Cornell Museum Presents Jane Lawton Baldridge’s “Oceana Phenomena” With Opening Reception, Art & Science Panel, And Film Presentation June 7 – September 27, 2024

The Cornell Museum in Delray Beach presents Jane Lawton Baldridge‘s “Oceana Phenomena” with multiple opportunities for the public to view and engage in discussion.  The Opening Reception on Friday, June 7 kicks off a series including a Panel Presentation on Thursday, June 20, an Artists Talk on Friday, August 2 at the Spotlight Gallery and a film presentation, ” Sea Stories, Sea Level Chronicles & Wisdom of the Waves”, on Thursday, August 15. These programs represent partnerships with scientists, educators, office holders, non-profits and State personnel bringing Jane’s fervent message to all of us! This exhibit has been curated by Art Moves You.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of Jane’s artistry.

 

 

 

 

 

51 N. Swinton Ave.   Delray Beach, FL 33444

561.654.2220

 

 

 

 

 

 

Solo  Multi-Media  Exhibit

 Jane Lawton Baldridge’s  “Oceana  Phenomena”

 

 

“Oceana Phenomena” is brought to the community through partnerships with Scientists, Educators, office-holders, non-profits and State personnel who are involved as Environmental Stakeholders working for water management, ocean clean up, pollution control, growth control, coastal resilience including the Nature Conservancy, Surfrider Foundation, politicians, Friends of the Everglades, The North Carolina Coastal Federation, Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast, Florida Oceanographic and more.

 

 

This exhibit is available from June 7 – September 27, 2024

 

 

 

Jane Lawton Baldridge

 

 

 

Jane Lawton Baldridge’s “Oceana Phenomena: Sea Stories, Sea Level Chronicles & Wisdom of the Waves” exhibition curated by Art Moves You, resonates advocacy for the water on our planet. Her artworks promote protection of watersheds to the ocean.

 

  • “Sea Stories” paintings created with hopes of heightening the awareness of the sea’s importance, beauty, and fragility.

  • “Sea Level Chronicles” human & animal sculptures covered in recycled navigational charts then painted to elicit the image of rising waters.

  • “Wisdom of the Waves” a film of Jane’s Sea Stories animated paintings paired with quotes and wave imagery to evoke thoughtful activism about protecting our water resources.

 

 

 

Multi-Media Art Exhibit by Jane Lawton Baldridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, June 7 , 2024      

6 – 9 pm

 

 

 

Multi-Media Art Exhibit by Jane Lawton Baldridge

 

Thursday, June 20, 2024    

6 -7 pm

 

 

Featuring:

 

 

Jane Lawton Baldridge, artist

 

Jane will speak about the intent of her art to bring awareness to the importance of taking care of our water resources as well as attention to areas at risk for permanent inundation, storm surge, and pollution.

 

 

City 0f Delray Beach Sustainability Department

 

Kent Edwards, officer, and Christian Chitester, Coordinator will talk about where the public gets its water, the processes to keep it safe and clean, plus the aquifers in Delray Beach and Palm Beach County run by the Water Management District.

 

 

Everglades  Restoration

 

Jennifer Reynolds, Director of  Everglades Restoration will speak about the project and to share the need to balance the natural eco-system in order to safeguard our waters and waterways.

 

 

 

Multi-Media Art Exhibit by Jane Lawton Baldridge

 

 

In the Spotlight Gallery

Friday, August 2, 2024  

6 – 9 pm

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, August 15, 2024    

6 – 7 pm

“Oceana Phenomena”

 

Sea Stories, Sea Level Chronicles & Wisdom of the Waves

 

 

 

 

ABOUT THE MUSEUM

The Cornell Art Museum is housed in the restored 1913 Delray Elementary School building on the Old School Square campus and is one of the surprises that people discover in Delray Beach. The Museum strives to show nationally and internationally recognized, contemporary artists who create innovative and provocative works of art. Visitors will enjoy intriguing pieces of artwork while discovering new artists and styles.  The Museum exposes the greater Delray Beach and South Florida communities to artwork that is culturally relevant and exciting, hoping to foster creativity and inspire imagination.  Museum shows typically begin with a theme and blossom into dynamic group exhibitions that excite visitors from all backgrounds.

