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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

In Other Words: Art Show to Benefit Local Historic Building


Inside the Hubbard Studio

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Beginning this week and running through the month of October, the Fort Thomas Forest Conservancy (FTFC) will hold an art sale at Fort Thomas Coffee. All proceeds will benefit the continued restoration of the Harlan Hubbard Studio, on the National Register of Historic Places. 

There will be a public opening reception for the sale on October 15 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM with a chance to meet many of the artists and to chat with them about their creations. The art pieces are available for purchase in-store for the duration of the show. Sold work will be marked and buyers will receive their pieces at the end of the month when the show and sale ends. 

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David Hausrath, owner of Cincinnati Art Galleries and one of the show’s organizers, says, “Hubbard is important to Fort Thomas because he is a well-regarded, regionally famous artist and author who built a home and studio in Fort Thomas in the 1920’s. Our connection to this artist is very tangible in that the home and studio are being restored so that the public can get a sense of this unique figure and his lifestyle.”

Damaged exterior bricks being replaced.

Hubbard's lifestyle drew about as much attention as his art. He and his wife, Anna, lived on the fringe of society in a homemade houseboat and later in a house that he built in remote Payne Hollow. People from around the world sought him out to study or discuss philosophy, art, farming, and much more. He wrote the New York Times’ bestseller Shantyboat that chronicled their houseboat journey down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. Many Fort Thomas residents recall the Hubbards and visited them often at Payne Hollow. You can see many of his paintings at the Berhinger-Crawford Museum. 

The Hubbard Studio will be open to the public on Saturday, October 16, 10:00 to 1:00. The studio is located at 129 Highland Avenue. 

Hubbard lived close to the land and the Ohio River. Hausrath says, “People are still drawn to Harlan and Anna Hubbard because of their simple and self-sufficient lifestyle and their gracious and giving nature. Of course, Harlan’s artwork is also highly sought after by collectors and museums because of his sometimes realistic and sometimes impressionistic depictions of regional scenes such as riverboats on the Ohio and rural farm scenes.” 

Organizer and FTFC board member, Sidney Thomas, says that ”We are fortunate to have an original oil paintng from Cincinnati artist Brad Davis.  Davis is a resident  instructor at Manifest Drawing Center and an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnatis DAAP and the Art Academy of Cincinnati.  Most recently Davis has been shown at the Riksmuseum in Amsterdam. We will feature a painting from one of the FTFC's favorite artists, Ken Swinson.”  The stunning nature photography of Leonard Beck will also be available. And Chris Rust, the city’s busy and talented chain saw artist, carved the Lorax for the show. Thomas adds that it is an “opportunity to purchase holiday gifts.”



To learn more go to www.ftfc.org. 
You can also visit harlanhubbard.com for background. 
Or you can visit the studio on October 16 from 10:00 - 1:00. 


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