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

 

http://hsmc-fl.com

772.225.1961

 

 

 

 COME   AND   EXPLORE   THE   UNEXPLORED!

 

 

 

 

 

 

TUESDAY,  MAY 28  2024

Open House at the Elliott Museum

5   –  8 PM

FREE   ADMISSION   FOR   ALL

LECTURE

 

5:30 PM – 6: 30 PM

 

Remembrances

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.

 

 

HE’S IN THE PAINTING BUSINESS !

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

BUILDING A BUSINESS OF BUILDING BOATS

 

 

“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.

 

 

 

BEANIE BACKUS CONNECTION

 

 

“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

 

 

 

WHITICAR WATERWAY TALES

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT THIS EXHIBIT:

Email Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill fishlkd@hotmail.com

Or Call to make an appointment to visit the House With The Purple Shutters

772-834-6202

To  See  More  of  Curt  Whiticar’s  artwork:   www.curtwhiticar.com

 

 

 

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11676 SW River Crossing Place, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987

 

Oxbow Eco-Center Celebrates 20th Anniversary Of Earth Day With Special Call To Artists For Sustainable Art

The Oxbow Eco-Center in Port St. Lucie has opened a CALL FOR ECO ART for their upcoming 20th Anniversary Celebration of Earth Day.  This call is OPEN TO EVERYONE – regardless of your location AT NO CHARGE!  There are four divisions artists can enter as individuals or collaborative groups, the newest is the Eco Wearable Art category.  Deadline for general artwork is April 6, 2024.  Wearable Art must be delivered the day of the event, Saturday, April 20, 2024.  The Rickie Report shares the details and encourages all of you to enter!

5400 NE St. James Drive    Port St. Lucie, FL 34983

(772)  785-5833      Email: oxbow@stlucieco.org

 

Hours:   Tuesday – Saturday    12 pm – 4 pm

The Oxbow Preserve trails are open sunrise to sunset daily.

All St. Lucie County Preserves and trails are open to the public.

 

 

 

 

**Please note – artworks do not have to be in Dr. Seuss style.

 

 

 

The Oxbow Eco-Center cultivates knowledge, nurtures a sense of wonder and inspires stewardship for the natural world through education, artistic expression, collaboration, volunteerism & celebration.

 

 

 

Artwork submissions for Earth Day 2023

 

 

 

 

CLICK  HERE  TO  APPLY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more details about the Oxbow Eco-Center:

Phone: (772)  785-5833

Email: oxbow@stlucieco.org

 

 

 

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11676 SW River Crossing Place, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987

Let MartinArts Help You In Your Search For Your Next Cherished Art Piece On Saturday, March 23, 2024 With “Art Out Of The Closet” Plus A Call For Volunteers At The Court House Cultural Center In Stuart

Let MartinArts help you as you search of your next cherished piece of art!  Stop by the Courthouse Cultural Center on Saturday, March 23rd for “Art Out of the Closet” as we recycle and upcycle art, art supplies and other arts-related items. If there’s something in your closet you’d like to give away for a good cause, consider making a donation!  The Rickie Report shares the details about this annual event AND how you can volunteer with MartinArts!

Court House Cultural Center

80 SE Ocean Blvd.,  Stuart, FL 34994

772.287.6676

 

 

 

 

 

 

Searching for your next cherished piece of art?

 

 

MartinArts   can   help !

 

 

“Art Out of the Closet”

 

 

Saturday, March 23, 2024 

 

 

10 am – 4 pm

 

 

~  Framed  artwork

 

 

~  Unframed  artwork

 

 

~  Frames

 

 

~  Art  Supplies  AND  MORE!

 

 

If there’s something in your closet you’d like to give away for a good cause, consider making a donation! Funds raised through the sale of donated items benefit the arts and cultural programming offered at the Court House Cultural Center.  

For details: Art out of the Closet“.

 

 

 

 

Adventure  into  the  Arts:  Volunteer  Today!

 

 

Volunteers are an integral part of the success of MartinArts operations and programming. Over 250+ volunteers each year contribute their time and talents in a variety of ways within the areas of guest relations, education, membership,  events, outreach, and more. Our volunteers are a major force in fulfilling our mission to inspire participation and passion for the arts in our community.

 

 

~MartinArts looks for volunteers from all backgrounds throughout the year as projects arise.

 

~We welcome students who require service hours for school and community members interested in sharing their love of art with others.

 

~We’re seeking volunteers for roles such as gallery greeters, reception, and arts education program.

 

~Our volunteers are an integral part of fulfilling our mission to inspire participation and passion for the arts in our community!

