Get Ready For World Wide Knit In Public Day On June 10th! Fantastic Fibers Miami Invites All Fiber Artists To Participate!

Pamela Palma of Fantastic Fibers Miami has a goal of making the world a better place, one thread at a time!  She invites all fiber artists (knitting, weaving, stitching, crochet,fabric painting, dyeing, felting, mixed media, etc) to join in World Wide Knit In Public Day (WWKIP DAY) at a Free gathering in Miami on June 10th. WWKIP DAY is unique, in that it’s the largest knitter run event in the world. Each local event is put together by a volunteer or a group of volunteers.  The Rickie Report shares a short history of WWKIP DAY and how to RSVP for the Miami meet-up at the Perez Museum.  We hope you will share this with fiber friends world wide so they can make their own connections! This event is Free and Open to all ages!  









Saturday,  June 10th

Noon – 5pm

Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)


1103 Biscayne Blvd.      Miami, FL 33132



RSVP: Pamela Palma   786.897.8856

Open to the public: Hang out, knit, see some art, make new friends, bond over yarn.



World Wide Knit in Public Day was started in 2005 by Danielle Landes. It began as a way for knitters to come together and enjoy each other’s company. Knitting is such a solitary act that it’s easy to knit alone somewhere and sink into your work without thinking about all the other knitters out there. Neighbors could spend all their lives never knowing that the other knits. This a specific day to get out of your house and go to a local event (with your knitting in tow) just for you and people like you. Who knows you might even bump into your neighbor! Consider this a spark, to ignite a fire; getting all of the closeted knitters out into fresh air.



A KIP is a Knitter In Public!

Astrid Salling from Copenhagen, Denmark – organizer of WWKIPDAY since 2011.



Total KIPs around the world was 1015 !!

…And 57 Countries were involved !!


In Miami, at the Perez Museum, people were knitting, crocheting, felting, making lace and weaving (2016).


In January, 2016 Pamela Palma, a Miami-based fiber artist, launched Fantastic Fibers Miami for the purpose of creating community. She tells The Rickie Report, “We are a diverse group of serious textile artists making the world a better place, one thread at a time. We work in harmony to bring awareness of the myriad forms of fiber art as well as the historical and contemporary importance of textiles, to South Florida audiences. Through our programs, projects, and events, guild members are building bodies of work for future exhibitions. We welcome opportunities to show our work”.


Then they yarn bombed one of the chairs. Fun!


Learn to knit ~ create decorative fabric for our two upcoming Yarn Bombing events:

Saturday October 28 from 12 – 5 we will Yarn Bomb Omni Park, in downtown Miami in collaboration with PAMM’s education team. Free! Food trucks will be on site.

Friday January 26, 2018 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami, in conjunction with Jazz at MoCA and their education programs, we will yarn bomb the building columns on 123rd Street.



In Wausau, Wisconsin, Beth Paustian of The Black Purl, LLC created this piece of Public Art!(@BlackPurl,llc)


In Ontario, at the Highland Grounds Coffee Shop, world renown yarn purveyor, Richard Devrieze stopped by to knit! (@YarnsByRichardDevrieze)


Fantastic Fibers Miami meets on the 4th Saturday of each month at Studio 41 at the Bakehouse Art Complex, Wynwood/Miami. Guests are welcome. Membership applications and information about the guild are available online. 


About the Founding Director: Pamela Palma is a creative force in the world of fiber art who has been advancing the field for with 30 years. She teaches weaving at her studio and has taught design at numerous organizations in South Florida. She exhibits her work in museums, galleries and private collections locally, nationally and internationally. Active in arts communities, she has fundraised for museums, colleges, and arts organizations. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the American Tapestry Alliance. 



Fantastic Fibers Miami is a member supported fiber art guild for weavers, knitters, crocheters, stitchers, surface designers, mixed media fiber artists, dyers, printers, felters, and more. We meet on the 4th Saturday of every month at 2:00. Please RSVP!

Contact: Pamela Palma   786.897.8856


Pamela Palma Designs

Fantastic Fibers Miami


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Delray Gets It Right! Join In Celebrating Delray Beach “Plein Fun Fest”!

