“Miss Vetta” by Hubert Walters(1931-2008)
Jamaican-born fisherman, boat-builder, and painter Hubert Walters moved to New York City in 1972 and to North Carolina in the mid-70s. While supporting himself with various factory jobs and a small ice cream concession, he began making sculptures of boats. “Miss Vetta,” named for the late artist’s wife, is a delightful — and early — example of his sculptural work. It’s made from 1-1/2″-thick carved, painted boards, with string and dowel rigging, and a mast that appears to have once been a small chair leg. The sailboat measures 33” L X 28-1/2” H X 1-1/2” W. Minor wear to the surface but very good overall condition. Early 1980s.