Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Voyage MIA: Meet Rolando Chang Barrero



Meet Rolando Chang Barrero of The Box Gallery in West Palm Beach

I move out of South Beach and landed in Palm Beach County in 2010 where I have in a short 8 years re-established myself in the art world as a professional exhibiting artist, independent curator, public speaker, owner of The Box Gallery, ActivistArtistA Gallery, arts writer and publisher, founder of the award winning Boynton Beach Art District, I am the founder and president of 2 non-profit organization: The Florida Arts Association and Art Synergy, and most recently releasing a line of clothing and home accessories called Pajaro Paradise, as well as, lead television art and culture talk show host of Hola Palm Beach the first bilingual program in Palm Beach. County.

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Today we’d like to introduce you to Rolando Chang Barrero.

Rolando, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I move to South Beach around 1980 and did the bartender/retail shuffle while doing some rock graphics and a bit of modeling for a few different companies. I eventually worked for designer Ted Lapidus in Bal Harbor Shops and later relocated to Beverly Hills, eventually working for Torie Steele who had just opened her boutique on Rodeo Drive.
After a few years I moved back to South Beach to finish my studies with lifelong mentors and art world provocateurs that had gather at Miami Dade College and opened a small art studio on Lincoln Road. Eventually moving again. This time I landed in Chicago. I lived and work in my studio in what is now the PilsenArt District and did many internships at amazing and vibrate art galleries including Latino Fine Art, Randolph Street Gallery, and Name Gallery to mention a few. While attending The School of the Art Institute of Chicago I received a number of honors, scholarships, degrees, and finally the coveted Ryerson Traveling Fellowship upon graduation. It was the Ryerson Fellowship that changed my world, by allowing me to visit Cuba in 199o with fellow Cuban artists for the first time. My experience there was so different, so enlightening, it opened my eyes to so many other realities. I created my thirst to explore the rich art and unique cultures of other countries. The fellowship money ran out and so I returned to Chicago to look for work. I was soon offered the position as Interim Gallery Director of Miami-Dade back in Florida so, once again I returned to South Beach to set up an art studio for the second time on Lincoln Road.
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What I’m proud of and what sets me apart are the same. I love a good challenge and embrace my falls knowing I’ll find a different way to reach the summit of my life as a whole and complete human being without regrets.







Monday, July 29, 2019

Screening of "Chasing Coral" Friday September 20th 2019 7 PM



Screening of
Chasing Coral
Friday September 20th 2019 |  7 PM

RSVP

The Box Gallery
811 Belvedere Road
West Palm Beach, Florida 33405
www.TheBoxGallery.info

Preview | Trailer




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What is coral bleaching?


While there is still a lot of work to be done in order to save fragile coral reefs, our individual choice to purchase reef-safe sunscreen can help! The good news is, there are some great reef-safe options on the market for consumers to choose from.
Learn more on the 
Chasing Coral blog:



Saturday, July 27, 2019

Summer Collection 2019

Summer Collection 2019: July-August 2019

The Box Box Gallery
811 Belvedere Road
West Palm Beach, Florida

Visit The Box Gallery and See the Summer Collection Today 

MORE THAN A GALLERY
THE BOX GALLERY IS THE PLACE TO EXPERIENCE
LIFE THROUGH THE VISUAL ARTS.


July 27, 2019 Thru August 7, 2019
12-5 PM

Works by:

Carlos Alves, Ruth Sharton, Sonya Sanchez Arias, Rolando Chang Barrero, Patricio Rodriguez,
Vee Corallo, Jeanette Sabo, William Reed, Linda Behar, Gail Erikson, Miguel Vergara and Chris Lopez.

Sonya Sanchez-Arias









The Box Box Gallery
811 Belvedere Road
West Palm Beach, Florida

Visit The Box Gallery and See the Summer Collection Today 

MORE THAN A GALLERY
THE BOX GALLERY IS THE PLACE TO EXPERIENCE
LIFE THROUGH THE VISUAL ARTS.


