South Bay, CA through its beautiful atmosphere and quality dining by Executive Chef David Linville, formerly of The Standard Sunset Strip, Viceroy Hotel and Mastros Beverly Hills. Dining at The Shore allows guests to feel relaxed and catered to as if transported to a faraway locale while enjoying fresh, internationally inspired CA comfort cuisine. Scallops

Many famous celebrities and sports players from the Lakers, LA Kings, LA Clippers, LA Galaxy Soccer Team also enjoy the 11 plasma/projection screens, well rounded international wine list, and beachside ambiance. After 10pm, The Shore also offers live music, dancing and top quality DJ’s. For more information, please review: or call 310 376-0414.

(Look for our scallop ad in the local papers!)

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
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.

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 More Information: Joy A. Kennelly


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

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:

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.


Busy, busy, busy…

By Joy A. Kennelly

I know you’re all waiting with baited breath to hear what I’m going to write next, so why keep you waiting any longer? LOL

Despite a cable outage in my building that lasted four days, I’ve been keeping busy promoting GoChi Juice events and ops too. Also, networking on behalf of Travel Tray and StufStop.

Never thought I’d get back into the event business so quickly, or so much, but am having a ball organizing all the various promotions and receptions.

I’ll be attending an event tomorrow night on “Guerrilla Tactics that will Flood your Website with Traffic” which should prove interesting and beneficial on many levels. I love learning online marketing techniques and meeting like-minded people. The more I know, the more I help my clients and myself!

Bumped into my friend Q at the recent Manhattan Beach Women in Business Conference I participated in this past Friday. She gave me some great suggestions on places to market the Travel Tray and StufStop product which I’m following up on. Also, met a lot of great local business women which is always fun. Networking is the best way to build product recognition in my mind because of the personal touch.

Planned a new GoChi mixer at Sharkeez MB next Thursday, May 1 from 7pm – 9pm which should be a lot of fun. Everyone loves Sharkeez! It’s our local icon bar if you’re not from around here. They’re building a brand new one in Hermosa Beach which should be a great draw for the surrounding community once it’s built.

Speaking of great restaurants, have you heard about Brix1601 yet? It’s a brand new wine bar, retail clothing and wine store, art gallery and more which recently opened in Hermosa Beach, CA that is just stunning! Very high end, very classy with great wine selections and food, plus stylish, hip clothing and a vast wine store. Highly, highly, highly recommend checking it out. Click on the link for all the details.

Let’s see, what else? Oh yeah, had an amazing lunch meeting yesterday with some new potential creative partners in crime for The South Bay Professional Connection and Beverly too. It was great the way we all totally clicked on so many fun ideas and event possibilities. Can’t wait to implement them and share them with you here. When it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be and everything just seems to flow. God is good!

Wrapped up some old business over the weekend, got some new business percolating and hope to have some announcements on more soon! Off to a big FreeLife International company-wide event on GoChi Juice tonight on Breaking through Fear and Success taught by a Canadian hockey player who drinks and sells GoChi Juice too. I love learning new sales techniques because it applies to all areas of my life.

The biggest plus about Free Life International to me is the health benefits I’ve personally gained from drinking GoChi Juice, and being part of a bigger Fortune 500 company while still maintaining my autonomy. I feel supported by my team and like having the best of both worlds. Really having fun with this venture!

Thanks for stopping by. Appreciate you reading! If you’re in need of publicity or event services, please shoot me an email. Would love to work with you.

Lots of good stuff to report on all my clients & projects…

By Joy A. Kennelly

Where to start? Let’s see. Well, first off, Domiziano Arcangeli, my Italian actor client who is on hiatus from publicity while he’s producing his first feature film (Big news!), will soon be leaving for Japan to act in a huge martial arts film.

He’s very excited about the opportunity and I’m thrilled for him. Things are moving right along for him. Congratulations Domi! Work with you when you get back and your film is in the can? Sending you lots of love.

My Artist client, Gali Rotstein, also on hiatus from publicity while she creates a larger body of her amazing artwork, has just had her stint extended at Lois Lambert’s Gallery. You can catch her newest pieces on display in conjunction with the next show now.

