Friday, November 27, 2015

Artists Donate in record numbers for AIDS Exhibition at Compass!

World AIDS Day is December 1st all across the globe.

Here in South Florida people will gather to mourn and recall the many live of loved ones lost to the dreaded pandemic that took too many lives- too soon.
As organizer of this exhibition I would like to thank all the artists for their extraordinary show of support. The local arts community has donated in record numbers for the auction that will help Compass continue with the vital role they play in our community" -Rolando Chang Barrero, curator 

The work donated by the following artists to Compass Community Center
will be available for purchase and auction from 
December 2-11, 2015

List of Artists:

Allison Kotzig, Marilyn Mendez, Maxine Spector, Nicole Galluccio, Ali Miranda,
Rolando Chang Barrero, Blond Jenny, Freddy and Nickie Hennevelt, Samantha Perez, Ed Burnette,
Adrianna Ficarelli, Cesca Veo, Michael Moore, Thomas McAvoy, Debra Robert,
Petrina Easton, Craig McInnis, Ray Gross, Frances Lynn, Robert Catapano, Ana Rossi,
Beverly Caparella, Joanne Urban, Rosalia Curbello, Doreen Grasso, Bud Parker,
Durga Garcia, Tracy Cunningham, Sharon Koskoff, Robert Turtle Rosa, Erin Fromkes,
Diane Arrieta, Jenny Love, Jacqueline Kern, and Wayne Lekowitz.

DECEMBER 1, 2015 6:30-8 PM
A DayWith(out) Art / World AIDS Day

On December 1st, the Compass Community Center, located at 201 North Dixie Hwy., Lake Worth, Florida, will be open at 6:30-8 PM to a musical performance by VOICES of Pride and a solemn echo of the the traditional Calling of the Names and the Names Project Quilt Panel Induction of community members we have lost. All are invited to join.

Over 40 works of art donated by local artists and a selection of painting by Brad Jernigan which were donated by the City of Boynton Beach will be shrouded during the evening. the unveiling will take place on December 2, 2015, at a reception to be held from 7- 9 PM.

"Special thank you to our sponsors for this event:  Gilead, New Beginnings Recovery Center, Viiv Healthcare, State of Florida Department of Health, Penny’s at the Duke, Voices of PRide, Rolando Chang Barrero Art Studio, Palm Beach Opera." -Compass Community Center

DECEMBER 2, 2015 7-9 PM
Unveil: The Stigma, The Truth, The Art
Exhibition Reception and Names Project Quilt 

Wednesday, December 2nd
Time: 7-9pm
Overview of the event: Unveiling of Artwork and Opening Ceremony for The Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. Showcasing artwork that displays emotionally charged, personal perspectives from moments in the public history of HIV/AIDS. Donated artwork will be available for silent auction and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Compass.
Performance by Palm Beach Opera.
Group exhibition curated by Rolando Chang Barrero.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Palm Beach Post Today and more...

The Nobel-Prize-nominated piece of folk art, created in 1987 by a group of strangers, will be on display Dec. 1-11 at the LGBT center on North Dixie Highway.

“This quilt means something different to everyone,” said Ryanmarie Rice, Compass’ chief of staff. “It’s deeply personal and is hard to put into words.”
Continue to story: Palm Beach Post Today 


201 N. Dixie Highway, Lake Worth, FL 33460

RSVP on Facebook, or email: Julia 

December 1, 2015 

World AIDS Day/Day with(out) Art and candlelight vigil. 

There will be performances by Voices of Pride. 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Day With(out) Art - Call to Action for community artist, galleries, and museums. 
Overview of the event: All artwork will be covered with black cloths. Voices of Pride musical performance, Candlelight Vigil, Calling of the Names , and Quilt Panel Induction of community members that we have lost.

