Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Monday, November 25, 2013

ARTalFRESCO 2014 Press Release

For Immediate Release:


401 West Industrial Avenue, Boynton Beach FL 33435

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Contact:            Rolando Chang Barrero
Phones:              786-521-1199 (cell)


ARTal’FRESCO 2014 is the first of six satellite exhibitions for ArtPalmBeach 2014

BOYNTON BEACH, FL ---  January 24, 2014 from 7:00pm - 1:00am the artists at the Boynton Beach Arts District, BBAD, will host the first satellite exhibition for ArtPalmBeach 2014 at 401 - 422 West Industrial Avenue, Boynton Beach. ArtPalmBeach is an International Art Fair organized by promoter Lee Ann Lester in the Palm Beach County Convention Center this January 23 - 28, 2014.

A county wide group of artists, led by Rolando Chang Barrero, Craig McInnis and Freddy Hennevelt, known as ArtSynergy PBC collaborated with Lee Ann to create six satellite exhibition throughout Palm Beach County.  Supported by the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County the exhibitions consist of six “Loops”,  ARTalFRESCO in Boynton Beach, Worth Avenue Gallery Walk, Continuum, downtown West Palm Beach, ArtX in Historic Northwood Village, South Dixie Antique Row Galleries Walk,  and LULAŹ¼s Art POP in Lake Worth.

ARTal’FRESCO 2014, is a one night fashion, art, and culture exhibition in Boynton Beach which will feature a unique art experiences at BBAD, recently recognized as the “Best Art Walk 2013.”   Special presentations include: live painting in artists studio settings, plein air painting, contemporary sculpture installation, a glass blowing demonstration, painting and photography exhibitions, video projection and interactive BBAD studio visits.  Entertainment is provided by the South Florida Symphony brass ensemble, illuminated performance by Philosiphiers, photo ops with Fusion: Fashion and Art’s living sculptures staged in front of the districts “ActivistArtistA Bay Gates” mural project wearing couture art inspired fashions. Graffiti artists who painted the doors and walls will be adding finishing touches to their murals to add to the many art experiences.

ArtPalmBeach ticket holders will enjoy access a VIP catered area, sponsored by The Little House, where a meet and greet with some of the ArtPalmBeach’s main speakers and presenters, as well as, a visit to the ActivistArtistA Gallery’s Exhibition “Sensibilities” featuring the work of Ali Miranda and Cheryl Maeder.  DJ music provided by Audioplayground Entertainment will keep the action going into the late hours of the night.

A FREE luxury bus tour sponsored by The City of Boynton Beach will offer ArtPalmBeach attendees an informative and entertaining tour to Boynton Beach. The four hour tour pick up time is 6:15pm at the Convention Center. The tour will travel to the Boynton Beach Art in Public Places, Avenue of the Arts out door exhibition of twelve sculptures set in an urban environment. At 7:40pm the bus will arrive at the BBAD, Boynton Beach Arts District for the ARTal’FRESCO exhibitions.  The luxury busses will be boarded at 10:00 pm to travel back to the Convention Center.  To register please visit  http://artalfrescoboyntonbeach.eventbrite.com/?s=19838577 or call Lori J. Durante, ARTalFRESCO Tour.

For more information, contact Rolando Chang Barrero, ActvistArtistA, at 786-521-1199. Visit websites.

Participating Organizations:
Florida Arts Association
International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium 2015
Richard Beau-Lieu and Associates Fine Art Appraisers
Hosted by:

Select Artists:

Frank Varga
 Gallery Rep. 561-736-8181

Kevin Chisolm

Karla Walter

Robert Catapano

Dana Donaty

Ralph Papa

Rolando Chang Barrero

Ali Miranda

Denny Reed
Dianett Doyle

Richard Beau-Lieu

Cheryl Maeder

Jackee Swinson

Michael Kupillas

Russell Levine
Contact: 561-212-1229

and others..