 

The Cornell Art Museum was dedicated in 1990 and named in honor of Delray Beach residents Harriet W. and George D. Cornell. The architecture, formally known as “Masonry Vernacular,” makes the building unique in the downtown area. This style was used for several smaller buildings in the Old School Square Historic Arts District. Without the colorful exhibit banners and other signage, one would never guess that the building is actually a museum. During the restoration process, the original atrium and classrooms, which are now exhibition spaces, were restored to preserve the rare Dade County Pine floors, tall windows and open space. The only significant modification to the interior was to open the atrium up to the second floor, allowing for natural light to stream in and provide a more spacious feel.

 

The Museum completed a $1 million interior renovation in November 2017. The first floor houses two large galleries for the main exhibitions and a Spotlight gallery for month-long exhibits of works by local artists. Also on the first floor is the Museum Store featuring hand-crafted art, decor and jewelry by 50 area artists. The second floor, accessible by two grand staircases or an elevator, has four exhibition galleries and atrium. The Cornell Art Museum is located to the south of the Crest Theatre building, and is connected to the Crest Theatre building’s Ocean Breeze Room and portico by a covered loggia.

 

 

 

 

ART MOVES YOU:   http://www.facebook.com/ArtMovesYou/

 

 

 

More From Jane Lawton Baldridge:

The venues where Baldridge’s artwork has been shown include Lincoln Center, Times Square, the Louvre, Museum of Computer Art, Mint Museum, Cameron Museum of Art and Fayetteville Museum of Art and at the World Festival of Art on Paper in Slovenia. She also has a print in the Library of Congress. For more information, visit her website, www.artspeaks.com.

 

 

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

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

 

Wiener Museum Of Decorative Arts (WMODA) Loves Lake Worth Beach. Join The Community Charrette To Discuss Potential Site Plan Concepts and Learn More On Wednesday, May 22 Via LiveStream

The Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts (WMODA) is one of the world’s foremost destinations for fired arts including contemporary as well as a deep historical look into creativity through the centuries.  The Rickie Report shares the initial proposal for a collaboration between WMODA, Lake Worth Beach CRA, and LULA  to create a downtown mixed-use Cultural Arts Campus anchored by WMODA!   On Wednesday, May 22, 2024 from 6-8 PM, there will be a  COMMUNITY CHARRETTE to discuss potential site plan concepts and to learn more about the WMODA mix use campus meeting at The Hatch 11212 Gallery.  In person attendance is now filled to capacity, however you can livestream the meeting on Youtube.   The Rickie Report shares the details in this article, reacquaints you with the legacy of WMODA and shares access to the Community Charrette Meeting. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WMODA Loves Lake Worth Beach

www.wmodaloveslwb.com

 

PUBLIC   PRESENTATION

 

 

 

 

TUNE into LIVESTREAM on  YOUTUBE@LAKEWORTHCRA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WMODA   LOVES   LWB!

 

 

 

The Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts (WMODA) is coming to Lake Worth Beach, FL.  The special exhibitions of glass artists Dale Chihuly, Paul Stankard, and other living masters will heighten LWB’s cultural presence. WMODA is also renowned for its amazing collection of British pottery and porcelain with illustrious names, such as Wedgwood and Royal Doulton. Another major draw is contemporary ceramic art by the Ardmore Studio in South Africa.  WMODA continues to be a good steward of the arts, bringing in community groups, educational programs for all ages, and offering support for the local art scene.  For those who have seen what WMODA has to offer, we remind you that what you saw in the collection was only the tip of the iceberg!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEET  THE  TEAM

 

 

 

 

THE  VISION

 

 

 

 

 

 

BENEFITS  OF  WMODA

 

 

 

 

 

TIME  LINE

 

 

 

 

DRIVING  PRINCIPLES

 

 

 

FOR  MORE  DETAILS

 

 

 

 

 

Previous articles in The Rickie Report highlight some of WMODA’s vast activities:

https://www.therickiereport.com/2022/04/12/wmoda/

https://www.therickiereport.com/2022/09/21/be-joyful-and-experience-a-safari-for-the-soul-at-wiener-museum-of-decorative-arts-in-dania-beach-now-through-end-of-december/

https://www.therickiereport.com/2019/11/16/wiener-museum-of-decorative-arts-in-dania-beach-invites-you-to-sparkle-shine-sunday-december-1-visit-this-treasure-trove-of-living-glass-masters-ardmore-studio-ceramics-wedgwood-and-royal/

 

 

For more information about WMODA itself please contact Louise: louise@wmoda.com

 

 

 

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

Boca Raton Museum Of Art Features Exhibit By Dorotha Grace Lemeh: Cycles Artist Talk On Sunday February 18, 2024.

