Popi: Featured Orangutan Artist of the Day! #apesthatpaint

Popi was born April 23, 1971

Popi was born at the Yerkes Primate Research Center in Atlanta. She was sold by Yerkes to a famous circus trainer who worked her in Hollywood movies, commercials, and TV shows. When she was only seven or eight years old, Popi starred as the girlfriend of orangutan “Clyde” in the two movies Every Which Way But Loose and Any Which Way You Can, starring Clint Eastwood.  She also starred in Going Ape with Tony Danza and Danny DeVito.

During this time, this circus trainer also worked Popi and several other younger orangutans in a Las Vegas nightclub show for two decades. While working at the Stardust Hotel in Las Vegas, a dancer in the show filmed the trainer backstage hitting his orangutans on the head and body minutes before each performance for seven days in a row. Public outcry ensued, and Popi was at the center of what became the first animal welfare lawsuit to raise critical questions about the treatment of great apes in entertainment.

At the end of the legal case against the trainer, he left the country but sent Popi and his other orangutans to a California entertainment compound. Popi was at this Hollywood training compound for several years until she was moved to the Great Ape Trust in Iowa in 2008. When the Great Ape Trust downsized their operation in 2011, the Center for Great Apes accepted Popi, along with female orangutan Allie, and they both arrived at our sanctuary in January of 2012.

(Note: Popi’s mother was captured as a baby in Borneo and shipped to Yerkes in Atlanta in 1963. On that same day, 19 other babies arrived at Yerkes from Borneo, including Mari’s mother and Radcliffe’s mother – all still infants in 1963.  We notice a strong likeness between Popi and Radcliffe in their close-set eyes, their very dark color, and their unusually long fingers and toes.  It is most likely that Popi and Radcliffe are closely related as cousins with parents related in the wild as half-siblings from a dominant male in the area where they were captured).

She loves to play in water and will dip a cup into a bucket and pour it into another cup, over and over. She likes cleaning and scrubbing with brushes and soapy water and she does NOT like to be dirty. Popi seems to enjoy painting and even plays with an iPad, but her very favorite thing is to be groomed and have her hair brushed by the caregivers.

Popi loves her caregivers and seems to prefer humans over orangutans. She understands an amazing amount of English and is very smart. Despite her past treatment, she is a sweet and gentle elder female.

Frames USA is hosting a Charity art show featuring the artwork of the apes at the Center for Great Apes.  Due to the success of the opening night, and many requests, we are extending the time that we will be exhibiting the artwork for one more month.  Visit our gallery located at 6822 SW 40th Street, Miami, FL 33155.  We have also made the artwork available online.  Call us for more information:  305-666-3355.  Visit our online store.

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Come to the show and check out the artwork!  Proceeds of the sale of the art pieces go directly to the Center for Great Apes.


Diploma Framing

Most people are not aware of what it takes to frame a diploma, so we have decided to take some time to explain the different components of the framing process and how we come up with the pricing of each piece.


Let’s begin with the most basic framed diploma:  The most basic materials used in framing a diploma are the following:

  1. The Frame (AKA Moulding)
  2. The Mat
  3. The Glass

Pricing ranges from $39.00 and up.

Determining the price of a job is based on the following:

  1. What is the size of the diploma?  (in inches)
  2. Selecting the Frame:  sample-frames-small
    1. How thick do you want the frame?  1/4 in, 1/2 in, 1 in, etc.
    2. What color?
    3. What kind of frame?  wood, metal, plastic.
  3. Selecting the Mat:  (This is always recommended.  The mat puts some space between the ink of the diploma and the glass, and keeps it from sticking to the glass.)  mat-board-samples
    1. How many visible inches around the diploma?  1/4 in, 1/2 in, 1 in, etc. (Standard is 2 in.)
    2. Double or triple mat?
    3. What color?
    4. What kind of mat? Linen, acid free, leather, etc.
  4. Selecting the Glass:   glass-samples2
    1. Regular, conservation, plexi, non-glare, museum.

Other Samples of Diploma Frames:

Once all selections have been made, the price will be determined.  If you have selected items that are in stock at our workshop, the job can be done within 30 minutes.  If  you selected items that need to be ordered, it usually takes 3 to 4 days to finish the job.  Our staff will call you and let you know when you can pick it up.

To get a free quote visit our website.

If you are ready to frame your come to our shop and our framing specialist will be able to help you design the perfect custom frame.  We are located in South Miami at:

6822 SW 40th Street,

Miami, FL 33155

We are open 7 days a week!

Happy New Year 2017 from Frames USA

The staff at Frames USA want to wish everyone a wonderful, successful, and productive 2017.  There is still time to add to your resolution list.  We invite to include finding your diplomas, certificate of completions, awards and any other document that you want to display and/or protect, bring it to our shop and let us help you find the perfect custom frame for you.

Display your accomplishments with Pride!


Bring your diploma, awards, and other accomplishments to Frames USA, our experts will help you make a beautiful display and preserve them.  We are open 7 days per week.

Looking for a Job?

Frames USA & Art Gallery

Celebrating 20 Years in Miami

Customer Service & Sales Position Qualifications:

  • Part-time & Full-time available
  • Sales Experience is a PLUS
  • Knowledge of the art world a PLUS
  • Excellent Communication Skills
    • Verbal: professional, clear, and polite
  • Energetic A Plus
  • Base salary plus commission
For more details or to apply please visit our website


Location: 6822 SW 40th Street, Miami, FL 33155

 For questions – please call 305-666-3355

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Frames USA & Art Gallery is Now Hiring


Retail and Corporate Sales Positions Available Now:

Retail Sales

Position Description:
  • Greet Customers
  • Fluent in Spanish and English
  • Answer Phones
  • Provide excellent customer service
  • Explain framing process
  • Take payments
  • Request reviews

Corporate Sales

Position Description:
  • Greet Customers
  • Fluent in English and Spanish
  • Maintaining and creating new corporate clients
  • Provide excellent customer service
  • Visit various government office and inquire about becoming the official frame shop
  • Meet with clients and inform them of new offers, features, events and rewards

For more details and/or for a job application:  apply here button