Rolando Chang Barrero Speaks at Wellington Art Society Meeting

The Wellington Art Society is starting 2014 off with a fabulous meeting!  Rolando Chang Barrero, Director of ActivistArtistA Gallery and Developer of Boynton Beach Arts District and Art Synergy Co-Developer will speak.  The Rickie Report knows how helpful Rolando’s expertise can be and urges all artists to attend this meeting.  More details are in this article.

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Wellington Art Society

 

Meeting January 8, 2014

 

6:30 pm  

Featuring:   Rolando Chang Barrero

Director of ActivistArtistA Gallery and Developer of Boynton Beach Arts District and Art Synergy Co-Developer

Wellington Community Center

12165 West Forest Hill Blvd       Wellington, FL

 

 

 

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The W.A.S. meeting will be held Wednesday, January 8th at the Wellington Community Center, 12165 West Forest Hill Blvd. The meeting begin at 6:30pm with some time for socializing and the general meeting begins at 7:00PM. Guests are welcome for a $5 fee. There will also be a raffle with fabulous prizes and the proceeds will go to the Wellington Art Society Scholarship Fund.

Rolando Chang Barrero will be the guest speaker, talking about his life, his work and the role of the artist as an activist.   He began his career in the late 70’s as graphic designer creating T-shirts for some of the trendiest in New York City, Hollywood, Miami, San Francisco, Chicago, and Detroit.

 

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In the late 1980’s Rolando worked as both an art’s writer and in galleries.  In 1991 he retuned home to South Beach in Florida where he established his first gallery, The Ground Level on Lincoln Road, with fellow artist Jenny Person. The early part of the 90’s were spent exhibiting his work throughout the US, and traveling through Europe, Latin America, and Asia. His career was interrupted abruptly in 1994 when he was diagnosed with brain cancer.

 

 

While the remainder of the 90’s and the early part of this century was spent confronting medical issues and complications in 2008 Rolando returned to the art world as a freelance photographer in Austin, Texas working on a documentary series of nightlife images. In 2009, Rolando returned to South Beach and by 2010 went moved north to Palm Beach County where he opened The ActivistArtistA Studio and Gallery and Established the Boynton Beach Art District. “Since opening my gallery, in a run-down industrial park in 2012, my dream was to develop the area into an art district and cultural center.  It has taken only 2 years to do so. Now that it has been cleaned up, repainted, and nationally branded – it’s ready to be presented to the arts world.

 

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Rolando’s most recent effort is ArtSynergy.  ART SYNERGY is a countywide movement to unify and promote the diverse culture of our vibrant arts community.  With a coordinated five-day event that includes over 60 galleries, studios, non-profit art exhibition institutions and museums in six art districts throughout Palm Beach County during the five-day fair, Jan. 23-28th. He will talk about the exciting art events happening in Palm Beach County.

 

 

 

Rolando will discuss the symbolism behind the imagery in his work and the influences that the Art Brut movement has had on his work.  He will have some of his work available for purchase.  As always, the evening is for artists and art lovers to hear about all of the exciting projects and initiatives that the art society is involved in and to find out how to participate.

 

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Wellington Art Society has ongoing art exhibitions at the beautiful Wellington City Hall gallery. These exhibitions rotate every few months and are juried shows with artwork submitted by Wellington Art Societies over 100 members. Most of the work is for sale and it is a great opportunity to see and buy fabulous local art.

 

 

 

The current show features 17 WAS members. The artwork includes photography, mixed media, watercolor, oil pastel and acrylic media. Tours are given between 11:00am and noon, and will continue to be offered the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month between 11:00am and noon.

 

 

 

Tours are free to the public and are available for small groups or individuals. Please meet in the lobby Wellington City Hall at 12300 Forest Hill Blvd,Wellington, Fl 33414. For additional information, please contact: Bobbin Salisbury, 561.762.8652.