The Boca Raton Museum of Art highlights the art of Dorotha Udeagbor Grace Lemeh who brings a new light to visual storytelling.  This internationally renowned visionary will be giving an Artist Talk on Sunday afternoon, February 18, 2024.  The exhibit, “Cycles” brings attention to generational concerns with an array of birds, 3D objects, paintings, drawings and collage. highlighting the humor as well as the seriousness of Lemeh’s works. The Exhibit is available NOW through

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dorotha Lemeh, “Bird of Prey” (detail), 2005, mixed media on canvas. Courtesy of the Artist

 

February 18th at 3 pm in the Wolgin Auditorium

Boca Raton Museum of Art

Please   RSVP

Museum hours: Wed, Friday -Sunday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm; Thursday 11:00 am;

Monday-Tuesday Closed

Members: FREE
Adults: $16.00     Seniors (ages 65+): $12.00      Groups: $10.00
High School Students (under 18): FREE        Children (under 15): FREE

 

 

 

Kelly Bodle, Associate Curator tells The Rickie Report, “From climate and seasonal changes to environmental and other historical events, “Cycles” takes a serious and sometimes humorous look at how our human social and cultural choices, alongside other complex narratives, continuously shape our everyday experiences and consequently, our lives. Using myths, legends, archetypes, folklore, current events, and other forms of visual storytelling this new exhibition of collaged mixed media paintings, drawings, 3D elements, and digital imagery intends to feature generational concerns for all living things that occupy our planet. Joining Dorotha in this conversation will be an array of birds and other creatures, who bear witness to our human folly”.

 

 

 

Mixed media, 2022  “Blue Crystal” by Dorotha Udeagbor Grace Lemeh

 

 

 

A northern-born southerner, as she (at times) describes herself, Dorotha Udeagbor Grace Lemeh is an accomplished national and international artist. Dorotha is best known for her mixed media paintings, though more recently, her painted, sometimes collaged, digital still photographic images & video installations.  Her deep roots in traditional artmaking methods in painting and drawing serve as the foundation for her artworks. As an avid visual storyteller, Dorotha arranges or “stages” a single, pair, or group of 3D objects along with paintings, drawings, or collaged works to create exciting tableaux to explore complex narratives associated with our environment and personhood associated with historical phenomena operating in our time.

 

 

 

 “Glass House” by Dorotha Udeagbor Grace Lemeh

 

 

 

These living experiences encapsulated her perceptions of ethnocultural identity that strives to exist in a world where socio-cultural identity is continually shifting.

Regardless of the subject matter, she purposely creates art that considers sameness in the face of differences.

 

 

 

 

 “One to Go” from the “In Danger” Series  by Dorotha Udeagbor Grace Lemeh

 

 

 

Dorotha’s preoccupation with how visual storytelling materials continually bring together layers of meaning—especially in relationship to a single subject. In her mixed media work, Dorotha continues to utilize a variety of ways to transverse the intersection of visual language using sound and text alongside images. Formally steeped in more traditional modes of artmaking, specifically as a painter, Dorotha draws from her narratives — based on stories that grew out of her life experiences being born and living in the North, growing up in the South in the United States and for a brief period in her youth, traveling with her parents and siblings to her father’s native homeland of Nigeria.

 

 

 

Mixed media collage, 2019  “Tethered Bloodline” by Dorotha Udeagbor Grace Lemeh

 

 

 

Dorotha Udeagbor Grace Lemeh is an Associate Professor of Visual Art at Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University. She has participated in 90+ exhibitions nationally and internationally as a professional visual artist. Dorotha has received numerous awards, including Best of Show, 1st Place, and Honorable Mention.