July 27, 2019 Thru August 7, 2019
12-5 PM

Works by:

Carlos Alves, Ruth Sharton, Sonya Sanchez Arias, Rolando Chang Barrero, Patricio Rodriguez,
Vee Corallo, Jeanette Sabo, William Reed, Linda Behar, Gail Erikson, Miguel Vergara and Chris Lopez.


Miguel Vergara

Sonya Sanchez-Arias

Photos of the Reception...
As Seen in the Florida Weekly Society Pages

 Florida Weekly Society




Friday, June 14, 2019

Legendary leaders honored during WPB Pride 2019 Exhibition in Florida.

Portrait of Ruth Berman and Connie Kurtz by Rolando Chang Barrero

Legendary leaders honored during WPB Pride 2019 Exhibition in Florida.

Elder equal rights activist, Ruthie Berman to attend Box Gallery Pride 2019 Exhibition representing late wife artist and activist Connie Kurtz.

The Box Box Gallery
811 Belvedere Road
June 15, 2019 7-10 PM
2nd Annual The West Palm Beach Pride 2019 Exhibition
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https://www.eventbrite.com/e/west-palm-beach-pride-2019-exhibition-tickets-61928786668

WEST PALM BEACH— On June 15, 2019 at The Box Gallery, members of the community will be coming to visit and pay honor Ruthie Berman and her late wife artist Connie Kurtz at the West Palm Beach Pride 2019 Art Exhibition where Connie’s work will be displayed alongside that of visual artist couple Earle Jay Goodman and James John Goodman. The reception for the exhibition, which is close to sold out, begins promptly at 7 pm, with New York City  DJ Marcia Levine and followed by an After Party at Roosters Bar next door to The Box Gallery where the iconic drag queen Melissa St. John will host the the rest of the evening.

Ruthie and Connie, as a couple, successfully sued the New York City Board of Education for domestic partner benefits, winning such benefits for all New York City employees in 1994, as well as, started branches of Parents, Friends and Family of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) in Florida and New York, and in 2000, they began serving as co-chairs of the New York State NOW Lesbian Rights Task Force. Recipients of the SAGE Pioneer award, they also founded The Answer is Loving Counseling Center (they are both certified counselors) and worked there for over twenty years. They were religiously married in a Jewish wedding on May 20, 2000, when it was still illegal for lesbians to marry in a civil wedding.  They were legally married on July 26, 2011, two days after marriage for same-sex couples became legal in New York State. Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, senior rabbi of Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, officiated at both ceremonies. The story of their love and of their activism is captured in the award-winning documentary "Ruthie & Connie: Every Room in the House." Their papers are preserved as the collection "The Ruth Berman and Connie Kurtz Papers" in the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History at Smith College.
The couple retired to Palm Beach County, Florida, where they have been continually active in Democratic, LGBT, feminist, and #BlackLivesMatter politics. In recognition of their activism, The Ruthie and Connie LGBT Elder Americans Act is named in their honor and was introduced into Congress in November 2017.

Curator of the 2nd Annual The West Palm Beach Pride 2019 Exhibition and former Act-Up Chicago member, Rolando Chang Barrero believes it is his responsibility to remind us all that the festivities of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots are not only about parades and parties, but a time to reflect, recognized, and continue to resist the marginalization of the LGBT people, specifically the Trans people who as of recent have been the focus of attacks and discrimination. 

Commemorating 50 years of activism and struggles of the LGBT community since The Stonewall Riot is not easy there are tears and so much sadness for many lives lost.
Most historic key figures the Gay Rights movement have long past away. The AIDS pandemic took many of their lives, and those that lived through that horrifying period have simply past from old age. While few elder pioneers of the gay rights remain alive, younger activist have stepped up to fill the heroic footsteps for  throughout the years to continue the work towards equality and justice for the next generations. The angst and pain of this period of history can never be understood even by the new activists as they forge fearlessly forward to address some of the old and some the new challenges of the LGBT community.
A revealing moment on Netflix’s episode 4 of “Tales of the City” where the the generational schism is addressed at a dinner party where the use of the word “tranny” illustrates new frustrations and pain in the intergeneration fight for equality.
Figurative Drawing by Earle Jay Goodman 



Iconic Melissa St. John performing at Roosters Bar by Rolando Chang Barrero



Saturday, June 8, 2019

West Palm Beach Pride 2019 | June 15, 2019


West Palm Beach Pride 2019 | June 15, 2019

Live Auction with Big Momma!

