Charley Harper: Gone, But Never Forgotten

Cincinnati’s beloved Charley Harper, world-famous artist, died on this day in 2007. He will forever be missed.

Charley's Cardinal

Charley’s Cardinal

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”-Dr. Seuss

Our May Downtown Doggie Day is Almost Here

Our May Downtown Doggie Day takes place on Saturday the 4th, between the hours of 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM.

Fabulous Frames and Art is thrilled to partner with local artist Marc Wavra for a series of in-store pet portrait events at our downtown Cincinnati location. His exceptional skill as an art photographer, combined with his love of all animals, makes him the ideal person to bring out your pet’s unique personality.

His custom 15″x15″ stretched canvases are a brilliant alternative to the standard animal portraits offered at pet stores. A session lasts approximately 5-10 minutes, and results in a treasured image that is both a keepsake and a work of art. Please join us for this special occasion. We will be serving light refreshments (treats and water) for your furry friends. If you require a sitting at a specific time, reservations are recommended. Walk-ins are welcome on a first come first served basis. Don’t live in the Cincinnati area? Never fear! Marc can also work off of your high quality photograph.

For more information, or to schedule a sitting, please contact us at: 513.579.9998 or

Be sure to check out the gallery for a few adorable examples of his work. Enjoy!

Fabulous Frames and Art

17 West Fourth Street

Cincinnati, Ohio 45225

Edie Harper: Her Biblical Works and a Little Love Story

Charley Harper and Edie McKee met cute. The year was 1940, and they were fresh-faced youngsters enjoying their first day at art school. Fast forward seven years, to a world newly released from war: with their respective patriotic service behind them, and their education finally finished, they married. They were never apart again.

The Harpers were accomplished artists. Although Charley, who died in 2007, gets more press than Edie, who passed away in 2010, make no mistake: she was an extraordinarily gifted woman whose mastery of multiple mediums was, and remains, nothing short of breathtaking.

As the 1970s approached, Edie turned her keen abilities to portraying scenes from the Bible. As delightfully whimsical as her other work, these Biblical illustrations are some of her best known and loved pieces. That she shared her husband’s gift for visual distillation is never more obvious than when looking at this series.

We are excited to announce that our Montgomery location is hosting a show of Edie Harper Biblical illustrations. If you are in the area, be sure to stop by to see them in person! For those of you who cannot make it in, we’ve assembled a gallery of some of the images that will be on view. Enjoy!









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The Artwork of Charley Harper at the 20th Century Cincinnati Show

The 19th annual 20th Century Cincinnati Show was held this past weekend, February 23rd and 24th, at the Sharonville Convention Center. As always, we were there to represent the work of local legend and world-renowned artist, the late Charley Harper. Check out the gallery to see some of the amazing Harper work we had on hand!


Our Downtown Doggie Day Event Series is Back for 2013!

Our first Downtown Doggie Day event of 2013 is just around the corner, this Saturday, March 2nd! Cincinnati artist Marc Wavra will be in the shop between 11:00 AM-2:00PM, camera in tow, to photograph your pets. He will turn your favorite image into a 15″x15″, artistically rendered, ready-to-hang stretched canvas keepsake. Don’t live in Cincinnati, or can’t make the date? No worries! Marc can work off of your high-quality photos, and he is available for appointments between our official events.

Custom Pet Portraits by Marc Wavra

Custom Pet Portraits by Marc Wavra

Call 513.579.9998 for more information or to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins also welcome!

Fabulous Frames & Art

17 West Fourth Street

Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Counting Down to Valentine’s Day with Charley Harper, #1: Vowlentine

Vowlentine by Charley Harper

Vowlentine by Charley Harper

“Put a fancy lace border around these barn owls and you could send them to your sweetie on February 14. “Be mine!” you could say, “I love you with all my hearts!” Or when you’re ready to pop the question: “Let’s owlope.” And on your anniversary: “You’re still as owlluring as ever.”


Counting Down to Valentine’s Day with Charley Harper, #2: Romance on the Richter Scale

Romance on the Richter Scale by Charley Harper

Romance on the Richter Scale by Charley Harper

“Talk about a heavy date! It’s their big love scene-a gigantic, frantic, romantic antic in the Atlantic. It’s a titanic, oceanic courtship on the order of an earthquake. Look out for the bridal tidal wave as they sink to entwine in the brine. Humpback whales are colossal, but they’re docile, which is lucky for us but it’s mighty unlucky for them. While they practiced non-violence, we preached the golden rule and perfected the harpoon.”-Charley Harper


Counting Down to Valentine’s Day with Charley Harper, #3: Flamingo a Go Go

Flamingo a Go Go by Charley Harper

Flamingo a Go Go by Charley Harper

“A flock of flirting flamingos is pure, passionate, pink pandemonium-a frenetic flamingle-mangle-a discordant discotheque of delirious dancing, flamboyant feathers, and flamingo lingo.”-Charley Harper