 

 

Reviews and images of her artwork have been featured in catalogues, newspapers, and journals, such as On-View Magazine, The International Review of African American Art Journal, Arts & Antiques Magazine, Gumbo Ya-Ya: An Anthology of African American Women Artists, Painting in Acrylics, the International Triennial of Painting: Sofia Bulgaria, Biennale Internazionale Dell’ Arte Contemporary: Florence, Italy, Celebrating Visual Traditions, and Howard University’s Black Women in the Academy.  Featured below are a few of Dorotha’s national and international exhibition highlights:

 

 

o Spiritual Journeys, Barraza Gallery, LLC, Kingsville, TX
o 33rd Annual International Exhibition, Museum of Fine Art (MoFA)– FSU, Tallahassee, FL
o Art on BRiC Walls, Boca Raton Museum of Art, in association with CP group
o Art in Nigeria, 5th Biennial of Pan African Circle of Artists Lagos, Nigeria
o Crossing Boundaries and Frontiers: The 4th Biennale Centre Soleil d’Afrique, West Africa
o Changing Attitudes: Afrika Heritage, 4th Biennial of Pan African Circle of Artists, Nimbus Art Center, Lagos, Nigeria
o Artistas del Mundo en Tlaxacala-Mexico, Palacip de la Cultural in Mexico
o Global Focus: Women in Art and Culture, The China World Trade Center, Beijing
o Arts in Embassy Program (AIEP), U.S. Department of Art, Washington D.C
o Triennial Sofia ’96: International Exhibition of Paintings, Sofia, Bulgaria
o “Who Am I: The Journey of the Artist,” Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Pennsylvania
o “African Influence/Contemporary Artists”, The National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, Tennessee

o “NAWA Group Exhibition,” Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, New Jersey
o “Expanding Visions,” Florida Museum for Women Artists, Deland, FL
o “To Your Health!”, Euphrat Museum in Cupertino, California
o Nexus: Science + Art, Scripps Research Institute, Jupiter, FL

 

 

 

For more information about this exhibit or other happenings at the Boca Raton Museum of Art:

BOCA RATON MUSEUM OF ART

501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432

(561) 392-2500  x222     bocamuseum.org 

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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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Deb Yager Is One Of The Featured Artists At Armory Art Center’s Holiday Arts Festival December 1st – 3rd And Empty Bowls December 9, 2023.

Deb Yager is a singer, songwriter and artist who is one of the participants in the Armory Art Center’s Holiday Arts Festival on Friday, December 1, Saturday, December 2, and Sunday, December 3, 2023.  From being a musician on the road from the west coast to the east coast, she also creates iconic paintings using her blind contour drawing style.  Deb is also involved in giving back to the community, so mark your calendars and RSVP for Saturday, December 9, 2023, at Trinity Delray Lutheran Church and School in Delray Beach to celebrate The Palm Beach County Food Bank-Empty Bowls event.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 1 – 3, 2023

 

 

 

 

“Nomad Happy and Stoked” by Deb Yager

 

 

 

Friday Hours:  5 – 8 pm

 

 

Saturday & Sunday Hours:  10 am – 5 pm

 

 

FREE    ADMISSION         FREE    PARKING

 

 

 

 

“Here Comes The Sun” by Deb Yager

 

 

 

The Armory Art Center is on the south end of Howard Park within walking distance of The Square West Palm Beach. The festival takes place on the Armory’s historic campus.

 

 

 

 

“Cuba Musica” by Deb Yager

 

 

 

 

 

Deb Yager lived in The Live Music Capital of the World, Austin Texas as a singer songwriter. She had the opportunity to play at many notable venues and see a plethora of singer songwriters live & up close. She drew local Musicians and their instruments. Then went on the road to play music all over the west coast from Washington state to South Florida. When she found a “for rent” sign tacked to a coconut tree (not kidding) and exclaimed “Stop the Car!!” I always wanted to live in this neighborhood! Got off the road for a month that turned into ten years! Yikes!

 

 

 

 

Mermaid painting by Deb Yager

 

 

 

Now living in a “surf shack” turned art studio in south Florida, her work continues to expand into Bright colored Watercolor Seahorses and Mermaids, Local cottages and iconic businesses in her blind contour drawing style with watercolor.  Most recently painting brightly colored acrylic Crazy Abstract Roosters on canvas.

 

 

 

For more information about Deb’s appearance at the Armory Art Center’s Holiday Arts Festival: 

https://armoryart.org/event/holiday-arts-festival/

 

 

Deb also supports the Palm Beach County Food Bank by Volunteering and also supporting their annual “Empty Bowls” Event by painting Bowls with many other artists in PBC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 8th Annual

Empty   Bowls   Delray   Beach

 

 

 

Saturday, December 9, 2023

Trinity Delray Lutheran Church and School

 

 

 

400 N Swinton Ave    Delray Beach, FL 33444

 

 

 

pbcfoodbank.org/delray-beach-empty-bowls

 

 

 

Register and attend The Palm Beach County Food Bank-Empty Bowls event! Deb tells The Rickie Report, “I am excited to work with such a great organization. This event is not only an opportunity to support a worthy cause but also a chance to enjoy delicious food and connect with others in the community”.