 

Volunteer Information Session | April 16, 11AM
Volunteer Information Session | May 21, 11AM
Volunteer Information Session | June 18 11AM

 

Click Here For More Volunteer Information~

 

 

 

For more information about upcoming exhibits and events please visit:

Martin Arts

Court House Cultural Center

80 SE Ocean Blvd.   Stuart, FL 34994

772.287.6676

www.MartinArts.org

 

 

 

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

11676 SW River Crossing Place, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987

 

 

Your Tickets To Africa Have Arrived For African Orphan Educational Foundation’s “Taste of Africa” On Saturday, April 13, 2024. Delicious Food, Distinguished Speakers, Doing Good All In One Event

Your tickets to Africa have arrived!  Enjoy and engage in a unique social impact organization, African Orphan Educational Foundation on Saturday, April 13, 2024! AOEF is devoted to the education and personal development needs of orphans and vulnerable children in Africa.  Through long-standing partnerships with U.S. based missions and aid agencies AOEF offers exceptional learning opportunities to young children who eagerly pass on their knowledge to others in their families and communities. Director, Kathie Kreh reached out to The Rickie Report a few years ago, looking for artists to create a “learning and encouraging” coloring book for their missions.  A special THANK YOU to Melissa Carter for this referraltogether we really CAN change the world! More than half of the images inMercy’s Magnificent Dreams” came from our call to artists!  Using this interactive educational tool, children learn English as well as their local tribal language and can dream of a future for themselves that never existed before.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some images of AOEF’s accomplishments.  Get YOUR tickets NOW! Read the article to find out how you can be involved – change begins with one step.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guest Speaker: Howard Minsky African Wildlife Photographer

Cocktail Attire

www.africanorphaneducation.org

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Get   Your  Tickets   To   Africa   NOW!

Saturday, April 13, 2024 

5:30 – 7:30 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kathie Kreh tells The Rickie Report ,”This intimate VIP cocktail reception at the North Palm Beach Country Club will offer a unique and memorable experience. Enjoy sights, sounds and sips that are authentically African. Rolling and thunderous drums, savory tastes from the continent, auction items, and messages from team members in Africa — all designed to “take you there” for an evening.  Guests, sponsors, supporters and friends will engage with us and each other in an intimate and meaningful way”. Sponsorship opportunities can be viewed here: Taste of Africa Sponsorships.  This is one event you won’t want to miss! Purchase your VIP Access tickets. For additional information, please reference AOEF Taste of Africa in the subject line and email: kathie@africanorphaneducation.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AOEF supports the educational and personal development needs of orphans and vulnerable children in Africa. Our focus on education, and our long-standing partnerships with U.S.-based mission/aid agencies in Kenya and Uganda, allow us to produce a direct, long-lasting, and multi-generational impact. We have awarded 143 annual educational sponsorships in Uganda and Kenya since our inception in 2019. We and our teams travel to the communities we serve in Africa and know every child by name. Despite big achievements, we remain a small nonprofit organization; in fact, we still pay out-of-pocket for our own travel expenses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 We were astounded to see children sharing this book by using sign language!”  

 

 

 

Children in Nigeria using sign language to experience “Mercy’s Magnificent Dreams”

 

 

 

Student in Nigeria showing his favorite page of  “Mercy’s Magnificent Dreams”

 

 

 

Kathie says, “I am truly amazed at how one ask for illustrations became the book we dreamed of – and that it has now made its way around the world!  While we use it in Africa, there are other agencies using it around the globe to give kids an opportunity to increase their language skills and self esteem – no matter where they live!  

 

 

 

 

This book has become so popular that we are planning a series of Mercy books!  Anyone can be involved by:  donating original illustrations, purchase a book at $20 each or make a bulk purchase of 100 or more books at $10. each.  ContactKathie Kreh.

 

 

 

Artist Contributors were asked to present renderings our young learners in Africa might be able to relate to.
Not only do the illustrations appear familiar to and appeal to our readers, they dignify their village life and culture.

 

 

 

The Mercy story encourages young pupils in Africa to “dream” and reinforces the role of education in empowering them on their life journey. Students in our story, encouraged by schoolteacher Miss Birungi to dream, envision over a dozen careers our readers can ponder for their own futures. We also hoped, with 32 million Primary School age children out of school in Africa, the book might gain a small foothold in villages where students don’t attend school to assist them with English literacy.  We’ve  been presented with an opportunity by a local Councilman in the Namugongo region of Uganda to place books in 10 schools, as he declares “Mercy Literacy Week”.  With funds to print and distribute 500 additional books, this possibility can become a reality!

 

 

 

We publish and distribute a children’s literacy tool in Africa [Mercy’s Magnificent Dreams], maintain a Youth Advisory Council of college students and young professionals across Africa, and piloted From Leadership To Legacy – an international leadership curriculum we hope to publish online in the quarters ahead.

 

 

We visited 3 leper colonies, read Mercy’s Magnificent Dreams to the children in English

and in a local tribal language and asked them to draw their future for us!

 

 

 

 

 

The tall gentleman in the background, George Kizito Mubanda, is an award-winning, internationally-acclaimed artist in Uganda who has become a friend of AOEF.

 

 

 

In July 2023, the real Mercy, Collin and Miss Birungi (characters in the book who are inspired by real people) were presented with their own copies of Mercy’s Magnificent Dreams. Finally, one of the last people to secure a copy of Mercy’s Magnificent Dreams was Mercy herself – one of our sponsored students in Uganda who inspired the character of Mercy in our story. She just graduated from high school!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*THANK  YOU  TO  OUR  ARTISTS  AND  SPONSORS

 

 

 

Thank you playing an integral role in advancing our mission and uplifting the most vulnerable among us. 

 

 

*Mukama akuwe omukisa.

