Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Just in time for Art Synergy's ArtWeek 2015, Rolando Chang Barrero will re-Open ActivistArtistA Gallery at The Boynton Beach Art District

January 24, 2015
Looking for Musicians, Bands, Artists, Vendors, Food Trucks!
Join us!

This event is in conjuction with Art Synergy, ArtPalmBeach, and the Boynton Beach Art Districts Art Walk "Art al Fresco"

Art Call:
Send Submission to ActivistArtist@Gmail.com
$20 Fee for 3 images (high resoultion 300 dpi)
Work in all media will be considered.

Fee to paid vis 
PayPal to : RolandoBarrero@mac.com
Deadline: January 15, 2015


Press Release:
The ActivistArtistA Gallery Re-Opens on January 24, 2015.

Take Piece of my Heart Exhibition
ActivistArtistA Gallery

Boynton Beach--Rolando Chang Barrero’s ActivistArtistA Gallery in Palm Beach County has  been recipient of the Best Exhibition in 2014, a Congressional Letter of Commendation, and responsible for creating the Best Art Walk in Broward and Palm Beach County in 2013 is raising the gate with a grand re-opening exhibition on January 24, 2015. 

Take a Piece of My Heart will highlight works created by putting pieces together: mosaics, mixed media and unconventional art forms.

The gallery, which temporary closed earlier this year for the summer, is back and in full swing!  The re-opening during Art Synergy’s ArtWeek 2015 is the perfect time.
Art Synergy the producers of ArtWeek 2015 hosts a variety of arts events county-wide in conjunction with ArtPalmBeach Exposition from January 21-25, 2015.

Resident artists Richard Beau-LieuMichael KupillasBarb FernandezRene KempDianett DoyleTracy Williams are excited about sponsoring this years first Art Walk.

Other highlights in Boynton Beach include the Boynton Beach Art District Art Walk: Artal’Fresco and the International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium outdoor sculptural exhibit, a preview of the City of Boynton Beach signature International event in February.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Art Synergy's Palm Beach County Exhibition at Art Palm Beach 2015. Art Call Nears Deadliene December 15

Art Synergy Announces New Art Districts and Calls to Artists!

Go directly to ART SYERGY ART CALL 

West Palm Beach, FL - After an amazingly successful inaugural year, Art Synergy is back bigger and better with ArtWeek 2015.
Formed in early 2013 in response to the needs of local artists in Palm Beach County, Art Synergy is a countywide movement to unify and promote the diverse culture of our vibrant arts community. Developed from discussions during a think tank with local artists, Rolando Chang Barrero, Craig McInnis and Freddy Hennevelt took the lead and formed an organization to promote art events throughout the county that would coincide with Art Palm Beach. The thought was that Palm Beach County arts could benefit from the popular art event much like Miami benefitted from Art Basel.  Soon it was christened ART SYNERGY and took off running with the support of the many local artists in the county.
Go directly to ART SYERGY ART CALL 

The first year, five art districts participated in various ways, with each district having events on one particular day during the week long Art Palm Beach event.  The repose was phenomenal and the momentum in developing the volunteer non=profit organization was ongoing throughout the year with additional countywide meetings with artists, the community and the media.
The organization grew and this year has expanded to seven districts. Once again their will be specific days in for each districts and the participating galleries and artists to be spotlighted. The districts are comprised of artists’ studios, galleries and supporting businesses and restaurants that have come together to promote local art. The seven districts are West Palm Beach, Lake Worth, North County, Northwood, Antiques Row (including Worth Avenue), Boynton Beach and Delray Beach (Artist’s Alley).
Art Synergy, a non-profit organization, and all of the participating districts are volunteer based and rely on the artists and volunteers to run and manage all of the events.  They also depend on sponsorship from local businesses and patrons in order to promote and market the events.  Art Synergy is always looking for sponsors and there are many sponsorship opportunities.
Through the generosity and support of Lee Ann Lester, the Director of IFAE and Art Palm Beach, Art Synergy will once again have a booth at the ArtPalm Beach 2015 exhibition, January 22 through January 25, 2105.. This is an extraordinary opportunity for artists to be in this prestigious show by entering a call to artists. It will be a juried exhibition of exceptional work created and made by professional artists of Palm Beach County at the  This beautiful showcase is held at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, Palm Beach, FL., and is dedicated to providing a rich visual arts experience for collectors and art enthusiasts from Europe, Asia, and North and South America -.
The call for artists is open to all residents of Palm Beach County.  The deadline to apply is December 15, 2014.  Applications are available at Juried Art Services --Go directly to ART SYERGY ART CALL 

