Flamingo Magazine Recognizes Carla Golembe As She Gathers A Group Of Artists On Social Media To Uplift Each Other

When Carla Golembe initiated “Socially Distanced, Connected By Art” on social media at the beginning of the Covid19 crises, she never dreamed that it would embrace and affect so many people from around the world!  The Rickie Report joined in her mission and nominated Carla as a “Ray of Light” when Flamingo Magazine was looking for visionaries.  This article shares a minuscule sampling of artists who participate in this ever-growing group, who have given The Rickie Report permission to publish their images.  We share the link to the FaceBook group (free to join!) as well as the Flamingo Magazine article.  

“Socially    Distanced,    Connected    By    Art”

 “Tikun Olam” (Heal the World) by Carla Golembe, acrylic 30″ x 30″.


When the galleries closed and the art shows were cancelled, Carla Golembe knew exactly what to do!  She  established herSocially distanced, connected by art Facebook page.  Though she began in mid-March as a means to stay connected with the 20–30 adult art students she teaches in Delray Beach, it’s racked up more than 1,300 members from Florida to the Philippines. Carla tells The Rickie Report, ” I am using the page to break through the isolation I feel in quarantine and I created a vehicle to connect with others feeling just as alone through art.




3 Artworks by Linda Botwinick 




And connect she did!  Sign up and see artwork from all over the world!  She states, “Be Kind and Courteous. We’re all in this together to create a welcoming environment. Let’s treat everyone with respect”.  The Rickie Report publisher, Rickie Leiter, is in a state ‘ever-being-awed’ as she peruses each day’s sightings of new artworks that touch the heart and soul.



“Sending Love” by Linda Winters




“It’s about creating an art family,” she said, “and I guess that’s what I was trying to do.” It is safe to say her art family has exploded!   Artists of all mediums including painting, photography, digital art and sculpture have taken to the Facebook page to share their creations. Comments from “This is one of those works that sings to heart” to “Miss your face!! And all them boys too!!!” can be found on nearly every post. Golembe’s favorite part, besides the shock and joy of watching the page grow, is “the joyful variety and the way people are finding to use art to deal with this new world.”



Artworks by (Left) Beth Baker  and (Right) Betty Areson



Carla’s second rule, “No Promotions or Spam.  Give more than you take to this group. Self-promotion, sales, spam and irrelevant links aren’t allowed” is taken seriously.  Honestly, just by looking at some of the posts, the viewer only needs to follow the link to the artist and be in touch to make a purchase.  They are sharing their passion – which leads to sales on their own sites.  As she reminds people, The intent of this page is to share our own original artwork and to feel part of a community while apart”.  Since this is a public group, with no “hard sell” intention, no hashtags are allowed.


Artwork by Carla Golembe
To further her vision, artists of all levels, all media from everywhere are encouraged to connect through. Carla’s mission, “Creating light, joy and community” is one that struck a chord with Rickie, which is why she nominated Carla for the Flamingo Magazine (Florida magazine) for being a “Ray of Light”.  She is one of four “rays” the magazine chose!  And, true to herself, she asked that the link to the article NOT be listed on her Socially Distanced Connected by Art FaceBook page.  
We are honored to share it here:

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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

email pamela@pamelapalmadesigns.com

Pamela Palma Designs pamelapalmadesigns.com

Fantastic Fibers Miami fantasticfibersmiami.com


For more information about WWKIP:

World Wide Knit In Public Day:  www.wwkipday.com





For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986


Master Sculptor William Halliday Featured At Arthouse 429

This groundbreaking gallery opened its doors in mid-January, 2013. Founded by designer/sculptor William Halliday and investor Scott Blust, ArtHouse429 has taken up residence in the heart of the Art’s District – Northwood Village, in West Palm Beach, Florida. This rapidly changing neighborhood has become a pioneering area for emerging artists, entrepreneurs, designers and architects who enjoy the dramatic spirit of a recently developed area. ArtHouse429 leads the way in providing high quality, high value, and collectible fine art in Palm Beach County and beyond, while promoting the excitement and energy of the rejuvenated Northwood Village; which has been buzzing with the addition of great new restaurants, galleries and shops. The Rickie Report shares William Halliday’s newest, exciting sculptures in this article.





William Halliday,

Master Sculptor

429 25th Street West Palm Beach, FL 33407

ArtHouse429 is open Tuesday-Saturday from 11am-6pm, and by appointment



"Twist" by William Halliday

“Twist” by William Halliday



William Halliday’s artistic vision is founded in early creative design work, when he and his business partners established themselves as creators of unique and outstanding artistically built environments, which among other projects created fascinating restaurant and commercial interiors and exclusive night clubs.


"Recline" by William Halliday

“Recline” by William Halliday


In 2002, Halliday moved his company to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where he utilized his professional career experiences and innovative vision to attract clients from the Mid-East and all over the world. Throughout his career in the design business, Halliday also has designed and built custom motorcycles, planes, race cars and motor boats and the resultant fabrication skills that he developed are continually evident in his artwork.


See William Halliday’s $100 Bill:




Halliday currently works on metal sculptural objects in his Northwood Village studio, which adjoins the gallery space. His design philosophy centers on a three-dimensional approach to transforming utilitarian materials and spaces into attractive public visual statements, which also incorporates his unique set of professional skills as an artist concentrating on sculpture.


 For more information about ARTHOUSE 429:

Please call (561) 231-0429 and visit  www.ARTHOUSE429.com

429 25th Street     West Palm Beach, FL 33407

561 231 0429




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