Global Call for Endangered Art Exhibit at Art Basel

What is “endangered”?  Ecosystems, animals, plants and the environment.  This is your opportunity to share your concern in the world of Art Basel – an International Art Fair in Miami.  The Rickie Report shared a Call to Artists last year, for Art Basel and the Endangered Art Show which benefits the Center for Great Apes.  The response was tremendous.  This year, we share this GLOBAL Call which has been expanded to Artwork, Photography and Wearable Art!  We urge everyone to respond and keep us posted so we can share your good news!  If your artwork does not relate to this subject and you know other artists who work does, please share this Call!

 

 

 

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CALL FOR ENTRIES !

ENDANGERED ART FOR APES

ART, PHOTOGRAPHY, WEARABLE ART

DEADLINE: OCTOBER 3rd

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Please see full details at http://www.art4apes.com

 

 

 

 

Knuckles

Knuckles

 

 

Meet Knuckles:

My Character:  Special, Inspirational, Engaging

My Birthday: October 4, 1999

My Story

Knuckles arrived at the Center for Great Apes from a California entertainment compound when he was only two years old. He was believed to have been affected with cerebral palsy due to a lack of oxygen during his birth. His challenges were motor and muscle control, a weakness on the left side, and a lazy eye that didn’t allow him to focus on things.

 

 

 

Most two-year-old chimpanzees swing around actively and climb to tall heights, but Knuckles could not climb and barely walked when he arrived. When he was placed somewhere, he would just sit there until someone moved him. Although he couldn’t easily feed himself, he would eat if someone fed him.

 

 

Early MRI tests and EEG scans suggested that he was not likely to advance much and would stay the same or get worse. However, Knuckles has made steady progress and our expectations for him are all good.

 

 

 

Center for Great Apes Sanctuary

Center for Great Apes Sanctuary

 

After years of help from several dedicated volunteers and staff… as well as therapy from occupational and physical therapists who donated their time to help Knuckles, he has learned to feed himself, climb up and down steps, and pull himself up on special swings to hang upside down and play. He walks wherever he wants to go and occasionally runs when playing games of chase with other chimpanzees. He is very aware and cognizant of activities around him, likes to play and be tickled, and is very affectionate.

 

 

From the time of his arrival, he was introduced to Grub’s group through the mesh while still an infant. Grub, Toddy, Kenya, Brooks, and Noelle seemed to know Knuckles was “special” and have always been gentle with him. He eventually began having play sessions one-on-one inside the habitat with each of these chimpanzees, and can now tolerate about an hour of play, grooming, and running before he is exhausted. Every day, Knuckles spends time with Grub’s group standing outside the habitat where they can see him and touch him. Grub and Noelle are especially good with Knuckles and spend sitting next to him frequently grooming him. When the little female chimpanzee Kodua arrived from Hollywood at age two, she was introduced to the then 5-year-old Knuckles, and she also became one of his frequent playmates.

 

 

Three-Story Chimp Habitat

Three-Story Chimp Habitat

 

Our goal has always been to get Knuckles to the point where he can have the companionship of other chimpanzees. Now an adolescent (and is more than 120 pounds), his therapy from staff is limited. But with the recent construction of a special indoor/outdoor enclosure suited to the needs of handicapped and geriatric apes, Knuckles has the opportunity to live in his own habitat where the other chimpanzees can spend all day next to him, or short periods inside the enclosure playing with him… or even overnight visits in Knuckles’ nighthouse.

 

Taking on the challenge of raising a severely handicapped chimpanzee had to be carefully considered when we were approached to take Knuckles at the sanctuary. But, he has continued to exceed most expectations of his potential and abilities and has enriched the lives of not only the chimpanzees he interacts with, but also the staff, volunteers, and visitors who have been inspired by him.

 

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Orangutans play in 25 foot tall arch with far reaching view

 

 

All proceeds, including entry fee, will go directly to the Center for Great Apes, a sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees . This is a great opportunity for artists to highlight what they feel is ENDANGERED, be a part of the excitement of Art Basel week and support a wonderful sanctuary.

 

The Center for Great Apes’ mission is to provide a permanent sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees who have been rescued or retired from the entertainment industry, from research, or who are no longer wanted as pets. The Center provides care with dignity in a safe, healthy, and enriching environment for great apes in need of lifetime care. The Center for Great Apes is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and all contributions are tax deductible as allowed by law. www.centerforgreatapes.org

 

 

 

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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.
Damage from the Boynton Beach Flood

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

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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:

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

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291