 

 

 

 

Without a budget to produce Mercy’s Magnificent Dreams, we turned to the Palm Beach County art community for support. Thanks to Melissa Carter, Rickie Leiter, publisher of The Rickie Report,  Artists of Palm Beach County and lead artist Lori Boyle, we were able to publish a Call To Artists, present sample illustrations to artists for direction, and secure ample work to produce the 60-page story and literacy tool. Over a dozen artists contributed illustrations, including Camilla Webster, Patrick (Jozsef) Baker, Juan B. Plaza, Jeffrey Wiener, Judith (Yudit) ​Eisinger, Gabrielle Howard, Alison Forster, Catherine Kreh, Kim Dahlheimer, Lori Boyle, and Rosie Barrig. Also included among contributing artists are 10-year-old Aidan Holcroft from Palm Beach Gardens and 17-year-old art student Kalyowa Alvin Cranmer from Uganda.

 

 

 

 

 

ABOUT  African Orphan Educational Foundation (AOEF):

 

 

Sponsorship Opportunities: https://africanorphaneducation.org/taste-of-africa/

VIP Exclusive – First Access Tickets: https://givebutter.com/c/Gyhcu0

Awards/Recognition: Gold Seal of Transparency (Candid/GuideStar), Top-Rated Nonprofit Award (Greatnonprofits.org, 2020-2023), 2023 Hats Off Nonprofit Award nominee, Cognizant Classic/PGA Charities/Birdies For Children charity (previously Honda Classic, 3 years), Gwyn Initiative 2023 Small Nonprofit grantee, and Member of Nonprofits First.

 

 

 

 

 

Kathie Kreh​​​​

African Orphan Educational Foundation, Inc.

kathie@africanorphaneducation.org

Phone: 561-262-8828

 

African Orphan Educational Foundation (EIN 84-1893311) is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization. A copy of the official registration (CH#59939) and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll free 1-800-HELP-FLA (800-435-7352) within the state or visiting www.FloridaConsumerHelp.com. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the state.

 

 

 

 

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11676 SW River Crossing Place, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987

“Shakti – An All Female Art Show” With Shica, Renata, Paloma, And Marsha Will Awaken Your Energy On Friday, March 1, 2024 At The Peach Gallery In West Palm Beach

Shakti – An All Female Art Show” Opens on Friday, March 1, 2024 at The Peach Gallery in West Palm Beach, FL.  Four artists and friends will share their visions. Shica, Renata, Paloma, and Marsha each bring their own unique styles and mediums to celebrate people, nature, and the strength of the female spirit. Diverse in heritage, they are united by their friendship and their passion for connectedness through art.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  Mark your calendars now!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Peach

3950 Georgia Ave.   West Palm Beach, FL 33405

 

 

 

OPENING    RECEPTION:

Friday,  March 1, 2024

7  – 9:30 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These four women aren’t just artists; they’re also friends who make art about people, nature, and the strength of the female spirit.

 

 

 

 

Although diverse in their heritage and visual expression, they are united by their friendship and by their passion for connecting to, and corresponding with others through their artform.

 

 

 

 

MEET     THE     ARTISTS:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Warrior Princess” by Shica Hardy

 

 

 

Shica Hardy moved to South Florida at the age of 10.  She currently lives and works in West Palm Beach, FL.   She creates in acrylics, watercolor and primarily in charcoal pencil with a focus on portrait artistry.  Shica currently has an art studio at Zero Empty Spaces #10 located at 11300 Legacy Avenue, #140, Palm Beach Gardens, Fl 33410.  She tells The Rickie Report, “I’ve always had a natural talent for drawing.  My intention is to share my talent through art that reflects the beauty of my culture.”

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/shicahardyart?igsh=MWZjeTA5bnNhMGh2YQ%3D%3D&utm_source=qr

TikTok:

https://www.tiktok.com/@shicahardyart?_t=8iz9qwhNoHG&_r=1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Silent Lucidity” by Renata

 

 

 

Renata was born and raised in Brazil and has been living as a visual artist and art educator in West Palm Beach for the last 8 years. Her work varies from fine art paintings to murals, as well as public art, live painting, and mixed media. She enjoys painting commissions, especially portraying people and animals and the bonding between them. Nature plays a major influence on her themes.

 

Renata tells The Rickie Report, “My main medium is acrylic paint and I see my style as realistic illustration. I like painting on wood and enjoy the endless layering of colors I can make with diluted paint to create form and texture. If you follow my work, you will also find a vast array of other materials from time to time. Right now, I am really into murals and mixed media.”

 

Portfolio on Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/renatarodriguesart?igsh=bnhtOHo5ZGFjbG9p&utm_source=qr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Kind Words Are Like Honey” by Paloma Eden

 

 

 

Paloma Eden is a multi-disciplinary artist, whose journey encompasses watercolor and mixed media paintings, calligraphy, and flamenco dance. Passionate about connection, she fearlessly explores deep and raw emotions. Her dance performances and portraits lay bare, emotional states offering a conduit for others to connect and explore their innermost hidden feelings and the beauty that lies within vulnerability. Inspired by her Puerto Rican heritage she celebrates community and diverse cultures in her art. She actively engages and exhibits her work within the community as a visual artist, dancer, and educator through her platform, White Eden Studio.  Part of the Urban Art lofts collective, Paloma enjoys working out of her studio located in downtown Lake Worth Beach.

