Sunday, April 3, 2022

The Box Gallery | On the Town, Hispanic Heritage/ Frank Licari and Rolando Chang Barrero

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Frank visits The Box Gallery in West Palm Beach for a taste of the arts. Curator Rolando Chang Barrero is also an artist, using visual mediums to spark conversation and highlight a diverse set of artists. Barrero is also an organizer and founder of multiple annual and ongoing cultural events. Learn more at

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Yahoo! News "Not 'gay art,' but 'good art by gay artists"

Paintings by artist Rolando Chang Barrero hang in the Being Heard, Being Seen art exhibit by local artists who identify themselves as LGBTQ+ at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County in downtown Lake Worth Beach, Fla., on Wednesday, March 16, 2022.

The “Being Heard, Being Seen” art exhibit, a celebration of self-identity and expression by local artists who identify as LGBTQ+, is on display through April 9 at the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County.

A 7-foot figure offering masks, interactive poetry and paintings covered with shiny, smooth resin are part of the exhibit that explores the rights, representation and experiences of the LGBTQ+ community.

“The goal of this exhibition is to encourage everyone to be their authentic selves, to champion understanding, compassion and important conversations, and to create a safe space where everyone feels heard and seen for who they are — without question or compromise. When we do that, we make room for real impact,” said Dave Lawrence, the Cultural Council president and chief executive officer.

COVID-19 has been a powerful influence in the artwork, said Jessica Ransom, director of Artist Services. Solitude, kindness and people masking their feelings during the outbreak are vividly shown in the artwork, she said.

“We have amazing artists in our community. They are putting their hearts and beings into their work,” said Ransom.

Viewers can interact with a poetry exhibit by Stacie M. Kiner and her partner Dianna I. Rosenberg. After reading the poetry, viewers are invited to write down and submit their reactions on sheets of paper.

“I want everyone to have their basic needs met,” wrote one viewer.

An exhibit by Rolando Chang Barrero, founder of the Box Gallery in West Palm Beach, is a series of acrylics showing about 50 faces lined up on the wall. Colorful, mysterious and expressive, they show joy, hope, surprise, love, sadness and fear.

The colors do not match the expressions. A fearful face is painted bright orange connoting happiness. A grinning, eyebrow-raised face is grayish, reflecting sadness.

“That’s where the mask comes in. Many of us were wearing masks to the world during the pandemic, hiding our real emotions,” said Ransom.- continue reading

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Thursday, January 13, 2022

Rolando Chang Barrero presents "Rostros Emotivos" at Being Heard | Being Seen

Rostros Emotivos
by Rolando Chang Barrero
Cultural Council for Palm Beach County

Thursday, January 27, 2022, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

A series of 50 paintings that document the artist's journey though trauma and the incongruence of his verbal and non-verbal presentations of self and in his art work.
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Thursday, January 27, 2022, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Advance registration required. Free for members of the Cultural Council; $20 for nonmembers.

All people wish to be heard and seen for exactly who they are without question or compromise. Artists are uniquely capable of visually capturing and communicating their emotions and essence through their work. This exhibition will include artists who identify as LGBTQ+ as well as artists whose work interrogates issues of rights, representation, and the lived experience of LGBTQ+ individuals. This exhibition is presented in collaboration with artist Jose Alvarez.