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No other movie star has ever inspired such an enduring interest in popular culture. Within a relatively short career that skyrocketed in the 1950s, she became a popular sex symbol and comedic actress, starring in several hit movies. She won a Golden Globe for Best Acress for “Some Like It Hot” in 1959. Her last completed film, “The Misfits” was released in 1961, and her untimely death occurred the next year.

As one of the greatest female screen legends in American film history, her persona and appeal are captured in the selection of photographs on exhibit in the gallery.

Frank Sheftel

Frank Sheftel is a native of Hollywood California. Growing up in the San Fernando Valley and attending Grant High School and L.A.Valley College. His family has been in the Candy Business for 2 generations and owns The Candy Factory in North Hollywood. They are known as the Candymaker to The Stars.

Candy Factory made Michael Jackson & Lisa Marie Presley's wedding favors and also the chocolates Tom Hanks eats in Forrest Gump, among many other Hollywood projects. Frank has been involved in the political arena of L.A. Including running for City Council and advocating for Valley City-hood. Frank has served on the Board of the Thalians, a charity headed by Debbie Reynolds and Ruta Lee, devoted to Mental Health Issues.

Frank also writes a monthly column in the Tolucan Times.

Frank’s Websites of Interest:

Marjorie Sarnat
A Lifetime Passion for Art and the Creative Process

Marjorie Sarnat is an alumna of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and earned a BFA degree from Eastern Michigan University. She’s an award-winning painter and mixed media artist whose works are in collections worldwide. Today Marjorie is the Judith Kaufman Gallery Resident Artist.

Marjorie’s artworks incorporate her love for painting from life with her passion for color and texture. This focus led her to an early career as a textile designer, and her skill for traditional drawing led her to a prominent career designing collectible figurines, music boxes, and crafts.
Marjorie lives in Southern California with her designer husband, artistic daughter, creative son, and two funny golden retrievers.

Visit her on the web at www.sarnatart.com.

Artist’s Statement:

“I create multi-layered surfaces on canvas to showcase the interactions among colors and textures. Metallic accents complement imagery, words, and bits of found objects. I often add small images of my own representational art in my collages."

“I evaluate each dab of paint, scrap of paper, and fragment of ephemera for its color, texture, and symbolic meaning. I use these details impressionistically to form my compositions."

“Embedded in each artwork are bits of handmade glass inherited from my uncle who collected them in Europe a lifetime ago. The tiny cabochons are inspiring works of art themselves, which I include as homage to past generations.

“Contact me through my website at www.sarnatart.com.”

Coloring Book Artist Marjorie Sarnat

Marjorie is the best-selling author and illustrator of over a dozen books on art and creativity. She is the author and illustrator of the best-selling adult coloring books, "Creative Cats Coloring Book" and "Owls Coloring Book.” Her fanciful book illustration style is influenced by her love of patterns and a lifetime of collecting vintage illustrated books and ephemera. Her affiinity for all things nostalgic finds its way into Marjorie’s imagery.

Her latest releases are “Fanciful Fashions Coloring Book,” and “Pampered Pets.” Other titles are scheduled to debut in 2016. Please visit Marjorie’s author page on Amazon to learn more.


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