There will be many exciting events and fabulous opportunities to view art of all media throughout the county.  As events are scheduled, they will be posted on the Art Synergy website, www.artsynergyPBC.com

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Rolando Chang Barrero to Exhibit Birds During Art Basel at Club Rum Gallery's Endangered Exhibition

Rolando Chang Barrero Fine Artist
Join me at the VIP reception of the ENDANGERED Exibition.
25 of my paintings will be on displayed along with other leading contemporary artists and photographers...Special viewing of a new piece by Bubbles, the chimpanzee once owned by Michael Jackson!

RSVP is required for the VIP Reception:
Debember 3rd, 2014 |7-9pm
RSVP at lindsey@art4apes.com
Exhibition is open to the public Dec.4-6, 2014 | 2-9pm

Rolando Chang Barrero is a native of South Florida.
Resides in Palm Beach County. Rolando Chang Barrero has a working professional artiststudio in Boynton Beach and his signature fine art gallery in The City of Lake Worth, Florida. You can reach him at ActivistArtistA@gmail.com

Or, Visit the 
Rolando Chang Barrero Fine Art Gallery
711 Lucerne Ave.,
Lake Worth, Florida 33460

Friday, November 7, 2014

Two Artists With A Vision: Craig McInnis and Rolando Chang Barrero at Armory Art Center Art Salon Nov. 18th, 2014

The Founders on Art Synergy Craig McInnis and Rolando Chang Barrero at 
Armory Art Center Art Salon

Rolando Chang Barrero and Craig McInnis


Art Synergy, happening during Art Palm Beach each January, is now bringing the work of local artists to the attention of artlovers from across the globe, thanks to the efforts of two artists with a vision.

"We are organizing the most important art exhibition of the year....only the best in Palm Beach County will be selected...." -rolando chang barrero
Click for details: The Art Synergy 2015 Exhibition

Season One debuted in January 2014. It was wildly successful, and is now going into Season Two. Art Synergy 2014 included six art districts throughout Palm Beach County, and gained the full support of David and Lee Ann Lester, cofounders of Art Palm Beach and the American International Fine Art Fair, who provided booth space within the Convention Center at both fairs.

They also gained the support of The City of Boynton Beach Art in Public Places, The Society of the Four Arts, various mayor's offices, local CRA's and West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA) . The second year is being planned now, and promises to be even more successful.

Rolando Chang Barrero, B.F.A., M.A.A.T., School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Rolando is the President of the Florida Arts Association. Rolando is a professional artist and curator and maintains a working studio and gallery called ActivistArtistA at the Boynton Beach Art District where his efforts have been recognized by many awards including a Congressional Letter of Commendation 2014, Best Exhibition in Broward and Palm Beach County 2014, and Best Art Walk in Broward and Palm Beach 2013. He will be opening a new gallery, Rolando Chang Barrero Fine Art, on Lucerne Avenue, Lake Worth, on Friday, November 21.

Craig McInnis, professional artist, illustrator, muralist, and musician has an AAS degree in advertising design from Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. His latest mural was recently completed in Northwood, and he is the Creative Director of Fright Nights at the South Florida Fairgrounds, where he does horror make-up, graphics, branding, set design, and has played many different characters. He is now also teaching cartooning to youth at the Armory.
The two co-Founders of Art Synergy have been working with artists throughout the county to make Art Synergy such a success. They will talk about their own work as artists, about Art Synergy as it heads into Season Two, and what this will mean for artists in Palm Beach County.

There's a $10 fee to attend

If you'd like to bring some snacks or drinks to share, that would be much appreciated, and, please, share this announcement with friends.

