A Feline Phenom

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.

The Harper's Cat Gussy

The Harper’s Cat Gussy
Photo Cred – A-Line Magazine – RVP Photography

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

“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!

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!

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.