Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Naif Art of the late Isabel Guerra de las Mercedes Rodriguez (Camagüey 1922-2002) now at The Box Gallery


Selected works by the late 
Isabel Guerra de las Mercedes Rodriguez 
The Box Gallery
811b- Belvedere Road 
West Palm Beach, Florida 33405

Isabel Guerra de las Mercedes Rodriguez (Camagüey 1922-2002) was a pioneer of Naif Art in Camagüey land, with a self-taught when he took his first steps was about 62 years, reflecting principeñas scenes with great imagination.
The term Naïf Art was used for the first time at the turn of the 19th century, to describe the painting of Henri Rousseau, a self-taught painter admired by the artistic “avant-garde” of the time, which included geniuses such as Picasso, Matisse and Paul Gauguin, among others.
With this origin, Naïf Art began to state itself as a current which approaches artistic contexts in a spontaneous way, with total aesthetic and expressive freedom, and its followers define it today as “the art that is free of conventions”.
Some critics claim that, contrasting with the “academics” who paint with their “brain”, the “naïve” paint only with their“soul”. This seems to be the true essence of Naïf Art, clearly the style of those who were born with the gift of being artists…

In the many pieces that today constitute the heritage of the local culture, the local environment was reflected, with humor and irony own a sexagenarian who had broken taboos and
Isabel de las Mercedes worked hard during those last years of its existence, knowing that time was running out and would not stop doing what was the biggest “discovery of a lifetime”
That thin woman with deep look, who always earned the respect of all, he left as he had come into the world wrapped in simplicity and humility and a certain breath of eternal youth.
Numerous awards and recognitions filled his curriculum vitae with personal and group exhibitions of her paintings in Cuba, Belgrade, Yugoslavia Montenegro, Ulam Bato, Mongolia exhibitions; Toledo to Madrid, Spain and the Metropolitan Book Center, New York.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Palm Beach Arts Paper: A New Gallery "..carefully organized to show the potential of the space


The Box Gallery
811b Belvedere Road,
West Palm Beach, Florida 33405

www.TheBoxGallery.Info
"In the Heart of the West Palm Beach Cultural Corridor!" 

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by Sandra Schulman
A new multimedia gallery space and a wildly imaginative and interactive installation will rev up the summer arts in West Palm Beach.
Click here to read full article


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Grand Opening Weekend June 3-5, 2016


"Rolando's arrival on the Palm Beach County art scene has ignited a fire under local artists," she said. "We have a tremendous pool of talent here and only a few places which show local artists. Rolando brought the community together in a positive way and has involved many of the core people involved in the arts as well as bringing  in younger people and emerging  artists." -Katie Deitz, Artist and Art Critic
"Rolando will allow me to approach topics that might be considered controversial!"  -Diane Arrieta, Visual Artist

"This is a real avant garde film screening," he said. "It's very exciting. Nothing like this has happened before in Palm Beach County....The Box Gallery brings a different kind of vibe with it," he said. "It has more of a feel of a Chelsea or SoHo gallery - more serious, purist and cosmopolitan. It definitely fills a role in the local arts community." --Jacques de Beaufort, Curator, Filmmaker and Visual Artist.


“So far we have compiled a very powerful list of performance art, award- winning shorts, a feature-length film, two previews of national projects, previews of national projects not yet released, and more surprises are being developed as the submissions roll in,” Chang Barrero says. “The Box Gallery is created to enhance the burgeoning art scene of Palm Beach County. The 4,000-square-foot space is designed to be flexible to allow, 2D, 3D, performance art, installation art, and time-based arts. With the exception of a photography cove on wheels, which also serves as a projection screen, and 20 chairs, the space is to basically remain as a blank canvas.” -Rolando Chang Barrero


Sun Sentinel: Barrero working to bring artists north with new space


Sun Sentinel


by Jan Engoren


Vicki Siegel's "Rising Waters"



Barrero working to bring artists north with new space

For the hardest-working artist in Palm Beach County, taking on another project just goes with the territory.


 Rolando Chang Barrero, artist and founder of the Boynton Beach Arts District who also runs the RCB Fine Arts Gallery on Lucerne Avenue in Lake Worth, has set his sights on his latest project, The Box Gallery, opening June 3 with an all-Florida exhibit, in the cultural corridor on Belvedere Road in West Palm Beach.

"I'm very excited to open the doors to The Box Gallery," he said. "The Box is a gorgeous, flexible 4,000 square-foot, centrally located space that can accommodate artists' needs, from performance art to installation works. It's a different perspective when a working artist opens a space; we think of future possibilities of work that haven't been created yet."

