Friday, August 28, 2015

ACT/ART: Create. Engage.Change. and of course Vote!


The poster below is part of a nationwide poster competition hosted by Act/Art in partnership with the White House, bringing attention to crucial issues through the arts. By voting for this poster, you help it earn consideration for ACT/ART’s finalist exhibition.
Capturing the dynamism of contemporary art and its enormous impact on popular culture, ACT/ART provides a forum for artists and the public to engage in acts of creative expression–acts of art–that generate awareness, provoke dialogue, change perception, and evoke positive change around important social and public policy issues.
ACT/ART believes that all people are capable of creative expression, and that an act of art can be found in any public space or forum–in a gallery, on the street, or on social media. It can be a drawing or a photo, a performance or a hashtag. ACT/ART defines an act of art by one simple criterion: that it creates awareness in order to instigate positive and lasting social change.

ACT/ART is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization that relies on contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations to support the development and presentation of our temporary exhibitions and outreach programs.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

It's that time of the year again! Palm Beach Cultural Council is Accepting Nominations for the 2016 MUSE AWARDS!

Sharpen your pencils! The Cultural Council Of Palm Beach is requesting your nominations for the 2016 Muse Awards!
Who will you honor this year?

The Muse Awards honor outstanding individuals and organizations for their contributions to art and culture in Palm Beach County.

The Muse Award serves as a wonderful way of recognizing the dedicated arts leaders and volunteers in our community who are devoted to the arts. Funds raised from the gala directly affect the lives of Palm Beach County students by ensuring that they are exposed to art and culture.
This year’s theme of “Everything Old is New Again” will explore the transition of our arts and cultural heritage in Palm Beach County from the 1900s to present day. It will also explore how art forms have been influenced by the changing times and the convergence of traditional and contemporary styles.

Call for Nominations

Muse Award recipients will be chosen through a competitive nomination process. Each nomination will be reviewed and scored by judges who are artists, community leaders, past recipients and Cultural Council board members. Award recipients will be announced prior to the event. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 5 p.m..

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Allison Kotzig's Installation at ActivistArtistA Gallery Makes Cover of ART HABENS!

Congratulations to Allison Kotzig!

Read ART HABENS featured story here:

We are so very happy to announce that Alisson Kotzig's installation from 
the "Girl's School: A Political Disregard of a Gender Exhibition" at ActivistArtistA Gallery has been featured in
Art Habens Contemporary Art Review Magazine.

ActivistArtistA Gallery
410 West Industrial Ave.
Boynton Beach, Florida 33427  786-521-1199

Here's a bit about the exhibition in case you missed it......

The Girls' School was a multimedia fine art exhibition exploring the aggregate experiences of 5 artists. A four part interdisciplinary curriculum which included visual art, spoken work, music, and open mic, is an invitation to the community to look beneath the surface of what is called "gender politics" and to actively engage in the dialogue.

Curator, Rolando Chang Barrero of ActivistArtistA Gallery, provides the platform for featured artists include Alana DaCosta, Allison Kotzig, Dianne Rosenberg, Niki Lopez and Abby Funk to 
to share their collective experiences as women, as artists, as powerful advocates against the disregard of genders, but more importantly as human beings. 

This event marked the first of it's kind in the arts, the inclusion of trans-gender challenges for visibility in the arts and in our community. 

Gender is not just a biological definition: it also encompasses the idea of roles and identity in the community.

The question that ran through this exhibit was, "Are we are still falling short of the goal of true equality in today’s politically charged climate?"

The exhibition which set the stage for this dialogue provided an "open mic," for all to participate.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Youth Camp for Children Living in Poverty: First Visit to Boynton Beach Art District

RU Camp's latest road trip landed at the Boynton Beach Art District for a hands on experiential program that included a studio visit with Rolando Chang Barrero and an opportunity to paint alongside graffiti artists and muralist, RIPES and Mayer1 on their newest collaboration at the ActivistArtistA Bay Gates Project located at the Boynton Beach Art District.

Over 20 excited children and volunteer adults zig zaged the state of Florida gathering members of the RU Camp for a dynamic and life affirming field trip! The celebration of life, love, and community was orchestrated by Ruben Saldaña and his volunteer staff of RU Camp.

Ruben Saldaña started the 100% volunteer camp as a result of his own experiences as youth that led him to 19 years of gang related activities which ultimately landed him in the prison system. He does not want this for the youth of today. Rounding up children, mom's, and of course a few cars Ruben sets his sights on places that kids can have experiential opportunity together and celebrate their lives.

