Free Admission To Artisans Of Martin County Open Studio Tour March 2 and 3, 2024. See Where The Artists Create. Free Event

The 8th Annual Martin County Open Studio Tour (MCOST) on Saturday, March 2 & Sunday, March 3, 2024 will feature over 35 artists in their studios and galleries!  Enjoy this Free event and watch the artists creating their work, interact with them, learn about how they create and see what materials they use. Some will offer refreshments and special surprises! Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of the thriving arts scene in Martin County!  Meet the artists, ask questions, explore new venues and see their newest drawings, watercolors, oils, mixed media, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, and fiber arts that they will be displaying and selling.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MARTIN      COUNTY      OPEN      STUDIO      TOUR

 

 

Saturday,  March   2   &   Sunday,  March 3,   2024  

 

 

~FREE     To     ATTEND~

 

 

10 am – 5 pm    each   day

 

 

MARTIN     COUNTY,   FL

 

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE MAP!

 

 

 

 

MCOST.org

 

 

 

Photography by Mark Stall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Untitled painting by James J. DeMartis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Great Patience” by Patricia Pasbrig

 

 

 

 

Don’t miss this chance to discover a treasure of your own!

 

 

 

 

“Sea Dancer” by Chris Kling

 

 

 

MEET   THE   ARTISTS

 

Alex Akerberg

LauraKay Whiticar-Darvill

Curt Whiticar

James J. DeMartis

Glen Allen

Suzan Allen

Barbara Bucci

Deborah Bottorff

Cynthia Cooper

Chris Kling

Ed Douglas

Patricia Reagan

Judi LeBlanc

Glenda Skarie

Raymond Reiland

Lanette Janelle-North

Dinija Berkien

Carolyn Walsh

Mallo Bisset

Dot Galfond

Tepa Charles

Abigale Stachowski

Patricia Pasbrig

Sue Klahne

Margarita Nielsen-Palacios

Maria Miele

Jane Lawton Baldridge

Martha Quigley

Michaelann Bellerjeau

Jacquelyn Roesch-Sanchez

Renee Keil

Eduardo Gomez

Kimberly Beltrame

Mark Stall

Mary Mirabito

Sally Browning Pearson

Caryl Pomales

 

 

 

 

For more information about the Open Studio Tour, events, or membership:

The Martin Artisans Guild

A FLORIDA 501(c)3 NON-PROFIT

The Martin Artisans Guild was created to nurture the production of Fine Art and Craft, increase awareness of local art, facilitate development and networking among Working Artists and create marketing venues for our members.·        

  • To promote Martin County, Florida as a center of art.
  • To provide opportunity for artists to exhibit original work to the public.
  • To develop a sense of shared community and support among artists.
  • To foster the concept that success for one artist benefits all artists.
  • To present Artists’ Open Studios as a venue for purchasing art.
Sponsored in part by the State of Florida through the Division of Arts and Culture and the National Endowment for the Arts

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

Martin Artisans Guild Open Studio Tour 2024 Kicks Off With Preview Exhibit At Elliott Museum On Thursday, February 15, 2024. Save The March 2 & 3 For The Open Studio Tour

The Martin Artisans Guild and The Elliott Museum invite you to the 8th annual Preview Exhibit for the Martin County Open Studio Tour on Thursday, February 15.  The Opening Reception, featuring the art of  37 artists will have live music, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. The artists of the 2024 tour will be on hand to talk about their work and encourage you to visit their Open Studios from 10 am to 5 pm on March 2 and March 3!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks. This exhibit will be available from February 15 – end February 2024.

 

 

 

825 NE Ocean Boulevard, Stuart, FL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tour   Preview   2024

Thursday, February 15, 2024

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

 

 

Join us for this exciting preview of the work of the talented artists of the Martin Artisans Guild who will be participating in the area’s premier art event – the 2024 Martin County Open Studio Tour! See the artists’ work to help you decide which studios you want to visit.