 

 

 

See more of Deb’s body of work at:

www.pinterest.com/debyager/deb-yager-original-artwork/

www.facebook.com/debyagerart/

Instagram     @artistdebyager

 

 

Deb still plays gigs with her singer songwriter husband Bo Reynolds. You can hear her music at debyager.com and her husband at boreynolds.com.

 

 

 

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Armory Art Center’s 7th Annual Holiday Arts Festival Celebrates Art, Music, Culture On Friday, Saturday, And Sunday, December 1-3, 2023. Free Admission And Parking

The Armory Art Center’s 7th Annual Holiday Arts Festival returns on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, December 1 – 3, 2023. This exciting array of works by local and out of town artistslive musicdemonstrationsfood trucks, and so much more!  Admission and parking are free!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some photos. 

 

 

 

 

Armory Art Center Campus
811 Park Place  West Palm Beach, FL 33401

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 1 – 3, 2023

 

 

 

Friday Hours:  5 – 8 pm

 

 

Saturday & Sunday Hours:  10 am – 5 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

FREE    ADMISSION         FREE    PARKING

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Armory Art Center is on the south end of Howard Park within walking distance of The Square West Palm Beach. The festival takes place on the Armory’s historic campus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the Armory’s 7th Annual Holiday Arts Festival, you will discover a variety of handmade artwork including paintings, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, and more. Browse the many artisan booths for your holiday shopping, watch talented artists give live demonstrations, and enjoy kids’ activities and food trucks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrate the season and bring your family and friends to this event!

 

Learn more at armoryart.org/festival

 

 

About the Armory Art Center:

The Armory Art Center’s art school and galleries provide creative opportunities to enhance your life. The Armory has served the community for over 30 years. The mission of the Armory Art Center is to inspire the creation and experience of art and the Armory’s vision is to be the leading community resource for arts education. Serving over 3,000 students annually, the Armory Art Center offers 160 courses per term in six terms throughout the year to students ranging in age from pre-school to retiree. Classes in drawing, painting, photography, jewelry, fiber & textiles, ceramics, and sculpture are held in 12 state-of–the-art studios. Twelve exhibitions are hosted annually in three galleries. Exhibitions, lectures, and special events are open to the public.

For information, visit www.armoryart.org or call (561) 832.1776

The Armory Art Center is located at 811 Park Place, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

 

 

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

 

 

Deerfield Beach Historical Society’s Museum & Cultural Center Showcases Ceramic Sculptures By Walter O’Neill And Wayne Pelke. Meet The Artists At Free Reception On Saturday, August 19

Ceramic Sculptures by Walter O’Neill and Wayne Pelke will be featured at the Deerfield Beach Historical Society’s Museum & Cultural Center August 12 – September 30, 2023.  Meet these two prolific artists on Saturday, August 19 at the Artist Reception.  The exhibit is also available on Saturdays, August 12 – September 30.  The Rickie Report shares some highlights and urges you to visit a little bit of history and see how these artists continue to be inspired.

 

 

 

 

 

84 SE 4th Avenue Deerfield Beach, FL  

954.429.0378

 

 

 

 

 

Artist Reception:   

Saturday, August 19, 2023  

4:30 – 6:30 pm

Free Admission      Light Refreshments

 

Exhibit runs August 12 – September 30, 2023

 

 

 

 

Venture to a magical place,

Where history and present-day combine!

 

 

 

 

“Bride & Banyan” by Walter O’Neill

 

 

 

Walter O’Neill tells The Rickie Report, “During the Covid pandemic, I walked along Hillsboro Blvd daily and looked at the banyan tree in the back of the Butler House.  My recent sculptures are inspired by the strength, growth, and resilience of that tree. The banyan tree is a symbol of fertility, life, and resurrection in many world cultures.”