From music to martial arts the trip exposes the children to a bright and broad horizon full of activities and memories to share for years.

After their tour of of the WPA inspired murals at BBAD the children were asked why did they thought they deserved this opportunity they answered----"We're Perfect, Whole, and Complete!" Yes, they are!

RU Camp's tagline "For Our Rising Troubled Youth," states it clearly, it is a program with a vision for the increasing number of troubled youth that result from poverty: A vision of joy, of laughter, and most of all community.
See more pictures of the trip here: Pictures of ActivistArtistA Bay Gates Project Are you interested in visiting the Boynton Beach Art District? Contact: Rolando Chang Barrero at Want to find out more about RU Camp? Contact: Ruben Saldaña at

Friday, July 31, 2015

SFGN This Week: Features Pictures of #LoveWinsExhibition

Activistartista Gallery Exhibition
in current issue of
South Florida Gay News

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ActivistArtistA Gallery and RCB Fine Art
are owned an operated by 
Rolando Chang Barrero
member of
Gay Pride Business Alliance 

Read The Issuu here: SFGN July 29, 2015

Contact: for information regarding purchase of artwork, or call 786-521-1199.

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A Very Special Thank You 
South Florida Gay News 
and to 
Associate Publisher/ Executive Editor 
Jason Parsley

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Lake Worth Gallery Closes with Reception July 31, 2015

You are invited to attend the 
Closing Reception
This Friday, July 31, 2015 | 6-8 pm 
of the
Rolando Chang Barrero Fine Art Gallery
711 Lucerne Avenue
Lake Worth, Florida 33460

We are making room for a new and exciting Fall-Winter Season!
Which means much of our inventory must go!
Some items will be marked down up to 50% off 

The Rolando Chang Barrero Fine Art Gallery will remain open by appointment only
from August 1, 2015-through september 3, 2015.

We will re-open our to the public on Friday,  September 4, 2015 

Sunday, July 26, 2015

The Art of Kyle Willis at Bohemia AG in Northwood

Media Contact:
Rolando Chang Barrero, Curator
July 26, 2015

The Art of Kyle Willis
Bohemia AG Gallery
536 Northwood Road
West Palm Beach, Florida 33407

Opening Reception:
August 8, 2015 | 6-9 pm

The Art of Kyle Willis

at Bohemia AG Gallery
The work of artist, illustrator, writer and pop-culture provocateur, Kyle Willis will be featured in a solo exhibition organized by curator Rolando Chang Barrero which opens with a reception on August 8th, 2015 from 6-9 pm  at Bohemia AG Gallery located in burgeoning NOWO Art District at 536 Northwood Road, West Palm Beach Florida 33407.

NORTHWOOD VILLAGE—“It makes complete sense to bring the challenging and provocative imagery created by Kyle Willis of Jacksonville, Florida to West Palm Beach,” says Rolando Chang Barrero. Placing the Kyle Willis exhibition at Paul Klov’s Bohemia AG Gallery is a perfect match for both Paul Klov and Kyle Willis are mainstays of a community of artists and gallerists committed to new art forms without forsaking the traditional.

The Art of Kyle Willis explores history and popular culture in a series of madmen  portraits that includes Gothic writer Edgar Allan Poe as well as meth-head icon Jesse Pinkman of Breaking Bad.
In regards to his work, Willis says, “There is a fair share of anguish and madness in my work with no notion of being subtle. Being a huge dork at heart shines through in my work, which is mostly fanboy nerdcore with a splash of geekery. My paintings show my attraction to pairing colors that don't necessarily complement one another, and it brings a certain electricity to the canvas; a comforting tradeoff for my lack of any formal training. 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Palm Beach Post Today: #LoveWinsExhibition Tops List of 3 to See by Cultural Council of Palm Beach County

Schedule your season — with our help
   It’s almost the weekend — time for the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County to share with you the best of what our community has to offer. Each week, you get three ideas — one that’s free, one that’s affordable and one that’s a splurge. Your “3 to See” cultural curator is Marilyn Bauer, director of marketing and government affairs at the Cultural Council.

   FREE Love wins in Boynton Beach

   A few short weeks ago, the U.S. Supreme Court declared same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states, leading to the Twitter trend #lovewins. In Boynton Beach, the “#LoveWins Exhibition” opens tonight at ActivistArtistA Gallery and will feature photos, paintings, sculptures and videos from local artists all honoring the momentous decision. The gallery is a part of the Boynton Beach Art District, so take a walk around and see the murals of Industrial Avenue for the full experience.