 

 

Sculpture by Eduardo Gomez

 

 

FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE STUDIO TOUR:

https://martinartisansguild.org/mcost-details

 

 

 

 

 

One of a Kind Wearable Art by Glenda Skarie

 

 

 

As you walk through this wonderful museum’s galleries, enjoy the live music, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Meet the artists who will be participating in the upcoming Martin County Open Studio Tour, browse and buy original works of art including paintings, photography, sculpture, pastels, art-to-wear, one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces, unique glass works, and much more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Storm on the Hammock” by Margarita Nielsen-Palacios

 

 

 

 

Once a year, the best artists in Martin County open their studios to the public and give you the opportunity to see the creative process in person!  We will provide a map to the artists’ studios, and you can visit as many of them as you would like. At the studios, you will be able to watch the artists creating their work, interact with them, learn about how they create and see their setup and materials. Some of the studios will be offering refreshments and special surprises. Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of the thriving arts scene in Martin County!

 

 

 

Original Ceramics by Carolyn Walsh

 

 

 

MEET   THE   ARTISTS

 

Alex Akerberg

LauraKay Whiticar-Darvill

Curt Whiticar

James J. DeMartis

Glen Allen

Suzan Allen

Barbara Bucci

Deborah Bottorff

Cynthia Cooper

Chris Kling

Ed Douglas

Patricia Reagan

Judi LeBlanc

Glenda Skarie

Raymond Reiland

Lanette Janelle-North

Dinija Berkien

Carolyn Walsh

Mallo Bisset

Dot Galfond

Tepa Charles

Abigale Stachowski

Patricia Pasbrig

Sue Klahne

Margarita Nielsen-Palacios

Maria Miele

Jane Lawton Baldridge

Martha Quigley

Michaelann Bellerjeau

Jacquelyn Roesch-Sanchez

Renee Keil

Eduardo Gomez

Kimberly Beltrame

Mark Stall

Mary Mirabito

Sally Browning Pearson

Caryl Pomales

 

 

 

 

For more information about the Open Studio Tour, events, or membership:

The Martin Artisans Guild

A FLORIDA 501(c)3 NON-PROFIT

The Martin Artisans Guild was created to nurture the production of Fine Art and Craft, increase awareness of local art, facilitate development and networking among Working Artists and create marketing venues for our members.·        

  • To promote Martin County, Florida as a center of art.
  • To provide opportunity for artists to exhibit original work to the public.
  • To develop a sense of shared community and support among artists.
  • To foster the concept that success for one artist benefits all artists.
  • To present Artists’ Open Studios as a venue for purchasing art.
Sponsored in part by the State of Florida through the Division of Arts and Culture and the National Endowment for the Arts

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elliott Museum Features 30+ Artists Of 2023 Martin County Open Studio Tour With Special Reception on Thursday, February 23. Mingle With The Artists, Enjoy The Music And Get A Preview Of The MCOST Studio Tour.

The Martin Artisans Guild and The Elliott Museum invite you to the 7th annual Preview Exhibit for the Martin County Open Studio Tour on Thursday, February 23.  The Opening Reception, featuring the art of over 30 artists will have live musichors d’oeuvres and a cash barThe artists of the 2023 tour will be on hand to talk about their work and encourage you to visit their Open Studios from 10 am to 5 pm on March 11 & 12 The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks. This exhibit will be available from February 23 through February 26, 2023.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, February 23, 2023

5:30  to  7:30 PM

Elliott Museum

825 N.E. Ocean Blvd.   Stuart, FL

 

 

Call us for any questions at 772.225.1961

 

 

The exhibit will be up from February 23 – 26, 2023  during museum hours.

 

 

 

Artwork by Lynn Morgan

 

 

 

 

FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE STUDIO TOUR:

 

 

 

https://martinartisansguild.org/mcost-details

 

 

 

As you walk through this wonderful museum’s galleries, enjoy the live music, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Meet the artists who will be participating in the upcoming Martin County Open Studio Tour, browse and buy original works of art including paintings, photography, sculpture, pastels, art-to-wear, one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces, unique glass works, and much more!

 

 

 

 

Emerald Pendant by Justin Klahne

 

 

 

 

 

About The  2023 Martin County Open Studio Tour:

Saturday   &   Sunday,  March   11 – 12, 2023

 

 

 

 

 

Once a year, the best artists in Martin County open their studios to the public and give you the opportunity to see the creative process in person!  We will provide a map to the artists’ studios, and you can visit as many of them as you would like. At the studios, you will be able to watch the artists creating their work, interact with them, learn about how they create and see their setup and materials. Some of the studios will be offering refreshments and special surprises. Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of the thriving arts scene in Martin County!

