In the Midst of Hardship, Art Continues to Give Respite

“The Show Must Go On” is normally associated with theater.  In the midst of dealing with the devastation of the Boynton Beach Flood and injury, Rolando Chang Barrero put aside an important document.  The ARTalFRESCO satellite exhibit was one the biggest efforts by Rolando to highlight the City of Boynton Beach’s art scene and was a pillar of Art Synergy’s premiere.  The Rickie Report shares the details of the document and invites everyone to gain a better understanding of the role of art in our everyday lives.  We include a number of events that you will not want to miss!

 

 

 

 

Boynton Beach Leads the Way

 

 

 RECEPTION FOR  “ELEMENTS”  EXHIBITION

 

 

February 13, 2014

Boynton Beach City Library

208 South Seacrest Blvd.

5:30  –  7:30 p.m.

Exhibit Continues Through May,  2014

 

 

 

While dealing with the devastation of the Boynton Beach Flood, a brown envelope was put aside to be opened at a later moment.  The manila envelope was stacked among the many “get to it later” correspondence that did not look like a bill.  At the time cleaning up and preparing for the ARTalFRESCO Exhibition was paramount, it was only days away–and the show must go on. The ARTalFRESCO satellite exhibit was one the biggest efforts by Rolando Chang Barrero to highlight the City of Boynton Beach’s art scene. Busy with the cleanup, the exhibit, an injury to his left hand, and fundraising for the losses incurred by the flood, the envelope remained unopened.
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Damage from the Boynton Beach Flood

After all was said and done, in a moment reprieve from the madness, the letter from the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington D.C. was opened.  The Honorable Alcee L. Hastings had penned a glowing letter of recognition to local artist and arts administrator, Rolando Chang Barrero, for “The wonderful work teaching the students of Manatee Elementary the importance of recycling and showing them how to turn trash into art.” The Congressman’s letter which came as an unexpected surprise, “Brought tears to my eyes,” says Barrero.
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Rolando who is no stranger to motivating the community through his art is participating in “ELEMENTS”, a three man exhibit on the importance of safeguarding South Florida’s Eco-system.  “ELEMENTS” includes work by Greg Matthews, Rolando Chang Barrero and Anthony Burks, Sr.  at the City Library on Boynton Beach, all are invited to the reception on February 13, 2014 from 5:30-7:30.
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The South Florida ecosystem relies heavily on elements which surround our wildlife and impact our daily lives. From the aquifer to coastal waters, from everglades to beaches, from hurricanes to flash fires, we experience our environment in its natural habitat.
Greg Matthews, Rolando Barrero Chang and Anthony Burks

Greg Matthews, Rolando Chang Barrero and Anthony Burks,Sr.

In this exhibit three artists Rolando Chang Barrero, Anthony Burks Sr. and Greg Matthews highlight the importance of the environmental conversation movement in South Florida. Collectively, the artists engaged in conversations and site visits with leaders of conservatory organizations throughout South Florida.
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They observed, documented and processed their images and experiences.  The artists created three collaborative artworks which are the centerpiece of the Elements exhibition. Each artist contributed his medium to the collaborative artworks: Rolando, painting; Anthony, drawing; and Greg, photography. The collaborative artworks are not only esthetically pleasing but have great social impact. Each artist also has several individual artworks exhibited to demonstrate their medium and commitment to environmental issues.
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This exhibition supports and builds upon the City of Boynton Beach’s GREEN programs including Earthweek activities, Climate Action Plan, Galaxy E3 Elementary School, Seaborne Cove and its Old Dixie Eco Walk.  It is hoped is that visitors will have a deeper appreciation for the South Florida’s ecosystems by experiencing this exhibition.
Later this month Rolando will be joining Lori Durante, organizer of Children & Family Day, to produce a puppets and puppet show with children on the importance of fresh fruit in their daily diet.  The theme for the the annual event is ‘Apples.’  Children & Family Day is held at the Boynton Beach Women’s  Club, on February 23, 2014, noon to 4 p.m.