 

At the core of my artistic expression lies a passion for connection, curiosity, and a hunger to explore human emotions. Diverse mediums allow me to authentically convey different emotions, and aspects of my creative vision, which seeks to unravel the depths of our emotional landscape and give form to intricate complexities of the human soul. I enjoy creating portraits that reveal subjects in their rawness, to tell stories of triumph, resilience, and the beauty that lies within vulnerability.

 

 

Paloma tells The Rickie Report, “Inspired by the fluidity and the wonders of the world, my art navigates between realism and abstraction. Galaxies and abstract motifs frequently emerge in my paintings and serve as devotion to the Divine.  Passionate about preserving the art of penmanship, calligraphy allows me to connect with others through the beauty of words.  Ultimately, what draws me to create art is the desire to connect deeply with others. I aspire to ignite a spark in others, offering hope and encouragement to pursue their unique passions, dreams, and callings.”

Website:

https://www.whiteeden.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whiteedenstudio

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Bride” by Marsha

 

Caribbean-born artist Marsha is inspired by nature, science, and world cultures. She creates as a means of communication and believes that art is most meaningful through its making. As a two and three-dimensional artist, Marsha has worked with various materials including oil, acrylic, charcoal, graphite, clay, plaster, wood, and wax. Influenced by the art of the Italian Renaissance as a young artist, her early drawings and paintings portrayed an eye for realism in nature and the human form. Later, however, her work evolved into more abstract, dreamlike scenes, fantasy, and healing imagery, as she seeks to understand our place in the universe.

 

Marsha tells The Rickie Report, “Inspired by India, nature’s intelligence, and the cosmos, my art depicts a belief in the interconnectedness of all things in existence. It’s not what I paint, however, but that I paint which connects me.”

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/sixsenses.art/

 

 

 

Learn more at thepeachwpb.com

or https://www.facebook.com/ThePeachWPB

THE PEACH

Craig McInnis

561.389.4800

Craigart896@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

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11676 SW River Crossing Place, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987

 

Renowned Marine Painter, Curt Whiticar Will Be Featured At The Elliot Museum With An Opening Reception On Monday, February 12, 2024. Memories Of Curt’s 106 Year Life Bring Local History Alive!

Curt Whiticar‘s Marine art will be featured at The Elliot Museum with an Opening Reception On Monday, February 12, 2024.  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 and Martin County Open Studio Tour which takes place on Saturday, March 2 and Sunday, March 3, 2024. Mark your calendars!

 

 

 

 

825 NE Ocean Boulevard, Stuart, FL

 

http://hsmc-fl.com

772.225.1961

 

 

 

 

 

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2024  

5:30 – 7:30 pm

 

 

 

 

Curt Whiticar

 

 

 

THE  EARLY  YEARS

 

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.

 

 

 

Curt relays in his biography, ” Dad hated the job of oystering; it was cold and miserable on the freezing bay in the winter.  In 1917, a man in a charter fishing party told Dad about a place in Florida where he could catch about a thousand pounds of fish a day!  Of course, this was Stuart, and the man had been a guest at Bay Tree Lodge on Sewalls Point.  As a result, Dad decided to go south in October of that year.  On the way down, we were on a steamship and ran into a hurricane.  After arriving, Dad rented a small wooden cottage on Akron Avenue and acquired a 23 foot fishing boat with a one-cylinder engine and a top speed of seven miles an hour.  Dad was now a commercial fisherman in Stuart during the winter season and a charter fisherman in New Jersey in summer!

 

 

 

HE’S IN THE PAINTING BUSINESS !

 

 

“When I was about eleven or twelve years old, my father owned two charter boats which he used for sport fishing in New Jersey.  There were about 75 other charter boats at Fortescue.  The little village had no marine railway to haul boats from the water for repair and painting, so when the boats needed repainting, the owners would run them up on the beach at high tide, then repaint or repair when the tide was lower.  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.

 

 

 

“After I graduated from high school, I studied engineering at Bliss Electrical School in Washington, D.C.  I worked for Western Electric Company in New Jersey for a while, but the pay was poor, and I did not enjoy the work.  I joined my father and two brothers in the charter fishing business, and we became the “Whiticar Fleet.”  At one time, we had 7 boats chartering from our home on West Lake in Port Sewall.  For several years, we went back north to charter during the summer as there was very little summer tourist business here. In the winter of 1938-39, I met a young lady who had come to Florida as a governess for Mr. & Mrs. James Reardon.  On April 14, 1939, Elsa and I were married in my unfinished house on  Willoughby Creek and spent the first night of our honeymoon on North Lake in one of my Dad’s boats.  We were married for sixty-eight years”.

 

 

 

“In the winter of 1946, I was on the river with a charter fishing party.  We decided the inlet there was too rough and dangerous to navigate, so we headed south to try to go out into the ocean at West Palm Beach.  A 42 foot boat with ten people aboard tried to go out through the inlet and capsized.  I returned to the inlet, transferred my party to another boat, and went out into the churning waters.  My mate, Jim Foley, and I rescued six of the persons, my brother Jack rescued two persons with his boat, another boat captain, Earl Dare, rescued one person, and one man drowned.  The boat foundered and was eventually towed into Salerno Pocket.  It was put up for bid, and I was the high bidder at $3000.  I repaired the boat, rebuilt the engines, and made quite a few changes in order to get the boat documented for charter fishing.  The “Norwester” became one of the seven boats in our fleet”.