 

 

 

A chorus of sculptures by Wayne Pelke

 

 

 

Wayne Pelke tells The Rickie Report, “I’ve been creating sculpture for over 40 years.  In these recent creations, I try to capture the essential flexibility and beauty of the female form’s body language.  I hope the viewer examines the whole and allows their mind to soar.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Live Music
    Our Driveway Friday music series brings live music to the community on the second Friday of the month. The South Florida Chamber Ensemble performs the third Sunday of the month, every other month.

     

  • Art Gallery
    This is the only public art gallery in Deerfield Beach featuring rotating exhibits from local painters, photographers, sculptors  and more.

     

  • Lectures
    The third Saturday of the month we present a free lecture on the fascinating history of  South Florida.

 

  • Art Classes
    Our Art Curator Gabriela Gamperl teaches weekly Love4Arts classes to area children, and she teaches En Plein Air classes to beginners of all ages. We also offer sketching and drawing classes on Saturday mornings.

     

  • International Film
    The second Friday of the month is a showing of an international film with lively discussion, signature drinks and free popcorn.

     

  • Community Meetings
    The Cultural Center has rooms available for meetings. Local service organizations, clubs and other groups can rent space for very reasonable rates right in the heart of Deerfield Beach

 

For more information about Walter O’Neill:

www.walteroneill.com

 

 

 

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

Armory Art Center’s 7th Annual Holiday Arts Festival December 1 – 3, 2023 Is Accepting Applications Of Artists, Artisans, Crafters, Vendors, Food Trucks And Sponsors. Deadline To Apply Is August 31, 2023

The Armory Art Center‘s 7th Annual Holiday Arts Festival, scheduled for December 1- 3, 2023, has opened its CALL to ARTISTS, MUSICIANS, VENDORS, FOOD TRUCKS, and SPONSORS. For one evening and two days, browse the artisan booths for your holiday shopping, listen to live musicians, watch talented artists give demos, and the kids can enjoy special activities.  Admission to the event is FREE.  The Rickie Report shares the details for interested individuals and groups to apply now!  DEADLINE to apply: August 31, 2023.

 

 

 

 

Armory Art Center Campus
811 Park Place  West Palm Beach, FL 33401

 

 

 

 

Preview

Friday,  December 1, 2023

 

  4:30 – 6:30 pm

 

 

Saturday  &   Sunday

December  2 – 3, 2023

 

10 am  to  5 pm

 

 

 

 

This festival features enjoyable outdoor experiences for all ages. For one evening and two days, you can shop for artwork, including paintings, ceramics, jewelry, and more. Browse the many artisan booths for your holiday shopping while listening to live music performed by different musicians each day. Watch talented artists give live demonstrations, enjoy kids’ activities, and celebrate the season. Bring your family, and friends to the Holiday Arts Festival. The Armory Art Center is on the south end of Howard Park within walking distance of The Square in West Palm Beach. The festival takes place on the Armory’s historic campus. Plenty of parking will be available and admission is FREE.

 

 

 

IMPORTANT  DEADLINES

Application Deadline: August 31
Jurying: Sept 1-15
Jury Notifications:  September 22
Notifications will be emailed approximately 3 weeks after Zapplication online application is completed.
Accept Invitation & Purchase Deadline: October 27

 

 

Exhibitor   Application:

https://www.zapplication.org/event-info.php?ID=11490

 

FEES:

APPLICATION FEE (non-refundable): $35
BOOTH FEE: $200  (Double spaces are considered; $400)
BALANCES/PAYMENTS:  We accept these credit cards: Visa, Master Card, Discover, and American Express.
*Late fee of $40 incurred after October 27 or forfeited participation

 

 

2D ARTWORK:

 

Drawing includes original two-dimensional work with graphite, charcoal, chalk, pastels, wax crayon, inks, and washes.
Photography includes signed prints created by the artist from his/her own original negative or digital files that have been processed by that artist or under his/her direct supervision.
Printmaking includes prints created by the artist using plates, stones, or screens that have been signed and numbered.
Painting includes original, two-dimensional work with oils, acrylics, watercolor, egg tempura, etc.
Mixed Media includes collages and handmade paper, and must incorporate more than one type of material.