 

 

ART SYNERGY

at   the

INTERNATIONAL AMERICAN FINE ART FAIR 

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Preview Evening

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014
First View
6-7:30pm
(by invitation)

Collectors’ Invitational
7:30-10pm
Admission with Multi-Day Pass or by invitation

Public Hours

February 5-9, 2014
Noon – 7:00 pm
(til 9pm on Friday, Feb 7)

 

Palm Beach County Convention Center
650 Okeechobee Boulevard West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Click here for map and directions

YOU CAN HELP WITH FLOOD RELIEF CAMPAIGN

For more information please contact Rolando Chang Barrero   ActivistArtistA   Gallery,  The Boynton Beach Art District    422 West Industrial Ave.,  Boynton Beach, FL 33426   786/521-1199  or visit:

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Vicki Siegel Exhibits Acrylic and Mixed Media Paintings at Multiple Venues

With work in multiple venues, including a SOLO show, artist Vicki Siegel has been pouring her creative energy into new work and organizing a SOLO exhibit with a range of work from the last ten years.  Her paintings include images of both collective and personal memories. The Rickie Report is pleased to share the details of her exhibits and hopes you will stop by to view some of her wonderful, dreamlike creations.

 

 

 

VICKI SIEGEL EXHIBITS AT MULTIPLE VENUES 

 

 

 

Vicki Siegel’s paintings are informed by memory, both personal and collective. “Memories are imperfect representations of the past that are altered, fragmented, reconstructed and reinterpreted over time” says Siegel. “In my narrations details are found in layers often revealing something forgotten or missing from actual experiences or by the collective memories we share”.

 

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“Gioia” by Vicki Siegel (Acrylic and Image Transfer)

 

 

 

 

In her first SOLO show, “Journeys”, artist Vicki Siegel takes the viewer on an artistic journey from the outside world to a world that exists in the imagination. The exhibition takes place at the Weisman Delray Community Center, January 21, 2014- March 2, 2014. The Center is located at 7091 W. Atlantic Ave. in Delray Beach. Hours are Monday – Thurs. 9 am – 5 pm, Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. A reception with a brief artist talk will be held Sunday, February 16th from 2-4 pm. Free and open to the public. Call 561-558-2100.  “Journeys” runs January 21, 2014- March 2, 2014. 

 

 

 

With over twenty five paintings on display, from landscapes to figurative, these colorful works of art reflect the artist’s focus on both the spiritual and natural worlds. Many have a dreamlike calming atmosphere. Expressive use of acrylic paint with overlays of pencil, charcoal, and oil stick drawing, along with image transfers of photographs will delight the viewer.

 

A portion of the sales will benefit The Weisman Delray Community Center. It is part of the Ruth Rales Jewish Family Service. The Center is located at 7091 W. Atlantic Ave. in Delray Beach. Call 561-558-2100 for more information. 

 

 

"To Have and To Hold" by Vicki Siegel

“To Have and To Hold” by Vicki Siegel (Acrylic)

 

Ruth Rales Jewish Family Service (JFS) offers help, hope and humanity through a comprehensive range of programs and services which support people of all ages and beliefs. With locations in Boca Raton and Delray Beach, JFS programs and services include food and financial assistance, senior services, counseling and mental health services and many volunteer opportunities. Funding is provided by private and corporate support, grants, special events and individuals who reach thousands in need each year. For more information, contact 561-852-3333 or visit www.ruthralesjfs.org.

 

 

 

Don’t miss the chance to see Vicki Siegel’s brand new work at Art al’FRESCO. Rolando Chang Barrero, owner of ArtistActivistA Gallery, invited Vicki Siegel to exhibit at ART al’FRESCO on Friday January 24. ART al’FRESCO is a part of Art Synergy which are six satellite exhibitions for ART PALM BEACH 2014.

 

"Reach for the Sky" by Vicki Siegel

“Reach for the Sky” by Vicki Siegel (Acrylic)

 

 

Hosted by the Boynton Beach Arts District (BBAD), ARTal’FRESCO is a one night art, fashion and cultural exhibition which will feature unique art experiences at BBAD, including live, interactive painting in artist’s studio settings; plein air painting; contemporary sculpture installations; a glass blowing demonstration; painting and photography exhibitions; and video projection. Participants will be entertained by the South Florida Symphony Brass Ensemble; Illuminated Performance by Philosiphiers; Fusion: Fashion and Art’s Living Sculptures and graffiti artists painting on “ActivistArtistA Bay Gates” doors and walls.