Delray Beach Gets It Right!  Despite the recent trend of banning painters from capturing the local scenes on the street in cities such as St. Augustine, Winter Park, and Barcelona, Spain, the city of Delray Beach is actively supporting plein air painters!  Delray Beach understands the difference between hucksters bothering tourists in exchange for a few coins for entertainment and the artistic endeavors of artists who are capturing their town’s history in valuable works. The Rickie Report urges everyone to join in “Plein Air Fun Fest” on February 19th-21st.   On Friday, February 19th, plein air artists are welcome to stop by the tent in Old School Square for art critiques.  On Saturday, February 20th, come and watch the artists as they paint every day scenes and bring more emphasis to the “ordinary”.  Everything will be for sale at 5pm! On Sunday, February 21st, a new generation of plein air painters take center stage with mentors Ralph Papa and members of Plein Air Palm Beach (PAPB).  Here are the details and some sneak peeks! No wonder that Delray Beach has twice won the all American City Award, and was recently named by the US News and World Report “the most fun small city” in America. This city gets it right!




Plein Air Palm Beach  Invites You To: 



Friday, February 19

 9 am – Noon



Saturday, February 20


8 am – 3:00 pm  Paint!

5:30 – 7:30 pm  Sale and Awards Reception!




Sunday, February 21  

3:30  Youth Paint Out!


Old School Square

 51 N. Swinton Street  Delray Beach, FL


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Come to Delray Beach, where more than 50 painters from around the country will capture scenes from the city in a two days event of competition, fun and education!  In addition to “Plein Air Fun Fest”, the Delray Beach Historical Society is hosting the  “Nostalgic Delray Exhibit” of more than 70 works, all painted on the streets of downtown Delray.  



Plein Air Palm Beach Painters in Delray Beach, FL




Friday, February 19th: Paint-out & Critique

There will be a Paint-out with Critique for those Artists who want to join in the FUN but not interested in competition. There is a charge of $20 which includes hospitality suite. Because of the popularity of Plein Air Palm Beach’s 1st & 3rd Tuesday paint-out with critique that is run by Manny Jomok we decided to make it part of Plein Fun Fest.


Registered Artists will meet at Old School Square at 9 AM and decide where to paint. Critique leaders will be available to offer assistance to those who are new to plein air. This Plein Air Paint-out allows artists the opportunity to enjoy not only painting but sharing their creativity with the public.


To the viewers, this art form can be very exciting because it invites them into the creative process: the sight, sound, and even smell of the artists’ world. One of the best parts of plein air painting is the congeniality of artists.



At Noon the artists will meet again at Old School Square Field House for an Artist Hospitality Suite. From there we will break into groups of no more than 10 for a shared art critique.





Plein Air Palm Beach artists on location


Saturday: Plein Air Competition

Plein Air Competition: Saturday Feb 20, 2016 -Juried Artists have been selected to compete in this event that will take place in Delray Beach, FL on Saturday, February 20, 2016.

Awards ceremony and reception Feb. 20 from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM. Cash awards will be given as follows: 1st Place, 2nd Place; 3rd Place; Judges’ Recognition and Honorable Mention. Sales of paintings resulting from this exhibition are subject to a 30% commission.


8 to 9 AM: Artists check in at the south side of the Crest Theater at Old School Square at 51 N. Swinton Ave, Delray Beach, FL. Once participating artists have their canvases or painting surfaces stamped at check-in. Artists may have stamped as many painting surfaces as they wish but may only submit up to two artworks in the competition.




Plein Air Palm Beach artist on location



The Plein Air Painting Locations:

After check-in artists can then begin painting at location of their choice anywhere within the boundaries Delray Beach. Each artist of will be given a map that delineates the competition boundaries and suggested painting locations for those artists unfamiliar with the area. Artists will be able to choose their own location from a thoughtfully compiled list of suggestions. Locations include marinas, historic buildings and monuments, gardens, architecture, ocean, intracoastal waterway views, small shops and much more. In case of rain, covered locations with views that artists can paint will also be identified.