Photo by Charlie Fredrickson

Gay Pride 2019 Celebration and Exhibition!
The Box Gallery
811 Belvedere Road
West Palm Beach, Florida 33405



Sponsored by
Accomplice Brewery & Ciderworks



With DJ LI'L MARSH



WPB Gay Pride Afterparty 2019



Rooster's Bar
823 Belvedere Road
West Palm Beach, Florida 33405

The work of artists and designers from the LGBT Community at The Box Gallery for West Palm Beach PRIDE exhibition on Saturday, June 15, 2019 | 7-10 PM. 
Music by DJ Li'l Marsh Sponsored by Accomplice Brewery & Ciderworks



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Earle Jay Goodman and James John Goodman who created the fabulous interior for "COMPASS" in Palm Beach County,Lake Worth, Florida will be show paintings, drawings, and sculptures alongside selections from Ruth Berman's Collection of works by the late Connie Kurtz.


West Palm Beach Pride 2019 | June 15, 2019




Friday, May 24, 2019

This Weekend: May 25, 2019-Three To See!

Three to See In West Palm Beach May 25, 2019



The Box Gallery
811 Belvedere Road
West Palm Beach, Florida 33405
www.TheBoxGallery.Info

RSVP
Three To See: Men

Presents the work of...

Patricio Rodriguez



Adriano Ficarelli


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DAVID ROHN


Thursday, May 2, 2019

Ruth Sharton at The Box Gallery




The Box Gallery presents Ruth Sharton

Russian Proverbs  2018 - 2019 $1250 each
Contact: PalmBeachFineArtGallery@gmail.com
www.TheBoxGallery.Info

A native New Yorker currently residing in Florida, Ruth is an accomplished fine arts painter and mixed media artist.  She has studied classical drawing and painting and abstract expressionism, and works in a variety of other mediums including printmaking, photography, filmmaking and jewelry design. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hunter College, NY, and received a scholarship to attend the Art Students League of NY.
  She also studied at Parsons School of Design, the NYU Film Certificate Program, and the School of Visual Arts. 
 
Ruth has exhibited her work in solo and group shows throughout the North and Southeast, and her art is displayed in corporate and private collections throughout the US and Canada. Corporate collections include the Intercontinental Hotels, AT&T, The Swiss Bank Corp., The Marriott, McDonalds, and Sullivan & Cromwell.

"As an artist, my goal is to communicate the essential nature of the psyche and express a vision both raw and elegant, for my viewers, and for myself".


- Ruth Sharton
Artists Statement 


Russian Proverbs  2018 - 2019

Russian Proverbs is a politically inspired thematic installation of 14 mixed media assemblages on canvas and wood, satirizing the morality, ethics, and behavior of our current White House. 

While watching the Helsinki Summit this past July and observing the performance by, and dynamic between, our current president and the Russian president, the phrase ‘one good turn deserves another’ popped into my head as an apt description of the event.  Curious about the origin of that phrase, and wondering if by chance it might be Russian (it’s not), my research yielded an unexpected and serendipitous treasure trove of Russian proverbs, dozens of which were uncannily relevant to my sentiments about our president and his administration.  So began the Russian Proverbs series. 

 I am continuing to explore the expressive potential of this series.

