December 11, 2013
Thanks to a group of local artists including Rolando Chang Barrero, Freddy Hennevelt and Craig McInnis, this year's ArtPalmBeach in January will extend out through the Palm Beach County Convention Center, creating six satellite exhibitions, much in the way Miami's Art Basel has its satellite art fairs.
Art Synergy will include gallery receptions, open artist studios, performances, museum openings, lectures and special architectural tours.
Supported by the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, the exhibitions consist of ARTal'FRESCO at the Boynton Beach Arts District, Worth Avenue Gallery Walk, Continuum in West Palm Beach, ArtX in historic Northwood Village, the South Dixie Antique Row Galleries Walk and LULA's Art POP in Lake Worth.
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Rena Blades, president and CEO of the Palm Beach Cultural Council, said,
"It's very exciting. The fairs will stimulate our local economy and bring attention to the different arts districts."
"I'm very impressed with Barrero and McInnis and their abilities to organize and execute other artists and community leaders," she said. "As the umbrella for all things art and culture in Palm Beach, we hope to see the fairs grow over the coming years."
Barrero, of ActivistArtistA gallery in the Boynton Beach Arts District, joined forces with Lee Ann Lester, the founder of ArtPalmBeach.
"Art Synergy is a proactive collective of individuals; a countywide movement to unify and promote the diverse culture of our vibrant arts community," Barrero said.
"Over the past three years I dedicated my life to create the change I want see in the world through community building. Along with McInnis we created a series of Think Tank meetings to explore the possibilities of a unified effort to take the
Palm Beach art scene to the next level," he said.
ARTal'FRESCO will celebrate a night of art, fashion and exhibits including live painting in artist studios, an exhibit by plein air artists, contemporary sculpture, glass-blowing demonstrations, painting, photography and video installations.
Said McInnis, who recently finished a mural for the Stage Left Theatre, "I am excited by the wide array of talents and disciplines that will be showcased at ARTal'FRESCO. I expect nothing less - top notch artists and an outside the box show - from such a hard worker and visionary, as Rolando."
The city of Boynton Beach will offer free guided bus tours narrated by Lori Durante, of the Taste History Culinary Tours, from the convention center to the Boynton Beach Arts District.
At the convention center, highlights of ArtPalmBeach include a lifetime achievement award to sculptor Albert Paley who will speak about his new public sculpture works during the lecture series on "Albert Paley on View."
Other lectures include: "ArtPalmBeach Presents Baby Jane," in conjunction with the Norton Museum exhibition, "To Jane, Love Andy," Andy Warhol's first superstar.
Jane Holzer, a Palm Beach native, will be interviewed by art historian and artist Bruce Helander.
The International Sculpture Center will present an artist's panel discussion, "Kinetic Sculptures – Art in Motion" and FIU Frost Museum & Sculpture Park presents a panel discussion on "Public Sculpture in Art & Culture."
"No longer just the best art walk in Palm Beach and Broward County, ARTal'FRESCO will be the cornerstone of Palm Beach and Broward counties' art and culture scene," Barrero said.
To register for the bus tours, visit artalfrescoboyntonbeach. Call Rolando Chang Barrero at 786-521-1199 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Boynton Beach Arts District is at 422 W. Industrial Ave. in Boynton Beach.
The ArtPalmBeach kick-off celebration will be at BBAD from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Jan. 24.
ArtPalmBeach takes place at the Palm Beach County Convention Center Jan. 24 to 27. Visit http://artpalmbeach.com.