 

 

 

 

 

“In the Beginning” by Eduardo Gomez

 

 

MEET    THE    ARTISTS

 

Eduardo Gomez
Kim Beltrame
Billie-Jo Thomson
Suzanne Connors
Jim & Tess Dirks
Renee Keil
Sally Browning Pearson
Marian Vitale
Mark Stall
MJ Dowling
Jane Lawton Baldridge
Michaelann Bellerjeau
Martha Quigley
Alex Akerberg Murray
Curt Whiticar
Laura Kay Darvill
Danuta Rothschild
Janis Clary
Maia Knowles
Geoffrey Smith
Barbara Bucci
James J. DeMartis
Ed Douglas
Cynthia Cooper
Deborah Bottorff
Judi Leblanc
Raymond Reiland
Dot Galfond
Lynn Morgan
Justin Klahne
Sue Klahne
Maria Miele
Carolyn Walsh
Mallo Bisset
Tepa Charles
Cheryl Cote
Dinija Berkien
Jacquelyn Roesch-Sanchez

 

 

 

 

For more information about this event, the Open Studio Tour, or membership:

 

mcost.org

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Free Admission To Martin County Open Studio Tour 2022 Features 45 Artists In 25 Studios Saturday, March 5 And Sunday, March 6

The 6th Annual Martin County Open Studio Tour (MCOST) on Saturday, March 5 & Sunday, March 6, 2022 will feature 45 artists in 25 studios!  Enjoy this Free event and watch the artists creating their work, interact with them, learn about how they create and see what materials they use. Some will offer refreshments and special surprises! Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of the thriving arts scene in Martin County!  Meet the artists, ask questions, explore new venues and see their newest drawings, watercolors, oils, mixed media, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, and fiber arts that they will be displaying and selling.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

MARTIN      COUNTY      OPEN      STUDIO      TOUR

 

 

Saturday,  March   5   &   Sunday,  March 6,   2022  

 

~FREE     To     ATTEND~

 

10 am – 5 pm    each   day

 

MARTIN     COUNTY,   FL

 

MCOST.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eduardo Gomez

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeanine Baum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daffodil Dress” by Jacquelyn Roesch-Sanchez

 

 

The  Artists:

 

Jane Lawton Baldridge

Chris Kling

Sue Klahne

Dinija Berkien

Mallo Bisset

Tepa Charles

Chad Periman

Chloey Griffin

Carolyn Walsh

Jacquelyn Roesch-Sanchez

Maria Miele

Jordan Silvia

Renee Keil

Carol Kepp

Sheryl Levine

Sally Browning Pearson

Jim & Tess Dirks

Cheryl Coté

Diana Rell Dean

Suzanne Connors

Billie Jo Thomson

Eduardo Gomez

Kimberly Beltrame

Torenzo Ganaway

Michaelann Bellerjeau

Deborah Bottorff

Lynn Morgan

MJ Dowling

Mark Stall

Laura Kay Darvill

Angela Krogen

Curt Whiticar Collection

Danuta Rothschild

Janis Clary

Geoffrey C. Smith

Barb Bucci

James J. DeMartis Collection

Ed Douglas

Judi LeBlanc

Robin Marshall

Raymond Reiland

Debra Terrio

Cynthia Cooper

Martha Quigley

 

 

 

 

PLEASE  NOTE:  STUDIO THREE WILL NOT BE OPEN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t miss this chance to discover a treasure of your own!

 

 

 

Lynn Morgan

 

 

 

 

 

A free tour booklet is provided by the Martin Artisans Guild that lists the artists and their studios with examples of their work.