3D ARTWORK:

 

Sculptor artists need to apply as a maker with original work. Sculpture can be created by carving, forming, and modifying clay, wax, marble, or other pliable materials.
Jewelry artists need to apply as a designer, a maker, or a designer and maker with conceptually original and compositionally interesting work. Assembled commercial items will not be accepted. Jewelry can be made from metal, glass, clay, fiber, paper, plastic, or other materials.
Ceramics include originally shaped and fired clay (including earthenware, porcelain, stoneware, and terracotta).
Fiber includes original work created from fibers/fabric or leather including batik, basketry, weaving, and quilt-making. No factory-produced items are permitted.
Furniture includes original work in any functional material as a piece of furniture.
Glass includes original work created in glass by the artist including blown glass, fused glass, or stained glass.
Metal includes original work created by the artist without the use of a production studio.
Wood includes original hand-tooled, machine-worked, built-up, turned, or carved work in wood.

 

Entertainment  Application:

https://armoryart.org/art-center-programs/holiday-arts-festival/entertainment-application/

 

 

 

Food Truck Vendor Application:

https://armoryart.org/art-center-programs/holiday-arts-festival/food-truck/

 

 

 

Festival Sponsorship Application:

https://armoryart.org/art-center-programs/holiday-arts-festival/festival-sponsorship-application/

 

 

 

 

About the Armory Art Center:

The Armory Art Center’s art school and galleries provide creative opportunities to enhance your life. The Armory has served the community for over 30 years. The mission of the Armory Art Center is to inspire the creation and experience of art and the Armory’s vision is to be the leading community resource for arts education. Serving over 3,000 students annually, the Armory Art Center offers 160 courses per term in six terms throughout the year to students ranging in age from pre-school to retiree. Classes in drawing, painting, photography, jewelry, fiber & textiles, ceramics, and sculpture are held in 12 state-of–the-art studios. Twelve exhibitions are hosted annually in three galleries. Exhibitions, lectures, and special events are open to the public.

For information, visit www.armoryart.org or call (561) 832.1776

The Armory Art Center is located at 811 Park Place, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

 

 

 

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Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

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

 

 

Delray Beach Development Authority (DDA)Announces Immersive Exhibit “The World Of Water” At Cornell Art Museum. Open Now Through Sunday, June 25, 2023. Admission Is Free

The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA) announces a new immersive exhibition at the Cornell Art Museum.The World of WATER” features 20 South Florida artists with 40 pieces of artwork and explores an artistic interpretation of mankind’s connection to water, touching on the environment, conservation and sustainability. The Exhibit is OPEN NOW through Sunday, June 25, 2023 and admission is Free.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cornell Art Museum

51 N. Swinton Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33444

561-654-2220

 

 

Free Admission

On view NOW –  Sunday, June 25, 2023

 

 

“Bent Pipe Obstruction”by KX2 (Dana Kleinman and Ruth Avra)

 

 

 

 

This special immersive exhibition was curated by the DDA’s Cultural Arts Director, Marusca Gatto, in collaboration with Debby Coles-Dobay of Art Moves PB.

 

 

 

“Red” by Alicja Kabat

 

 

 

 

M E E T      T H E       A R T I S T S:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Besides “The World of WATER,” the Cornell Art Museum showcases the Surfing Florida Exhibition (through June 25, 2023), which highlights all of Florida’s rich surfing history through rare archive photographs, historic surfboards and curated local artwork.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Chesapeake Blue 2018” Hot blown glass and metal by Eli Cecil

 

 

 

A total of 40 pieces featuring textural elements in mixed media sculpture, installations, glass, digital and film photography, oil and watercolor paintings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Time for Reflection” by Andre Lopez Bermudez 

Sound Design by Fort Lauderdale’s Multidisciplinary artist Dave Rosenthal, founder of Desire Media Productions, invites guests to linger and hear the sound of water in an immersive experience.

 

 

https://downtowndelraybeach.com/listings/cornell-art-museum

About Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA)

The DDA team is responsible for curating exhibitions, programs and events for the Cornell Art Museum and all other Old School Square campus facilities.  The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA) was established in 1971 with a mission to grow, strengthen, and enhance the economic vitality of Downtown Delray Beach. As an autonomous agency of the City, the Delray Beach DDA advocates, facilitates, plans, and executes business development, fosters business relations, helps with the planning of public and private projects, and markets the downtown district. The DDA is located at 350 SE 1st Street, Delray Beach, FL.

Learn more at https://downtowndelraybeach.com/

Follow updates on social media:

@DowntownDelray and @DelrayOldSchoolSquare

Cornell Art Museum: 561-654-2220

The DDA can be reached:  561-243-1077

 

 

 

 

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