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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

There is a Gem Tucked Away in the Geographic Center of Fort Thomas Will Open to the Public

Interior of the studio

There is a gem tucked away in the geographic center of Fort Thomas - the Harlan Hubbard Studio and Nature Preserve - and now you will be able to experience it with the addition of monthly Studio Hours. 

The studio and preserve, located on private property at 129 Highland Avenue, will be open to the public on the third Saturday of each month between 10:00 and 1:00. The first event is Saturday, March 16. 

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Here’s what you can expect. There could be an organized program that will be announced on the Facebook pages for Fort Thomas Forest Conservancy as well as the Harlan Hubbard Studio and Preserve, and at  But you will always be able to explore nature on your own through painting, music, writing, science, or any other medium. Bring a sketch pad, an instrument, a camera, a yoga mat or whatever your creative medium is and enjoy the time.

File. Artist easel at studio
But first, a little history. Harlan Hubbard is considered the “Thoreau of Kentucky” because he practiced a simple and deliberate life attuned to the rhythms of the natural world. Even though he shunned many modern conveniences, he and his wife lived a sophisticated and beautiful life tucked away from the demands of cities. He began this part of his  life’s journey when he built the studio from reclaimed materials from condemned warehouses salvaged along Covington’s riverfront. It was here that he solidified his guiding philosophy as well as honed his artistic talents. Hubbard argued in favor of conservation and sustainability and, in retrospect, was far ahead his time. In addition, his paintings are prized. He is in the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame and has been recognized by a past governor for his lifetime achievements. He is often cited as a major influence by artists, writers, and supporters of conservation. 

The studio is not a museum; it is, rather, an environmental experience center that offers an opportunity for people to gather to discuss or reflect on our role in the world and what we can do to make it better. It’s an enjoyable place to visit.  

The Fort Thomas Forest Conservancy oversees the Studio and Preserve and is opening it to the public as part of their ten-year anniversary series of celebrations. The Conservancy was founded in the studio. 

Sidney Thomas, property owner and FTFC member, says, “The studio provides a quiet and magical environment in which you can enjoy the tranquility of simplicity while you enjoy your passion.  Whether you wish to read, create art, relax, think, write, lounge, explore or if you are just curious you will want to participate in Studio Hours.  This is your opportunity to take a break from what is probably a busy life and travel back in time to a place when finishing your favorite book was your top wish.”

There are no restrooms. The land has not been developed since Hubbard’s mother bought the property in the 1920s. Respect the property as reverently as Harlan and Anna Hubbard did. Feel free to bring a canvas to paint, a camera to snap photos, an instrument to create music, an idea to write, mediate, practice yoga, or bring a chair to contemplate the simplicity of the Hubbard’s life or the beauty of our surrounding natural world.  

Check the "Events" section of for details as well as the Fort Thomas Forest Conservancy or the Harlan Hubbard Studio and Preserve Facebook pages.  

One artist's interpretation of the studio

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