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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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

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Art Adventures and Whitespace Announce “Washington/Baltimore Private Collectors and their Collections”

Elayne and Marvin Mordes are offering an amazing opportunity to visit the Washington/Baltimore area to meet private art collectors in their homes and see their collections!  The Rickie Report cannot think of a better way to spend five days – and if there is a hard-to-buy-for “someone” consider an early holiday gift!  This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! We urge you to sign up early before the limited spaces are gone.  
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Save the dates for Whitespace Season:
  Opening on November 20, Thursday from 6-9 pm with the exhibition, 
offering 29 international Jewelry Artists who use repurposed, recycled and creative materials to sculpt body jewelry!  Perfect timing for holiday gift-giving!

This program will open Thursday, November 20th, Friday November 21st, Saturday November 22nd and Sunday November 23rd

  11 AM – 4 PM.

 

Please check our website at www.whitespacecollection.com for additional info on Whitespace programming for Season 2014-2015 beginning in August.

 

 

 

Art Adventures & Whitespace
announces
2014: Washington/Baltimore
Private: “collectors and their collections”
Wednesday, November 5 beginning at 4:30  – Sunday, November 9 in the AM.
 Highlights in Washington:
wednesday, thursday and friday
stay at the 5 star Mandarin Oriental Hotel for 4 nights
Visit top six collectors in their amazing homes and view their collections!
Glenstone

Glenstone

Visit to Glenstone – home and “over the top” private collection
Tour the Hirshhorn Museum exhibitions and view the newly renovated permanent collection ring with the curator.
Enjoy fabulous food for the stomach as well as the mind!
 Highlights in Baltimore:
Saturday
Visionary Art Museum

Visionary Art Museum

Tour the Visionary Art Museum with the Director/Owner – Rebecca Hoffberger –
one of the only Museums of its kind in the United States!
Baltimore Art Museum

Baltimore Art Museum

Tour the Baltimore Museum of Art’s newly renovated and beautifully reinstalled Contemporary additiion.
Tour the  internationally famous Cone Collection with the curator of this collection as our guide!
Cone Collection

Cone Collection

Visit the beautiful, unique and exciting architectural home of one of the driving forces in the
contemporary art world – a beautiful intersection of art, architecture and objects!
Visit top large scale contemporary photography collection
(Gursky, Struth, Muniz , Richter and also Meese, Munoz, etc.)
  and view this in the home of the collector – a very personal and focused collection!
Looking forward to your response:
Your ultimate tour guides:
Elayne+Marvin
itinerary subject to change
Elayne Mordes, ASID AAA
Whitespace Art Adventures
2805 N. Australian Avenue         West Palm Beach, Florida 33407
T:561.842.4131                               F:561.842.4132
E: 2805@mordes.net                    www.whitespacecollection.com
Registration form is available at   www.whitespacecollection.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

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

WITVA Presents Dr. Wilma B. Siegel, Pioneer of Art and Medicine

February and March are busy months for anyone who is interested in art lectures, classes, workshops or trips.  WITVA (Women – and Men in The Visual Arts) has a full calendar of activities to choose from!  The Rickie Report knows you will enjoy any or all of these options!

 

WITVA GENERAL MEETING

PRESENTATION BY WILMA B. SIEGEL:“HER ART AND INSPIRATIONS”

 

 FEBRUARY 15, 2013 

12PM, SOCIAL * 12:45PM, MEETING * 1:15PM, PROGRAM

             

SUGAR SAND PARK

300 South Military Trail

Boca Raton, Florida 

 
image-2Wilma Bulkin Siegel, M.D. graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1958 and received her medical degree in 1962 at Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania.   She has had a distinguished career as a prominent oncologist in New York City. In her career she was a pioneer establishing one of the first Hospices in the state of  New York and one of the first to accept AIDS patients.  
In the capacity of Medical Director of that Hospice she was asked to give her expertise on AIDS to the Presidential Commission in Washington. Following her retirement she combined medicine with her other childhood career target, painting, by attending The National Academy of Design.
Dr. Siegel has become an award-winning artist recognized nationally for her series of people living with AIDS, Survivors of AIDS, The Changing Faces of AIDS (Seniors), Breast Cancer Survivors, The Homeless, and the Elderly. Dr. Siegel has exhibited throughout the country, particularly in connection with events involved with AIDS and Cancer. 
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She has been featured on CNN television for her AIDS series and she has been elected into Who’s Who in American Art 2001. In the year 2005, April –October, she was 
featured in a one woman exhibition “Holocaust Survivors and Liberators” at The Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
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Her current passion is to bring art into the medical field as an educational tool and a forum for healing. In this new field of art in medicine she has been  instrumental in creating a program at U of Miami in Florida and Columbia Medical Center in NY City to bring artists to work with patients and also to teach medical students to see in a different way. She is a member of the Advisory Council of  Columbia Medical Center, New York City and the School of Nursing Drexel University, Philadelphia. In 2006 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters and was commencement speaker at Drexel University.
 

