SBPC’s Surfrider Benefit/Tasting Party at The Shore hosted by She’s Got the Look Finalist, Melissa Todd

By Joy A. Kennelly

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE SOUTH BAY PROFESSIONAL CONNECTION AND THE SHORE RESTAURANT TASTING PARTY BENEFIT BY CHEF DAVID LINVILLE RAISED MONEY AND AWARENESS FOR SURFRIDER FOUNDATION

TV Land’s She’s Got the Look Finalist, Melissa Todd, Hosted

South Bay, CA— The Shore Restaurant’s Chef David Linville and Co-Owners, Jason Baran and Dr. Rainer Beck, along with South Bay Professional Connection Founder, Joy A. Kennelly, co–hosted a tasting party benefiting Surfrider Foundation during an evening of networking, music, internationally inspired CA comfort cuisine, environmentalism and beauty in Hermosa Beach, CA at The Shore Restaurant on Wednesday, June 25, 2008 from 5:30pm – 8:30pm.

TV Land’s She’s Got the Look Model Finalist, Melissa Todd, hosted the evening and interviewed attendees, Chef David Linville, Surfrider Environmental Coordinator, Alan Walti, and others on camera, and announced winners of the evening’s raffle prizes which included a $50 Dinner for Two to The Shore Restaurant, a designer dress donated by Luna G’s Stylist, Greycie Baran, and Spyder beach chairs donated by Surfrider Foundation.

Chef David Linville served numerous internationally inspired CA comfort cuisine appetizers during the tasting party with the Parmesan crusted New Zealand lollipop lamb chops in port wine reduction as the hands down favorite, and the Crab Cakes served with cream sauce a close second. Guitarist James McKenna played acoustically throughout the evening.

Surfrider Foundation South Bay Chapter Chairperson, Craig Cadwallader and Environmental Coordinator, Alan Walti, explained Surfrider’s mission and encouraged guests to speak out in favor of banning the use of plastic bags due to the negative environmental impact. Group shot near surfrider2 $500 was raised from entry fees and t-shirt sales for the charity.

Curly Hair and Color Specialist, Kym Chartrand of Maximus Salon in Hermosa Beach, sponsored the networking contest’s goody bag prize which guests:  Independent Producer, Ed Sanders; Senior VP Wachovia Securities, Mike Girardi; Skychick, Ramona Cox; Restaurant Consultant, John Bowler; and Manhattan Beach Resident, Colleen First; Paige & Coleman Interior Designer, Miriam Paige; Strong Project Sales Manager, Mike Pochepan; Chiropractor, Chris Ullman; Creative Director, Hermosa Shorts Festival, Tom Kearney; Manhattan Beach Stylist, Victoria Coleman; and others enjoyed.  

ABOUT THE SHORE

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 food.

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: http://www.theshorerestaurantandlounge.com or call 310 376-0414.

THE SOUTH BAY PROFESSIONAL CONNECTION

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

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.

Inquiries:

Joy A. Kennelly

The Joy Writer PR & Marketing (310) 714-2077 thejoywriterpublicity (at) gmail (dot) com

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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?



JULY/AUGUST, 2008 PREVIEW

ARLENE BOGNA
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.
http://artscenecal.com/ArticlesFile/Articles0708a/ABognaA.html

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!
and…
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 www.loislambertgallery.com 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.

MEDIA ALERT

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. (www.surfrider.org)

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 www.theshorerestaurantandlounge.com

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

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!