That’s great news for her. Support the arts! Visit Lois’ gallery! BUY ART!!! Especially my clients! I have great taste (so I’ve been told) and you’ll be very pleased with your investment. Go Gali, go Gali!:)

On a personal professional note, I’m excited to announce my next South Bay Professional Connection has been created and ready to launch. Here’s the press release with all the details. I’ve added a special up-and-coming talent as the opening act named Jayme Mackinga.

Recognize the last name? Yep, that’s my Pastor Jim’s 16 six year old daughter I’m always raving about. I told you we had amazing talent in my church so why not start from the top? Right? LOL

She’s really gifted and won a major award at a huge conference this past year which once I receive the info I will share with you. jayme-2.jpg

John Pieplow, my headliner, has been pursuing a very successful music career for many years and is gracing us with his presence for the very first time ever in the South Bay. Very excited to have him perform as well. Okay, here’s the press release now:



WHAT: A Special Birthday Benefit Concert by Acclaimed Musician John Pieplow at The Ardmore at 705 in Hermosa Beach, CA. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

WHO: South Bay residents, business owners, and Hollywood entertainment industry guests. Acclaimed Musician John Pieplow, john-guitar-couch.jpg known for his unique musical blend of blues, jazz and pop, will perform a special birthday benefit concert for the American Cancer Society. He has played at the East West Pro Tennis Classic at Home Depot Center, the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater with Huey Lewis and the News; Chicago; Earth, Wind and Fire and Chris Botti. John was the headline band for the 2008 St. Patrick’s Day Show at the House of Blues Sunset Strip.

He has opened for The English Beat; Rock Star Supernova Winner Lucas Rossi; American Idol Finalist Ryann Star, five-time Grammy-nominee, Ambrosia; and multi-Grammy and Oscar-winner Christopher Cross at the House of Blues Sunset Strip. Pieplow has won several music awards including: “Best Alternative Band 2004;” “Best Solo Artist 2003;” a 2005 nomination for “Best Guitarist;” 2006 “Album of the Year;” and a 2007 nomination for “Best Song-Writer” by LA’s Rock City News.

In the past year and a half, John Pieplow has performed more than 80 shows at premiere music venues in Los Angeles including the House of Blues, Troubadour, Key Club, Whiskey A Go Go, The Roxy, The El Rey Theatre and the Viper Room.

In addition to his musical appeal, John developed a dedicated fan base as the film director of the cult favorite “STRANGELAND.” (See film/theatre bio below)

WHEN: Wednesday, April 2, 2008 7pm – 9pm

WHERE: The Ardmore at 705 (Club 705) located at 705 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 (310) 372-9705. Free, covered parking is available directly behind the building off Ardmore St.

HOW: $10 donation includes appetizers prepared by The Ardmore Chef Max, formerly with Donald Trump National Golf Course, Palos Verdes and the Viceroy Hotel. A portion of the evening’s proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.


WHY: 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.

TSBPC provides a wide variety of community, professional, social and business opportunities for professional groups, companies, and others interested in connecting with South Bay businesses, residents, visitors, and cultural, entertainment and educational institutions.

The South Bay Professional Connection achieves these goals through membership, special events, a comprehensive calendar of events, local, state and national government advocacy, public-private partnerships, and public relations/marketing for members.


A native of Brooklyn, NY, John Pieplow began a career as a theatre and film director soon after designing film sequences for several Broadway shows, including the hit musical (and nine-time Tony Award-nominee), Baby, and as well as the dramas Terra Nova (written by Academy Award-winner Ted Tally) and Lolita (written by Pulitzer- Prize winner Edward Albee). Following Broadway, he directed numerous award-winning commercials, including campaigns and product launches for top fortune 500 companies such as Visa, American Express, and Pepsi with Michael Jackson.

Upon moving to Los Angeles, Pieplow returned to the theatre, directing nine plays in less than two years. His production of Red River Rats was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. He is widely known as the director of the hit international cult film, Strangeland. A lifelong guitarist and keyboard player, John Pieplow has worked and performed with many outstanding and prominent musicians including co-producing a film soundtrack album, titled, Rebel, with Yes co-founder, Chris Squire. John also wrote and performed music for the prime-time television show, Sons and Daughters, for Lorne Michaels and NBC. This spring, he will join mega-hit rock group, Foreigner, as their opening act.

