Cold Weather & ‘Cool Carnivore’

photoThe chant ‘Who-Dey’ can be heard all around Cincinnati on any given Sunday but this week it will be heard loud and clear Thursday night as the Bengals take on the Dolphins and try to improve their record to 7-2.

This football fever has even reached the Charley Harper collection as his ‘Cool Carnivore’ print from 1979 seems to mimic the exhaustion that our hometown team feels after each game.

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The original intention behind the print was to bring into focus the effect of excessive hunting of the Bengal tiger and what that might mean to the livelihood of the species. In fact, the year that the “Cool Carnivore” print was released another tiger, the Javan tiger, was hunted into extinction.

More recently the Bengal tiger has been recognized as having the largest population of any endangered tiger species and is on track to maintain that status.

photo 2With roughly 2500 Bengal tigers worldwide and 100 times as many Cincinnati football fans* its not a surprise that the “Cool Carnivore” has started to show his face on snazzy tailgating accessories like our mugs and glasses.

Tune in this Thursday at 8:30 to catch the Kick off of the Cincinnati Bengals and turn up to one of our five locations to view “Cool Carnivore” for yourself!

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Harper Ever After

Some people look back fondly at old love letters, or in some cases emails, to reminisce about time gone by. Now just imagine that sketches, lithographs, oil paintings, charcoal drawings, and everything in between captured your romance. That is the reality for the dynamic duo of Charley and Edie Harper.

EM+CHThe relics of their partnerships are on display for the ‘Harper Ever After’ exhibit at The Cincinnati Art Academy.  These artifacts include humorous early drawings by both Edie and Charley from their days at the school.

The subject matter gets much darker with the sketches from the recently graduated Charley after he was sent off to the battlefields of WWII.  These rarely seen sketches and letters follow him through Europe and back home including his view of a bombed out church and valentines sent to Edie who was waiting stateside.

CharleyedieThe rest of the exhibition follows a much brighter trajectory as they traveled across America and explored the unique habitats and rituals of numerous animals and ecosystems. Even capturing their own growing family with a portrait of their son Brett.

Looking back on the expansive body of work the Harpers created over their lifetime is truly inspiring. The ‘Harper Forever’ exhibit will run until November 1st 2013 and The Art Academy of Cincinnati galleries are open M-F 9am-9pm.

20th Century Cincinnati Show

Cincinnati’s exhibition of mid-century modern art, furnishings, and fashion at it’s best. One of Harper Studio’s favorite shows of the season. If you haven’t been to the annual show then mark your calendar. It’s worth the trip!  The event is held at the newly remodeled Sharonville Convention Center, this weekend, Feb. 25 & 26.
We will be showcasing vintage silkscreens, the new Charley Harper For Kids line and all of the latest Harper products. Our adjacent booth will be dedicated to Harper Originals.
To all of the show’s loyal patrons and Harper enthusiasts, we’re looking forward to seeing you!Also on display (and for sale!) are some very unique Charley Harper original paintings and silkscreens. Stop by and see these gorgeous works in person!
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Charles Fracé’s Scenes of Wild Animals in Winter

Peace on Ice by Charles Frace

Peace on Ice by Charles Frace

With the onset of winter here in Cincinnati, Ohio, it’s time to present to our readers some fantastically detailed scenes of animals in winter by the acclaimed artist Charles Fracé, whose iconic prints of foxes, bears, seals, and other creatures are carried in our five Cincinnati-area galleries.

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Happy First Day of Winter!

Cardinals at Probasco Fountain by John Ruthven

Cardinals at Probasco Fountain by John Ruthven

To mark the first day of Winter in Cincinnati, Ohio, here is Cardinals at Probasco Fountain, a beautiful wintry scene featuring a cardinal by beloved Cincinnati-area artist John Ruthven, one of the many artists whose limited-edition prints are available here at Fabulous Frames & Art. While we’re at it, let’s take a look at some of Ruthven’s other nature-inspired prints as well.

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Need a Last-Minute Holiday Gift?

Gift Rapt by Charley Harper

Gift Rapt by Charley Harper

The holidays are quickly approaching… Let us help you play Santa for your loved ones (and even yourself!) this time of year. At Fabulous Frames & Art, we have a vast selection of great Charley Harper gifts for everyone on your list. But time is running out; make sure to head to one of our Cincinnati-area locations ASAP to pick up these great gifts!

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2011 Charley Harper Show at Fabulous Frames & Art

Cool Carnivore by Charley Harper

Cool Carnivore by Charley Harper

Please join us at the Fabulous Frames & Art Montgomery gallery for our annual Charley Harper celebration, on Saturday, December 3rd, 11am-5pm, at 10817 Montgomery Rd. in Cincinnati, Ohio. On display will be a vast assortment of Charley’s serigraphs, lithographs, giclee prints, and posters, as well as some originals. Charley’s son Brett will be the host, and we will have hot cider on hand. You will even receive a free Harper print with your purchase!

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