The Behind-The-Scenes Story of “The Midwives” Painting By Carla Golembe

Imagine our delight and surprise when reading Hadassah Magazine and seeing a painting that looked familiar!  Rickie Leiter, publisher of The Rickie Report interviews Carla Golembe, to share the behind-the-scenes story of how her painting, “The Midwives” was published.  Carla teaches at Old School Square in Delray Beach and at the Boca Museum School of Art, focusing on nurturing her students to express what they feel.  Her acrylic paintings and limited editions are sold internationally. The Rickie Report shares the story and some sneak peeks of her other works of art here.

 

 

C  A  R  L  A        G  O  L  E  M  B  E  

 

ARTIST   ILLUSTRATOR

 

 

 

“The Midwives” by Carla Golembe

 

Carla Golembe tells The Rickie Report, “We live on an increasingly small planet in dangerous times. The state of our world is impossible to ignore. As humans we straddle the river of our potential with one foot on each bank. Our capacity for love and compassion is equaled by our ability to turn our backs on one another and by the biases and hatreds that people have harbored since the beginning of time”.  

 

She says, “And yet I continue to paint beauty, joy, connection and harmony. My paintings are human and universal, multicultural and cross cultural. My intention is to create a visual haven that encourages viewers to enter my domain, dwell in beauty, rejoice in color and breathe. The figures emanate wonder and mystery. The work is evocative rather than descriptive. My interest as an artist lies in expressing how something feels rather than what it looks like. As my subject matter expands to include both my inner vision and the outer world, I find myself painting about inclusiveness and caring for the earth. I am painting hope. This is my authentic personal expression and my purpose as a painter. The world of my paintings is not “realism” but perhaps it’s “magic realism”. It’s the reality of what makes my life worth living, what makes us human and what I want to bring into the world”.

 

 

“Mantras II” by Carla Golembe

 

 

Carla’s paintings are the product of her dreams and experiences. They speak of hope and love, of mystery and delight. Her work expresses the harmony between individuals, between people and animals, people and nature, within a person’s soul. They are colorful and sensual, reflecting the tropical beauty of her home and travels. “The full spectrum of positive emotion echoes through my work. Although the pieces express an optimistic attitude they are not naïve, rather they come from an understanding that pain and anxiety are part of life but joy is a more desirable place to dwell. Although my compositions are designed and defined sometimes there is no gravity in my visual world. The figures often inhabit ambiguous spaces, places where earth, sky and water flow into one another and where light and darkness merge. They are frequently caught in a moment of being or becoming, for it is in that moment that all dreams are possible”.

 

 

“For All ll” by Carla Golembe

 

 

Color brings life to Carla’s imagery, as she works in acrylic, building layer upon layer of color. With this layering technique she is able to achieve a simple but complex depth. The process is always unfolding, always revealing more. Strong color, shape and composition give impact to the imagery. Her influences come from both traditional Western art and folk art. The result is a blend and balance that is her own unique style.

 

TRR:  Tell us how “The midwives” painting came to be published in Hadassah Magazine

CG:

Back in the early 80’s I was showing my work at Kolbo Fine Judaica in Brookline, MA. I’d been showing there since 1979 and still exhibit paintings there now. In the 80’s I was primarily working in monotype. I had created a piece with a calligraphic border depicting Shifra and Puah, the midwives who saved the male Jewish babies who Pharoah had decreed must be put to death. It was hanging in Kolbo’s window.

 

 

 

 

MANA (Midwives Alliance of North America) was having a national conference in Brookline and one of the attendees saw the Midwives piece when she was walking by Kolbo. She contacted me about it, to ask if MANA could make a poster from it, but it had already sold. We came to an agreement; I would create a new piece that MANA could use for the poster, charge them a low fee for usage rights and, in return, once poster sales profit exceeded my fee they’d pay me a small percentage of the sales. I would keep the piece. The arrangement worked well.

 

A number of months later MANA asked me about the original that I’d created for the poster. They wanted to honor a midwife who was 85 or 90 years old and had delivered hundreds of babies in the Arizona Territory before Arizona was a state. They wanted to give her the piece but they didn’t have much money to spend. I felt privileged that they would want to honor her with my artwork and clearly, right thing to do was to donate the piece to give to this woman and that’s what I did. I think that was a good karmic moment. You give and you receive. Sales of the poster (and later the T- shirt) were strong for almost 30 years and every 6 months or a year I’d get a little royalty check as well as notes and emails about how much the poster meant to midwives all over the country.