 

 

ART al FRESCO (Part of Art Synergy) Boynton Beach Art District (BBAD), 422 West Industrial Ave, Boynton Beach, FL, United States 33426. BBAD is Located in the Boynton Beach Industrial Park, One block west of exit 57 on I 95 (Boynton Beach Blvd. exit), Friday, January 24th, 7-10 pm. For more information visit:  www.artsynergypbc.com

 

 

"Bridge to the Past" by Vicki Siegel

“Bridge to the Past” by Vicki Siegel

 

You can see “Stairway to Heaven”, an installation piece, at the Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery. It is part of “Art 2014”, a group Show at the Levis JCC Sandler Center. This show was juried by Steven Maklansky, the director of the Boca Museum of Art. The Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery; Levis JCC Sandler Center is located at 21050 95th Ave. S., Boca Raton, FL 33428 The Show runs thru March 20, 2014. Call 558-2504 for hours 

 

 

Siegel has two works in “Visionaries”, The National Association of Women Artists’ (NAWA) Group Show at the Marco Island Center for the Arts. ”Eclipse ” and “The Key” are both acrylic with image transfer that have an environmental theme. Marco Island Center for the Arts is located at 1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island, FL 34145 thru until January 25, 2014

 

When walking the “Avenue” in Delray Beach, be sure to stop in to see two works Vicki has on exhibit at the  Artists’ Guild Gallery. 512 E. Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33483. Until  Feb 15, 2014

 

For more information about Vicki’s exhibits or art work please contact her   vickisiegelart.com  or vickisiegelart@gmail.com

 

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Art and Fashion is What You’ll See at Three Art Synergy Events

The Rickie Report is taking you “behind the scenes” with FUSiON Fashion & Art, Inc.™  COO, Lilyana  Eisele.   January 22nd, 24th and 25th Fusion Fashion & Art, Inc. will be producing a series of 3 exhibits and shows for the satellite exhibits for ArtPalmBeach 2014 known as Art Synergy.  The excitement begins on January 22nd, so read the details in this article

 

 

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 Wednesday  January 22, 2014

 

 

CONTINUUM

 

 

Black Tie & Sneaker Charity Event ►●◄

 

“Anthony Building” at 312 Clematis St, WPB

 

6-11 pm

 

 

 Starting Wednesday the 22nd at 6pm Fusion Fashion & Art is producing an exhibit fashion and trunk show at the Black Tie & Sneaker VIP night at The Continuum Art District at the 312 Clematis Art Space of downtown West Palm Beach with art curators Craig McInnis & A.T.B Fine Artists & Designers LLC for the charity Faith’s Place Center for Education, Inc.

 

 

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Friday, January 24, 2014

 

ARTal’FRESCO 2014

 

BOYNTON BEACH, FL

 

7:00 pm – 1:00 am

 

 

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Friday the 24th starting at 6pm Fusion Fashion & Art is joining ARTal’FRESCO at the Boynton Beach Art District on West Industrial Aveune. ARTal’FRESCO is the kick off satellite exhibit for ArtPalmBeach 2014 and is headed up by artist and curator Rolando Chang Barrero. Along with a final open model and fashion designer casting call Fusion Fashion & Art is featuring 3 live Extreme Fashion Art exhibits by Dialtone Photography and Fashion Artist Aidana Baldassarre of Trash-Fashions.  

 

 

 

Saturday, January 25, 2014

 

 

ArtX

 

 Northwood Art District of West Palm Beach

 

5 – 11 pm

 

 

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Saturday the 25th starting at 8pm Fusion Fashion & Art is producing 3 fashion art shows at the second satellite exhibit for ArtPalmBeach 2014 at the Northwood Art District in West Palm Beach. Show location is the area of renowned chef owned Table 427 by Roberto Villegas with wine and food tastings. Roberto has been featured in glowing reviews by several local publications like the Palm Beach Post, Palm Beach Sun, and Urbanspoon .

Show times are on the fashionable hour starting at 8pm until 10pm with 3 runway shows total. Several Northwood ArtX art walks will be available featuring the local art galleries between and after show times with limousine transportation available from Mega Z Limos. 