 

BUILDING A BUSINESS OF BUILDING BOATS

 

 

“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) had been an Army camp during the war.  The US government 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 and disassembled the entire building, 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. My brother-in-law, John Dragseth, joined me as vice-president, and since inception, we have 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.

 

 

Curt retired from the boatworks at the age of seventy-five in 1986 and the business stayed in the family.  Curt still had a workbench and locker there where he repaired  and worked and make picture frames.  “Since retiring, I have the time to do a lot more oil painting.  Of more than  950 paintings, all but 140 have been done since I retired.  I also make most of the frames for my pictures.  I like to purchase antique frames and refinish them; however, such frames are difficult to find, and the good ones are expensive.  I still find an occasional frame at the flea market when I go there on Sundays. Elsa and I have three children, and all live in the area.  We also have 8 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.   At the age of ninety-six, I enjoy playing golf three times a week as well as  oil painting”. 

 

 

THOUGHTS ON MY PAINTINGS

 

 

“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.  Before 1950, I had painted only about 25 – 30 works of art.  At that time, our home here in Port Sewall burned to the ground and destroyed all the paintings except about five or six.  After we rebuilt our present home on the same foundation, I did spend a little time painting; however, I was busy with designing and building boats until 1986.  Then, at the age of seventy-five, 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”.  

 

 

 

 

“The Billy Conpatchie’s Family 1910:  This shows a Seminole Indian Family in the village” by Curt Whiticar  

 

 

 

“Over the years, I have given many paintings to my family, a few to close friends, some to local charities for fund-raising, and some to the Historical Society and Stuart Heritage Museum.Some on loan to the Maritime and Yachting Museum and to the Chapman School.I have never made a serious effort to sell my paintings; however, I have sold some of them upon request.I have completed over 1800 paintings! In the early days, I liked to purchase antique frames and refinish them, if needed, for my paintings.However, by the time I retired from Whiticar Boat Works, Inc., antique frames were seldom available for purchase, so I make my own frames using various kinds of wood such as cypress, mahogany, ash, pecky cypress, wormy chestnut and other woods.I also make stretcher frames for the canvas for the paintings”.

 

 

 

 I moved to Stuart with my family in 1917 at the age of six. I was active in the community within several organizations, and especially in the Stuart Sailfish Club which was formed to attract tourists to Stuart.  As a conservation advocate, I promoted and designed the release pins as a means of protecting our sailfish from being caught and destroyed.  In addition, I rescued six people who were drowning in treacherous water off of the St. Lucie Inlet.  The fishing and boating industry drew my family here and I have seen many changes.  However, Martin County is still a wonderful place to be!!

 

 

 

 

ACL Railroad Station:  This is the old railroad station at Stuart in 1905 (originally Potsdam) by Curt Whiticar

Products shipped were mainly pineapples and fish. 

 

 

 

NATURE AND WILDLIFE

 

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

 

 

 

WHITICAR WATERWAY TALES 

 

 

 At the age of 95, after being persuaded by local historian, Sandy Thurlow, Curt sat down to write out some of his experiences.  Seventy five handwritten pages later, he was finished with the future book “Whiticar Waterway Tales”.  He was convinced that no one except his three children and Sandy Thurlow would read it, and asked for 4 copies.  After about six months, the book had become a 100 page narrative book with illustrations and pictures.  Two thousand copies were printed, and about 200 copies are still available.  Contact Laura Kay to order a book.

 

 

 

 

 

FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT THIS EXHIBIT:

Email Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill fishlkd@hotmail.com

Or Call to make an appointment to visit the House With The Purple Shutters

772-834-6202

To See More of Curt Whiticar’s artwork:   www.curtwhiticar.com

 

 

FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT 

THE STUDIO TOUR:

https://martinartisansguild.org/mcost-details

 

 

 

 

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11676 SW River Crossing Place, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987

 

ArtsFest 2024 Returns To Downtown Stuart Saturday, February 10 And Sunday, February 11 With Art, Craft, Family Activities, CHOPPED, Live Theater, A Poetry Slam And More

ArtsFest 2024 returns on Saturday, February 10 and Sunday, February 11, 2024 at Memorial Park in Downtown Stuart. This Martin Arts event features a variety of visual artists, musicians, singers, CHOPPED Competition, live theatrical presentations  and a poetry slam.  Tickets at the gate are $5 for adults; students 18 and under free.  Volunteers are needed, so sign up and enjoy special perks! The Rickie Report shares the details.

 

 

 

MartinArts.org or call 772-287-6676

ArtsFest is traveling back to its traditional location: 

Memorial Park and along East Ocean Boulevard  

HOURS:  10 am – 5 pm  Both Days

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Named one of the area’s Top 20 Events by the Southeast Tourism Society!

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t miss this ever-evolving event!

 

 

 

“We always aim to surprise and delight guests who attend Artsfest, and this year will be no different,” said Nancy Turrell, CEO of MartinArts Foundation. “ArtsFest is truly an extension of the expansive arts community we have on the Treasure Coast, and we love this opportunity to highlight their accomplishments.”

 

 

FIND    A    TURTLE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The beloved pre-ArtsFest scavenger hunt for glass turtles, made by Dot Galfond and included as a part of the Office of Tourism’s “Arts & Culture Trail” may get you a free entry or a VIP package

 

 

ArtsFest’s favorite CHOPPED takes place during the day on Saturday.