ART SALONS offer stimulating conversations with other artists, in a relaxed setting. As a springboard to each of our explorations, professional artists from South Florida are invited to present their work, talk about what influenced them, and examine the work of influential artists showing in museums and galleries. Our discussions cover the gamut of contemporary art themes, including conceptual, cultural, socio/political, environmental, race and gender focused and aesthetic practices, the materials and techniques used to convey these ideas, and where we fit into the world of contemporary conceptual art. They’re also an opportunity to explore the practical side of being an artist, of professional development and the sharing of useful resources.
Salons are facilitated by Elle Schorr.
DIRECTIONS: All Salons meet in the Library of the Armory Art Center, 1700 Parker Avenue, West Palm Beach, Florida 3340, in the historic Art Deco Armory building to the left of the garden.
If you're driving North on I-95, turn right/ east on Belvedere Blvd. Turn left at the light on to Parker Avenue. Continue north to Park Place, just before the fire station. The entrance and main parking lot of the Armory Art Center is halfway up the block on the left side.
If you're driving South on I-95, turn left / east on Okeechobee Blvd. Turn right on Parker Ave, just before the Convention Center. Continue south past the fire station and turn right on Park Avenue. The entrance and main parking lot of the Armory Art Center is halfway up the block on the left side.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

New birds by Rolando Chang Barrero

Contact : activistartista@gmail.com

Birds are 8"x 10", acrylic on canvas, $75

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Art and Culture Magazine: Spotlight on Craig McInnis and Rolando Chang Barrero of Art Synergy

Art and Culture Leaders of Palm Beach County join together to create Art Synergy's Art Week 2015!


Palm Beach County- Art Synergy Co-Founders, Rolando Chang Barrero (Boynton Beach Art District) and Craig McInnis (Northwood's Lot 23) are at it again!

Last year Art Synergy partnered with David and Lee Ann Lester organizers of ArtPalmBeach and took on the herculean task of organizing the first series of satellite exhibitions: Art al'Fresco, Continuum, Art Pop!, Art X, South Dixie Antique Row, and the Worth Ave Art Walk.
Art Synergy's presence was established at ArtPalmBeach 2014 and became know to all visitors, collectors, and the who's who in the art world with an exhibition of works by the best professional artists of Palm Beach County which was juried by Paul Fisher and organized by Rolando Chang Barrero.

On September 17, 2014 at 6 pm Art Synergy will host a planning meeting with with last years art district leaders along with new members who have joined the rally to elevate Palm Beach County as the South Florida Destination for the Arts. 
Art and cultural leadership meeting will take place at Cacace Fine Art Gallery, 354 NE 4th Street, Delray Beach, Florida.
Katie Dietz (Lighthouse Art Center,Tequesta), AJ Brockman (Brewhouse Gallery, Lake Park), Joanne Berkow (Benzaiten Center, Lake Worth), Debbie Lee Mostel (Palm Beach Gardens), Vincent J. Cacace (Artist Alley, Delray Beach), and Elayne Mordes (WhiteSpace:The Mordes Collection, West Palm Beach), Anthony and Trina Burks (ATB Fine Art, WEst Palm Beach), Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla (OSGS Gallery, Northwood), Nickie and Freddy Hennevelt (Hennevelt Gallery, Northwood) and Jamnea Finlayson (JF Gallery, Antique Row)  will join forces to create Art SYNERGY's ART WEEK 2015 in Palm Beach County to coincide with ARTPALMBEACH 2015 in  January.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Florida Atlantic University Publishes Book: Includes Homoerotic Works by Rolando Chang Barrero

"Mi Pajaro" a solo exhibition of works by artist, Rolando Chang Barrero will open to the public on Monday, October 27, 2014 and run through December 12, 2014.

The exhibition of 10 recent works, curated by Diane Arrieta, is accompanied by an essay about his work written by Nan Runde and published by the 
Florida Atlantic University John D. MacArthur Library.

Included in the book which highlights past and present works are two homoerotic works created during the peak of the AIDs pandemic in the 1980's.

"Jesse Helms in the Garden of Adam and Steve" and "Til the Cows Come Home" were two of three reactionary works that earned the artist the nick name of 
Activist Artist.
The third work which (no image available) was titled "Growning up is Great" was censored in an AIDS benefit exhibit and is currently in a private collection. 

"I am very happy to see these works published by Florida Atlantic University. 
These two paintings will not be included in this exhibition because they were recently exhibitited in a prior solo exhibition at UNIT 1, which was curated by Jacques de Beaufort, Art History Professor at Palm Beach State College " 
-- Rolando Chang Barrero

"Many of Rolando Chang Barreros paintings lean toward the literal and visually complex, particularly his more overtly political and frankly homoerotic pieces ...."