December 2, 2015

 World AIDS Day -

Unveil: The Stigma, The Truth, The Art Unveil 2015

unveiling of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, performance by the Palm Beach Opera and opening art exhibition. 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Let's Stop HIV Together Time: 7-9pm

Overview of the event: Unveiling of Art and Opening Ceremony for The Quilt Display . Showcasing artwork that displays emotionally charged, personal perspectives from moments in the public history of HIV/AIDS. Artwork will be donated and auctioned off. Performance by Palm Beach Opera.

RSVP on Facebook, or email: Julia 

“We want to raise awareness of the continuing pandemic that is now largely being disregarded because of current treatments which are mistakenly perceived as cures,” Barrero said. “Of all my friends that I came out with in the early ’80s, less than a handful are alive today." - Rolando Chang Barrero

Excerpt from: Palm Beach Post Today 

Introduction: Essay for the Exhibition

"It was an age of exploration, the '70s, in our lives and in our art. Idols lay shattered in the wake of Vietnam and Watergate, and flowers bloomed in the rubble. In our innocence, sex seemed like a gift without price, and maybe it was, for a time. Inevitably, artists, whose job it is to “make it new,” drank deep of those pleasures. And in the '80s, when the plague arrived, artists swelled the ranks of the doomed."




Rolando Chang Barrero Fine Art Gallery

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Art Call for "Day With(out) Art" Exhibition at the Compass Community Center

"Day With(out) Art" Exhibition 
December 2-11, 2015
This exhibition is in conjunction with the
NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt and Exhibition

Call for Submissions Deadline November 24, 2015
All media accepted
Open to all artists

Please note:
If the work is for exhibition is not a donation and is included for exhibition and sale there is a 50/50 split between Compass and the Artist.

World AIDS Day Art Show: Application for Artwork

Name: (How you want to be listed in all program materials)

City: State:
Zip: Phone Number:
Email Address:

I am willing to donate artwork for the event (Y/N):
Medium: The value of my artwork: Description of the artwork:

Please attach:
  1. Artist Biography/Resume
  2. Artist’s Statement – A brief statement no more than one page on why the artist would like to participate in this community event.

Please submit application with artwork by November 24th, 2015:

Rolando Chang Barrero (786) 521­1199

Rolando Chang Barrero, Curator, at
Julia Murphy, Program Development Dir., at

Compass Community Center is currently accepting submissions of artwork from local artists for a curated group exhibition to commemorate World AIDS Day from December 1st through December 11th. We invite visual artists in diverse mediums (painting, drawing, printing, photography, murals, collage and more) to donate artwork related to, or inspired by, the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The work will be auctioned at our opening exhibit of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt on December 2, 2015. We are accepting work that communicates a clear message on the theme. The event will showcase the work of local artists, as well as, support HIV/AIDS education and prevention efforts in the local community.

Art has been an effective mechanism to inspire deep and lasting social change. Our goal is to elicit new actions, provoke new dialogue, and catalyze new ideas that facilitate social change as it relates to HIV/AIDS. We look forward to each invited artist submitting a piece that will reflect the ability of art to promote respect, love, and change in the battle against HIV/AIDS, as well as celebrate the talent of all contributing artists.The intention of this event is to:

Commemorate the loss of artists and arts professionals Create greater awareness about the spread of HIV/AIDS Publicize the needs of people with HIV/AIDS

Event Details:
On December 1st Compass will host Day With(out) Art (more information about Day With(out) Art below) in which all pieces in the exhibit will be shrouded in black fabric. On December 2nd we will celebrate with the Unveiling of Art and Artist Reception for NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. We will hold an auction of donated pieces, enjoy a live performance by Palm Beach Opera, and a wine reception. Selected artists will be provided with a 6 foot table to display/sell their artwork. Artists will provide their own displays (i.e. easels) and tablecloths.