 

 

 

Additionally, the Wellington Community Center has a permanent display of WAS art, original works that are available for sale and are rotated quarterly as part of the village’s Art in Public Places program.  WAS is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, its mission is to educate and encourage originality and  productivity among its members and area youth through programs designed to further the advancement of cultural endeavors in Palm Beach County. For more information, visit their website, www.wellingtonartsociety.orgwellingtonartsociety.blogspot.com .

 

 

Founded in 1981, The Wellington Art Society is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, providing both local and regional artists the platform to share their work, learn more about their craft and serve the community through their art. The Wellington Art Society is open to any resident in Palm Beach County.

 

 

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3 Days of Live Fashion Art to Span Palm Beach County: Call for Models and Designers!

Fusion Fashion & Art will be producing 3 days of fashion art events and shows in partnership with Art Synergy during Art Palm Beach Week in January.  The Rickie Report is pleased to be a partner in Art Synergy/Art Palm Beach and this exciting concept of fusing art and fashion!  Details about a model search, calls for clothing and jewelry designers and the fashion shows themselves are in this article.

 

 

 

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Fusion Fashion & Art

3 Days of Live Fashion Art

January 23 – 26, 2014

Call for Models and Designers

 

Fusion Fashion & Art Week, September, 2013

Fusion Fashion & Art Week, September, 2013

Starting at the Millennium Arts District in the historic “Anthony Building” at 312 Clematis St. on the evening of Thursday the 23rd where Fusion Fashion & Art will be producing a fashion art show featuring painted art sneakers.  Purchasers of the one-of-a-kind art sneakers will join models on the catwalk to help raise awareness and support of the charity to be chosen by partner company Divinity Dance director/founder Sonja Kelly and Trina Slade-Burks from the Continuum Arts District. Show time is 11 pm. Fusion Fashion & Art will also be presenting a sneak peek of select designers to be featured in the 2014 Fashion Week – Palm Beach.

 

Fusion Fashion & Art Week, December, 2013

Fusion Fashion & Art Week, December, 2013

 

 

Friday the 24th Fusion Fashion & Art will be featuring 3 live fashion art exhibits atBoynton Beach Arts District with extreme fashion artists in conjunction with Rolando Chang Barrero and conducting its final open model casting call at the Boynton Beach Arts District.

Fusion Fashion & Art Week, December, 2013

Fusion Fashion & Art Week, December, 2013

Previously, over 100 models have competed at Fusion Fashion & Art open castings for a chance to strut down the catwalk. The casting will be for men 5 10′ or taller and woman 5’8 and up ages 13 and older. Applications  for extreme fashion artists to be featured in these shows are still being accepted through the Fusion Fashion & Art website through the “Registration” tab.

 

Fusion Fashion & Art Week, December, 2013

Fusion Fashion & Art Week, December, 2013

Project ArtX under the direction of Nickie and Freddy Hennevvelt in the Northwood Arts District will host the grand finale Fusion Fashion & Art show for the Art Palm Beach week on Saturday the 25th. Festivities will begin at 6pm with the fashion art show starting at 9 pm. Over 50 artists will be presenting all new works of fashion and art on the runway. General admission is free with paid VIP options including valet, VIP tent, priority seating, private artist receptions and gallery tour, dinner, bottle service and after party with the Fusion Fashion & Art models and artists. 

Fusion Fashion & Art, December, 2013

Fusion Fashion & Art, December, 2013


For more information go towww.FusionFashionAndArt.com or click “Register” and choose “Media” Registration to received updates as they are released. Models and fashion artists can also register through the respective options “Models” and “Designer” registrations.

 

Art Synergy Palm Beach Art Districts & Supporters

 

For more information please contact:  Lilyana Eisele   561-305-6004  Lilyana@FusionFashionAndArt.com

 

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Premiere of Art Synergy/Art Palm Beach CALL for VOLUNTEERS!