 

 

 

 

 

Watch talented students and professional artists create outstanding chalk art that is a part of a grant from the State of Florida, Division of Arts & Culture to bring new art educational experiences to middle school students, which expands MartinArts programming into this vital age range. Schools and community groups will compete for awards for works that will being created on Saturday morning and judged on Sunday afternoon.

 

 

 

 

Sunday will feature “Art Speaks,” in which a dozen-plus in-person competitors will be vying for the best-spoken word poetry award. Judges will be selected from the audience. Spoken word poet Stella B will organize the day’s activities and liven up the day. Registration is filled, but a wait list is being maintained.

 

 

What is a poetry slam?

 

 

Think of a slam as a live poetry competition. Like an open mic, people perform their work to an audience. However, in a slam, there is a competitive element – invited judges (usually people who are not used to seeing a slam) score readers on how well a poem is written and delivered, with the top scorers going through to the next round.  In this slam, there will be three rounds: the first round is open to all poets (12-15). However, in the second round, 8 people get through (the top 8 scorers as determined by the judges), and 4 through to the third and final round. Each read a new poem each round to determine who will be Slam Champion!

 

 

 

 

Volunteers are the only way ArtsFest happens each and every year. The team planning the event is driven by volunteers. During the weekend, more than 100 people serve in roles that would have salaries of tens of thousands of dollars. Simply put, ArtsFest wouldn’t happen without volunteers. Find out what jobs and time slots are available at ArtsFestStuart.org and sign up today.

 

 

 

 

MartinArts is the designated local arts agency for Martin County. MartinArts provides services to visual and performing artists, arts organizations, students and the public while striving to instill a passion for and participation in the arts.

 

For more information: 

772-287-6676   or visit   www.martinarts.org.

 

MartinArts is sponsored in part by the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Stuart, Martin County Board of County Commissioners as well as corporate and private contributions.

 

 

 

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11676 SW River Crossing Place, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987

Kianga Jinaki and Barbara Cheives Are Featured At “Quilting In Paradise” Vendor Boutique February 2 And 3rd At MidFlorida Credit Union Event Center Port St Lucie FL

The Port St. Lucie Crazy Quilters’ “Quilting in Paradise” will feature vendors, workshops, networking with other fabric lovers, judged quilts, a silent auction, and a quilt appraiser!  Two days of fabric fun on Friday, February 2 through Saturday, February 3, 2024 take place at the MidFlorida Credit Union Event Center in Port St. Lucie, FL.  This biennial show features two fabric artists, Kianga Jinaki and Barbara Cheives, who will WOW YOU with their creations and a vast variety of fabrics, embellishments, and kits to purchase.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks!

 

 

SHOW HOURS:

Friday, February 2, 2024

Saturday, February 3,2024

HOURS    BOTH DAYS:  9 AM   –   4 PM  

 

 

Admission is $10 a day  or $15 for both days 

For more information: www.pslcrazyquilters.com

Or email quiltinginparadise@gmail.com

 

Mid-Florida Credit Union Event Center

9221 SE Event Center Place     Port St. Lucie, FL 34952

 

 

KIANGA    ART    and   AFRASIA

 

 

 

 

 

Two   Big   Days   of   Fabric   Fun!

Booths  6  and  7

Stop  by  and  see  us!

 

 

 

Kianga Jinaki is a fiber artist who creates quilts, dolls and mixed-media works that honor Black life and culture. Her works have been been exhibited both nationally and internationally since 1991. Ms Jinaki is a 2022 recipient of the Artist Innovation Fellowship presented by the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County Florida. A teaching artist, Kianga has worked with The Norton Museum, Spady  museum, the African American Resource Library & Cultural Center, and  the Palm Beach & Broward County Library Systems providing artistic/cultural programs for the communities they serve. 

 

 

 

Close-Up of Quilt by Kianga Jinaki

 

 

 

 

 

Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Kianga holds a B. S. Degree in Community Mental Health from Morgan State University. A licensed massage therapist for 22 years and a yoga teacher for 11 years. She is the mother of 4 adult children, and has  been a resident of  South Florida for more than 30 years. One of her greatest joys as an artist is working with community members to tap into their own creative rhythm. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kianga Jinaki Offers a Wide Array of Merchandise

 

 

 

 

Kianga Jinaki is a visual storyteller. Her multi-dimensional work reflects her life and African cultural traditions learned through travel and personal study. She creates her own textiles using African cloth by painting, stamping, dying, or sun printing. Over 50% of her work is done by hand.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quilt created by Kianga Jinaki

 

 

Kianga Jinaki’s multi-dimensional fabric art reflects her life and African cultural traditions she learned through travel and personal study. She tells The Rickie Report, “Textiles come with their own stories. I am adding my own voice. I speak with cloth”.

 

 

 

 

Quilting Cruise to Hawaii led by Kianga Jinaki

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about Kianga’s  fabric creations, classes, or workshops:

kiangaart.com

https://www.instagram.com/kianga_art/

www.facebook.com/KiangaArt/

Email:  Info@kiangaart.com

(561) 503-9504

Monday – Friday: 9 am – 5 pm      Saturday: 10 am – 3 pm     Sunday: Closed

 

 

 

 

 

Pillow and Scarf by Barbara Cheives

 

 

 

Barbara Cheives is the President and CEO of Converge & Associates Consulting.  Converge specializes in diversity, equity and inclusion consulting, employee relations, community engagement and cultural competency training.  Barbara’s consulting expertise includes government entities; law enforcement and public safety; not for profit organizations; media; education; and corporations.