Compass Community Center
201 N. Dixie Highway Lake Worth, FL 33460 561.533.9699 History of Day Without Art

An International Day of Action and Mourning in response to the AIDS Crisis
In 1989, in response to the worsening AIDS crisis and coinciding with the World Health Organization’s second annual World AIDS Day on December 1, Visual AIDS organized the first Day Without Art. A Visual AIDS committee of art workers (curators, writers, and art professionals) sent out a call for “mourning and action in response to the AIDS crisis” that would celebrate the lives and achievements of lost colleagues and friends; encourage caring for all people with AIDS; educating diverse publics about HIV infection; and finding a cure. More than 800 arts organizations, museums and galleries throughout the U.S. participated by shrouding artworks and replacing them with information about HIV and safer sex, locking their doors or dimming their lights, and producing exhibitions, programs, readings, memorials, rituals, and performances. Visual AIDS coordinated this network mega­event by producing a poster and handling promotion and press relations

Important Dates:

November 24th: Submissions and Application Form Due
December 1st: Day With(out) Art/World AIDS Day: All artwork is shrouded in black cloth to represent the loss the art world has experienced due to HIV/AIDS
December 2nd: Artist reception, unveiling of art, and auction
December 2nd through December 11: NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt and Exhibition on display

Compass Community Center
201 N. Dixie Highway Lake Worth, FL 33460 561.533.9699

World AIDS Day Art Show: Application for Artwork

Name: (How you want to be listed in all program materials)

City: State:
Zip: Phone Number:
Email Address:

I am willing to donate artwork for the event (Y/N):
Medium: The value of my artwork: Description of the artwork:

Please attach:
  1. Artist Biography/Resume
  2. Artist’s Statement – A brief statement no more than one page on why the artist would like to participate in this community event.

Please submit application with artwork by November 24th, 2015:

Rolando Chang Barrero (786) 521­1199

More Information:

Each year
, Compass Community Center hosts the largest display of rotating panels from the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt in honor of World AIDS Day in South Florida. The AIDS Memorial Quilt is the largest folk art exhibit in the world. This year, we invite you to join us in honoring World AIDS Day during our two week celebration beginning December 1st, with A Day Without Art, the International Day of Mourning and Action in response to the AIDS crisis. Arts organizations, museums, and galleries participate in this international movement by shrouding pieces of art and replacing them with information about HIV prevention and local resources. For more information about this campaign and the origins of Day With(out) Art, please visit www.visuala

About Visual AIDS:

World AIDS Day serves as a platform to increase awareness of the AIDS pandemic and to inspire positive action through education, testing, and standing in solidarity with those affected by the virus. HIV/AIDS has had a major impact locally and globally:

    • 35 Million people worldwide are currently living with HIV/AIDS
    • Over 1.2 Million people in the U .S. are living with HIV; almost 1 in 8 are unaware of their infection
    • 8,197 people are currently living with HIV/AIDS in Palm Beach County
    • 5,897 newly diagnosed HIV infections in Florida in 2014

      How to get involved:
    • Become a sponsor
    • Donate a piece of art to be displayed at Compass from Dec. l-Dec.11
    • Cover or remove your artwork and replace it with information about HIV prevention and local resources Compass will provide material to cover your art and/or images and information to display.
    • Attend one, or more, of our events held at Compass from Dec. I - Dec.
11. See attached calendar.

We look forward to collaborating with local artists, arts organizations, museums, galleries, art enthusiasts, and our community to commemorate World AIDS Day like never before. Thank you for your support in the fight against HIV/AIDS in our local and global community.

With commitment and passion,

Julia Murphy, Program Development Director

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Murals at Boynton Beach Art District are Inspiring Works with a Message!