The impetus behind the gallery was to provide a large installation space for works and projects that might otherwise have to travel further south to find a   home.

"I wanted to bring cutting-edge work to Palm Beach County, because it seems to always be headed to Miami," said Barrero, who has migrated north from Miami. "Usually, the big art fairs and festivals will show these important works because of their scale. My idea is to create a space where that kind of work can be showcased  all year round."

The gallery opens with the All Florida Exhibition June 3, a night of performances and projections on June 4 and concludes with the "State of the Art" panel presentations on June 5

RSVP Here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-box-gallery-grand-opening-weekend-tickets-24890323628

Katie Deits, former director at the Lighthouse Center for the Arts and an artist and art critic, will be one of the presenters during the opening weekend, speaking about the state of the arts in Palm Beach County.

"Rolando's arrival on the Palm Beach County art scene has ignited a fire under local artists," she said. "We have a tremendous pool of talent here and only a few places which show local artists. Rolando brought the community together in a positive way and has involved many of the core people involved in the arts as well as bringing  in younger people and emerging  artists."

Jacques de Beaufort, curator, filmmaker and owner of the Jacques de Beaufort Studio Gallery in Lake Worth, and part of the panel, will screen his feature film, "Sanctum and Sacrum," at the opening on June 3.

"This is a real avant garde film screening," he said. "It's very exciting. Nothing like this has happened before in Palm Beach County."

"The Box Gallery brings a different kind of vibe with it," he said. "It has more of a feel of a Chelsea or SoHo gallery - more serious, purist and cosmopolitan. It definitely fills a role in the local arts community."

Visual and mixed media installation artist Diane Arrieta who runs the Florida Atlantic University library gallery space on the Jupiter campus said, "As an installation  artist, there are few venues where I can  show my work locally."
"Rolando will allow me to approach topics that might be considered controversial," said Arrieta, who will exhibit a photograph and video piece highlighting the U.S. immigration system (which she says is broken) and a conceptual piece titled "Iron Maidens," highlighting women's issues in Africa.
Other Florida artists included in the exhibit include: Elle Schorr, Fabrizio Cruz, Ilene Gruber Adams, Juan Erman Gonzalez, Robert Catapano, Linda Behar, Vicki Siegel, Fahan Sky McDonagh, Wayne S. Stephens, Dana Donaty, Henrietta Michel, Dan Leahy, Kim Fay, Sandra Schulman and Nune Asatryen, among others.
"I have every confidence that Rolando can pull this off," Arrieta said. "He's one of the hardest-working people I know."
The Box Gallery is at 811 Belvedere Road in West Palm Beach. The grand opening is from 7 to 11 p.m. June 3.
Contact Rolando Chang Barrero at 786-521-1199 or emailPalmBeachFineArtGallery@gmail.com.



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Friday, May 20, 2016

Artist/Organizer Roly Chang Barrero in West Palm Beach Magazine


Click link below to read story:
West Palm Beach Magazine

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Upcoming Personal Exhibitions and Events in May:

May 26, 2016 | 6-11 PM
The Boynton Beach Art District Art Walk

410 West Industrial Avenue, Boynton Beach, Florida 33426

May 27, 2016 | 6 p.m.
A Night at the Great Project
with the Thought Coalition and SCNWG
820 NE 4th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

West Palm Beach Magazine Says The Box Thinks Outside of Itself....




The Box Gallery


June 3-5, 2016

811-B Belvedere Road
West Palm Beach, Florida 33405
786-521-1199

Visit Our New Website! It's an info site!
TheBoxGallery.INFO


" Barrero... longtime South Florida figure in the arts...
constantly reaching out and bringing in new artists of all types-
speakers, curators, visual, filmmakers, writers poets-to join the fun."
-Sandra Shulman

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All Our Supporters Will Get a T-shirt on Opening Day!
www.TheBoxGallery.info
"Where West Palm Gets Their Art Info"

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The Box Gallery


June 3-5, 2016


The Box Gallery will spotlight the 
All Florida Exhibition featuring the work of:
Elle Schorr, Fabrizio Cruz, Ilene Gruber Adams,Juan Erman Gonzalez, Robert Catapano, Linda Behar, Vicki Siegel, Fahan Sky McDonagh,Wayne S. Stephens, Dana Donaty, Diane Arrieta,  
Jacques de Beaufort, Henrietta Michel, Benedicte Blanc-Fontanelle, Dan Leahy, Kim Fay,
Nune Asatryen and others. 

