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Rescheduled Lecture Highlighting Curt Whiticar’s Art And Prominent History In Stuart Coincides With Martin County’s Centennial Celebration At Elliott Museum On Tuesday, May 28. Enjoy Free Admission And Parking

Curt Whiticar‘s Marine art being featured at The Elliot Museum coincides with the kick off of Martin County’s Centennial Celebration!  Both members and guests can enjoy the FREE ENTRY on Tuesday, May 28, 2024 and enjoy a Special Lecture by Curt’s daughter, Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill, “A Daughter’s Fond Reflections of her Dad”. Curt lived a colorful life on and off the canvas, celebrating his 106th birthday just before his passing.  His story and his paintings bring us a rich history of Stuart, FL.  The Rickie Report shares the details of the exhibit as well as his paintings. Curt’s paintings, book, and notecards will be part of the Elliot Museum offerings





825 NE Ocean Boulevard, Stuart, FL












TUESDAY,  MAY 28  2024

Open House at the Elliott Museum

5   –  8 PM




5:30 PM – 6: 30 PM



A captivating talk by Laura Kay Whiticar Darvil on the life and art of her father, local icon Curt Whiticar.


Curt Whiticar





Born on February 13, 1911, in Fairton, New Jersey, Curt’s family spent the winters in Fairton while his dad worked on an oyster boat out from Bivalve about twelve miles southeast of the town.  During the summers, they moved to Fortescue, a remote fishing village on the Delaware Bay  where his dad had a charter fishing business.  They lived without running water or electricity on a little barge pulled up on the beach.






“Sailfishing off  Stuart” by Curt Whiticar

(Curt is in the boat in the background)

Curt was very active in the Stuart Sailfish Club (treasurer for many years) and designed the Sailfish pins and Sailfish Release pins for the club.  This picture was often used as publicity for the Sailfish club and the Whiticar Fleet.







Most boat owners just painted over the names which were on the stern and bow of the boats. When the repainted hull was dry, they would repaint the letters.  They were not proficient at lettering and did not have proper brushes, so the result was usually pretty bad. I acquired a good red sable brush and repainted the lettering on Dad’s boats.  I did a pretty good job, especially by comparison, and soon all the boat captains paid me to reletter their boats.  Also, the hotel managers or owners hired me to paint their signs, and I put some scenes on them.  As a result, as a twelve year old boy, I was in business with painting”.





Painting by Curt Whiticar

Foundering Norwester Rescue:  This painting shows boats in the wild seas that is a depiction of a rescue.  Curt and his mate, in his boat the Gulfstream, rescued 6 people, 3 others were rescued by 2 other boats and one man drowned.  He later salvaged the boat, rebuilt it and used it for many years.







“In 1946, my brother wanted me to build a new boat for him.Dad had a lot next to his house where  I could build the boat, but I needed a building.Camp Murphy (now Jonathan Dickinson State Park) a former Army camp during the war auctioned off the buildings, and I bid $475 on the mess hall, $30 for an officers’ latrine, and $25 for another building.The buildings had to be removed from the property within thirty days. We marked each piece, disassembled the entire building, and reassembling it on our property.  It is still in use, having survived the big hurricane of 1949.  Without an organized crew of builders, I quit charter fishing entirely and concentrated on boat building. Since its  inception, we had built 63 boats at Whiticar Boat Works, Inc”.







Painting by Curt Whiticar

As his boats became well known for performing well in the rolling ocean waters , he decided to open a boat building and repair business. “Whiticar Boat Basin”, then “Whiticar Boat Works” was established in 1947. It has recently been sold.


The company built boats that became world famous among the power boating communities. His expertise in lettering the name of the boat in gold leaf on the stern was legendary.







“None of my educational classes included art; however, through the years, I have sat in on a few local art classes.  Perhaps my foremost learning experience was my contact with Bean Backus, whom I knew quite well.  He was my mentor. I had painted about 25 – 30 works of art by 1950 and all but five were destroyed in a fire. I did spend a little time painting; however, I was busy with designing and building boats until 1986. At the age of 75, I retired and had the time to do more painting.  My favorite medium is oil, and I have always favored Florida landscape and seascape scenes.  However, I also paint quite a lot of local historical scenes as well as anything I feel that people would like hanging on their walls”. 



Curt’s love of nature is shown in his Florida inland scenes.  The beauty of the trees and rivers is reflected in a variety of colors and landscapes.  He also features a variety of animals, especially birds in his paintings.  Although he always lived near the ocean, he enjoyed traveling.  And, he read National Geographic Magazine and frequently used pictures from the magazine for ideas for his paintings.




Sunrise Sunset Painting by Curt Whiticar












Email Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill

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