Rolando Chang Barrero
Boynton Beach Art District
422 West Industrial Ave.
Boynton Beach, Florida 33426

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Heavy Offering of Cultural, Arts and Other Happenings, Including 17th Edition of ArtPalmBeach

Rolando Chang Barrero, Artist/Curator

"ArtPalmBeach presents another example as to why visiting and discovering West Palm Beach or any of the surrounding areas, often transforms into falling in love with South Florida and making it home."

West Palm Beach, FL (PRWEB) November 20, 2013
ArtPalmBeach celebrates its 17th anniversary at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach from January 24-27, 2014 with a preview on the evening of January 23. Both art critics and art enthusiasts deem ArtPalmBeach as one of the most influential contemporary art fairs on Florida's Gold Coast. Over 80 international galleries will be exhibiting contemporary works by both established and emerging artists.
The 2014 edition of ArtPalmBeach will feature Art Synergy, a historic gallery walk taking place throughout all of Palm Beach County from Friday January 24 through Monday January 27. The weekend of events will include gallery receptions, open artist studios, performances, museum openings and lectures, and several architectural tours, through six historic art districts in the county.
The six areas of exhibition for ArtSynergy will be ARTal’FRESCO in Boynton Beach, ART POP in Lake Worth, Continuum in West Palm Beach, ArtX in Historic Northwood Village, South Dixie Antique Row and Worth Avenue. The focus for ArtSynergy is to promote contemporary galleries, budding artists, established area museums, non-profit art centers, university galleries and a number of international artists who feature their works in these historic art districts.
Another feature and special focus of the 17th edition of ArtPalmBeach will be the result of a partnership forged with the International Sculpture Center in Washington D.C. and Sculpture magazine. The art fair will feature sculptures by known artists in mediums including metal, glass, porcelain, light and carbon.
West Palm Beach is a growing melting pot of culture and arts-based events, drawing international attention. Visiting and discovering West Palm Beach or any of the surrounding areas, often transforms into falling in love with South Florida and making West Palm Beach home. It is a tropical oasis as well as a bustling mecca – this combination is rare and unmatched.
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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Press Conference to Take Place at Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach Island

Never have so many arts administrators, organization leaders, city officials, and curators come together under one banner, Art Synergy, to create the first series of exhibitions in a countywide effort to show their support for the advancements of the arts in Palm Beach County.

We are expecting a very large reception for this Press Conference, so we ask that you please RSVP to ARTalFRESCO@gmail.com 
Please et us know is you will have any special needs in advance.  

You are invited to a Press Conference

Monday, November 25, 2013 at 10 am
at The Society of the Four Arts
Dixon Education Building
240 Coconut Row, Palm Beach, Florida.


Satellite exhibitions during:

Art Palm Beach 2014

Press Conference will be given by the following:

Moderator: Rolando Chang Barrero
Introduction to Art Palm Beach: Lee Ann Lester, organizer of Art Palm Beach 2014 Exposition at Palm Beach County Convention Center
Introduction to Art Synergy: Craig McInnis, Co-Founder of Art Synergy Palm Beach County
Cultural Council of Palm Beach County: Rena Blades, President "Commitment to the Advance of the Arts, Art Synergy" 
City of Boynton Beach Art In Public Places: Debby Coles-Dobay Special Presenter at ArtPalmBeach 2014, ARTal'FRESCO, and Intl' Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium, 2015
Lake Worth CRA: LULA
West Palm Beach: DDA

To learn about the following ArtPalmBeach satellite exhibitions:

ARTalFRESCO - Rolando Chang Barrero
Continuum - Trina Slade-Burks
ARTX - Freddy Hennevvelt
DIXIE ART and Antique Row Art Walk - Jamnea Finlayson
Worth Avenue Art Galleries - David Ginn
Art POP - Emily Teodossakos

Please RSVP: ARTalFRESCO2014@gmail.com 

For more information contact:

Rolando Chang Barrero, Director of ActivistArtistA Gallery, BBAD, Boynton Beach Art District (786)521-1199

Rolando Chang Barrero and Craig McInnis, Co-Founders
About - Art Synergy PBC

This Thursday Introducing BOYNTON LIVE at BBAD!