Mi Pajaro is now available in the FAU permanent book collection and is searchable worldwide on world cat where people from all over the U.S. may borrow them through the library system.
Also, available for purchase online at blurb

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Video: BBAD Mural Project - October, 2014

Join us This Thursday, October 23, 2014 | 6-11 PM 

4th Anniversary Celebration Art Walk!
Come see the ActivistArtistA Bay Gates Project!

Boynton Beach Art District
404-422 West Industrial Ave.
Boynton Beach, Florida 33426

Special Thanks to Michael Kupillas and Michael Simon.

Live Music! Open Studios! Vendors!! 
Fun! Food! Frolic!

Open Studios:
Rolando Chang Barrero
Michael Kupillas
Barb Fernandez
Dianett Doyle
Renee Kemp
Jonny Tinnitus
Richard Beau-Lieu
Music By:
Jon Greco Band
She's Neurotic
Food Trucks:
Murals by:
Registered Artist
Emmanul Gonzales
Gregory Dirr
Nicole Galluccio
Nate Dee
Amanda Valdez
Jennifer Caparro
Jonathon Fields
Ivan Roque
Danny Ferre

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Photos From Fire Fest 2014 at JDSP

Explorer, Andre Perez, Photo by Rolando Chang Barrero

Fire Fest is fun-filled, Halloween-themed family event educating the community about prescribed fire and fire safety awareness in Florida! This annual Fall event in meant to increase awareness and appreciation of the park’s unique flora and fauna, recreational opportunities, and rich natural history. While attending Fire Fest, visitors learn how prescribed burning preserves our urban interface, improves habitat for native wildlife and plant species, and replenishes the environment’s nutrients. Many of Florida’s plants and animals, including the iconic Scrub-jay, are dependent on prescribed fire. During Fire Fest, prescribed burn demonstrations are led by the Florida Park Service’s District Five Fire Team in full fire-gear and include the ignition of the fire, “brush” trucks ready to spray water, exposition of firefighting hand-tools, and Q & A during and after the burn demonstrations. Other fun activities include live music, swamp buggy rides, hayrides, a bounce-house/game alley, roasting marshmallows around the campfire, scavenger hunts, live animal exhibits, and a Spooky Trail. Inside the Kimbell Education Center, visitors will enjoy interactive exhibits, short films and arts and crafts activitiesLocal artists, Rolando Barrero and Debbie Mostel 
Guest artist: Barb Fernandez

The Materials:

The Project:

The Staff and the Artists:

Thursday, October 16, 2014

“Mi Pajaro” Exhibition of works by Rolando Chang Barrero, FAU MacArthur Library, October 27, 2014 through December 12, 2014

America by Rolando Chang Barrero 2014

“Mi Pajaro”
A Solo Exhibition of works by Rolando Chang Barrero
October 27, 2014 through December 12, 2014

MacArthur Library Gallery
Florida Atlantic University
John D. MacArthur Campus

5353 Parkside Drive

Jupiter, FL 33458
Contact: Diane Arrieta, Curator

“Many of Rolando Chang Barreros paintings lean toward the literal and visually complex, particularly his more overtly political and frankly homoerotic pieces and even his stylized portraits.  His series paintings, in contrast, dispense with anatomical accuracy and specificity and employ a single motif repeatedly, reducing figures almost to glyphs.  In their broad strokes, child-like simplicity, and whimsy, these paintings have an affinity with the work of Paul Klee.  Like Klee, Barrero jettisons realism intentionally, freeing himself not only from its technical constraints but also from the primacy of material reality.  The simplicity of the surface belies the multiplicity of layers beneath.”
(excerpt from essay by Nan Runde for exhibition catalogue)

Rolando Chang Barrero is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a recipient of a Congressional Letter of Commendation in the Arts, recognized as one the Green Movements top Trailblazers of South Florida (SunSentinel), and one of the most intriguing men in the arts 2014 (SFG News). Rolando has recently been invited to exhibit an installation of 25 of 30 current works at his ENDANGERED BIRDS Series during Art Basel 2014 in Miami.The remaining 10 Painting frome EB series will be on display at the Mi Pajaro exhibit.