ABOUT THE ARDMORE restaurant-2.jpg

The Ardmore restaurant provides an elegantly casual fine dining experience. Their attentive staff provides classic cocktails or a fine bottle of wine wine to accompany their superb steaks, chops, pastas and seafood. Sit back and enjoy sophisticated entertainment in an unhurried, relaxing environment at The Ardmore at 705 in the heart of Hermosa Beach, CA.

The Ardmore at 705 (Club 705) is located at 705 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 (310) 372-9705. Covered parking is available directly behind the building off Ardmore Street.

CONTACT: Publicist, Joy A. Kennelly, The Joy Writer PR & Marketing 310 714-2077


Ace Gallery was over the top tonight!

By Joy A. Kennelly

I wasn’t sure I wanted to drive all the way up to Beverly Hills for Ace Gallery’s Art Opening this Wednesday evening, but I’m so glad I did. I’m glad too, I persuaded my friend to join me. We had such a fun time being out and about.

I so rarely go out any more up in Hollywood since I’m not representing any celebrities right now, it’s a real pleasure when I do. Before it was work, now… just pure pleasure. I wear what I want, I arrive when I want, I don’t have to worry about photographers knowing my client is there, I just relax and have a great time.

What’s been interesting about attending art events lately is that the crowds just keep getting better and better looking. Also, bigger and bigger. And more celebrity filled, or maybe it’s just where I’ve been going. I do love a good event.

When I arrived at my friend’s house he wanted to catch up before dashing out so I regaled him with stories on the latest politics of my hometown, Hermosa Beach. When I recently told one of my other publicist friends that one of the highlighted speakers at a local meeting I’ve been visiting was a bunny breeder we both had a good laugh because I’ve come so far from what I was used to – from Playboy bunny parties to real bunnies.

What a slide.

However, I like where I’ve slid because now I’m focusing on art clients, with the occasional entertainment client thrown in to spice things up, and I’m real happy. Who knew living by the beach in the South Bay would be the place of eternal happiness? Just kidding. I do love the beach though! For the most part, very relaxing and beautiful. Nice guy eye candy too.

What I love now is when I drive up to the “big city” I really enjoy the experience. Tonight was no exception. After a bit of catching up with my bud, we drove over to catch the last hour of the show. And I do mean show.

When we arrived I thought it was only to view Sculptor, Robert Graham‘s latest work forgetting there were other artists on display as well since this gallery is so huge and cavernous.

I love coming here because you never know what you’re going to see and some of it can be really bizarre. This is one of the top of the line contemporary art galleries in LA I’ve been told. Could be wrong, but I believe it to be true.

The gallery again was packed, probably more so earlier, but with still a very large crowd for a Wednesday night in the heart of Beverly Hills at 10:00 at night. Everyone was wearing the requisite black, myself included, and there was a man with the ugliest, hairless dog walking around who was bald himself. Like attracts like?

That’s what I love about going to art openings in Los Angeles. You never know who or what you’ll see next. But that’s mild compared to what came later.

Keep reading.

We wandered into the two smaller rooms hosting Robert Graham’s interesting sculptures and then moved towards the larger room expecting to see more of his work.

I had completely forgotten there was another photographic artist on display named Martin Schoeller who has shot these amazing pictures of female body builders.

Walking into the main room was a little shocking because all these woman’s pictures were blown up huge and they’re all staring at you from every corner with their massively built out bodies and little bikinis – a little intimidating to say the least.

I used to see someone who was a professional body builder in his past. One night I was touching his leg and felt something hard on the back side of his calf. I said, “What’s this?”, knocking on the hard part. “Calf implants,” he replied casually. OY! And I thought breast implants were bad.

Speaking of that, a friend of mine said real breasts are becoming an endangered species. There was also an article about it in the most recent Glamour mag which made me laugh out loud a couple of times. Apparently this young Hollywood actor has been dating so many women with fake breasts he feels he can’t find true love because he feels the women aren’t being real. Get it? Real? Double Oy!

I have breasts on the brain with this blog because later on in the evening as I was preparing to leave I bumped into a friend I haven’t seen in years and couldn’t remember how I knew her.