The excitement of the Premiere of Art Synergy/Art Palm Beach is building!  The Rickie Report is coordinating volunteers  –  a few hours of your time and expertise.  You will be able to attend the event at which you volunteer at no charge, mingle with the artists and art buyers and truly be among the greater community of Palm Beach County, making a statement, “Art lives here!”  More details are in this article.  Feel free to share and ask some friends to join you for this remarkable opportunity!

 

 

Art Synergy/Art Palm Beach Offers 7 Art Destinations

January 23-28, 2014

Be A Part of this Exciting Premier Event!

Volunteers Needed!

Organizer and Founder of Art Palm Beach,  Lee Ann Lester, is collaborating with a group of Palm Beach County artists led by Rolando Chang Barrero, Craig McInnis, and Freddy Hennevelt.  They have organized art community leaders throughout Palm Beach County under the banner of Art Synergy.  This is a county-wide movement to unify and promote the diverse culture of our vibrant arts community.
Art Synergy, Art Palm Beach and the Palm Beach Cultural Council, will produce 6 inaugural satellite exhibitions throughout Palm Beach County in conjunction with the world-renown Art Palm Beach event at the Palm Beach Convention Center, January  23- 28, 2014. This coordinated five day event includes over 60 galleries, studios, non-profit art institutions and museums.  Each art district will offer gallery walks, symposiums, open studio visits, special exhibitions, fashion shows, poetry readings, architectural tours, film previews and art performances. Maps and schedules of events will be available. 

The Participating Art Districts include:

  • Art Palm Beach – Art Synergy will host an information booth (January 23-26)
  • Boynton Beach – “ARTal’FRESCO ”  (January 24th  7 – 11 pm)
  • Clematis Street & West Palm Beach – “Continuum”
  • Historic Northwood Village, West Palm Beach  – “ArtX ”  (January 25th  5-11 pm)
  • Lake Worth – “ArtPOP” 
  • Palm Beach – Worth Avenue
  • S. Dixie Highway Arts & Antiques District, West Palm Beach
Volunteers are needed at most of the locations.  We need the entire community to get involved in even the smallest of tasks.  “It is a significant step in telling the world that “art lives here”.  It is Palm Beach County’s milestone moment. Palm Beach County has a great legacy in supporting the arts and is home to many of Florida’s leading art and cultural institutions. Art Synergy will create a new bridge for winter residents,  Art Palm Beach visitors to explore this cultural legacy and create an annual destination to enjoy Palm Beach County Art Week events.”, Lee Ann Lester states. 
  Volunteer Opportunities
Including distributing informational materials about Art Synergy Events:
  • greeters ( both inside and outdoors)
  • greeters at the valet parking (outdoors)  Art X  January 25th
  • serving food (both inside and outdoors)
  • salespeople (both inside and outdoors)
  • electricians  (BEFORE THE EVENT)
  • carpenters   (BEFORE THE EVENT)
  • sound engineers  (BEFORE and DURING the Event at ARTal’FRESCO)
  • lighting coordinators  (BEFORE and DURING the EVENT)
  • Assist with Guided Art Tour Art X January 25th 6-9 pm

Also on the Art Synergy “wish list” :

  • grant writer  ( BEFORE and AFTER the EVENT)
  • legal expertise in setting up a not-for-profit entity   (BEFORE and AFTER the EVENT)

Visit https://www.facebook.com/artsynergypbc for up to date happenngs and information.

 

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For general information about Art Synergy, contact:  Rolando Chang Barrero  786-521-1199  or  Craig McInnis  561-389-4800 or visit  Art Synergy Website         ArtPalmBeach          ActivistArtistA Blog or Art Synergy on Facebook
To Sign Up For A Volunteer Shift please send an email to  Rickie@therickiereport.com and indicate:
Preferred date, time (day or evening), location, volunteer position and any other areas of expertise you can share.   RSVP ASAP!