 

The image had been taken from a slide and eventually the slide was lost and no one could find the image which had deteriorated over time anyway and so, as of a few years ago, there were no more posters or shirts available. But I’d still occasionally get inquiries about it because someone had seen a poster or a t shirt. My response was always to explain that as far as I knew they were not in circulation but that I would be happy to create an original based on that piece although, of course, it would be different. Every piece is an original and I was now working in acrylic rather than monotype.

 

Last summer I was contacted by Steve Calvin of the Minnesota Birth Center about the poster which he had seen while visiting the Breath of Life Birthing Center in Largo, FL. He commissioned a painting based on the poster. It was really enjoyable revisiting the theme over 30 years later in a different medium and a pleasure working with Steve. He was very happy with the painting which graces the walls of the Birth Center. Then, last winter, I was contacted by Hadassah Magazine about the old poster. They were planning to publish an article on midwives in their March issue and had seen the original poster image. Could they have permission to use it to illustrate the article? I explained that there were no images of the original poster (I had no files and the slide was gone) but that I’d created a new piece for the Minnesota Birth Center and I would contact them to see if it was ok for the magazine to use it.

 

The Birth Center was very gracious and said it was fine with them and that’s how the image came to be used in the magazine, though Hadassah chose not to include the border with the calligraphy.  I am selling prints, t shirts, coffee mugs etc with the image of the new painting through Fine Art America. The request made by the Minnesota Birth Center was that I donate a percentage of my profits from sales of the image to the Breath of Life Birthing Center in Largo, FL. I am happy to do so. So the good karma and love from this piece continues.

 

“Dragonfly Days” by Carla Golembe

TRR:  Your background as an illustrator and artist is so full. Please tell us more.

CG:

 

Carla Golembe is an award winning artist, illustrator, author and teacher. Her work is shown at galleries throughout the United States. Collections include Hyatt Corp, Pan Pacific Hotels, Sheppard Pratt Hospital, Medical College of Virginia Hospitals, Worcester Art Museum (Worcester, MA), Academy Art Museum (Easton, MD), Boston Public Library, University College of University of Maryland, Montgomery County MD Art in Public Places and others. She has received artist residencies from the Hambidge Center in Rabun Gap, GA; Altos de Chavon in the Dominican Republic and Kalani Honua in Hawaii. As an artist in residence in these places she presented her work to the community by giving talks, demonstrations and exhibitions.  Carla’s paintings are represented by Cove Gallery, Wellfleet, MA, Kolbo Fine Judaica, Brookline, MA, and Gallery Galleon, Vieques, Puerto Rico.

 

 

“The Princess And The Queen” by Carla Golembe

 

 

Carla’s children’s books are numerous and have sold internationally.  Her other illustration work includes greeting cards, fine illustration stock images for Artville/Getty Images and Imagezoo, educational and medical projects for children and magazine work. She has received awards for her children’s books from the New York Times, Parent’s Choice, The American Folklore Society and PMA, the Independent Book Publisher’s Association as well as others.

 

“Submerged” by Carla Golembe

 

 

Carla has taught fine art and illustration courses at Maryland College of Art and Design and the Maryland Institute College of Art, and Lighthouse Center for the Arts. She worked with elementary school children teaching them to write and illustrate picture books and fold books through the Center for Creative Education and the Milagro Center. She presently teaches painting at Old School Square in Delray Beach and the Art School of the Boca Museum of Art . She has been doing presentations and workshops for children, teens and adults in schools, libraries, museums and other community based venues for over 25 years. Carla has been an artist for five Animals on Parade Public Art Projects including Washington DC’s Party Animals and Pandamania, Ocean City Maryland’s OC Beach Birds, Prince George’s County, Maryland’s Birds-I-View and Palm Beach County’s Wild Things.

 

For more information about Carla’s artwork, classes, workshops: 

Please contact carlagolembe@gmail.com

 

 

Carla’s website: www.carlagolembe.com

 

 

 

Here are more links:

https://fineartamerica.com/featured/the-midwives-carla-golembe.html  Prints available of many sold and unsold paintings through Fine Art America

http://fineartamerica.com/artists/carla+golembe/paintings  All are original acrylics on canvas. Most paintings available for purchase.