 

 

Michaelann Bellerjeau

 

 

 

 

Here are some of the locations where you can get a guide book:

*Harbor Ridge*Fox Club* Club Vista Pines* Monarch Country Club* Stuart Coffee* Morningside Pools* Down to Earth Yoga* Stuart Sailing Charter* Taiyo Sushi* Rufino’s Pizza* Roma Pizza* Tivoli Pizza* Perfect Smile Dental* Gypsea* Cotton Island* One Price Cleaners* Salon Appearances* Port St. Lucie Art League* Wagnolias* Twinkles* Elle Salon* UBS Financial* Key West Diner* Circle Bay Yacht Club* Monterey Golf and Yacht Club* Palm Cove Community Center* The Butcher Shop* Harper’s Pub* Armory Art Center

 

 

 

For more information:

 

info@MCOST.org

mcost.org

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

5th Annual Martin County Open Studio Tour Offers Free Guide To Artists’ Workspaces And Galleries Saturday, March 6 And Sunday, March 7

Meet thirty highly creative regional artists and craftspeople at the 5th Annual Martin County Open Studio Tour (MCOST) on March 6 & 7 , 2021.  This Free event brings art lovers to 21 different studios with a self-guided map. At the studios, watch the artists creating their work, interact with them, learn about how they create and see what materials they use. Some will offer refreshments and special surprises! Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of the thriving arts scene in Martin County!  Meet the artists, ask questions, explore new venues and see their newest drawings, watercolors, oils, mixed media, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, and fiber arts that they will be displaying and selling.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MARTIN    COUNTY    OPEN    STUDIO    TOUR

 

 

MARCH 6 & 7, 2021  

~FREE   To   ATTEND~

 

10 am – 5 pm  each day

MARTIN   COUNTY, FL

 

MCOST.org

 

 

“Day Dream” by Torenzo Gann

 

 

A free tour booklet is provided by the Martin Artisans Guild that lists the artists and their studios with examples of their work.

 

 

 

 

Wearable Art by Jacquelyn Roesch-Sanchez

 

 

Art Explorers can see which artist interests them the most and plan their weekend accordingly.

 

 

Ceramics by Candy Walsh

 

These booklets can be picked up in several local businesses: CourtHouse Cultural Center, Stuart Art Supply, Elliott Museum, Kling Gallery, Wine & Décor, Red Barn Furniture, Palm Room of Harbour Bay Plaza, to name only a few.  You may go to MCOST.org to see a listing of all the studios. Each studio will have extra booklets to give out.

 

 

 

Mark Stall in his photography studio

 

 

 

Laura Kay Darvil in her jewelry studio

 

 

MCOST TOUR  is held in the communities of Martin County including Hobe Sound, Palm City, Port Salerno, Stuart and Jensen Beach.

 


“Simplify Your Life” by Jim and Tess Dirks

 

Don’t miss this chance to discover a treasure of your own!

 

 

 


Mermaid’s Box by Barbara Bucci

 

 

 

The  Artists:

Ed Douglas

Carol Kepp

Barb Bucci

James DeMartis

Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill

Curt Whiticar

Lynne Barletta

Angela Krogen

Barry Greff

Renee Keil

Chris Kling

Sheryl Levine

Lynn Morgan

Sally Pearson

Katie Gianni

Jim Dirks

Diana Rell Dean

Billie-Jo Thomson

Eduardo Gomez

Mark Stall

Skip Hartzell

Cheryl Cote

Mallo Bisset

Candy Walsh

Jacquelyn Roesch-Sanchez

Maria Miele

Dot Galfond

Sue Klahne

Jane Baldridge

Torenzo Gann

 

 

 

For more information:

info@MCOST.org

mcost.org

 

 

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

 

47 Artists Participate In Martin Artisan Guild Studio Tour January 18 & 19. Mark Your Calendars For Free Self-Guided Tour And Special Preview On January 10 At The Elliott Museum

Meet forty-seven highly creative regional artists and craftspeople at the 4th Annual Martin County Open Studio Tour (MCOST) on January 18-19, 2020.  This Free event brings art lovers to 30 different studios with a self-guided and downloadable maps.  A Preview Event will be held on January 10 at the Elliott Museum. At the studios, you can watch the artists creating their work, interact with them, learn about how they create and see what materials they use. Some will offer refreshments and special surprises! Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of the thriving arts scene in Martin County!  Meet the artists, ask questions, explore new venues and see their newest drawings, watercolors, oils, mixed media, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, and fiber arts that they will be displaying and selling.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

P R E S E N T S:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opening Reception  PREVIEW

January 10, 2020

6  – 8 pm

Available January 8 – 12, 2020

Elliott Museum

825 NE Ocean Boulevard Stuart, FL

 

Join us for this exciting preview of the work of the talented artists of the Martin Artisans Guild who will be participating in the area’s premier art event – the 2020 Martin County Open Studio Tour! See the artists’ work to help you decide which studios you want to visit. Refreshments will be served. Cash bar available. 

