LGBT activists and artists will come together next week to celebrate Pride month with The Box Gallery’s annual West Palm Beach Pride exhibition. On June 15, the free exhibition will feature work from LGBT artists like Earle and James “Jim” Goodman, as well as the late Connie Kurtz. 

There will be live music from Boynton Beach-based DJ Li’l Marsh and an auction, with the proceeds benefiting Compass Community Center, the LGBT center of the Palm Beaches. The exhibition will be sponsored by Accomplice Brewery and Ciderworks, a brewery in West Palm Beach. 

“It was an amazing honor to feature six of the top contributors to [the] Palm Beach LGBT community during Pride fest 2019 in Lake Worth,” said Rolando Chang Barrero, owner of The Box Gallery. “Now to honor three major LGBT contributors to the arts in West Palm Beach in an exhibition will be another pleasure.”

The Goodmans have previously made their artistic mark in Palm Beach County — they are responsible for the interior design of the Compass Community Center. Earle will be showcasing his original drawings and paintings, while Jim will be contributing a sculpture. 

Kurtz and her wife, Ruthie Berman, have made more than an artistic impact. They were both born in Brooklyn, and changed history when they successfully sued the New York City Board of Education for domestic partner benefits in 1994, which granted more rights to LGBT couples in New York City.

Barrero will also contribute a project to the exhibition. His project consists of postcards and mailed art of some of the community’s favorite LGBT members. The postcards are the latest installments of Barrero’s Spectrum project, a three-part series of profiles, portraits, and postcards that was recently featured at Palm Beach Pride as well as Compass.  

The main objective is to highlight the meaningful impact of the LGBT community as seen through the eyes of the general public, Barrero said. There will be a broad spectrum of color, race, politics, and religion represented. Many of the postcards that will be included are by local individuals and groups like Compass and Inspire Recovery, the first LGBT-specific drug and alcohol recovery center in West Palm Beach. 

The first installment of the Spectrum series is currently on display at Compass.

“I’m super excited to see the many postcards on display,” said Dylan Brooks, HIV testing and empowerment coordinator for Compass. “Gathering everybody from the community to decorate postcards was a cool idea. It was fun watching people respect the theme and watching them brainstorm for design ideas.”

The free exhibition will take place at The Box Gallery on June 15 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Box Gallery’s address is 811 Belvedere Rd, West Palm Beach, FL 33405.