This Thursday Introducing 


Boynton Beach Art District

422 West Industrial Ave.
Boynton Beach, Forida 33426

Sponsored by


Hosted by

Rolando Chang Barrero and Rod Dusinberre

Mark your Calendars now!

Not your ordinary Open Mic night!
Bring your talent!Bring your friends!
Enjoy LIVE entertaiment under the stars!

Sun Sentinel: Today's article and photos features ActivistArtistA Bay Gates Project at Boynton Beach Art District!

Tourist enjoying the ActivistArtistA Bay Gates Project.

"Graffiti is a misunderstood concept for a lot of people," he says. "If it's an illegal wall they call it graffiti. And if it's a legal wall they call it street art. The first painting was done on a wall in a cave. We've domesticated it and put it in galleries. But its natural habitat is outdoors."
-Rolando Chang Barrero
For images on SunSentinel: Amazing Street Murals featuring work by Paul Caprio, Serafima Sokolov, Venom, Chanimal, Eduardo Mendieta, Craig McInnis, and others at The ActivistArtistA Bay Gates Project.
By Susannah Bryan, Sun Sentinel
Picture this: Hollywood as a giant canvas, ready for street art.

Colorful murals already adorn 10 downtown buildings, where they have been both praised and panned. But because they bring an energy and sense of identity, Commissioner Peter Hernandez plans to ask Wednesday that the program be expanded to the beach and other high traffic areas.
"Art is subjective," he said. "Some have hated it. Some have loved it. But people are talking about it."
Like Hollywood, Boynton Beach has embraced public art, requiring developers to set aside 1 percent of their construction budget to fund public art in the city. Murals pop from the doors and walls of warehouses in theBoynton Beach Arts District.
Debby Coles-Dobay, Public Arts Manager in Boynton, calls it a "mini-Wynwood," a reference to the Miami district where artists have helped transform a neighborhood of rundown warehouses into a bustling cultural hub.
But what flies in Hollywood and Boynton might not work inBoca Raton. Or Fort Lauderdale. Or Davie.
A street mural might clash with Davie's western theme, says Davie Councilman Bryan Caletka. The idea of a city-sanctioned street mural isn't even on Fort Lauderdale's radar, says city spokesman Chaz Adams.
And Boca?
"They all want to live in country clubs," says Rolando Chang Barrero, a West Palm Beach artist who runs theBoynton Beach Arts District. "That's why they designed so many country clubs with doormen and color codes. They want it standard, they want it safe."
Hernandez brushes aside such concerns.
He just wants people talking about the arts project, launched a year ago in an attempt to bring new life, energy and crowds to downtown.
"Our mural program has really taken off," says Jorge Camejo, who launched the series as executive director of Hollywood's Community Redevelopment Agency. "[It] has proven that inspiration and imagination can alter the general public's perception of the area as effectively as the murals transform bare walls into works of high art."
Hollywood already has the most street art in Broward County, says Commissioner Patricia Asseff, who wouldn't mind seeing more.
"Las Olas doesn't have them," she said. "Delray doesn't have them. If it works and people love them, we've given it a shot. People are coming down to look at these murals. I guess it gives the area a certain character. If it draws a crowd, then that's a good thing."