 

 

 

 

 

MARTIN    COUNTY    OPEN    STUDIO    TOUR

 

 

JANUARY  18 – 19, 2020  

~FREE   To   ATTEND~

10 am – 5 pm  each day

MARTIN   COUNTY, FL

 

 

Click Here for Video!

 

 

 

MAP IS AVAILABLE ON OUR FREE DOWNLOADABLE APP:

 

A free downloadable APP called “Martin County Open Studio Tour” is also available with artists and location information. Participation provides a wonderful opportunity for the community to experience the process of making art. More information is available on the following media sites: MCOST.org., Facebook, and the free phone APP.

 

 

 

The Art Studio Tour features local artists working in a wide range of mediums: painting, drawing, sculpture, glass, ceramics, jewelry, mixed media and textiles. Artist’s studios are in the Jensen Beach, Stuart, Palm City and Hobe Sound areas.

 

 

Tour participants will be able to see actual working studios where original artwork is produced and interact with the artists. Original artwork will be available for purchase.

 

 

The first studio tour in 2017 was well attended and highly successful for all involved. The Martin County Open Studio Tour has become a traditional event every January in Martin County. This event is free to the public and information guide booklets will be available at numerous locations as well as at each art studio.

 

 

 

 

This years Artists include:

Cheryl Cote

Jane Baldridge

Lynne Barletta

Barb Bucci

Mallo Bissett

Tepa Charles

Suzanne Connors

Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill 

Diana Rell Dean

Dan Defelici

Jim Dirks

Maria Dowling

Deborah Elaine

Grace Fenniman

Thomas Forster

Torenzo Gann

Dot Galfond

Katie Gianni

Eduardo Gomez

Lorrie Goss

Pat Hoshino

Alicia Jones

Denise Justice

Helen Kagan

Renee Keil

Sue Klahne

Chris Kling

Alice Laputka

Addison Laskey

Brenda Leigh

Sheryl Levine

Karen Leffel-Massengil

Mia Lindberg

Maria McCadden

Maria Miele

Amber Moran

Lynn Morgan

Tracee Newsome

Martha Quigley

Sally Browning Pearson

Kim Rody

Danuta Rothschild

Geoffrey Smith

Mark Stall

Christina de la Vega

 

Thank you To Our Sponsors:

Stuart Art Supply, Visionary School of Arts, 3D Potter, Jewelry by Whiticar, Red Barn Furniture, The Gilt Complex, Eduardo Gomez Sculpture, Tom Campenni & Friends, ReMax of Stuart, Treasure Coast Universal Unitarian Congregation, Eventmakers, The Rickie Report, Stuart Boathouse, Whiticar Mobile Marine Services, Wm. B. Ianiero Renovations & Remodeling, Diana Rell Dean Riverhouse Workshop, Kling Gallery, Wine & Decor, License to Kiln – Dot Gelfand, Treasure Coast Dermatology, Tim Ioannides MD, Mark Stall Images, Sunrise Surf Shop, William Torenzo Ganaway, Martha Quigley Landfall Gallery, Lynn Morgan, Sheryl Levine, Jane Lawton Baldridge, Lighthouse ArtCenter, Sally Brown Pearson, Tom Grissman Photography & Fine Art Reproduction, Kyle G’s Prime Seafood & Steaks, Historical Society of Martin County, Elliott Museum, House of Refuge Museum, The Frugal Framer, Arts Council of Martin County, Arts Foundation of Martin County, Women Supporting the Arts.

