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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Make Plans to Visit Fort Thomas Artist Harlan Hubbard Art Exhibit and Sale of Rarely Seen Pieces

The Hubbard Studio is on the National Register of Historic Places

You can buy a piece of local legendary artist Harlan Hubbard and help restore his Fort Thomas studio. You are invited to visit Bowman’s Framing shop on North Fort Thomas Avenue on Saturday June 3, 6:00 - 8:00 PM. Bill and Flo Caddell, who have the largest private Hubbard collection, will display and sell many seldom seen and rare pieces. Half of the proceeds will benefit the restoration of the Hubbard Studio that was placed on the National Register of Historic Places last year.

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Harlan Hubbard has been called the “Thoreau of Kentucky.” He and his wife, Anna, lived in isolation in Trimble County without many modern conveniences but also lived a cultured, civilized life. People from around the world visited him to study by his side. He developed his guiding philosophy of living in close union with nature in the Fort Thomas studio which eventually prompted him to build a shantyboat, a primitive houseboat, and float the rivers to New Orleans before moving back to Kentucky and settling along the bank of the Ohio River downstream of Carrollton.

His paintings have a charm and vitality that reflect his love of the land and the Ohio River. Many of his early works include Fort Thomas and Campbell County subjects. The show and sale is made possible by Bill and Flo Caddell who have the largest private collection of Hubbard works.

Hubbard was awarded the Governor's Lifetime Achievement Award for his work and he was recently inducted into the Kentucky Writer's Hall of Fame. Hubbard's work and life remained true to his values and is revered as a Kentucky treasure.

You can learn more about Hubbard by stopping by Bowman’s Framing on June 3. The exhibit will run from June 3 to June 14. The Fort Thomas Forest Conservancy is hosting the show to raise needed funds to restore the studio that Hubbard built. You can also visit to learn more about his remarkable life and influence or visit

You are invited!

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