 Projections and Performances featuring:
Passion America Project by William Combes, 
Domestica by Ates Isildak
Yellowstone by Steve Horan
PINK by Mumbi O’Brien and Ates Isildak, 
SANCTUM and SACRUM by Jacques de Beaufort,  
The Ballad of Peter La Farge by Sandra Schulman
Karen Dalton: A Little Bit of Rain by by Sandra Schulman
Drums music video with John Densmore (The Doors) by Sandra Schulman
Skeptically Gullible by Julianna Bukowitz, 
Solo performance by Craig McInnis


“State of the Art” Presentations 
by Arts Administers, Curators, Educators, Gallerists and Arts Writers.

The list of presenters include:

Joanne Berkow, Benzaiten Art Center 
Mary Jo Aagerstoun, Eco Art Activist and Writer
Take Head Theater, West Palm Beach
Ilene Adams, Art Synergy, Wellington Art Society
Trina Slade Burks, Continuum, 
Sharon West McCormick, Redevelopment Management Association
Craig McInnis, Artist and Musician
Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla, Center for Creative Education, 
Katie Dietz, Art Historian and Writer
Sandra Schulman, Filmmaker and Writer 
Diane Arrieta, Curator and Artist
Jacques de Beaufort, Educator, Artists, Filmmaker.
Debby Coles Dobay, City of Boynton Beach Public Art


Sunday, May 8, 2016

The Box Gallery: State of the Art Presentations on Sunday, June 5, 2016 3-5 PM


The Box Gallery 

Located in the heart of West Palm Beach's 

"Cultural Corridor"

811 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach, Florida 33405

The Box Gallery, the newest addition to the cultural landscape of the Gold Coast, opens the weekend of June 3rd through the 5th. The three day Grand Opening Weekend will feature:

The All Florida Exhibition
A Night Of Performances and Projections
The State if the Arts Presentations







VIP Grand Opening featuring the work of 30 professional artists from the U.S., Europe, Latin America, and Asia who now work and reside in the State of Florida. 
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6 hours of non-stop performance art, live music, film screening,
video and photographic projections!



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Grand Opening Weekend

Sunday, June 5, 2016 | 3-5 pm 

"State of the Arts Presentations"

Meet some of the most influential the people in the arts at an informal gathering followed by presentations by the men and women who have shaped the current state of the arts on South Florida.
Come and enjoy a conversation with our presenters about their goals, their mission and visions for the Gold Coast and beyond...

Presenters include:

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Mary Jo Aagerstoun
Ph.D. Art History,University of Maryland College Park, 
Master's Art History Criticism and Conservation
The George Washington University 
MEd Antioch University
BA,Middlebury College



Independent Art Historian with expertise in activist art, the founder of EcoArt South Florida and arts writer.

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Take Heed Theater

A professional theater organization dedicated to providing opportunities for Florida's diverse population of actors, writers, directors, designers and technicians through Equity Main Stage productions, educational and community outreach programs and through classes and workshops. Take Heed is also home to 
Mod 27, a professional improvisational company. 
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Diane Arrieta
MSc, Wildlife and Ecosystems Health University of Edinburgh, U.K. 
BFA, Ceramic Sculpture Florida Atlantic University


Diane Arrieta is an  artist and a curator, as well as, the science and art outreach coordinator at Florida Atlantic University where she develops and organizes novel art and science outreach projects to connect to the community and develop opportunities for the library and students. Currently conducting a long term Seabird Study investigating the utilization of Estuarine and intertidal habitats at the John D. MacArthur State Park as an outreach program to over biology internships for honors college students. Also organizing off campus contemporary art exhibitions; and several other outreach programs.
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Joanne Berkow
Corcoran School of Art 
Maryland Institute College of Art 

Joanne Berkow is a professional visual artist, art dealer, author of three books, a philanthropist and the founder of a 16,000 square feet fine art fabrication center: The Benzaiten Center for Creative Arts, in the City of Lake Worth, Florida. She is also a very active member of the Executive Women of the Palm Beaches.
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Katie Dietz

University of Florida

Katie Dietz is a writer, sculptor, Master Photographer, and educator.
 In 2007, she was awarded the South Florida Cultural Consortium fellowship for Palm Beach County. 

