It is a tradition at Fabulous Frames & Art to offer a new adornment every year based off of a Charley Harper design and this year a dynamic duo was chosen. The Piece ‘Painted Bunting’ will be featured on adornments and ornaments along with its traditional serigraph format.
“Painted Bunting” Charley Harper
Originally released in 1974 this pair has been waiting almost 40 years to make to a come back. They are best described in Charley’s words:
“Painted Bunting” Charley Harper Serigraph
“Wow! Over there! Perched on the palmetto! Ever see such complimentary complementary colors? The painted bunting, adult male, is a bird you must see to believe, but that’s not easy. With all that direct male advertising in living color, you might expect him to come on like a billboard, but he shyly shuns the boulevard for the underbrush. Next to him, his mate is regular plain Jane. Why? So she won’t turn a nest building with baby buntings into a dead giveaway”.
“Painted Bunting” Charley Harper
Come visit these two flamboyant feathered friends at any Fabulous Frames & Art location
An added bonus to the unique atmosphere of this holiday show is a free print of Harper’s creation “Little Sipper”. This print comes free with any purchase of a Harper print.
“Little Sipper” Charley Harper
The hovering ruby-throated hummingbird nips nectar from a morning glory, enjoying a breakfast beverage, a motionless in-flight meal, the power of the flower. These hummers beat their wings as fast as 53 times per second to hold their bills still for sipping.
Most cat owners would agree that their four-legged friends are truly the masters of their domain. Even prolific artists like Charley & Edie Harper fell under the enchanting spell of these domestic beasts. The Harpers had two cats of their own, Snowy & Gussy, who found their way into Edie’s work.
Her series “cat in a basket “ features baskets being filled not only with cats but also anything from gourds to holly to lilacs. This simple geometric print uses triangles to capture the essence of a curious cat surveying the outside world from inside their safe perch. Our Master Mat Designer Paul used his own artistic skills to continue these simple lines to add a special look to this beveled mat.
“Cat in a basket with Lilacs” Edie Harper
Cats are funny creatures and never seem content in one place for too long and Edie’s cats are the exact same way. They have shown up on prints, coffee mugs, coloring books, and recently on adornments. These small shining cutouts capture light and would brighten up any Christmas tree during the holiday season.
To see more of Edie’s feline friends stop by any Fabulous Frames & Art store!
The 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.
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.
With 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!
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.
The 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.
The 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.
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!