Cove Gallery http://www.covegallery.com
Gallery Galleon http://www.gallerygalleon.com/carla_golembe.php#worx
Bess Press http://besspress.com/products/product/1859.html
Image Zoo http://www.imagezoo.com/results.asp?lstfotogs=CGO
Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=carla+golembe

 

 

 

 

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Sheree Blum’s Glasswork Goes World-Wide

Sheree Blum started selling her unique fused glass plates at the Green Market in Wellington only a few short years ago. She used that experience to learn more about marketing and selling her work.  Anthropologie’s order of over 4,000 plates sold in the US and the UK is history.  Recently showcased in People Magazine and Epicurious Magazine, Sheree has a lot of information to share with other artists.  Watch for her new line of cake stands for the 2014 Holiday Season in Anthropologie!  The Rickie Report presents this Feature Article and interview with Sheree Blum of Kicking Glass.

 

 

 

Sheree Blum

of

Kicking Glass

 

 

Cobalt Blue Bon Bon Stand by Sheree Blum

Cobalt Blue Bon Bon Stand by Sheree Blum

 

 

 

TRR: How did your childhood influence your interest in art?

SB:

 

I grew up in a rural area of New York State, near the Pennsylvania border and am the oldest of 6 children.  My father showed his gifted artistry through his masonry work and my mother was busy with art projects, like ceramics, on a regular basis.  At that time in the US educational system, art played a very large part not only in the classroom, but in our community.  You at least had to try something, whether you liked it or not!

 

I enjoyed those activities but moved on to married life at 18 and then started a family.  Being a mother to my three children was my priority until I went to college at age 27.  I was lucky to attend Jamestown Community College and then St. Bonaventure University, where they provided a nurturing day care setting while I had my classes.  I graduated with a degree in Elementary Education.  In 1990, I moved with my children to Wellington, FL. and starting working in Belle Glade.  I decided to get my Masters degree in Special Education at FAU and worked in the Pahokee Elementary School in Special Education.  I also worked within the school setting of the Dept. of Juvenile Justice, with a focus on academics. I retired just two years ago.

 

Sheree Blum Begins Creating a Glass Plate

Sheree Blum Begins Creating Glass Plates

 

TRR:  How did that lead you to a career in art and specifically glass?

SB:

 

I always used art projects to teach and enhance the learning environment.  I found it helped keep my students’ attention and increase their interest in education.  During my teaching career, I  met the owners of Lee Glass Art, Wayne Taylor and Sheldon Bickford in Mt. Dora Florida.   Always fascinated by color, I convinced them to let me apprentice!  I went to Winter Harbor, Maine during my summer breaks to train in their method.

 

 

If I were a wealthy person, I always said I would own a million dishes!  I love the blending of science, experimentation and art when I work with glass.  And now that I had a lot of dishes, I decided to practice my salesmanship by being a vendor at the Wellington Green Market!

 

Epicurious Magazine's article about Sheree Blum's Glass

Epicurious Magazine’s article about Sheree Blum’s Glass

 

 

 That is when a buyer from Anthropologie  saw my work.  He bought some pieces, but I had no idea who he was until several months later when I received a call from their tabletop buyer. The lady that was with him did whisper in my ear that this was my lucky day, but I had no idea what this meant.  I learned a lot!  About pricing, figuring out my timing, how to box and ship everything safely. 4,000 dishes were sold throughout the US and United Kingdom in a few months!

 

 

I applied and was accepted to be part of Howard Alan’s Crafts Shows and was able to continue making new pieces, experimenting with new techniques and selling to the public.  At this time, I am a resident artist at Art on Park Gallery, the home of the Artists of Palm Beach County; OSGS in Northwood (West Palm Beach) and Kolbo Gallery of Judaica in Brookline, MA.  I enjoy making apple and honey plates for Rosh Hashanah and Seder Plates for Passover for their catalogue.  In addition, the Iriquois Hotel on Mackinaw Island ordered special dishes they use for service and also sell in their gift shop.

 

 

People Magazine's article about Sheree Blum's Glass

People Magazine’s article about Sheree Blum’s Glass available at Anthropologie

 

 

It’s been a real treat for me to see my creations highlighted by being mentioned and shown in Jennie Garth’s Tabletop Decor column, People Magazine (April 14, 2014) and a full page presentation in Epicurious Magazine’s Spring/Summer,2014 (page 52)!  I just found out that my dishes are now listed with Replacements,Ltd. as well!

 

 

 

Blues and Greens by Sheree Blum

Blues and Greens by Sheree Blum

TRR:  What are your favorite as well as challenging moments?