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Sandra Schulman
BFA, Sarah Lawrence College

Independent Writing and Producer/DirectorSandra Hale Schulman is an arts writer and film producer. Her documentary films have been featured in a show at the Smithsonian Museum in NYC and Washington DC. She is a consultant for Rezolution Pictures on a new documentary film coming in 2016. Her work has appeared in Billboard, Variety, Rolling Stone, Ocean Drive, The New York Daily News, and Entertainment Weekly. She was an arts columnist for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel for 8 years. She lives and works in West Palm Beach and Southampton, NY.
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Ilene Adams
BFA, Tyler School of Art/Temple University

Ilene Gruber Adams is an artist, art marketing specialist and board member of various arts institutions.
Ilene studied fine art in Rome, Italy and returned to Tyler School of Art/Temple University to get a degree in graphic design and advertising.  After moving to Boston, Ilene continued her studies in Marketing at Harvard.

In 1981, Ilene opened Women at Work, a radio marketing company that soon became one of the leading broadcast marketing companies in the country, consulting radio stations nationwide. The company moved to New Jersey in 1990 and reformed in Florida in 2004 where she has been creating marketing strategies  and graphic design in Palm Beach, Florida. 

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Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla
MLA, Auburn University
Gallery and Events Manager at Center for Creative Education
where he develops the artistic capacity and function of the Marjorie S Fisher Gallery while juggling the schedule of special events held by the CCE each year. With an impressive resume and 13 year career in the design field, Jonathon is dedicated to the Arts and the local Northwood community where the CCE resides. He holds a Master’s in Landscape Architecture from Auburn University and provides an extensive following for the 
Marjorie S Fisher Gallery at the Center for Creative Education.
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Debby Coles-Dobay

Public Arts Administrator at The City of Boynton Beach 
Art in Public Places Program. In this position she serves as liaison to the Arts Commission, City and Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) staff, developers, planners architects, artists, design professionals and the general public.  

Sharon West McCormick 
Appalachian State University

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Sharon West McCormick is the VP of Marketing at
Redevelopment Management Association.

Redevelopment Management Associates (RMA) was formed in 2009, bringing together a phenomenal team of redevelopment experts passionate about building better communities. We don’t just draft plans, we implement them. RMA is the most experienced full service consulting and management firm in the state of Florida specializing in revitalizing core areas and corridors for cities, counties, and special districts nationwide.
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Jacques de Beaufort
MFA,California Institute of the Arts
BFA, University of Virginia

Jacques de Beaufort is an artist and filmmaker living in Lake Worth, Florida where he is an Associate Professor of Visual Art at Palm Beach State College.

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Trina Slade Burks
AS,Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale 

Art Educator, Curator, and co-founder of 
CONTINUUM WPB  an annual pop-up art exhibition in in the Downtown West Palm Beach that is run by A.T.B. Fine Artists & Designers LLC (ATB) . 
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Craig McInnis
Artist/Musician
Craig McInnis is a freelance artist with a career balancing commercial and fine arts. He enjoys keeping his workload diverse to help expand his skill set. Craig has had the opportunity to make music, paint on many different surfaces, illustrate, produce graphic design, create storyboard art and props for motion pictures, apprentice as a tattoo artist, and work behind the scenes to curate art shows. His most recent projects are Northwood and downtown West Palm Beach mural projects. He is serving on the board of the non-profit Art Synergy partnering with Art Palm Beach, Art Director for The Event Group, Creative Director for Fright Nights at the South Florida Fairgrounds, and 
Theme Set Designer for the South Florida Fair.

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Day 2 of Grand Opening Weekend at The Box Gallery: Performances and Projections

Day 2
Grand Opening Weekend
Saturday, June 4, 2016 | 5-11 pm 
The Box Gallery 
Performances and Projections



 Projections and Performances

Passion America Project 
A photographic journey across America to capture the spirit and passion of the American People
by William Combes

Domestica 
by Ates Isildak


People of Yellowstone
by Steve Horan


PINK 
by Mumbi O’Brien and Ates Isildak


SANCTUM and SACRUM
by Jacques de Beaufort


The Ballad of Peter La Farge
by Sandra Schulman


Karen Dalton: A Little Bit of Rain
by Sandra Schulman


Drums music video with John Densmore (The Doors)
by Sandra Schulman


Skeptically Gullible
by Julianna Bukowitz 


DELRAY
by Ackerman, Stampone, Ortega



Solo Instrumental Performance
by singer/songwriter Craig McInnis



Floating Horizontals 
by Benedicte Blanc-Fontenille