After great success at the 2012 Art Basel, the paintings of Michael Jackson’s pet chimpanzee “Bubbles” and many others were on display at Frames USA & Art Gallery. Guests at the July 21st opening reception came to appreciate the original work of these animals and the beneficiary of the gallery exhibit and art sale.
“Purchasing a piece of original art by apes is a collectible,” said Adam Brand, owner of Frames USA, “It creates conversation; it is a form of expression and it is rare.”
Over the years, zoos and sanctuaries have dabbled into selling artwork by their resident animals at their gift shops to raise money. However, at this art show, it goes beyond that. Apes that Paint seeks to instill the fact that apes are artists without judgement and the funds raised went directly to the Center for Great Apes, located in Wauchula, Florida.
Aside from artwork by the event star “Bubbles,” the exhibit showcased other original pieces from celebrity apes. Among them, the art of chimpanzees from Planet of the Apes, and oragutans from the movie Going Ape!, and NBC’s soap opera Passions. Guest enjoyed complimentary refreshments from Carolina Ale House.
The Center for Great Apes provides a permanent sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees that have been rescued or retired from the entertainment industry, from research, or from the exotic pet trade. For more information, or to find out how you can help, please visit: www.centerforgreatapes.org.
Frames USA is located at
6822 SW 40 Street in Miami. 305.666.3355