- Ruth Sharton


Title: A Fools Tongue Runs Before His Head
Size: 6"x 6"x 1.5"
Completed: 2018
Total assemblage with custom shadowbox: 10" x 10" x 2.5"
Completed: 2019
$1250
Contact: PalmBeachFineArtGallery@gmail.com
www.TheBoxGallery.Info

Title: An Empty Barrel Rattles Loudest
Size: 8.5"x 6"x 1.5"
Completed: 2018
Total assemblage with custom shadowbox: 13.5" x 9.5" x 2.75"
Completed: 2019
$1250
Contact: PalmBeachFineArtGallery@gmail.com
www.TheBoxGallery.Info

Title:  Fish Rots From The Head
Size:   6"x 6"x 1.5"
Completed: 2018
Total assemblage with custom shadowbox: 10" x 10" x 2.5"
Completed: 2019
$1250
Contact: PalmBeachFineArtGallery@gmail.com
www.TheBoxGallery.Info


Title:  He Regards Himself as Ton of Gold but is Only an Ounce of Brass
Size:   6"x 6"x 1.5"
Completed: 2018
Total assemblage with custom shadowbox: 10" x 10" x 2.5"
Completed: 2019
$1250
Contact: PalmBeachFineArtGallery@gmail.com
www.TheBoxGallery.Info


Title:  Guilt Betrays Itself
Size:   6"x 6"x 1.5"
Completed: 2018
Total assemblage with custom shadowbox: 10" x 10" x 2.5"
Completed: 2019
$1250
Contact: PalmBeachFineArtGallery@gmail.com
www.TheBoxGallery.Info

Title:  Pigs Can Fly!
Size:   6"x 6"x 1.5"
Completed: 2018
Total assemblage with custom shadowbox: 10" x 10" x 2.5"
Completed: 2019
$1250
Contact: PalmBeachFineArtGallery@gmail.com
www.TheBoxGallery.Info

Title:  There is No Law Written for Fools
Size:   6"x 6"x 1.5"
Completed: 2018
Total assemblage with custom shadowbox: 10" x 10" x 2.5"
Completed: 2019
$1250
Contact: PalmBeachFineArtGallery@gmail.com
www.TheBoxGallery.Info

Title: Never Bray at an Ass
Size: 6"x 6"x 1.5"
Completed: 2018 
Total Assemblage with custom shadowbox: 10" x 10" x 2.5"
Completed: 2019
$1250
Contact: PalmBeachFineArtGallery@gmail.com
www.TheBoxGallery.Info

Title:  He That Has No Head Needs No Hat
Size:   6"x 6"x 1.5"
Completed: 2018
Total assemblage with custom shadowbox: 10" x 10" x 2.5"
Completed: 2019
$1250
Contact: PalmBeachFineArtGallery@gmail.com
www.TheBoxGallery.Info


Title:  Self Praise is No Praise
Size:   6"x 6"x 1.5"
Completed: 2018
Total assemblage with custom shadowbox: 10" x 10" x 2.5"
Completed: 2019
$1250
Contact: PalmBeachFineArtGallery@gmail.com
www.TheBoxGallery.Info

Title:  The Cat Did It!
Size:   6"x 6"x 1.5"
Completed: 2018
Total assemblage with custom shadowbox: 10" x 10" x 2.5"
Completed: 2019
$1250
Contact: PalmBeachFineArtGallery@gmail.com
www.TheBoxGallery.Info

Title: To Teach a Fool is to Treat a Dead Man
Size: 9"x 6"x 1.5"
Completed: 2018
Total assemblage with custom shadowbox: 13.5" x 9.5" x 2.75"
Completed: 2019
$1250
Contact: PalmBeachFineArtGallery@gmail.com
www.TheBoxGallery.Info

Title: When Money Talks Truth Shuts Up
Size: 7"x 6"x 1.5"
Completed: 2018
Total assemblage with custom shadowbox: 13.5" x 9.5" x 2.75"
Completed: 2019
$1250
Contact: PalmBeachFineArtGallery@gmail.com
www.TheBoxGallery.Info

Title:  One a Liar Always a Liar
Size:   6"x 6"x 1.5"
Completed: 2018
Total assemblage with custom shadowbox: 10" x 10" x 2.5"
Completed: 2019
$1250
Contact: PalmBeachFineArtGallery@gmail.com
www.TheBoxGallery.Info