We both stood there saying I know you, but how? Then she remembered my breast cancer fundraiser I had asked her to help me with years back and it all came flooding back for both of us. See the connection? More breasts. Now that’s a show I would still like to produce – maybe at Ace Gallery? Stranger things have happened!

As my friend and I were catching up, the woman she had brought began macking out wildly with this guy she’d just met and it was so distracting I could barely keep from laughing out loud. It was like a scene out of a Benny Hill sketch!

Then when Mary finally got her friend away from the guy it looked her girlfriend was going to kiss Mary too! You should have seen Mary’s face. It was priceless.

Back to the art exhibit/show. So, we’re wandering around admiring the large photos of intense looking body builder women (you really must click through to see what I’m talking about – amazing!) and there is Wolfgang Puck wearing his chef jacket.

By the time I picked up my bottle of water, he had disappeared. Only to be replaced by our good ‘ole Mayor Villaraigosa. Now I’ve blogged about his major propensity for the spotlight in the past and didn’t really want to see him face-to-face in case he’d read it because I asked him to do his job rather than gadfly around.

Needless to say, I left him alone as the People Magazine journalist interviewed him.

What was funny is that later on towards the end of the evening I was standing near the exit on the phone telling another friend what a fun evening this was, when he walked by and looked directly at me and asked “How are you?” like he knew me. Oy Oy Oy!

I must say, he’s extremely good looking up close and personal. No wonder that woman had an affair with him and who knows how many others? Very sexy and charismatic. Love a man in power wearing a suit!

He wasn’t the only celebrity in attendance though which always makes it fun. As we were admiring Robert Graham’s art drawings in the upstairs part of the gallery (I told you this place was huge!), we were all invited to go back to the main gallery hall for a special show.

We were heading downstairs, when I bumped into an old friend I haven’t seen in years who had been in the film, One Hour Photo, with Robin Williams. She’s not credited, but she was the nude picture girl in one of the scenes, remember? Very nice Russian woman.

In any case, as we turned around to leave after finishing our conversation, there was Robert Graham posing with what looked like the beautiful model for his work. At least I think so. The nudes are very soft and surreal drawings that imply a human body more than anything.

We left that area and hurried to see what was going on in the main hall. All of sudden music was playing and there was a palpable feeling of excitement in the air. As we neared the entrance, all of a sudden I realized why.

There, standing in line to go on the center stage, were five of the body building models from the pictures showcased tonight! Amazingly petite, but wide as they are short in certain ways. I’ve never seen such built legs and backs and pectoral muscles on any female before. If I were a guy I couldn’t imagine feeling safe sleeping with any of them because they could crush you in a leg hold!

I took some pix on my cell phone, but I don’t know how to download them, however I’ll try to learn because you really must see these pix. I really must begin taking my regular camera with me everywhere. In any case, it was very entertaining.

People were whooping and hollering just like at a boxing match or sporting event as each woman strutted her stuff. I was so surprised because, again, this gallery is in the heart of Beverly Hills, but at Ace, I guess – Expect the Unexpected!

There was an announcer on the center stage telling us where each woman was from and how many body building titles they’d won. Then with music pulsing, each woman would daintily walk out to showcase her body for our review. Some of the guys nearest the stage were just eating it up!

Apparently the last woman had won the title Miss International in a competition Aahnold had started. I asked the announcer where he was, and we both laughed.

One guy who was standing near me told me he could never imagine even kissing someone like that though because they were too masculine. I felt bad for the women because I’m sure they feel they’re beautiful this bulked up. I never want to get like that ever myself!

I don’t think I have to worry about that though. As my friend John says, I’m not big, I’m ample. At least my breasts are real! He did compliment my look tonight though which was nice. I had a great evening and will make the trip every time to enjoy such an eclectic art experience.

My friend told me later an actor from the film Crash had been standing near me the entire show. Bummer. I would have liked to have told him how much I enjoyed the film! That’s what I mean. All kinds of people come out for these events and it’s a blast.

I bumped into a psychic friend of mine and she gleefully told me she has her own TV show now. Very happy for her and any of my friends who find success. We clinked water bottles and then I left to find my bud.

And with that, I’ll bid you adieu.