 

 

 

Crane Wall Hanging by Barbara Cheives

 

 

Barbara served as the first Executive Director of Toward A More Perfect Union in Palm Beach County, Florida – a non-profit initiative addressing the critical impact of race and ethnicity in a diverse community. She has planned and executed county wide community engagement and community dialogue projects with difficult to reach communities for the YWCA, Children’s Home Society and Community Partners of South Florida and statewide for the Florida Network of Youth and Family Services and the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.

 

 

Pillows by Barbara Cheives

 

 

She serves on the board of The Lord’s Place (Palm Beach County’s premier agency serving the homeless) St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach; Sustainable Connexions in the United States and Ghana; and the Task Force for Police Accountability for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. She is Past President of National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. West Palm Beach Chapter, and an alumna of Leadership Palm Beach County, from the Class of 2002.

 

 

 

 

Handmade Notecards by Barbara Cheives

Barbara tells The Rickie Report, “Afrasia is a unique marriage of cultures preserving vintage Japanese Kimono and Obi blended with modern African fabric, trims, beads, and “found” items. Over the years I’ve developed an appreciation for the garments, art and culture of Japan.  I also have a natural affinity for the African culture. By day, as a consultant I work to bridge the gap between cultures.  I continue that work through my art.  As a Fiber Artist, my one of a kind wearable and decorative art represents a harmonious blend of cultures and “Multi-Cultural Recycling.”

 

 

 

 

For more information about Barbara’s consulting, workshops, and art:

 

 

Barbara I. Cheives

Converge & Associates Consulting

1709 Florida Avenue #201    West Palm Beach, FL  33401

www.convergeandassociates.com

Office – 561.689.2428      Cell – 561-351-6864

www.convergeandassociates.com

 

 

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11676 SW River Crossing Place, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987

Derek Gores Returns To Gallery 14 In Vero Beach With “More Than Meets The Eye” February 1-23. Special Opening Reception On Thursday, February 1st Is Followed By Second Reception On Friday, February 2nd During First Friday Gallery Stroll And February 16th Ekphrastic Poetry Event

Gallery 14 in Vero Beach continues its 16th season with an exhibit by Derek Gores which includes THREE receptions!  In his newest body of work for Gallery 14, Gores takes a deeper exploration into his dreamlike surrealism with an array of text based pieces!  The Special Opening Reception on Thursday, February 1st is sponsored by Anthony Romero of Dale Sorensen Real Estate and The Luxe Team.   A Second Reception takes place as part of the First Friday Gallery Stroll on Friday, February 2nd. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy ‘Derek Gores Ekphrastic Poetry Event and Reception’ on Friday, February 16th in conjunction with the Laura Riding Jackson Foundation.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks!

 

 

 

 

 

1911 14th Avenue    Vero Beach, FL. 

Phone: 772 562-5525.  Visit:  www.gallery14verobeach.com

 

 

 

Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 10 – 5 and Saturday 10 – 4

Also open by appointment           Closed Sunday and Monday  

 

 

 

DEREK    GORES

Returns  To   Gallery 14

 “More    Than    Meets    the   Eye”

Feb 1 – 23, 2024

 

 

 

 

 

Artist, Derek Gores

 

 

 

 

Special     Artist     Reception

Sponsored by Anthony Romero of Dale Sorensen Real Estate and The Luxe Team.

 

 

Thursday, February 1, 2024

5 – 8   pm

 

 

Gores’ detailed collages capture an escapist tranquility.

 

 

In his newest body of work for Gallery 14

 

 

Gores takes a deeper exploration into his dreamlike surrealism with an array of text based pieces!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Zippy Good Fun” by Derek Gores

Enjoy  Vero  Beach’s  1st  Friday  Gallery  Stroll

 

 

Friday,  February 2,  2024

  5 – 8 pm  

 

 

 

 

 

This new work will feature icons that complement the figurative pieces.  

 

 

 

Gores explores, gathers elements and inspirations, and combines them to form a sort of zen narrative.

 

 

  The story is on the canvas for us to piece together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Air Supply” by Derek Gores

 

 

 

 

 

‘Derek Gores Ekphrastic Poetry Event and Reception’

Friday,  February 16,  2024

 

 

Individual poets will interpret Derek’s art work and will read their poems aloud as they stand side by side with the collages. 

 

  5:30  – 7:30 pm  

 

 

Poetry from Writers of the Laura Riding Jackson Foundation

 

 

Exhibit runs February 1 – 23, 2024

 

 

 

“Fierce Music Pink” by Derek Gores

 

 

 

Born in New York and a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, the internationally acclaimed collage artist whose clients and collectors include Prada, The Kentucky Derby, National Football League, New England Journal of Medicine, Vienna Austria Tourism Board, Disney, Hotel Bel-Air Beverly Hills, Playboy, Lucasfilm and others.  Gores has extensive experience in partnerships with blue chip brands, properties, and events full of immersive art and experiences.

