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


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


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…

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…

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?