   “#LoveWinsExhibition:” Tonight at 6. ActivistArtistA Gallery, 422 West Industrial Ave., Boynton Beach. Info:

   DEAL Spend a day surrounded by sculptures

   It’s been a long summer, and you just want a day to yourself; no more work, no more phone calls, no more stress. Take a break this weekend and enjoy it in the peace and quiet of the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens before they close for August. Explore the artist’s vintage home in West Palm Beach, along with the bronze, stone and wood works in her studio onsite. The gardens, however, are the real draw: the flora, rare fauna and sculptures such as the famous “Seven Beings” are symbolic of the “secret garden” nature that the museum holds.

   Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens: Open Wednesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until July 31; gardens will re-open in September. Admission is $10. 2051 South Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach. Info: 561-832-5328 or


   Idina Menzel stops in at Mizner

   If you’ve been around children in the last year, there’s a 99 percent chance you’ve heard “Let It Go,” from the 2013 Disney film “Frozen.” The song’s been played in malls, on television and in every family minivan across the country and now; you can see it performed live onstage by the voice of Elsa herself, Idina Menzel. The Broadway star and voice actress will grace the Mizner Amphitheater stage as part of her world tour. There will undoubtedly be some covers and a “Wicked” song or two.

   Idina Menzel World Tour: Sunday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $70 and up. Mizner Park Amphitheatre, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Info:

“You and I” by Fabrizio Cruz is part of the “#Love Wins Exhibition” in Boynton Beach.


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Today in the New Times! ActivistArtistA Gallery Tops List!

Thursday, July 23rd | 6-10 PMTops List of things to do this week!

ActivistArtistA Gallery
422 West Industrial Ave.
Boynton Beach, Florida 33426


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

In todays New Times! #LoveWinsExhibition.."#LoveWins every single time!"

Unless you were doing a social media cleanse the week of June 26, you probably noticed something significant that happened online in the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage. Suddenly, even the people on the periphery of your Facebook friends’ list who had once held some pretty stodgy beliefs about love and marriage seemingly all at once had rainbow overlays on their profile pictures as they gleefully shared some of the more harebrained bits of Antonin Scalia’s dissent with the hashtag #lovewins. The groundswell of social media support was undeniable. At ActivistaArtistA Gallery, that hashtag, as well as a celebration of same-sex marriage, is the inspiration for the exhibit “#LoveWinsExhibition.” As to what art lovers can expect during Thursday’s opening........ read more

Best Bet This Week-Thursday, July 23 6-10 pm : The Boynton Beach Art District

The Boynton Beach Art District
The little giant of Palm Beach County's burgeoning art scene -where art comes alive!

This month's Boynton Beach Live: Art Walk and Open Mic Night takes place on Thursday, July 23, 2015 from 6-10 pm.

Boynton Beach Art District Art Walk and Open Mic 
Thursday, July 23, 2015  6-10 pm
404-422 West Industrial Ave., Boynton Beach, Florida 33426

"Dreaming" a short little video about a  bizzare kinetic sculpture will be shown! 

Joseph Liberalli, our host will lead the open mic featuring....

Steve Minotti and Mike Thomas!

Vendors for across South Florida will be joining us!

In celebration of the recent decision to end discrimination of same-sex marriages by the Supreme Court of the United States the Boynton Beach Art District will come alive with a spirit of celebration and support for this long awaited decision.

The evening will include open studios, artist vendors, open mic, live music and and various art exhibitions.

The artist run enclave know as BBAD is tucked neatly in between auto body shops and concrete manufactures in the city's Industrial Park area just one block west of I-95 at the Boynton Beach Blvd. exit at 404-422 West Industrial Ave., Boynton Beach, Florida 33426.

Sponsored by: Tito's Vodka

Friday, July 17, 2015

This Week In the Florida Weekly: Habitat for Humanity celebrates grand opening of new ReStore in Greenacres

Florida Weekly 

Steven Futej, Nichole Hickey, Rolando Chang Barrero and Peter Gates

"Opening Doors"

"Thank you very much for agreeing to be a juror for Habitat for Humanity’s “Opening Doors” competition. "  -Denise Mariani, Habitat for Humanity
“Opening Doors”
A Benefit Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County 

Glennis McClellan, Craig McInnis and Buttons Brokovich

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Curator Accepts Controversial Sculpture and Accompanying Video by Mittermaier for Upcoming Exhibit

Curator, Rolando Chang Barrero, has accepted the controversial bronze sculpture and accompanying video by Cheri Mittermaier for Upcoming #LoveWinsExhibition.