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The Northwood show is featuring celebrity couture designer Rosaura Sias-Pipenburg. She is unveiling her newest creations some of which were previewed at “The Fast and The Fashionable” fashion show produced by Fusion Fashion & Art at SuperCar Week this past Sunday on the waterfront of West Palm Beach. Formerly a tailor for Carolina Herera, La Perla, Cache, Harmond and Blaine, and BCBG, Rosaura’s label, “RSP – Rosaura Sias Pipenburg” is known for contemporary elegance and sexy yet sophisticated design. Also, in the Historic tradition of Northwood a vintage fashion show will include apparel from local vintage clothing stores Diane’s Unique Boutique and Lola’s Magic Closet.

 

 

Appearing on the runway for first time is Northwood’s very own fashion designer Buera Parnell. Her brand “Eminent by Buera” will be showcased on the spacious 50 foot runway. With progressive lines Buera creates one of a kind style focused on each woman’s uniqueness. Also a vintage fashion show by Lola’s Magic Closet and D’s Unique boutique will be showcased including art from the local galleries.

 

 

 

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Hailed as the most famous hair dresser you have never heard of Art Director David Kiningson with his crew from The David K Space located in Northwood will be the featured hairstylist and salon. His clients have included Cindy Crawford, Michael Douglas, Brooke Shields, DNKY and Tiffany & Co. His work has been seen in and featured on the covers of GQ, Vanity Fair, Glamour and Vogue. Lead Makeup Artist Dominique Midneck and her crew of makeup artist will be in full action providing makeup artistry for all 3 fashion art shows.

 

 

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General admission is free with paid Art Palm Beach ticket. General admission and VIP reserved seating tickets are available online at www.FusionFashionAndArt.com and clicking “Tickets”.  RSVP general admission or VIP ticket is highly recommended.    For more information about Art Synergy please visit www.artsynergypbc.com

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

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Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

 

 

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!

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

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.

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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.

 

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“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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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

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561-537-0291

Art Palm Beach Announces “Art Synergy”, January 23-28, 2014

What happens when a grassroots movement brings artists from different associations, guilds, and galleries together?  ART SYNERGY!  The Rickie Report has written previously about the “Think Tank” meetings that began in May, 2013.  With the visionary leadership of a few and the voices of many, we are excited to share ART SYNERGY, which will be part of Art Palm Beach in January, 2014!  There are many opportunities for artists, galleries and groups to become involved.  Read this article for more details!

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ArtPalmBeach

Announces

Art Synergy

Jan. 23-28, 2014

Lee Ann Lester, Organizer of ArtPalmBeach Contemporary Art Fair, announced today the launch of the first “Art Synergy” Art Week during the upcoming ArtPalmBeach art fair.  ART SYNERGY is a countywide movement to unify and promote the diverse culture of our vibrant arts community”, explained Craig McInnis, West Palm Beach Art District Coordinator. Initiated by Lee Ann Lester, Fair Organizer and local gallery owners Rolando Barrero, Craig McInnis, and Freddy Hennevelt; “Art Synergy” is a coordinated five day event with 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.
Rolando Barrero, Director of ActivistArtistA Gallery and Developer of Boynton Beach Arts 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. Lee Ann Lester is vital to this effort and it’s with much gratitude that I thank her for accepting our proposal to participate under Palm Beach’s flagship art exposition: ART PALM BEACH.”
Lee Ann Lester, Founder and Organizer of ArtPalmBeach, says,“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 and ArtPalmBeach visitors to explore this cultural legacy and create an annual destination to enjoy Palm Beach County Art Week events.”
The first evening of Art Synergy begins at ART al’ FRESCO at the Boynton Beach Art District, on January 24th 7pm – 1am. ART al’ FRESCO will feature “Sensabilities: Cheryl Maeder and Ali Mirandaat the ActivistArtistA Gallery, a walking tour of the Murals of the Bay Gates Projects, special performances and showcasing of work by local area artists.
Each art district will offer a weekend of scheduled gallery walks, symposiums, open studio visits, special exhibitions, poetry readings, architectural tours, film previews, and art performances.

