Friday, March 31, 2017

Rolando Chang Barrero The South Florida Gay News Out50 2017 List

Rolando Chang Barrero
The Box Gallery
811 Belvedere Road
West Palm Beach, Florida 33404

"I have an insatiable desire to leave a legacy defined by what can be done—what is possible in the arts. I’m committed to the advancement of the arts in all areas. I want to enroll people in a vision full of possibilities.” 
-Rolando Chang Barrero
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Rolando Chang Barrero of The Box Gallery West Palm Beach Florida

To call Rolando Chang Barrero just “an artist” is an understatement. He is an outspoken activist for the South Florida arts scene, especially in Palm Beach County, where he has resided for the past several years.

“It’s pretty safe to say that millions of people have enjoyed the rich art and cultural diversity of South Florida. Guests and tourists have flocked to South Florida way before the grand opening of Art Basel in 2002 and even prior to the South Florida Art Center on Lincoln Road in 1984,” said the former Miami Beach resident. “In Palm Beach specifically, within the last six years we have witnessed an incredible maturity in both the public and private sectors of the art scene. From the city of Delray Beach to the city West Palm Beach it is more than apparent that the public art administrators and the area’s artists are working together to create many of our nation’s most syncretic art and cultural initiatives.”
The Cuban-American graduate of the Arts Institute of Chicago Art School operates a self-named gallery in Lake Worth and was a pioneer in the Boynton Beach Arts District, where he founded ActivistArtistA Gallery, which promotes the works of new and maturing artists.
“I believe that artists make a living proportionally to their drive, circumstances, and vision. Like doctors, lawyers, and other professionals…some artists navigate life better than others,” he explained.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Selected Works by The Late Dina Knapp at Israeli Visual April 2017

Israeli Visual is Curated by Rolando Chang Barrero and Ilene Gruber Adams
Featuring works by
Dina Knapp, Leora Klaymer Stewart, Judy Ydit Eisenberg, and Linda Behar 

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Selected Works of

Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Work of Sue Latta at The Box Gallery for Pridefest 2017

The Box Gallery Celebrates Pridefest 2017 with artwork by Lesbian Historic Figure!

Sue Latta Sculptures at The Box Gallery
Pridefest 2017 of the Palm Beaches Week: Exhibition and Reception.
Donations at this event to benefit Compass Youth Programs

Opening Reception:
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Exhibition Dates: 
March 22-April 30, 2017

“Let” by Sus Latta
Courtesy of The Box Gallery
More images available upon request

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

West Palm Beach: The Box Gallery’s curator, Rolando Chang Barrero, to showcase the work of Sue Latta during a special pre-Pridefest 2017 exhibition at The Box Gallery located at 811 Belvedere Road in “The Heart of the West Palm Beach Cultural Corridor.” The Sue Latta Exhibition opens with a reception on March 22, 2017 at 7 PM, allowing patrons not only view her exceptional artwork, but to recognize the multi-dimensional world of Sue Latta. Sue Latta has been able to navigate distinctions between, woman, activist, advocate, artist, and as of recent, becoming a historical figure alongside her wife, Traci Ehlers, and three other couples in the annals of American history.

"Sue Latta is an award winning and highly acclaimed Idaho mixed-media artist and woman with strong convictions.“Her work is edgy…[and] Latta pushes the boundaries of art and advocacy,” it said in Boise Weekly’s Readers Pick for Latta’s 2015 win of  Boise’s Best Visual Artist. Latta’s convictions are sometimes visible in her art, but her activism is truly historic. 

With skin in the game, Latta said, “We’re going to fight it until everyone has equal rights.” As part of the four couples who litigated the landmark western United States case that bears her name, Latta v. Otter. 
Latta and her co-litigators succeeded. The Supreme Court ruled the lower 9th Circuit Court’s decision was to stand which said barring same-sex couples from marrying, and prohibiting the state from respecting the marriages of same-sex couples who married in other states, violates the United States Constitution’s guarantees of equal protection and due process.  

Idaho’s door to marriage equality was forced open on October 15, 2014 by Latta and the other litigants. Moving the nation significantly forward, Latta v. Otter affected eight other states in the 9th Circuit, including Latta’s home state of Nevada.   
Despite her legal bona fides, Latta is pure artist, she has a master’s degree in Fine Art with numerous shows under her belt. Latta has taught art at the College of Western Idaho and is a member of the Adjunct Art Faculty at Boise State University.  Latta’s work is on display in the many places around Boise from commissions awarded by the Boise City Arts Commission and the Idaho Commission on the Arts.  
Latta lives in Boise with her wife Traci who are perhaps the proudest grandparents ever.”

Sunday, March 5, 2017

This Week: South Florida Gay News: Top Picks-High Gloss at The Box Gallery - US Heroes Exhibition By Rolando Chang Barrero

Friday, February 10, 2017 | March 30, 2017

811 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach, Fl, 33405  

High Gloss WPB: The Art of Fashion at The Box Gallery
an exhibition of fine art photography, wearable art, and lifestyle accessories. 
Featuring Elle Schorr, Flávio Iryoda , Alexey Lebedinsky, Juan Erman Gonzalez, Amanda Rosenblatt, Irina G. and Bonnie Roseman.
Exhibition runs from February 10th through March 30th, 2017.

