Exploring three generations of South Florida art.
Exhibitions and more...
October 19, 2012
Breeze into Boynton Beach.... Exhibition of Works by Boynton Beach Artists!
Civic Center, 128 East Ocean Avenue
International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium, February 09-10, 2013
Opus Majus: An Exhibition of Works by Kim Fay, February 6, 2013-March 1, 2013
(Oct. 7, 2012 to October 13, 2012)
(Sept. 27, 2012)
Paint UNITED Project at United Way PBC, 2600 Quantum Blvd.,Boynton Beach,
(Sept. 15, 2012)
This Mic's For You
by John Thomason
Broward Palm Beach NEW TIMES
For a long time, Boynton Beach has seemed like Palm Beach County's local equivalent of flyover country -- a culturally bereft land of housing developments and Walmarts sandwiched between the hip enclaves of Delray Beach and Lake Worth. Not anymore, if Rolando Chang Barrero has anything to do about it. And he does, every day, through his gallery, ActivistArtistA, part of a flourishing arts district blossoming from the unlikely confines of an industrial-warehouse row. In addition to bringing alternative, Wynwood-style exhibitions to Boynton, ActivistArtistA hosted its first open-mic night two weeks ago, part of Barrero's vision to transform the area into a cultural marketplace. The free outdoor affair attracted renowned tattoo artist Lea Vendetta, along with rap, rock, and folk musicians from across the county. Look for more of the same at Thursday's open mic, from 7 to 10 p.m., as the reputation of this exciting space continues to grow. The gallery is located at 422 W. Industrial Ave. in Boynton Beach. Interested performers should RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 786-521-1199.
Tour takes visitors on culinary, historic journey through Boynton, Delray
NEW TIMES by Tana Velen
Business Profile - ActivistArtistA Gallery
A flourishing neighborhood of artists is quietly located within the city of Boynton Beach.
Most residents are not privy to the existence of the Neighborhood Arts District and its newest member,
422 W. Industrial Ave.
Boynton Beach, FL 33426
Owner and artist Rolando Barrero is having fun with the opening date, launching his gallery at 6 p.m. Nov. 11 or 11-11-11.
The art of Kim Fay and Robert Catapano has been selected by Barrero to be shown for the grand opening.
“Kim has a particular vision,” he said. “She has traveled quite a bit and some pieces are more personal to her.”
Catapano does multimedia art but both use the abstract technique and vivid colors, Barrero said.
“Also, the departure from one artist to the other is so amazing; they are the same genre, but both very different,” he said.
The Arts District was established in 1986 by Richard Beau Lieu, who also has his gallery and studio located there.
Other artists have followed suit over the years.
But Barrero is no dilettante in the art field.
“I came from Chicago, where I went to School at the Art Institute of Chicago,” he said.
“Chicago has a lot of areas where little enclave of artists reside.”
New York and a gallery on Lincoln Road in Miami are other stops where “Roly,” as his friends call him, made his mark, including changing the usual way galleries have art openings by stripping them down to just the art and its fans.
“We take away the booze, take away the furniture and have a casual environment,” he said. “It is a family outing place where an intellectual can mingle with a beach bum.”
Barrero has been making art since he was 16, giving him three decades to hone his craft.
As for the name ActivistArtistA Gallery, he said it is just something he has been using since he was young.
“I was originally doing a lot of activist art for a number of different political groups during the AIDS crisis,” he said.
Debby Coles-Dobay, the city’s public art administrator, said
"The Arts District already has seven artists and more moving in.It was an industrial area before and wasn’t kept up real well with a lot of crime,”
she said. “Rick and others cleaned it up and put art on the street. Crime lowered because of this.”
“Roly” brings a new energy to the area, having a following not just from Boynton Beach but also from all of South Florida.
“His art is more edgy,” Coles-Dobay said. “Now we are getting a great mix of different types of art in this district.”
For information about the ActivistArtistA Gallery, call 786-521-1199.
Art is popping up in surprising places, and an unlikely spot is in vacant storefronts in Quantum Town Center.
Half the 70,000-square foot center has been vacant since it was completed in 2008, so its developer has begun letting artists temporarily display their original works in empty storefronts, dubbed "Swing Spaces."
Exhibits change about every six months. On Monday, three artists installed new works at the shopping center on Gateway Boulevard, just west of Interstate 95, behind the Subway and Tasti D-Lite.
Boynton Beach artist Roly Chang Barrero called his whimsical, bird-themed pieces "approachable" and a reminder to enjoy life's journey without obsessing over the destination. Subbora Jackson, aDelray Beach artist, peppered three retail spaces with bright, abstract paintings of swirls and amoeba-like forms.
Denny Reed, another Boynton Beach painter, displayed her "Lost Tribe Series," portraits of women on spiritual quests.
The artwork is displayed in the storefront windows, and while the spaces aren't open to walk through, the artwork is illuminated at night. The project, along with the city's Neighborhood Arts District, is indicative of a growing, local arts scene, said Debby Coles-Dobay,Boynton Beach public-art administrator.
A monthly art walk may be launched by January, allowing the public to meet the artists. There's a built-in following right behind the plaza, with some 2,000 people in more than 600 apartments.
"You've got to get creative," said Coles-Dobay, who connected the artists with Olen Properties, the developer. She's encouraged other retail developments to form similar partnerships.
No others have developed so far, she said.
Organizers hope the artwork draws people who end up patronize existing businesses. That, in turn, can draw entrepreneurs to the vacant retail spaces, organizers say.
Although these art installations are temporary, artists would be given enough notice and allowed to move to another empty storefront if a business moves in, said Bobby Jones, Quantum marketing director.
"It's a win-win situation for everybody," he said, "It draws more people to the area; it gives [artists] exposure. It's been a nice addition here.
A cigar lounge and a community pharmacy will open soon and Quantum is negotiating with two restaurants to open there.
"The idea is to plant the seed in Quantum. The idea is to grow and expand to the whole city," said Sergio Cervantes, a Miami photographer displaying there.
Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO for Americans for the Arts, a nonprofit organization that promotes the arts, says the arts stimulate more than just the economy.
"Art in an unexpected place in a downturn economy gives hope. You have the opportunity to see something very positive, usually very animated and exciting," he said, "If you simply listen to the financial news, you could get pretty much a sense of hopelessness. I think, in a way, the art just being there, just that energy gives people a sense that we're moving forward. These bleak times won't be there always."
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