The Participating Art Districts:

  • Historic Northwood Village, West Palm Beach
  • Clematis Street & West Palm Beach
  • S. Dixie Highway Arts District, West Palm Beach
  • Palm Beach Worth Avenue
  • Boynton Beach
  • Lake Worth

 

ArtPalmBeach is the most recognized international contemporary art fair held in the Palm Beach County Convention Center established by the IFAE LLC a Florida based art fair organizer. IFAE produces both ArtPalmBeach established in 1997 and The American International Fine Art Fair Palm Beach February 4-9, 2014 established in 1996.

IFAE is celebrating its 25th year as an international fair organizer founded by Lee Ann and David Lester. The company has organized over 100 international art fairs in Chicago, New York, Miami, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Dallas and Palm Beach. IFAE LLC is now based in Miami and Palm Beach. In addition to the two Palm Beach fairs the firm organizes Miami International Art Fair, Miami Art + Design Fair, Art Sarasota, Miami International Jewelry Fair and The Club at SeaFair events in conjunction with Show Management Yacht Shows in Ft. Lauderdale, Miami Beach and Palm Beach.
For more information: www.artpalmbeach.com or
Lee Ann Lester; llester@ifae.com 239 949 5411
or contact District Art Event Coordinators:
  • Historic Northwood Village, West Palm Beach

Freddy Hennevelt, Hennevelt Gallery, henneveltsgallery@att.net, 561 506 4180

  • Clematis Street, West Palm Beach

Craig McInnis & Trina and Anthony Burkes
ATB Fine Arts, trintasb@atbfineartsts.com 561 842 5724

  • S. Dixie Highway Arts District, West Palm Beach

Jamnea Finlayson; JF Gallery, jamnea@jfgallery.com; 561 478- 8281

  • Palm Beach Worth Avenue

David Ginn; DJT Fine Art; david@djtfa.com; 561 833 4700

  • Boynton Beach

Rolando Barrero; Rolando Chang Barrero Studio; rolandobarrero@mac.com; 786 521 1199

  • Lake Worth

Emily Theodossakos, Lake Worth CRA

  EThedossakos@LakeWorth.org

 

 

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You’re Invited to the Golden Celebration! Boynton Beach Arts District!

Everyone is invited to a three – day art, music, and dance party celebrating the best entertainment and art in Palm Beach County.  Boynton Beach Arts District (BBAD), Boynton Beach’s largest outdoor venue turns 2 years old!  BBAD still has spaces open for rent.  Check it out and become part of this creative scene that is bringing Palm Beach County to the forefront of the arts community!  The Rickie Report hopes you’ll come and celebrate with special performances and a live music marathon weekend!  More details are in this article.  Congratulations, Rolando!

The BIGGEST Party in Boynton Beach Returns…

GOLDEN FRIDAY

KICKOFF PARTY

 and

VIP RECEPTION

FRI., OCT. 11, 2013 | 7PM-1 AM

422 West Industrial Avenue

Boynton Beach, Florida 33426

DJ’S + DANCE + ART + FOOD

VIP RECEPTION

and

EDM Party by AUDIOPLAYGROUND 

ActivistArtistA Gallery

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A 3 day art, music, and dance party celebrating the best entertainment and art in Palm Beach County!  Boynton’s largest outdoor venue turns 2 years old with special performances and live music marathon weekend.

Visit this LINK for complete details:

http://activistartista.blogspot.com/2013/10/golden-anniversary-party-oct-11-13-2013.html

featuring :

(Un) Common Traces Exhibiton
 At ActivistArtistA Gallery
music by
Beat Thief, Milky da Milkman, Scotty Solomon, 
Dr. Skitzo, Nigel Darren, and Maxxx Stiles
special performance by
Poncili Creations 8 pm
The Philosifires 11 pm
 

GOLDEN SATURDAY

SAT., OCT. 12, 2013 | 5PM-11 PM

LIVE MUSIC JAM BEGINS

 
Special Presentations from 5pm to 6pm
Michael Puccio and Dance Studio of Lake Work
and Capoeirakakara of Boynton Beach
Concerts Series Begins at 6 PM
Rod Dusinberre, Spencer Alan Partick, Madison Langley, Patrick Salsich, Bill Hartman, and Chris Michuad
 