 

 

 

 

 

For more information:

 

mcopenstudiotour@gmail.com

mcost.org

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

47 Artists Participate In Martin Artisan Guild Studio Tour January 18 & 19. Mark Your Calendars For Free Self-Guided Tour And Special Preview On January 10 At The Elliott Museum

Meet forty-seven highly creative regional artists and craftspeople at the 4th Annual Martin County Open Studio Tour (MCOST) on January 18-19, 2020.  This Free event brings art lovers to 30 different studios with a self-guided and downloadable maps.  A Preview Event will be held on January 10 at the Elliott Museum. At the studios, you can watch the artists creating their work, interact with them, learn about how they create and see their setup and materials. Some will offer refreshments and special surprises! Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of the thriving arts scene in Martin County!  Meet the artists, ask questions, explore new venues and see their newest drawings, watercolors, oils, mixed media, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, and fiber arts that they will be displaying and selling.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

P R E S E N T S:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opening Reception  PREVIEW

January 10, 2020

6  – 8 pm

Available January 8 – 12, 2020

Elliott Museum

825 NE Ocean Boulevard Stuart, FL

 

Join us for this exciting preview of the work of the talented artists of the Martin Artisans Guild who will be participating in the area’s premier art event – the 2020 Martin County Open Studio Tour! See the artists’ work to help you decide which studios you want to visit. Refreshments will be served. Cash bar available. 

 

 

 

 

 

MARTIN    COUNTY    OPEN    STUDIO    TOUR

 

 

JANUARY  18 – 19, 2020  

~FREE   To   ATTEND~

10 am – 5 pm  each day

MARTIN   COUNTY, FL

 

 

Click Here for Video!

 

 

 

MAP IS AVAILABLE ON OUR FREE DOWNLOADABLE APP:

 

A free downloadable APP called “Martin County Open Studio Tour” is also available with artists and location information. Participation provides a wonderful opportunity for the community to experience the process of making art. More information is available on the following media sites: MCOST.org., Facebook, and the free phone APP.

 

 

 

The Art Studio Tour features local artists working in a wide range of mediums: painting, drawing, sculpture, glass, ceramics, jewelry, mixed media and textiles. Artist’s studios are in the Jensen Beach, Stuart, Palm City and Hobe Sound areas.

 

 

Tour participants will be able to see actual working studios where original artwork is produced and interact with the artists. Original artwork will be available for purchase.

 

 

The first studio tour in 2017 was well attended and highly successful for all involved. The Martin County Open Studio Tour has become a traditional event every January in Martin County. This event is free to the public and information guide booklets will be available at numerous locations as well as at each art studio.

 

 

 

 

This years Artists include:

Cheryl Cote

Jane Baldridge

Lynne Barletta

Barb Bucci

Mallo Bissett

Tepa Charles

Suzanne Connors

Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill 

Diana Rell Dean

Dan Defelici

Jim Dirks

Maria Dowling

Deborah Elaine

Grace Fenniman

Thomas Forster

Torenzo Gann

Dot Gelfand

Katie Gianni

Eduardo Gomez

Lorrie Goss

Pat Hoshino

Alicia Jones

Denise Justice

Helen Kagan

Renee Keil

Sue Klahne

Chris Kling

Alice Laputka

Addison Laskey

Brenda Leigh

Sheryl Levine

Karen Leffel-Massengil

Mia Lindberg

Maria McCadden

Maria Miele

Amber Moran

Lynn Morgan

Tracee Newsome

Martha Quigley

Sally Browning Pearson

Kim Rody

Danuta Rothschild

Geoffrey Smith

Mark Stall

Christina de la Vega

 

Thank you To Our Sponsors:

Stuart Art Supply, Visionary School of Arts, 3D Potter, Jewelry by Whiticar, Red Barn Furniture, The Gilt Complex, Eduardo Gomez Sculpture, Tom Campenni & Friends, ReMax of Stuart, Treasure Coast Universal Unitarian Congregation, Eventmakers, The Rickie Report, Stuart Boathouse, Whiticar Mobile Marine Services, Wm. B. Ianiero Renovations & Remodeling, Diana Rell Dean Riverhouse Workshop, Kling Gallery, Wine & Decor, License to Kiln – Dot Gelfand, Treasure Coast Dermatology, Tim Ioannides MD, Mark Stall Images, Sunrise Surf Shop, William Torenzo Ganaway, Martha Quigley Landfall Gallery, Lynn Morgan, Sheryl Levine, Jane Lawton Baldridge, Lighthouse ArtCenter, Sally Brown Pearson, Tom Grissman Photography & Fine Art Reproduction, Kyle G’s Prime Seafood & Steaks, Historical Society of Martin County, Elliott Museum, House of Refuge Museum, The Frugal Framer, Arts Council of Martin County, Arts Foundation of Martin County, Women Supporting the Arts.

