Rob Storter Traveling Exhibit

Work of Florida Artist Robert L. Storter Jr. on Display in Islamorada, Florida,

at the Keys History & Discovery Center

Never No More: Storter’s Southwest Florida is now on display at Keys History & Discovery Center in Islamorada through early October. The exhibit focuses on the Everglades and Ten Thousand Islands region, reflecting the nature and abundance of southwest Florida’s flora and fauna, as well as hunting scenes, fishing boats, and tractors on the farm.

The paintings by Robert Lee Storter Jr., (1894-1987) are an untouched and unvarnished chronicle of a time lost. Storter earned his living by fishing, guiding and hunting. His portrayal of the Everglades is a celebration of the attendant exuberance and beauty of a frontier land that he understood and loved.

The exhibit, featuring 30 framed artworks and passages from Storter’s journals, is on loan from the Museum of the Everglades and Collier County Museums. Said Patricia A. Huff of Friends of the Museum of the Everglades, “Rob Storter was one of those uniquely gifted individuals whose humility, faith, love of fishing and the environment shines through in his simple works of art, reflecting the life and times of the early pioneers of southwest Florida. Let us not forget what once was.”

The Discovery Center is in Islamorada, MM 82, located on the property of the Islander Resort, a Guy Harvey Outpost. The Center is open Thursdays through Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. General admission is $12. Admission for seniors is $10 and children 13-under are free.

The Discovery Center is operated by the Florida Keys History and Discovery Foundation, a not-for-profit organization formed to develop and operate the Keys History & Discovery Center. For more information, call 305-922-2237 or visit our website at www.keysdiscovery.com.



"History Through Folk Art"

Rob Storter was a son of Robert Bembery Storter, one of the early settlers in the village of Everglade. As a child, Rob sailed with his father to Key West to sell produce and buy supplies. As an adult, he fished commercially and guided sportsmen.

Rob was a talented artist and enjoyed sketching pictures of the places he knew. He annotated them with little stories, often bemoaning the natural wilderness that had been lost to development. He also carved and made wooden models. His memoirs were captured by his grandaughter in a popular book "Crackers in the Glade", published in 2000.

A collection of over 300 of Rob's sketches and artifacts was acquired from the Storter family in 2004 by the Friends of the Museum of the Everglades. Since then it has been exhibited at the Bonita Springs Historical Society, the Historical Museum of Southern Florida in Miami, the Museum of the Everglades in Everglades City, the Mennello Museum of Modern Art in Orlando, and at the Marco Island Historical Museum. The Friends of the Museum of the Everglades donated the Storter Collection to Collier County Museums in 2007.

The exhibit is available to Museums and Galleries who are interested in telling the story of the "Never No More: Storter's Southwest Florida." For more information about the Storter Collection, call Patty Huff (239) 695-2397 or email at snookcity@gmail.com, or Thomas Lockyear (239) 695-0008 or email at thomaslockyear@colliergov.net.



© 2017, Friends of the Museum of the Everglades, Inc.