 
JOIN US FOR A VERY SPECIAL AFTERNOON

 MARCH 10, 2012

1-4 PM

WITVA ART CENTER “OPEN HOUSE” PARTY 

  • DEMONSTRATIONS BY 2D & 3D ARTISTS
  • ART SUPPLIES, SCULPTURE SUPPLIES, BOOKS AND MORE FOR SALE 
  • JOIN US FOR A FUN FILLED AFTERNOON
  • REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED
 2960 NW BOCA RATON BLVD.(NW2nd AVENUE)
BOCA RATON, FL. ON THE EAST SIDE
 
For more information please go to our website www.WITVA.org
WOMEN IN THE VISUAL ARTS EDUCATIONAL TRIP
MARCH 21, 2013
Our trip to Miami was a sellout, so we are planning to have another!   We will visit Palm Beach, The Society of the Four Arts, the Ann Weaver Norton Sculpture Garden and the Studio of a famous portrait artist.  All museum entry fees are included.  Lunch at TESTA’s (on your own) in Palm Beach.  You don’t have to drive! WE HAVE A BUS!  From Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton and Boynton Beach. $40.00 MEMBERS/$45.00 GUESTS Your check is your reservation.  Make out to WITVA and mail to P.O. Box 880668, Boca Raton, Florida 33488-0668  ATT:  Missy.  For more information please go to our website: www.WITVA.org
 

 

WITVA CLASS SCHEDULE

OPEN STUDIO:

February 8, 22, 2013 OPEN STUDIO – 10:30 AM – 4PM
Paint From a Live Model  $15 Members/$20 Non-Members
MUST MAKE A RESERVATION.  SEND CHECK MADE OUT TO WITVA: MAIL TO:P.O. BOX  880668,  Boca Raton, Florida 33488-0668

Lola Lichman  Studio Sessions

 Monday & Wednesday
  1 – 5:00 PM
Come to Paint, Get Intensive Instruction or an Occasional Critique.  From Beginners to those who need a Space to Work.  Try New Mediums with the Help of an Experienced Instructor.  Learn the Secrets of Color Mixing & Palette Knife Painting.  Set Yourself Free!
$100 Per Month for Both Days  Call 561 394-6081  To Register
 
       

JEWELRY JUST FOR FUN

A Jewelry Class by

Phyllis C Annunziato

Thursdays 1 – 4 PM

        $25.00 per Session – $110.00/5 sessions

Experiment with many creative aspects of making jewelry, and. hopefully open your mind to new ideas.  The pieces that you created cannot be made by a machine, or found in a jewelry store or book. I will bring tools with me that will help achieve this, such as dowels, hammers and pliers, saws, etc.  I will supply Brass, Copper, NU-Gold (Silver may be purchased if desired).   If beads are desired student should bring them and/or anything they would like to include in the jewelry.  Beads and Stones will be Available  for purchase.

 Painting With Michael Graber

Saturday Morning  9:00AM- Noon

Michael believes everyone is creative, and can achieve painting and drawing skills with the right direction and philosophy.  He helps people express themselves and above all learn to see the world through the eye of a painter.    He never compares one persons skill to another, nor does he try to get an artist to paint in his style.  He encourages all to be themselves.  Register by calling 561-239-4949 or 561-852-0900  or artistgraber@comcast.net
All Classes , Meetings and Workshops Take Place at  THE WITVA ART CENTER
2960 NW Boca Raton Blvd. (NW 2nd Avenue) #6  Boca Raton, Florida 33431
Directions:  It is between 28th Street and Spanish River Rd. on the east side of the street.  It is next door to Gallery Seven #7

          

 If you need any further information or clarification, please contact  Phyllis C. Annunziatio at WITVA2000@aol.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