Masterworks for Nature Reception and Auction with John Ruthven

Mourning Doves by John Ruthven

Mourning Doves by John Ruthven

Here are at Cincinnati’s own Fabulous Frames & Art, we are always excited to share news about the artists we represent. John Ruthven, whose realistic depictions of wildlife have been compared to the work of John James Audubon, is participating in Masterworks for Nature Artists, an exhibit, reception and auction event taking place in the Sharon Centre in Sharon Woods on Saturday, September 25.


Masterworks for Nature Artists includes John Ruthven, John Agnew, Linda Howard Bittner, Devere Burt, Gary Denzler, Nancy Foreman, Ann Geise, Mary Louise Holt, Christine Knapp, Les LeFevre and Chris Walden.

The reception with the artists will take place on Saturday, September 25 starting at 6:30pm. Advance registration is required. At 8pm that evening, the auction will begin with the proceeds benefitting the Hamilton County Parks Foundation. The exhibit will be on view through October 10, with original paintings and prints on display and also available for purchase.

John Ruthven uses the same techniques as his famous predecessor, John James Audubon. After studying and researching his subject thoroughly, he sketches to rigid specifications then renders the original painting with great detail. Even as a boy, growing up the Cincinnati neighborhood of Walnut Hills, Ruthven’s dream was to become influential in preserving wildlife through art. “I continually took my sketch pad with me wherever I went,” Ruthven recalled. He went on to paint a brilliant career that has earned recognition from the highest.

His paintings have been included in acclaimed exhibitions such as The Artist of America exhibition in Denver, Colorado and the Society of Animal Artists, a traveling museum exhibition included at the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum in Oradell, New Jersey. Museums featuring his work include the Smithsonian Institution`s Preservation and Research Center; Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin; the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, Jamestown, New York; and the Cincinnati Museum Center where a major retrospective exhibit of his work, John A. Ruthven – In the Audubon Tradition, was mounted.

Fabulous Frames & Art is a family-owned custom frame shop and print gallery with five locations in the Cincinnati, Ohio area. We are the world’s largest dealer in the work of Charley Harper, and also carry the work of his wife Edie Harper, their son Brett Harper, and other artists including John Ruthven, G. Harvey, John Stobart, Mort Kunstler, Michael Blaser, and Charles Frace, among many others.

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