SB:

 

There is nothing like the excitement I feel when I am creating!  And I love meeting the people at the shows, knowing I am sending my creations out to new homes where they will be appreciated. The most challenging part of being a full time professional artist is marketing and selling one’s work.  But you have to do it in order to keep creating!

 

 

 

Wild Rose Bud Bowl by Sheree Blum

Wild Rose Bud Bowl by Sheree Blum

TRR:  Do you have any helpful hints for emerging artists?

SB:

 

Be brave!  Have a business plan – do your math.  Don’t just jump off the building without Plan A, Plan B and maybe even Plan C!  Don’t hesitate to take risks.  Be professional in your demeanor and behavior at all times.  Do your homework – how many dishes fit into the box safely?  Where do you get the boxes?  Don’t forget the paper slips in between each dish.  Everything you use counts, is necessary and adds to your price.  Consider your price ranges and whether you want to sell retail, wholesale or both.  Be consistent and ask for what your artwork is worth!  I hope that other artists also consider helping the community by making some donations.  I recently sent seven sets of dishes to families who lost everything from tornado damage in MS.

 

 

Shell Dish by Sheree Blum

Shell Dish by Sheree Blum

 

TRR:   What story does your art tell?

SB:

 

I bring bright color into people’s everyday world.  It may not seem important in the grand scheme of things, but I hope that these dishes will conjure up happy memories and become family heirlooms.  This is a quieter voice than the one I used when I was teaching, but I believe it is the same message.  Ordinary objects can imbue happiness.

 

 

Flowers by Sheree Blum

Black Flowers by Sheree Blum

TRR:  Please take us from the beginning of an  idea to a finished piece of work.

SB:

 

 

I usually start with a big idea.  For example, I wanted to create some glass pieces with an ocean feel and incorporate coral reefs.  I find designs that meet the criterion – they could come from a piece of fabric, a photo or other objects.  My idea begins to solidify.  Then I decide on colors and move forward with a prototype to test out my theory.  Does it meet my standards?  If not, it becomes a salad dish at my house.  If it does, I make more!   Sometimes the need to meet the requirements of the marketplace influence my work – otherwise I wouldn’t have a thriving business!  And then, there are pieces I just feel I have to try…to meet my own needs.

 

Cobalt Blues and Other Plates by Sheree Blum

Cobalt Blues and Other Plates by Sheree Blum

 

 

TRR:   How do you maintain your level of creativity?

SB:

 

I let my mine wander.  I dabble in watercolors and enjoy playing Scrabble.

 

 

 

"Sea Glass" Colors by Sheree Blum

“Sea Glass” Colors by Sheree Blum

TRR:  How do you define success?

SB:

 

Success has nothing to do with money!  You are successful if you are happy and satisfied at the end of the day.

 

 

 

 

 

Wild Rose Plate by Sheree Blum

Wild Rose Plate by Sheree Blum

 

For more information about Sheree Blum’s glasswork please visit:

www.kickingglassbysheree.com

Her work is currently located at Artists of Palm Beach County’s Art on Park Gallery ( Lake Park,FL), OSGS in Northwood (W.Palm Beach, FL), Kolbo Gallery (Brookline, MA) and Iriquois Hotel (Mackinaw Island). Sheree is available for special orders and commissions.

 

 

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

Carla Golembe SOLO Exhibit at Delray Beach Library

The Rickie Report knows your senses will be intoxicated when you see Carla Golembe’s vibrant artwork.  She is an award-winning artist whose work has been seen in galleries throughout the United States. Her illustrations fill dozens of children’s books and her work hangs in corporate collections around the globe.  She will have a SOLO exhibit at the Delray Beach Library that you won’t want to miss!

 

Carla Golembe

SOLO EXHIBIT

 “Passionate About Beauty”

April 1- May 31, 2013

Delray Beach Public Library, 2nd floor

 100 W Atlantic Ave  Delray Beach, FL

 

 

Carla Golembe is an award winning artist, illustrator, author and teacher.  Her work is shown at galleries throughout the United States. Collections include Hyatt Corp, Pan Pacific Hotels, Sheppard Pratt Hospital, Medical College of Virginia Hospitals, Worcester Art Museum (Worcester, MA), Academy Art Museum (Easton, MD), Boston Public Library and others.  She has received artist residencies from the Hambidge Center in Rabun Gap, GA; Altos de Chavon in the Dominican Republic and Kalani Honua in Hawaii.  As an artist in residence in these places she presented her work to the community by giving talks, demonstrations and exhibitions.