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Ralfonso Delivers Powerful and Imaginative Interactive, Kinetic Public Art

In February, 2013, Boynton Beach convened the first International Kinetic Art Symposium.  With artists around the world pushing the boundaries of static art, The Rickie Report is pleased to bring you an interview with Ralfonso.  Based in West Palm Beach, FL Ralfonso travels the world installing new and innovative kinetic sculptures. This kinetic master will participate in a number of public forums during Art Synergy/Art Palm Beach.  The Rickie Report urges you to hear him.  More details are in this article.

Art Synergy and Art Palm Beach

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Ralfonso

 

 

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Innovator and artist, Ralfonso brought the First International Kinetic Art Exhibit & Symposium to Boynton Beach, FL in 2013.  The Second will take place in 2015, but in between you will have a number of opportunities to meet and hear this visionary!  The Rickie Report interviewed Ralfonso and shares his story here.

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Kinetic Art Organization Founder and International kinetic artist, Ralfonso, will  showcase his art projects and the installation of iconic artwork global. He will also review his kinetic art curriculum for several Universities in China. Kinetic artist, Rein Triefeldt, will share his Solar Tree learning base educational program that he is implementing in the Central Charter School, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Boynton Beach’s Public Art Manager, Debby Coles-Dobay, will present the videos from the 2013 International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium and review the programming for the 2015 Symposium.
  • January 24, 2014,  7:00 pm – 1:00 am at  ARTal’FRESCO, ArtPalmBeach satellite exhibition at Boynton Beach Arts District.  Preview of  2015 International Kinetic Art Exhibit Symposium at the Boynton Beach Art in Public Places booth
 
  • January 26, 2014,  2:00 pm at  ArtPalmBeach, West Palm Beach Convention Center, “Kinetic Sculptures – Art in Motion” Our panelists are Rein Triefeldt, Ralfonso Gschwend and Debby Coles-Dobay.       

                      

  • January 29, 2014,  1:30 p.m.- 2:30 p.m.  Boynton Beach Art in Public Places will present, “Kinetic Art, Year in Review” at the City Library, 208 South Seacrest Boulevard, Boynton Beach, FL

 

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Meet Ralfonso

 

TRR:        Were you artistically inclined as a child?

Ralfonso:  
No, I was never good at hand drawing or painting – only with the help of the computer can I explain and translate my 3 dimensional moving (and usually fairly complex) kinetic sculptures.
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TRR:    What and who were your early influences in artistic expression?

Ralfonso:

I love the intersection of art, design and mechanics!   Perhaps being Swiss, I am drawn to clean mechanical design – and I am mostly inspired by Nature – see my Bird of Paradise, Evolution, Magic Tree, etc.
Unlike many artists, who first start with smaller sculptures, exhibit in galleries and museums and then start to create art for public places, my story is somewhat in reverse. I started with very large to monumental sculptures for public places, – and only now begin to make smaller versions for private commissions.
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TRR:   What made you come to the United States and earn a degree in finance?

Ralfonso:

I have always wanted to be an artist, but it was clear to me early on, that in my art and creative endeavors, I wanted to be free from financial pressures.  So it made sense to me to first get a business education (Wharton MBA, 1985).  Then to succeed in business, which provided the critical resources of time and money (in that order…)  and then be able to create freely, without major financial stress.
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Ralfonso, “G Rings”

TRR:      Can you share one of your earliest designs with us?

Ralfonso:

One of the early public designs in 2001 was the Wind Rings, later renamed G-Rings, which are still being exhibited in various exhibitions.  It was recently seen in “Mouvement et Luminiere” in Marcigny, France. It functions similar to a gyroscope and rotates on multiple axis in the wind.

Ralfonso, "Early Design of G Ring"

TRR:   Many artists dream of becoming world famous.  You have not only brought fame to your artistry, but also developed a mindset of international cooperation.  How did you go about creating this synergy?