The ActivistArtistA Bay Gates Project
An outdoor exhibition
curated by
Rolando Chang Barrero
located at
The Boynton Beach Art District
404-422 West Industrial Avenue
Boynton Beach, Florida 33426

-The latest incarnation of the lauded ActivistArtistA Bay Gates Project is called"Inspiring Works."
The 2015-2016 Project Concept:
Inspiring Works

Selected Artists 2015-2016:
 Eduardo Mendieta, Ripes, Sami Makela, Kelcie McQuaid, Pascual Bartolo and students of Boynton Beach High School, Renda Writer, Jonathan Fields, Patricia Awapara, Melissa Martinez, Marcos Conde, and Dalhia Patrice Perryman 

ActivistArtistA Bay Gates Project Murals Currently on Exhibit:

Gregory Dirr

Diane Arrieta

"Save the Whales"

Sami Makela

-Margaret Mead
Rolando Chang Barrero

“Wear Life Like a Loose Garment”
-St. Francis
Created as a Tribute to Women and Breast Cancer Awarenes

Eduardo Medieta


Patricia Awapara


Rolando Chang Barrero
"America the Beautiful"
-katharine Lee Bates

Pascual Bartolo and Boynton Beach High Students

"Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength"-Arnold Schwarzenegger

Renda Writer
"Be as you wish to seem"-Socrates

Patrice Simmons

" It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."
-Theodore Roosevelt

Marcos Conde
"There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle." -Albert Einstein

Melissa Martinez

"Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars."- Khalil Gibran 


The ActivistArtiststA Bay Gates Project began in mid 2011 to the sound of a local santero playing his conga drum while artist Chan Shepherd created a brown skinned Babalú Ayé a/k/a San Lázaro to the bay gate of the recently opened ActivistArtistA Gallery at what is now recognized as the Boynton Beach Art District. 

Rolando Chang Barrero initiated the outdoor exhibition project with the assistance of Boynton Beach's Public Arts Administrator, Debby Coles-Dobay, who was instrumental in getting an addendum to allow the murals at the Boynton Beach Art District located in Boynton Beach's Industrial Park area. 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Today in the Sun Sentinel: Artists Mobize for Climate Action by Jan Engoren

Artists Mobize for Climate Action
SunSentinel by Jan Engoran, October 27, 2015

Artists for Climate Action, including many from Boynton Beach, marched in Miami on Oct. 14 with the local chapter of the South Florida Climate Action Coalition as a follow up to the People's Climate March in New York City last October.
Working out of HackLab in Boynton Beach, the artists mobilized and created a large illuminated sun that they carried aloft during the march. Read full story here SunSentinel TODAY
"Local artists, including Rolando Chang Barrero, founder of the Boynton Beach Arts District, snapped photos of the recent high tides, as part of the King Tides Project, an international initiative of citizen scientists capturing data and images showing what future sea levels will be and what is at risk.During the recent supermoon, Barrero went out with his camera and caught images of flooded streets along East Ocean Avenue and the Boynton Beach Marina and of the Palm Beach Yacht Club on Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach."

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Rolando Chang Barrero to Exhibit Recent Paintings at Cuba Libre Exhibit in Miami Nov. 5-25, 2015


November 5-25, 2016
Opening reception: Thursday, November 5, 2015 | 6 P.M.

Blank Canvas Gallery
46 NW 36 Street, Suite 3, Miami, Florida 33127

Reception November 5, 2015 | 6 PM

Facebook Event Page

Blank Canvas Gallery will be hosting the Cuban-American Exhibition “Cuba Libre” for the month of November. Its opening will take place November 5th 2015 at 6pm.  Blank Canvas Gallery is located in Wynwood, Miami's most notable art district, at 46 NW 36th Street, Suite #3, Miami, Florida 33127, the gallery will showcase eight contemporary artists: Alejandro Justiz - Damien Cruz- Freddy Villamil Jose Gonzalez Grillo- Marcy Grosso - Patricio Rodriguez - Raul Hernandez and Rolando Chang Barrerowhose artwork constantly promote freedom of creativity. 

“Cuba Libre” will be open to the public until November 25th 2015 and a percentage of the sales for this month will be donated to buy art supply for children in need. We hope to get the attention from the Latin-American public for this Hispanic Heritage month and the support of the residents of south Florida to the Latin-American art.