 

"Evening Doves"

“Evening Doves”

Carla wrote and illustrated several children’s books: A Story of Surfing, The Story of Hula, M is for Maryland, Washington DC ABC’s, Annabelle’s Big Move and Dog Magic. She illustrated Why the Sky is Far Away, The Creation, People of Corn, How Night Came from the Sea and The Woman in the Moon, Sun and Honeybees.  She also wrote and illustrated the Zippy and Zoe series, published in Taiwan.

 

Carla’s other illustration work includes greeting cards, fine illustration stock images for Artville/Getty Images and Imagezoo, educational and medical projects for children and magazine work. She has received awards for her children’s books from the New York Times, Parent’s Choice, The American Folklore Society and PMA, the Independent Book Publisher’s Association to name a few.

"Forever Friends"

“Forever Friends”

Carla taught fine art and illustration courses at Maryland College of Art and Design and the Maryland Institute College of Art, and Lighthouse Center for the Arts (Tequesta,FL).  She worked with elementary school children teaching them to write and illustrate picture books and fold books through the Center for Creative Education and the Milagro Center. She now teaches painting and drawing at Delray Beach Center for the Arts and the Art School of the Boca Museum of Art .  She’s been doing presentations and workshops for children, teens and adults in schools, libraries, museums and other community based venues for almost  20 years.  Carla has been an artist for five Animals on Parade Public Art Projects including Washington DC’s Party Animals and Pandamania, Ocean City Maryland’s OC Beach Birds, Prince George’s County, Maryland’s Birds-I-View and Palm Beach County’s Wild Things.

 

Carla tells The Rickie Report, “We live on an increasingly small planet in dangerous times.  The state of our world is impossible to ignore.  Some artists choose to chronicle the specific time in which we live, to reflect our history at this moment.  I choose to paint imagery that transcends the moment.  It is human and universal.  My intention is to create a visual haven that encourages viewers to enter my personal vision, to relax, smile and breathe.”

 

"Tuscan

“Tuscan Days VIII”

Carla goes on to explain, “My paintings are the product of my dreams and experiences.  They speak of hope and love, of mystery and delight.    My work expresses the harmony between individuals, between people and animals, people and nature, within a person’s soul.  They are colorful and sensual, reflecting the tropical beauty of my home and travels. The full spectrum of positive emotion echoes through my work.   Although the pieces express an optimistic attitude they are not naïve, rather they come from an understanding that pain and anxiety are part of life but joy is a more desirable place to dwell…. there is no gravity in my visual world. The figures often inhabit ambiguous spaces, places where earth, sky and water flow into one another and where light and darkness merge.  They are frequently caught in a moment of being or becoming, for it is in that moment that all dreams are possible.”

 

"Valentine"

“Valentine”

Color brings life to Carla’s imagery.  She works in acrylic, building layer upon layer of color.  With this layering technique  she is able to achieve a simple but complex depth. The process is always unfolding, always revealing more.  Strong color, shape and composition give impact to the imagery.  Her influences come from both traditional Western art and folk art.  The result is a blend and balance that is her own unique style.

 

Educated at Bennington College, Bennington, VT. BA in Art (1972) and Instituto Allende, Mexico MFA in Painting, Cum Laude. Assistantships in Printmaking (1979), Carla’s work is part of numerous Corporate Collections, including: Bessamer Venture Partners, McCormack and Dodge, Peabody and Brown, DeVries Direct Marketing Assistance Corp., Ingalls Quinn and Johnson, Goldstein and Manello, Kutak, Rock and Campbell, Boston Public Library, Hyatt Corporation, Fundacion Centro Cultural, Altos de Chavon , Worcester Art Museum ,Lotus Medical College of Virginia Hospitals, Pan Pacific Hotels, Sheppard Pratt Hospital, Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD, Buck Law Group,  JFK Library, Washington, DC, University College, University of Maryland and Montgomery County MD Art in Public Places.

 

The Rickie Report knows that local organizations are often looking for speakers and would recommend contacting Carla.  Her art work and previous presentations across the US and abroad promise a fascinating program!  Her work is currently available at: Cove Gallery, Wellfleet, MA       Kolbo, Brookline, MA  and Gallery Galleon , Vieques, PR.  To contact Carla Golembe call   561 498-9185 , visit her  website: www.carlagolembe.com  or email   carlagolembe@gmail.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:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291