 

 

 

 

 

For more information:

 

mcopenstudiotour@gmail.com

mcost.org

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill Takes Wire Wrapped Stones, Sea Glass, And Gems To A Higher Level

When you look at Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill‘s wire wrapped jewelry necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, you wonder how her fingers make the wires into such intricate motifs! For the month of December, she will be one of the featured artists in the Palm Room in StuartLaura Kay also fabricates jewelry using silver clay, offering unique, one-of-a-kind pendants and earrings.  Stop by and meet Laura Kay and watch her as she creates on Thursday, December 19; Friday, December 20; and Friday, January 3.  Much of her work is influenced by her passion for the ocean.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of Laura Kay’s jewelry – and reminds you that gift-giving is the perfect time to choose from her selection!  She also hosts jewelry parties!

 

 

 

 

​J e w e l r y     By    W h i t i c a r

 

 

 

 

 

Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill 

 

 

 


 

 

At  

The  Palm  Room in  Harbour Bay  Plaza

3778 SE Ocean Boulevard   Stuart, Florida

 

 

MEET     THE     ARTIST:

Thursday, December 19:    

3:30 – 7 pm

 

Friday, December 20:

Noon – 3:30 pm

 

 Friday, January 3:

 3:30 – 7 pm

 

 

 

Regular Gallery Hours:

Wednesdays – Saturdays

Noon to 7 pm

Through the month of December

 

 

 

 

One of a Kind Bracelets by Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill

 

 

 

Laura Kay tells The Rickie Report, “My jewelry artist journey started about ten years ago on a cruise ship.  Some friends on the cruise talked me into going to a jewelry class even though I was completely uninterested. I went with the group, and was convinced I would not enjoy it. We made a simple pair of earrings and, amazingly, I was “hooked”.  I came home and immediately started taking classes , including the William Holland Lapidary School of the Arts”.

 

 

“Combining several media often creates interesting results.  I enjoy the challenge of working with silver clay, forming and soldering silver sheet, and wire wrap along with the objects such as gemstones”. 

 

 

 

Wire Wrapped pendants by Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill

 

 

TRR:   Please tell us about the variety of elements you use in creating your one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces.  

LKWD:

There is a variety of processes that can be incorporated into making jewelry.  After participating in quite a few classes in various methods, I came to the conclusion that two of the areas especially captured my interest:  wire wrapping and silver metal clay.

Wire wrapping jewelry is made using no solder, heat or glue.  The design of the wire is incorporated into the jewelry and can be the focal point of the piece.  Wire wrapped jewelry allows me to incorporate a variety of objects such as beads, pearls, gemstones, coins, crystals, beach coral, shells, sea glass, and fused glass into jewelry.  I really enjoy custom orders, and my favorite custom orders are those in which I incorporate meaningful objects into jewelry especially for someone.  These have included a small meteorite, sea glass found on a special beach, and a 25th anniversary commemorative coin.  Unless I have a specific request for another type of wire, I use sterling silver or gold filled wire for the wire wrapped jewelry.

 

Silver Clay pendants by Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill

 

 

 

Silver clay is formed from very tiny particles of pure silver along with some liquid and filler. The clay must be formed and shaped within about 10 minutes as it hardens quickly as it air dries.  When it is fully dry, it is hard (similar to pottery) and can be refined and embellished.  It is then baked in a kiln at 1650 degrees for about two hours.  After cooling, it can be polished and finished with patina (if desired). The result is a pure silver piece that is about 85% of the original size.  

 

My favorite type of jewelry using silver clay is my menagerie of animals, especially sea creatures which I have made.  This collection includes Bill the Pelican, Oscar the Octopus, and, my newest, Fiona the Flamingo.

 

 

 

 

Unique wire wrapped pendant by Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill

 

 

TRR:  Each piece of your jewelry seems to tell a story!