 

 

 

 

Featured  throughout  the  year  at  Gallery  14:

Lila Blakeslee

Barbara du Pont

Barbara Landry

Mary Ann Hall

Deborah Morrell Polackwich

Dorothy Napp Schindel

Walford Campbell

Joan Earnhart

Terry Green

Viola Pace Knudsen

Jessica Leto

Mia Lindberg

Francis Mesaros

Michael Robinson

Evan Schwarze

Carol Staub  

Melanie Denison

Artist-sales associate Jo Zaza    

 

 

 

About Gallery 14:

Gallery 14 is located at 1911 14th Avenue in the Downtown, Historic Arts District of Vero Beach.  Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 – 5 and Saturday 10 – 4.  Closed Sunday and Monday OR open by appointment.

 

 

Phone:772 562-5525.  Visit us at  www.facebook.com/gallery14verobeach

FaceBook:  https://www.fb.com/gallery14verobeach

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gallery14verobeach

 

 

For more details please call  :772 562-5525

or Email: dnschindel@gmail.com

 

 

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11676 SW River Crossing Place, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Modern Edge Frameworks Grand Opening In Tradition Village Center On Saturday, December 9th Special Discount On Framing Orders, Free Art Raffle, Refreshments And An Array Of Frames That Will Boggle Your Imagination

Modern Edge Frameworks has recently opened in Tradition Village Center, next to Publix and everyone is invited to the Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, December 9, 2023!   With a 23 year history of custom framing for residential and commercial clientele in Stuart, FL, a second location is now open in Port St. Lucie. Stop by for refreshments, a 10% discount on your next framing project and free raffle drawings. You’ll be enchanted by the options that await you! Duncan Hurd and his staff dispel the notion that choosing frames is too difficult because they make it fun!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks and the back-story.

 

 

 

 

Tradition Village Center

10370 SW Village Center Drive    Port St. Lucie, FL 34987

772.236.3690

tradition@modernedgeframeworks.com

Hours:  Monday – Saturday   10am – 5pm

www.modernedgeframeworks.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join us during this special day of celebration.

 

Discover framing as it should be. 

 

10% Off your next frame project to every visitor

 

Artwork Raffle (free) 

 

Light refreshments

 

 

For over 23 years, Modern Edge Frameworks has been providing custom picture framing for both residential and commercial clientele in Stuart, and we’re thrilled to have opened a second location in Port St. Lucie. We are known for our friendly service and quality craftsmanship. We love framing and it shows!

 

 

 

 

 

With literally thousands of options to choose from, custom framing can be hard. At Modern Edge Frameworks we make it easy … and fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whether it’s your first time framing or you’re an old hand, we’ll help you find something that meets your budget and that you can’t wait to put on your wall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact:  pam@modernedgeframeworks.com

 

 

We also offer a selection of art-inspired gifts, as well as provide delivery and installation service.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Back-Story

 

In 2000, Ronnie and Barbara Hedgepeth opened a small frame shop in Jensen Beach, Florida.  Childhood sweethearts, Ronnie had been the southeast regional manager of the frame business at Ben Franklin stores for many years. They named their store Friendly Framers. Ronnie and Barbara welcomed one and all with their southern charm and folksy ways, making friends of each of their customers.

As the years passed the business grew and moved into a much larger space in the Cedar Pointe Plaza on Ocean Boulevard in Stuart, where they flourished. Upon Ronnie’s death in 2019, Barbara vowed to keep the family business going. Three years later, when she called us, owners of The Gilt Complex in downtown Stuart, and asked if we would take over the business. She announced she was retiring to live with her son in the mountains of North Carolina.

For us, it was an easy decision to make. When we purchased The Gilt Complex, a custom framing and art restoration business, one of the first things we did was to stop by and introduce ourselves to Ronnie and Barbara. They couldn’t have been nicer. Instead of thinking of us as competitors, they welcomed us as colleagues – another friend. Over the years we worked together. They would refer projects to us and we to them – whenever one of us felt the other was better equipped to handle a particular situation. So, of course, when Barbara asked, we leapt at the opportunity..

That was in the summer of 2022. We remodeled the showroom, which even Barbara would tell you needed a refresh. We gave it a more modern look, with white walls, gray floors, and black display cases. We even added a computerized sales system. In a very short time our business has grown, to the point we are now adding a second showroom in Tradition. We still believe in the things Ronnie and Barbara believed in – a wide selection of high-quality frames and framing accessories, a strong devotion to the craft of framing, and an unwavering dedication to service with a smile.

With the remodeling of the showroom and a new store in Tradition, we decided that a complete rebranding was in order. Thus, Modern Edge Frameworks was born. We work closely with The Gilt Complex, who provides all our delivery and installation services. And we continue to build upon Ronnie and Barbara’s legacy, making friends with everyone who enters our showroom.  

~Duncan Hurd

 

 

 

Tradition Village Center
10370 SW Village Center Drive    Port St. Lucie, FL 34987

772.236.3690

tradition@modernedgeframeworks.com

Hours:  Monday – Saturday   10am – 5pm

www.modernedgeframeworks.com

Call Duncan Hurd at 772-486-4880  or  Email:    duncan@modernedgeframeworks.com

 

 

 

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

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Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

11676 SW River Crossing Place, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987