Artists must paint within the competition boundaries and without the assistance of photographs. Any medium may be used, although photography is not acceptable in this competition.


3-4 PM: An area for framing and photographing artwork will be setup in the Music Room of the Crest Theater. There will also be a hospitality suite exclusively for competing artists in the Library of the Crest Theater. Competing artists can turn in up to two framed, ready to hang artworks which will be displayed from the artist easel(s) in the Ocean Breeze room and Loge Walkway of Delray Beach Center for the Arts. Artworks must be completed by 3 pm and on display by 4 pm.


4:30 PM: Exhibit, awards and sale will take place in the Ocean Breeze room and the Loge walkway connecting to the Cornell Museum, where an exhibit of Plein Air Palm Beach Contributing artists will be ongoing.


5:30 – 7:30 PM Artists & Collectors Reception and Awards Ceremony

The Awards

Cash awards based on the judges selections will be given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place, Juror’s Recognition and Honorable Mention Awards.
1st Place $1000.
2nd Place $500.
3rd Place $200.
Juror’s Recognition $150.
Honorable Mention $150.
Additional awards may be presented at the committee’s discretion.




Bystanders watching Palm Beach Plein Artist on location

Sunday: Youth Plein Air Event


On Sunday, February 21 from 1 PM to 3:30 PM there will be a youth plein air paint out. A group of young artists ages 10-18 from Milagro Center, IXT Young Artists and others will have an opportunity to paint en plein air. Ralph Papa is the chairperson for this event and will be doing a demonstration to start things off. The pre-registered young artists will then paint on the ground of Old School Square. . Ralph along with artists from PAPB will be assisting the young artists in a mentoring capacity. After the paint-out the young artists and the mentors will meet back in Old School Square for and ice cream social and show and tell of the day’s paint-out.







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JCC Call To Artists For 2D and 3D Works. Open To All Ages And Offering Cash Prizes

The Rickie Report shares the details and application for a Call to Artists: “Art 2016 Biennial Juried Art Competition” at the Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery located in Boca Raton, FL. You are invited to submit up to three entries of 2D or 3D Original works of art completed within the last 3 years. The deadline is December 11, 2015. The Exhibition takes place February 11 through March 17, 2016. Did we mention Cash Awards?  We urge you to share this with teens and youth as well as other adults!




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Art 2016 Biennial Juried Art Competition

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Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery



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Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center for Jewish Life Enhancement

Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center

21050 95th Avenue South Boca Raton, FL 33428

561-558-2504 (office)

Sue Harrington, Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery Director



Sculpture Can Weigh Up To 100 Pounds!

Open to All Ages – Youth and Teen Entries Encouraged!


Eligible works include:

Paintings, Graphics, Mixed Media, Wood, Clay, Metal, Glass, Fiber Art, Indoor and Outdoor Sculptures and Photographs.


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The Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center at the Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center provides a welcoming environment and a sense of community for active adults of all ages to pursue high quality and enriching educational, cultural, social and recreational experiences. The Levis JCC welcomes individuals of all ages, races, and religious affiliations living in South Florida. It is located at 9801 Donna Klein Blvd, Boca Raton, FL 33428.




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Kinetic Art Events with Elayna Toby are Open to the Public and FREE

The public is invited to transform an historic tree into a kinetic sculpture! The FREE EVENTS will take place on NOVEMBER 1st, 8th, & 15th. A majestic kapok tree in east Boynton Beach will be temporarily transformed into a kinetic sculpture by led local kinetic artist Elayna Toby, and everyone is invited to participate in the creative process. Three FREE “community creating” events will be held at the Boynton Beach City Library’s program room, 208 S. Seacreast Blvd. Come by anytime between 10am and 1pm. Simply bring small objects you’d like to re-purpose into art that will hang from the tree. Everyone who participates will design a section of the sculpture with the items they bring. Elayna Toby will string together community designed sections into twirling strands that will hang from the tree.  The Rickie Report urges everyone to JUST STOP BY for this FUN, Informative activity – a different way to recycle!  Did we mention FREE? 