GOLDEN SUNDAY

SUN., OCT. 13, 2013 | 1PM-10 PM

LIVE BAND JAM and FESTIVAL

 
Concerts Series Resumes at 1 PM
Special dance performance
Vanya e’Dan Dance Company
Lineup:
1pm
El Toro
2pm
She’s Neurotic
3pm
Making Faces
4pm
Special dance performance
Vanya e’Dan Dance Company
5pm
Sawgrass Express
6pm
Coon Doggin Outlaws
7pm
Koffin Varnish
8pm
Wolfcat
9pm
Rats Mouth
 

 

This Event is Sponsored in part by Jerry’s Artarama of WPB, The Secret Garden Cafe of Boynton Beach, Presidente Supermarket #8.   For more information contact Rolando Chang Barrero  ActivistArtistA Gallery,  The Boynton Beach Art District   422 West Industrial Ave.,  Boynton Beach, FL 33426   786/521-1199  or visit www.activistartista.blogspot.com  or

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561-537-0291

 

 

 

 

 

 

International Art Organizers Partner with Local Galleries and Artists

The Organizers of ArtPalmBeach, Jan 23-27 and American International Art Fair (AIFA), Feb. 4-9,  invite the galleries of Palm Beach County to participate in a  county wide gallery opening weekend promotion during each of the upcoming 2014 fairs. Each gallery district is encouraged to use these Jan. and Feb. dates as a kick off of the upcoming season of gallery walks, openings or special art/cultural events.  The Rickie Report encourages Palm Beach County artists, art organizations and galleries to read this article and join together!  Read about how this partnership was born and more details in this article.

 

 

From “THINK TANK” to Action

 

On May 23, 2013 over 45 artists, art organizers and art promoters met to form a new group, the  Palm Beach County Think Tank.  The mission of the Think Tank is to “bring together a group for individuals committed to the advancement of the arts in Palm Beach County through the exchange of ideas and program development”.  Under the leadership of Craig McInnis, Frank Basta and Rolando Chang Barrero, the Think Tank focused on its first goal, to coalesce and energize the broad-based Palm Beach County art scene into events surrounding Art Palm Beach in January, 2014.

 

Through a series of open meetings and working committees, the Think Tank identified 3 different Art Districts to focus on, (Lake Worth and Boynton Beach Art districts) and Historic Northwood Village Artx (West Palm Beach) .   Last week, the two groups of galleries and artists from the 3  Art Districts met for the first time. The “Think Tank” (Lake Worth and Boynton Beach Art Districts) and Historic Northwood Village Artx (West Palm Beach).  As both these groups were working separately on art events and the organization of an Art Event, Freddy Hennevelt was key in  contacting Lee Ann Lester of  IFAE.

 

 

Craig McInnis shares, “During this meeting we decided that we want to work together on our Art Walks and on the big Art Palm Beach event in January and AIFA in February”.    

Lee Ann Lester, Organizer of  IFAE LLC is enthusiastic about this partnership.  She states, ” Now is the time to plan for a very successful 2014 season. The local economy, housing market, job growth are all on the rise. We encourage each  district to form a steering committee to encourage the participation of dealer, artist and non-profit institution.  Thousands of art enthusiasts are drawn to Palm Beach County for each of these four day Fair Events. Use your combined creative intelligence to promote the arts of Palm Beach county and your gallery district.    I look forward to speaking to you personally about your ideas for these two weekends of events.”

 

 

IFAE will offer support in promoting these county wide events in the fair PR, marketing materials, web site, web links and publicity. Events will be included in the fair’s printed program which over 250,000 are distributed in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Palm Beach Daily News. Additionally, special sections devoted to Palm Beach County Arts  will be offered by “Modern Painters” and “Sculpture” December issue  magazines. These issues will be distributed at Miami Basel art fairs, conferences  and  international fairs. The magazines are offering discounted advertising rates to all local galleries.

 

 To be able to promote the January and February events she needs a program of what we are going to do during the art events before Oct. 10th .  If you are interested in being involved in this exciting, innovative programming, PLEASE contact one or all of the Art District Representatives!

Each Art District has a representative with names and contact info.  The Rickie Report urges you to contact these representatives and join this exciting art movement!