The work kinetic sculpture which has been refused by every other gallery and alternative exhibition space will take front and center at this month's #LoveWinsExhibition on July 23, 2015. 

The exhibition which will feature the actual larger than life motorized bronze and the accompanying video created for a debut that never happened due to it's controversial nature.

422 West Industrial Ave.
Boynton Beach, Florida 33426

Thursday, July 23, 2015 | 6-10 pm


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More about the upcoming #LoveWinsExhibition

See more images on Instagram #LoveWinsExhibition

The Press Responds to #LoveWins Exhibition and Celebration: Get OUT South Florida Radio Interview with Rolando Chang Barrero

The press response to the recent #SCOTUS decision which was handed down on June 26 has been nothing short of supportive. #LoveWins has been ringing from every bell tower in the US and abroad.

Here in South Florida it has been no different. 
In print, online, and even on the radio stations, the celebratory air of the long awaited win escapes no one.  With joy and new found hope for the equality of all who love and wish to celebrate that love people have gathered all across the country.

On July 23rd, we will gather here, in Palm Beach County, to sing, dance, and enjoy some responses from artists and musicians at the Boynton Beach Art District.

Here is the radio broadcast from last night's interview with 
Rolando Chang Barrero on Get Out South Florida.
Thank you
Tom Hantzarides & Kendal Rumsey


#LoveWinsExhibition and Celebration 
that will take place on 
Thursday Night, July 23, 2015 | 6-10 Pm
at the
ActivistArtistA Gallery
422 West Industrial Ave.
Boynton Beach, Florida 33426

Sponsored by

More about #LoveWinsExhibition  HotSpots Magazine and Genre Latino 

The Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Obergefell v. Hodges guarantees to same-sex couples throughout the nation the freedom to marry and the right to recognition of their marriages.  We have much to celebrate with this affirmation of the dignity, liberty and equality of same-sex couples, and the LGBT individuals who are part of those couples, under our federal Constitution.  Loving and committed couples and their families in every state and territory are now entitled to the far-reaching legal protections and respect for their relationships conferred through marriage. 
Here are a few Marriage Equality FAQ's created through the joint efforts of the American Civil Liberties Union, Freedom to Marry, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, Human Rights Campaign, Lambda Legal and National Center for Lesbian Rights.

GET OUT! South Florida
South Florida's Only LGBT Radio Show
Co-Hosts Tom Hantzarides & Kendal Rumsey
Tuesday 7PM-9PM   |   1230AM WBZT  The Talk Station
Twitter: @getoutsouthflorida

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Press Release : #LoveWinsExhibition and Celebration

Boynton Beach, Florida 33426       July 10, 2015

and Celebration

ActivistArtistA Gallery,
Boynton Beach Art District
422 West Industrial Ave., Boynton Beach
 Media Contact: Rolando Chang Barrero, 786-521-1199

JULY 23, 2015 | 6-10pm
Boynton Beach- Curator, Rolando Chang Barrero, of ActivistArtistA Gallery invites you attend the opening reception of #LoveWinsExhibition at ActivistArtistA Gallery which is located at 422 West Industrial Avenue, Boynton Beach, FL 33426 on July 23, 2015.
#LoveWinsExhibition and Celebration Is a tri-county exhibition that celebrates the recent #SCOTUS ( Supreme Court of the United States ) decision regarding same-sex marriage.

Work in all media by artists from the US and Europe will be on display along with a selection of images submitted via Instagram by artists and supporters of the landmark decision which allows all individuals to marry.

Among the artists selected to show are 
Photographers: Durga Garcia, Philip Ross Munro, Ali Miranda, and...
Painters: Fabrizio, Rolando Chang Barrero, Craig McInnis, Erin Fromkes, and...
Video and Performance Artists: Adora, David Rohn, Niki Lopez, Uta Brauser, and...
Sculptors: Cheri Mittermeir, Debra Robert, and...

Opening night will feature Live Music by Stephen Minotti, Joseph Liberalli, Mike Thomas
Special Live Performance by: Tequila Mockingbird.
Cost: Free 

More Photos-Contact or, call 786-521-1199

Adora and David Rohn

Durga Garcia


Rolando Chang Barrero

Philip Ross Munro