A Group Exhibition

Art Gallery at Eissey Campus
Palm Beach State College-BB building
3160 PGA Boulevard
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida 33410

Palm Beach Gardens—Rolando Chang Barrero will be exhibiting the first installment of US Heroes: Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, Raul Castro  a series of paintings which concentrates on the three mass murderers of the Cuban revolution. The challenges and questions the slogans that are used to support their assent to hero status in the United States. This series explores the phenomena of idolatry and “hero creation” in the United States by the media and American t-shirt industry. This industry creates human billboards which inadvertently rationalizes human suffering (e.g. the mass murders and executions by Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, and Raul Castro). 

"I refer to all of my individual works as “pages from the journal of my life,” a vast documentary of experiences, thoughts, commentaries, and such. Thus, as pages of any personal journal-- some entries are unfinished drafts for a larger essay, some are very personal notes, and others are reactions to events and situations.  When a secret is shared, it ceases to be a secret thought written will at some point be a thought read. I paint for those that prefer to read painting, I make film for those that prefer to read film, I take photographs for those that prefer to read an image [be it black and white, or color]. 

My current journal entries are a series of interrogatives presented in three levels.

Level one, questions the political slogans associated with the subject simply by changing the exclamation point to a question mark.

Level two, the title of the series “ U.S. Heroes”  purposely challenges the viewer into a conversation about his or her interpretation of patriotism and heroism.

Level three, allows the viewer to embrace or deflect the importance and impact of how we consume and later share our beliefs , credos, stances, and/or lifestyles via tee shirts, bumper stickers, and more recent within 144 allowable characters on twitter.”
-Rolando Chang Barrero 

"Patria o Muerte?” [motherland or death?] 40” x 60” (courtesy of Rolando Chang Barrero)

Friday, March 3, 2017


Birds Are Nice!

What Happens in the Forest...

WESTPALM BEACH, FL – StArt artist Birds Are Nice has been selected to exhibit at the #Fordistas Gallery on March 11th, during Wynwood Art Walk.

StArt is Wayne Akers Ford’s cultural initiative with a threefold, interconnected mission: help local artists thrive, inspire the Palm Beach area and benefit important philanthropic causes. The program invites local promising artists to showcase their work in an unexpected format, on the walls of an automotive dealership, and donates a portion of all artwork sold to one of three charities: Autism Speaks, Susan G. Komen Foundation and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Birds Are Nice was a StArt exhibiting artist for the program’s gallery night last winter; her thought provoking work is currently on the walls of Wayne Akers Ford. Birds are Nice employs a nonchalant use of stripped down schematic characteristics from 21st century cartoons and animation. This, together with the application to her paintings’ surfaces of ambiguous symbolic phrases and shapes, serve to intensify the curiosity of the viewer regarding the density of meaning implied in the term syncretism.

In her new exhibition What happens in the forest doesn’t stay in the forest, she explores the plight of animals and ecosystems in their struggle with humans. The artist delves into the real dilemmas affecting our basic health and wellbeing as a result of living off of a consumer based, human-centric treatment of the planet for decades. Her artwork highlights endangered, vulnerable species that are struggling to survive.

The exhibit will integrate with GALT is coming, a special evening previewing music and visual art from local nonprofit Miami Piano Circle’s show, GALT. The stunning musical representation of Ayn Rand’s 1957 groundbreaking novel Atlas Shrugged will be a an immersive experience in musical and visual storytelling.

Fordistas is a program with roots embedded deeply in South Florida culture, namely the arts. It has commissioned, hosted and supported resident artists and initiatives that enhance the community.
Join us for an evening of drinks, food, original art and a live music performance. Join us for an evening of drinks, food, original art and a live music performance. For more information, visit us here.
For media inquiries, please contact Nicole Cornella at at Kip Hunter Marketing (954-765- 1329).
#Fordistas presents Birds Are Nice, What happens in the forest doesn’t stay in the forest.
March 11, 2017
The #Fordistas Gallery
2930 NW 7th Ave.
Miami 33127

About Fordistas
The Fordistas program is a platform for emerging arts and culture focused on nurturing and elevating homegrown talent. Powered by South Florida Ford, the platform has taken many shapes over the years adapting to artists and their evolving media. From street art to fine art, the culinary to the immersive, Fordistas has disrupted the flow of what has now become the South Florida arts and culture scene. To learn more visit #Fordistas

About Wayne Akers Ford
Wayne Akers Ford, an automotive dealership based in Lake Worth, Florida, sells new and preowned vehicles. The company provides auto financing for personal and business needs, as well as full service and heavy truck repairs. For more information regarding Wayne Akers Ford and its products worldwide, please visit

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Faces In Flux by Rolando Chang Barrero in Northwood Village: Harold's Coffee Lounge

Faces in Flux
The Work of Rolando Chang Barrero
March 17, 2017 | 6-9 PM
Harold's in Northwood Village
509 Northwood Rd, West Palm Beach, FL 33407

Visual Artists, Rolando Chang Barrero, will be presenting Faces in Flux on March 17, 2017 at Harold's in Northwood Village. Rolando Chang Barrero's work have been recently exhibited in New York at the Metro Pictures Gallery, Art Palm Beach Expo in Florida, Art Boca Raton, Palm Beach State College, and SIKKEMA JENKINS & CO., New York City. Rolando Chang Barrero has the distinction of being recognized as one the top most Intriguing Persons in the Arts by South Florida Gay News, one of the Top 10 Best Artists in 2016 by New Times Magazine, and a Recipient of a Congressional Letter of Commendation.
Rolando Chang Barrero is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he was awarded the Ryerson Fellowship.

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