LKWD:

 

I have two main objectives in my jewelry making.  First, I enjoy creating and implementing new designs!!  The potential is limitless!!  Secondly, it is always a pleasure when people come up and tell me how much they enjoy wearing my jewelry.  Sometimes they seek me out at an event to show me they are wearing some of “my” jewelry.  Frequently they will explain how they have specific outfits they wear or occasions they attend wearing my jewelry.  If they feel special, then I do also!   I am really having so much fun learning new skills and creating jewelry!!

 

I really enjoy making custom jewelry.  I have gemstones, cabochons, coral, sea glass, and beads available for use in jewelry.  If you wish to come to the studio and pick out objects to be used for a custom piece, please contact me.  In addition, I make custom pieces using your items.  If you have a memento or treasure that has been sitting in a drawer or on a shelf, consider having it turned into “wearable art.”  The possibilities are endless: maybe you have a cherished stone, sea glass, or shell from the beach, or a coin from another country, beads from a special bracelet, or even a ceramic piece from a broken bowl that could be used as a pendant or incorporated into a bracelet or earrings.  Almost anything that is a reasonable size can be used in your special piece of jewelry. 

 

 

My jewelry incorporates sterling silver, pure silver and jewelers gold into pendants, earrings, bracelets, rings and necklaces.  This often features gemstones, fused glass, lamp work beads and other materials. The creation of custom jewelry is a special joy for me. Often this means taking someone’s favorite memento and turning it into an object that can be worn and enjoyed.  Much of my work is influenced by a passion for the ocean. 

 

 

 

Wire wrapped pendants by Laura Kay Whiticar Darvil include fused glass, semi-precious stones, sea glass and coral.

 

 

TRR:  You are a creative role model for people who think they can’t create!

LKWD:

I began creating jewelry ten years ago.  I have attended the William Holland Lapidary School of the Arts classes for eight years, plus several classes at the St. Lucie Rock and Gem Club, as well as participated in several national workshops and convention. I’m a member of the St. Lucie Rock and Gem Club, the Martin Artisans Guild, and the Arts Council of Martin County, all local organizations promoting the creation of art.  I’m also a member of the Alliance for Metal Clay Arts Worldwide (AMCAW) and the Southeastern Federation of Mineralogical Society.  My father, Curt Whiticar, was an oil painter and a boat builder.  His influence included the importance of hard work and perseverance, creativity in art, and enjoyment of nature.  He was very interested in art and enjoyed making suggestions to me regarding my work.  While my children were growing up, I had a career as a mathematics teacher.  After retirement, I learned sign language and enjoyed traveling (especially if it included a boat or ship.)

 

 

TRR:  To learn more about and from Laura Kay, we urge our readers to sign up for her newsletter.  She takes us to places we’ve never been and gives us insight!

LKWD:

 

 

Newsletter:  Whiticar Waves

The newsletter is sent out about every three weeks.It features some interesting ideas and facts that applies to the type of jewelry I make, especially focusing on recent new discoveries and processes.In addition, I post information regarding other art opportunities in the area.  To receive the newsletter,  just request and send your email address and name to jewelrybywhiticar@gmail.com or request in person.

 

 

 

 

Website:

My website is jewelrybywhiticar.com   My website features my jewelry, however I do not sell on the website.  You are welcome to contact me if you wish more information about the jewelry.  

 

My jewelry is available at:

Geoffrey Smith Gallery in downtown Stuart

Geoffrey Smith Studio in Port Salerno

The Emporium at the Elliott Museum on Hutchison Island in Stuart

The Palm Room at Harbor Bay Plaza (for December)

My Studio – by appointment only (contact me)

 

Jewelry Parties:  

Host a fun afternoon or evening with family or friends.  I can either set up a jewelry party in your location or mine.  If you sent host at your location, you will provide drinks and refreshments.  If I host in my studio location, I will provide drinks and light refreshments.  I have several games (jewelry related) and/or the attendees may just wish to mingle and socialize.  I will make a formal presentation of my jewelry if requested, and I will have jewelry for sale.  The hostess will receive a gift of a bracelet, pendant, or earrings of her choice in addition to a percentage of the sales credit towards other jewelry.   

 

 

 

 

 

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