Saturdays:  November 1st,  8th  &  15th


10:00 am-1:00 pm


Boynton Beach City Library

208 S. Seacrest Blvd.       Boynton Beach












A majestic kapok tree in east Boynton Beach will be temporarily transformed into a kinetic sculpture by led local kinetic artist Elayna Toby, and everyone is invited to participate in the creative process.




Kapok Tree

Kapok Tree

Three FREE “community creating” events will be held at the Boynton Beach City Library’s program room, 208 S. Seacreast Blvd. Come by anytime between 10am and 1pm. Simply bring small objects you’d like to re-purpose into art that will hang from the tree. Everyone who participates will design a section of the sculpture with the items they bring. Elayna Toby will string together community designed sections into twirling strands that will hang from the tree.


It’s easy and fun to be part of this unique community art project! Simply rummage through your shelves and junk drawers to find small items to upcycle into art such as bells, bits of hardware, old keys, machine or computer parts, gears or other baubles. Everyone is invited to participate. You need not think of yourself as creative or artistic to contribute to this kinetic sculpture.




“I’m excited to see the special kapok tree transformed into kinetic art with the community’s discarded and found objects,” says kinetic artist Elayna Toby. “I love seeing the surprise on people’s faces when they realize it’s fun and not hard to create something artistic with ordinary items they have around the house.”




Participants will also have the opportunity to create “video selfies” about their unique objects and the artistic compositions they create during each event. A video, showcasing the hundreds of community participants who contributed items that make up Kinetic-Connections, will be featured adjacent to the transformed tree during the International Kinetic Art Exhibition and Symposium that will be held February 6-8, 2015.



Kinetic-Connections will be a temporary installation taken down at the end of the symposium, leaving the tree in its original state, as if untouched. The strands, inspired by and generated from the community, will then be “recycled” back into the world, made available for sale as decorations for home or garden. A portion of the proceeds from sales of these strands will benefit the City of Boynton Beach Art in Public Places program and Resource Depot. Kinetic artist Elayna Toby was commissioned by the City of Boynton Beach/Art in Public Places to create Kinetic-Connections as part of the 2015 International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium.

 For more information visit These workshops are part of the International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium –



“The most exciting part of Kinetic-Connections for us is the community involvement in creating an interactive site specific installation.” Says Debby Coles-Dobay, Boynton Beach’s Public Arts Manager and chief coordinator of the of the International Kinetic Art Exhibition and Symposium.  Kinetic-Connections is brought to you by Elayna Toby Art, in partnership with the 2015 International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium, the City of Boynton Beach/Art in Public Places, and Resource Depot.



















With a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and an M.S. in Public Horticulture Administration and Museum Management, Elayna Toby’s interests are as varied as her artwork which is currently on exhibition at OSGS Gallery in West Palm Beach’s Northwood section. Internationally, she was invited by Habla: The Center for Language and Culture, to lead a “natural mobiles” workshop at Park Aak, an ecological park in Mexico.


More information about Elayna Toby and Kinetic-Connections can be found at


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From Paddle Boards to Easels: Meet Lighthouse ArtCenter’s New Art School Director Cynthia Trone

Cynthia Trone is a familiar face at the Lighthouse ArtCenter and the surrounding region.  She is well known for her creative environmental activism.  The Rickie Report met with Cynthia, the new Director of the Lighthouse ArtCenter’s School of Art. Here, she talks about how she transitioned from paddle boards to easels and about her goals for the School of Art.  









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Cynthia Trone


Director for School of Art




Cynthia Trone

Cynthia Trone


The Lighthouse ArtCenter has named Cynthia Trone director of its School of Art.  “New leadership means new opportunities to grow,” said Katie Deits, Executive Director of the Tequesta museum and art school, currently celebrating its 50th anniversary. Cynthia joined the staff of the Lighthouse ArtCenter in April, 2013, as Executive Assistant to Katie Deits. 



TRR: Please tell us about your background



I graduated from Colby College with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature.  I’m a Jersey girl who was raised with Manhattan in her backyard.  Then I spent my 20’s and early 30’s on the coast of Maine. I raised my three children in Burlington, Vt., and moved to Tequesta in 2005.  I am an artist who loves photography and  writing. 