For more info go to

Monday, October 19, 2015

This Thursday! A Tribute to Women In Boynton Beach

Thursday Night: October 22, 2015 | 6-10 P.M
Boynton Beach Art District

410-422 West Industrial Ave.
Boynton Beach, Florida 33426

Tribute to Women

Open Studios by Resident Artists:
Michael Kupillas, Dianett Doyle, Vishan Seenath,
Richard Beau-Lieu, Renee Kemp, Rolando Chang Barrero


Mural Painting 
by Rolando Chang Barrero

Live Music presented by Joseph Liberali

6:00 Ian Wehmeyer
6:30 David Ware
7:00 Sabrina Zarmati
7:45 Shernide Delva
8:00 Joseph Liberali
9:00 Alex Bach


Boynton Beach Art District
"Where Art Comes Alive"

Cool Text: Logo and Graphics Generator

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Rolando Chang Barrero Re-Creates Painting for Breast Cancer Awareness

Rolando Chang Barrero

"In support of breast Cancer awareness month and in honor of the many women in my life, some of which have passed away, some of which have been challenged with breast cancer, I will re-create this painting on the 11' x 13' foot warehouse gate of my studio at the Boynton Beach Art District." -RCB

Rolando Chang Barrero
ActivistArtistA Studio
410 West Industrial Ave.
Boynton Beach, Florida, 33426


The Boynton Beach Art District
Tribute to Women and Jam Sessions
Thur., Oct. 22, 2015 | 6-10 PMOpen Studios and Live Music
Ian Wehmeyer

Monique Chalk Hubshman

Sabrina Zarmati

Shernide Delva
Joseph Liberali 
Alex Bach 

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Sunday! Nina Kauder of Bean Scene at Golden Art and Music Festival at Boynton's Art District!

Chef Nina Kauder
The Bean Scene of Florida
Art and Music Celebration
This Sunday, October 11, 2015 | 1-6 PM

On Sunday, Bean Scene Florida features mind-blowing ‪#‎plantstrong‬‪#‎foodie‬ ‪#‎vending‬ at Golden - the 5 year anniversary of the Boynton beach arts district!
Everglades Treats brings most unusual foraged preserves and spreads, Emerging Bean Scene chefs with international offerings: Veggie Pad Thai by Chef Barrae, Afghani Chutneys and Fresh breads by Farmer Azizi, Curried Chickpeas by Chef Lynn, refreshing cukes and pickles by Greta,Edamoli spreads in 4 flavors, Kombucha and veggies by Moe's FermentedsRawsome Eats and treats and finally, a FULL MENU by @Sunflower fields - ready for this? All vegan/All mind blowing!!

FOOD: Chicken croissants w/ buffalo sauce + chicken Parmesan croissants, Samosas, Cauliflower pizzas
TREATS: Espresso walnut brownies, Pumpkin rice Krispy treats, Graveyard cupcakes with chocolate filling, fall leaf cupcakes, passion fruit raspberry cupcakes, Spiced latte bites, smores Frankenstein cupcakes, chocolate owl cupcakes, Salted caramel pretzel crust brownies, Mint chip sugar cookies, Pumpkin cheesecakes
BREWS: Cold brew Blackberry sage iced tea, Pumpkin juice and Iced coconut matcha latte
Rolando Chang Barrero - we're ready for you!!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

TODAY in the Sun Sentinel! Family friendly Golden Art and Music Celebration Oct. 10-11 at the Boynton Beach Art District

Boynton Beach Art District celebrates fifth anniversary
Family friendly Golden Art and Music Celebration Oct. 10-11 at the 
Boynton Beach Art District

"In the last five years the Boynton Beach Art District has become the vortex of creativity in Palm Beach County and I've had the privilege of watching it happen," said founder and artist Rolando Chang Barrero."

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2015 | 1- 6 PM