Ralfonso:

My passion in life is Kinetic Art! With this passion, as president from its inception, I co-founded the Kinetic Art Organization (KAO) www.kinetic-art.org in 2001 with a two fellow Kinetic Artist. Now, with more than 1,000 members in over 60 Countries around the world we are very proud to be the largest Kinetic Art Organization in the world.
I want to share my passion particularly with young people, so we focus a lot on STEAM, a fairly new educational approach, where Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math meet.  Our 2 day Symposium in Boynton Beach in 2013 was very focused on this, with great speakers from the fields of art, engineering, architecture.  We are working on an even much more comprehensive Symposium for the 2015 Event.
To increase awareness for Kinetic Art and STEAM, I am honored to be invited to teach the very first Kinetic Art graduate course in China at the famed Tsinghua University in Beijing, China . As a kinetic artist, I work with engineering and computer science graduate students and classes around the world, such at the ETH in Switzerland, the NHL in the Netherlands, to develop “bleeding edge” interactive public art concepts, that involve communicating and changing the art via Internet, SMS and Smartphones from all around the world.
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TRR:  Can you take us through the steps from when you conceive an initial design to the sculpture being installed?

Ralfonso:

Normally an art consultant or architect, or sometimes the owner/developer approaches me for a custom and site specific commission.  This is mostly in the public realm but sometimes for a private collector. I analyze the site, materials, sight lines, and massing, wind conditions, as well as the demographics (who will see and interact with the public art, who are the stakeholders, etc.) and then design a unique – and hopefully iconic landmark specifically for this site.
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Also, sometimes I still compete in international competitions, such as the City of Orlando competition – http://seeartorlando.com/#home where I am now finishing fabrication for a large group of six 26 foot tall wind and computer light sculptures – or the State of Alaska, where I am currently a finalist for the $500,000 UAA – University of Anchorage, Alaska commission.
ExoCentric Metal #2 was commissioned for the 5 story main elevator lobby of the Union Square development in Kowloon - Hong Kong by MTR Limited. Now it is called ELEMENTS MALL.

ExoCentric Metal #2 was commissioned for the 5 story main elevator lobby of the Union Square development in Kowloon – Hong Kong by MTR Limited. Now it is called ELEMENTS MALL.

TRR: Is there anything else you want to tell our readers?

Ralfonso:

I very strongly feel that ideally Public Art should be an interactive experience, where both viewer and the public sculpture can together determine what happens next.  

 

 

Ad Infinitum

“Ad Infinitum”

 

It should not be a passive, static and unilateral viewing of a static object, but an ever changing INTERACTIVE dialogue and dynamic experience between the art and the viewer – who now is an active participant.

 

"Moving Up"

“Moving Up”

 

 

My recent installations of the 20 foot tall EX STRATA at Universities in both Beijing and the Netherlands are examples of such interactive Light, Internet, SMS and Sound sculptures, which change according to the actions of the viewer, locally and around the world!

 

"Ex Strata"

“Ex Strata”

Please see the short 3 minute movie about these two interactive sculptures here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OWX2_ksSwU  which we want to connect via Internet in 2014, so the students at both Universities can send Sound and Light signals to each other J

 

For more information about Ralfonso’s Kinetic, Light & Interactive Sculptures – see his website atwww.ralfonso.com or see several movies of his Art in Action at http://www.youtube.com/user/ralfonso1  and visit  http://intlkineticartevent.org/.   Ralfonso.com LLC  Kinetic, Interactive & Light Sculptures for  Public Places  301 Clematis Street, #3000  W. Palm Beach, Fl 33401, USA   T.   +1 561 655 2745.  For more information about the Kinetic Art Symposium, lectures or Boynton Beach Arts events please contact  Debby Coles-Dobay, Public Arts ManagerCity Manager’s Office, Art in Public Places  City of Boynton Beach  100 E. Boynton Beach Blvd.  Boynton Beach, FL 33435  561-742-6026    Coles-DobayD@bbfl.us  |  www.boynton-beach.org  | www.boyntonbeacharts.org 

 

 

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