Jupiter Pointe Paddle Board

Jupiter Pointe Paddle Board

TRR:  Your previous experiences with environmental activism include creating platforms as educational elements for all ages.


I managed Jupiter Outdoor Center and Jupiter Pointe Paddling for six years and taught thousands of people the simple pleasure of “the glide”.  Before paddle boarding became popular, I was helping lead ecotours and teaching children and adults yoga on paddle boards!



Justin Riney, Mother Ocean

Justin Riney, Mother Ocean



I am the Operations Director of Mother Ocean and volunteer Project Lead for Expedition Florida 500, a statewide conservation effort.   I grew up inspired by the sea, have a deep love of the outdoors and feel community is important.  The Mother Ocean project has been a great opportunity to bring non-profits and communities together on a State level.  It is exciting to be part of this movement, as Justin Riney brings awareness of the importance of our waterways to all parts of Florida!





TRR: How does that translate to the arts?


It was thrilling to be part of the recent Arts & Conservation Summit held in Vero Beach, FL this past January.  What a phenomenal opportunity to show how using the arts to express and embrace nature, we can protect what we love!  This is a collaboration to make the world a better place and to teach future generations!





TRR:  Which brings us to your role at the Lighthouse ArtCenter



Lighthouse ArtCenter is a place that is nurturing…a safe place to try new things…to breath in the creative air and to connect with the community.   The School of Art offers eight-week sessions as well as one, two, or three-day workshops.  They are the perfect occasion to try a new medium without making an 8 week commitment.  



Jewelry with Tracey Roedl

Jewelry with Tracey Roedl



The School encompasses classes and workshops for young children, teens and adults.  There are day and evening offerings, where you can explore painting with acrylic, oil or watercolor.  You can learn new photography techniques or create decorative/functional items with fused glass. Learn how to create your own jewelry pieces or gain skills in the newest trend such a encaustic painting ( using wax and collage techniques).  We have the largest kiln facility in the area, with 10 pottery wheels and 6 kilns, so ceramics is a big interest here.



Ceramics with Cara McKinley


Katie Diets shares, ” Over the past year, Ms. Trone has proven her leadership abilities, first as executive assistant and now as director of the school. She also will oversee the ArtCenter’s summer camp programs.  Ms. Trone is responsible for management of the Center’s marketing, community outreach, as well as donor development, grants management and fundraising.It’s something that comes naturally for her.  We look forward to Cynthia guiding some of our relationships with other local organizations by integrating environmental themes in the art projects our students create.”


Sculpture with Eduardo Gomez

Sculpture with Eduardo Gomez



TRR:  You have an exceptional faculty.  How does an artist approach LAC to be included?




I celebrate our faculty as well as our supportive Board. Our goal is to forge connections between the community, our exhibits, receptions and classes. Interested artists should email me and send an overview of jpegs of their work.  We are always recruiting.  Include your: medium, availability (day, evening, weekend), length of lessons ( 8 week class or 1,2,3 day workshop), preferred ages of students (young children, youth, adult), a brief resume and some references.  



Art Camp

Art Camp


Our new Session begins April 28 for 6 weeks, followed by a 10 week Summer Session starting June 9th.  There are limited classes during the day in the summer due to summer camp activities from 9 am – 3 pm, but we still have evening and weekend sessions. We’re already planning our Early Fall Session which begins September 8th.


“I invite everyone to stop by the School of Art, see what we do, then enroll in a class,” Ms. Trone said.   The School of Art is around the corner from the museum, at 95 Seabrook Road, Tequesta. Call (561) 748-8737




The Lighthouse ArtCenter, a member-supported 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, provides visual and performing arts for the community through unique collections, engaging exhibitions and cultural programs, a dynamic School of Art and diverse outreach activities. Programs are funded in part by the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council and the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners.



For information on the Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum, School of Art, exhibitions, programs and events, visit or call (561) 746-3101. The Lighthouse ArtCenter is at Gallery Square North, 373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta, Fla., one-half mile west of U.S. Highway 1. Museum hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is $5 Monday through Friday. Admission is free on Saturday. Closed Sunday.



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