 

West Palm Beach Satellite:

 

Boynton Beach Satellite

 

Lake Worth Satellite

 

Northwood Village Satellite

 

 

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291


Rolando Chang of Activista Artista Hosts Artists of Palm Beach County Monthly Meeting

He is a down-to-earth dynamo.  Rolando Chang is an organizer, a recruiter, a life-appreciator who shares his passion for art and creativity with everyone who comes near.  The Artists of Palm Beach County  invite you to their monthly sharing meeting to hear Rolando and see what he has given birth to in the Boynton Beach Arts District.  The Rickie Report urges you to attend.  This is a wonderful opportunity to network with other artists and  have some of Rolando’s energy rub off on you!  Details are in this article.

 

 

 

 

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 Artists of Palm Beach County

Invite you to a Sharing Meeting

Monday, September 9th

7:00 – 9:00 pm

 ActivistArtista Gallery

 

422 West Industrial Avenue

in the Boynton Beach Art

District

 

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Rolando Chang of ActivistaArtista hosts the Artists of Palm Beach County September Meeting

 
Each month the Artists of Palm Beach County (APBC), a coalition of professional artists, meets for an evening of sharing and inspiration. On Monday, September 9, 2013 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. the meeting will take place in the ActivistArtista Gallery, 422 West Industrial Avenue in the Boynton Beach Art District.  For members who have been hoping for a meeting in the south end, this is the one to attend!
"Evolution"

“Evolution”

To hear an interview with Rolando:     https://vimeo.com/72113303
Group photo of Gate Painters

Group photo of Gate Painters

Gallery Director, Rolando Chang Barrero, has created a vibrant art scene in the warehouse enclave of galleries and studios on Industrial Avenue where an artwalk takes place the last Thursday of every month from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. In addition to socializing with artists, the APBC September meeting offers the opportunity to see the gallery’s current exhibit, Valyn Calhoun: Retrospective with Rita Baum, which opened on August 22nd and runs through September 27th.  One of South Florida’s most controversial artists, photographer Valyn Calhoun, incorporates fashion, fetishism, homoeroticism and nightlife into his highly stylized imagery.
"Photo 7"

“Photo 7”

Admission is free for members of APBC, but the general public is invited to attend the event for a $5.00 admission fee.  Payment will be collected at the door and will be applied towards the membership fee, if one wishes to join at the meeting.  Artists are encouraged to bring a work of art for sharing/critique as well as refreshments to share with the group.
Directions:  Take the Boynton Beach Blvd exit on I95.  Head west on Boynton Beach Blvd. and make a right on to W. Industrial Avenue (0.4 miles past NW 4th Street.). 422 W. Industrial Avenue is on the right.  For more information call 786-521-1199.

For more information about The Artists of Palm Beach County, please visit: artistsofpalmbeachcounty.org

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

From Jeans to Sophisticed Handmade Purses

Jean “Notewell” Williams is a local entrepreneur, originally from New York State.  She holds two Associate Degrees in Secretarial Science and Para-Legal plus a Bachelor’s  Degree in Theology from the Tabernacle Christian University.  She is the MGM of It’zzz Our Time, LLC.  She founded and supports Nana’s Little Angel Fund for children with nephritis syndrome or cancer.  Jean has traveled as a missionary to 33 nations including India, Africa and the Philippines.  During her travels she captured some “million dollar shots” as quoted by the Palm Beach Post,  during her premier photographic Artigras Event.  She is currently working on two books about her travel experiences.

The multi-talented wife, mother of 5 and Nana of 13 is an inspiration to children, adults and international entrepreneurs. Jean will be releasing a new line of animal print purses soon.  The Bespoke Perfume “Nothing” (r) was recently formulated and receiving raves!

 

Jean’s newest sophisticated hand made purses will be available  at the Boyton Beach Craft & Treasure Show January 21st.  The show is held at the Civic Center  128 E.Ocean Avenue  Boynton Beach.  Jean will also be a vendor at the Stuart Bazaar on February 4th and 5th at Flagler Park on the riverfront in Stuart.

In addition, her products  may be found in Riveria Beach, Palm Beach Gardens,  North Palm  Beach and Tequesta, Florida. shops and boutiques.  Contact Jean at  561-723-9328 or email her at NeWine03@aol.com.

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

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