"For now, Hollywood's mural program is limited to the Live Music District, running along Hollywood Boulevard and Harrison Street between 21st Avenue and Young Circle.
Each downtown muralist was paid $1,000 for their work. The artists include David "Lebo" Le Batard, Ruben Ubiera, Jessy Nite, Luis Pinto, Eduardo Mendieta, Evoca1, 2alas, Michelle Weinberg, Rob Robi and Tatiana Suarez.
"I like it – most of it," said Hollywood resident Michael Tam Kai. "It's better than a bland concrete wall. It gives these young artists an outlet. And it's free."
Fellow resident Rita Gambardella would rather see the blank wall.
"When I first saw them, I thought it was graffiti," she said. "Then I found out it was commissioned."
Terry Cantrell, chair of the Hollywood Historic Preservation Board, echoes her sentiments.
"Lebo went hog wild with what basically looks like graffiti," he says.
But he admits, Lebo's mural does indeed stand out.
Love it or leave it, Hollywood's mural series evokes a reaction from those who see it, says Barrero.
"Graffiti is a misunderstood concept for a lot of people," he says. "If it's an illegal wall they call it graffiti. And if it's a legal wall they call it street art. The first painting was done on a wall in a cave. We've domesticated it and put it in galleries. But its natural habitat is outdoors."
A map of the murals can be found at http://www.hollywoodcra.org (click on Downtown Hollywood Mural Project under the Redevelopment tab).
sbryan@tribune.com or 954-356-4554

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Sun Sentinel: Passion For Paws Fundraiser at BBAD

This Thursday, November 14, 2013

Boynton Beach Art District
422 West Industrial Ave.
Boynton Beach, Florida

Talk radio host, local artists celebrate their Passion for Paws

A fundraiser for the pet rescue organization, Passion for Paws, will take place Thursday at theBoynton Beach Arts District.
Sponsored by Y. Cleomili Harris, aka Ms. Cleo, of Wahgwaan Entertainment Inc., LDC by LC Management and Rolando Chang Barrero's ActivistaArtista gallery, the event hopes to raise at least $3,000 for the organization.
Ava Rhodes, executive director of Passion for Paws, Inc., received the 2013 DunDun Award by Wahgwaan Entertainment, created in 2009 by Harris, host of "Conversations with Cleo" on BlogTalkRadio.com, in memory of her mother.
Passion for Paws is a nonprofit, charitable organization benefiting dogs and cats established in 2009 in West Palm Beach.
"We are committed to assisting and supporting local, small businesses and community nonprofits and Passion for Paws was a perfect fit," Harris said.
Unlike other pet rescues, Passion for Paws practices surrender prevention and is dedicated to keeping pets with their families during difficult times.
Passion for Paws delivers pet food to the elderly who may not be able to come in for assistance, helps with walking dogs and subsidizes vet bills.
"We're thrilled to be chosen as a recipient of the DunDun award. We use our funds to benefit animals and pets in Palm Beach County whose owners are in financial distress," Rhodes said.
"We believe that helping owners keep their pets, providing a safety net of assistance during times of hardship, can save the lives of dogs and cats who might otherwise be surrendered."
According to Passion for Paws, last year more than 18,000 dogs and cats were euthanized for not having a home, being feral, being surrendered by their owners or strays being picked up on the street.
"Each year we help more than 150 low-income pet owners and more than 300 cats and dogs to stay together," Rhodes said.
Barrero, who runs the gallery and the events at the arts district, is a pet lover and has two rescue dogs – a 3-year old, 15-pound Jack Russell mix and Moses, an 8-month-old Plott Hound weighing in at 73 pounds, both rescued from the streets.
He said Passion for Paws brings together his passion for dogs and Ms. Cleo.
"I'm excited and honored to sponsor an event for this magnificent cause," Barrero said.
Suggested donation at the door is $12.50 or a 5-pound bag of dry cat/dog food. Visit ConversationsWithCleo.com or crowdrise.com/passionforpawswpb/fundraiser/ycleomiliharris. Information on Passion for Paws may be found at passionforpaws.com. For information on the Arts District, call ActivistArtistA Gallery at 786-521-1199 or email ActivistArtistA@Gmail.com.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Saturday, November 16th at UNIT 1 in Lake Worth

Rolando Chang Barrero
Closing Reception
Saturday, November 16, 2013 | 6-8 pm
1202 Lucerne Ave.
Lake Worth, Florida