Apes that Paint was a Sucess:

There are Only 4 Days until the Apes that Paint Exhibit Ends!

We would like to thank everyone who came to the show.  A very special Thank You to Community News Papers and the Carolina Ale House for helping make Apes That Paint Art Show a reality.  Last but not least we want to thank the members of the press that helped us spread the word around the world.

It was a very enjoyable night and we had great attendance.

It is time for an update:  At the end of the night, we sold 15 paintings and the day after we sold two more.   This week so far we have been in contact with people from Israel, Belgium,  Canada, Holland, UK and New Zealand.  All of them interested in purchasing art from world famous chimpanzee Bubbles.

The show will continue until July 30th, 2017 and yes there are still pieces available.  Don’t miss out.  Stop by the Frames USA & Art Gallery located at 6822 SW 40th Steet, Miami, FL 33155.  Call us at 305-666-3355 – or email us at info@framesusamiami.com.  If you are out of town and is interested in purchasing one of the paintings you can click on this link to see what we still have available.

 

Ellie: Featured Chimpanzee Artist of the Day! #apesthatpaint

Ellie was one of the stars in the original CareerBuilder ads that created a media sensation when they were broadcasted during the 2005 Superbowl.  Like many chimpanzees who work in the entertainment industry, Ellie’s career was at an end when she was still only a juvenile.  Though Ellie spent years in the business of making commercials and films, by the age of seven she was becoming too large and strong for her human trainers to handle her safely.  In fact, the human actor in the first CareerBuilder commercials told a story on a late night TV show of how Ellie went after him during the filming of the commercial.

Ellie was born at a tourist attraction (drive-thru safari park) in Oklahoma.  There Ellie was taken away at birth from her mother, spending her infancy with humans and then eventually sold to a California trainer.  She arrived at the sanctuary in Wauchula a few months after that Superbowl ad aired in March 2005.

Ellie is clever and smart…also is an instigator in her group of young friends (Maggie, Bella, Angel, Stryker, and older twin brothers Jacob and Jonah).  She likes to stir things up just for fun.

She is an expert sand-thrower and a dead-on spitter.  She is very capable of using sticks and other tools to draw attention to herself.  She loves puzzles, games, and searching for hidden treats.  She’s very determined and won’t stop until she has the puzzle solved.

Frames USA is hosting a Charity Art show featuring the artwork of the apes at the Center for Great Apes. Opening night is Friday, July 21, 2017, at 6 pm food and drinks provided by Carolina Ale House: RSVP

Come to the show and check out Daisy’s artwork!

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Daisy: FeaturedChimpanzee Artist of the Day! #apesthatpaint

Daisy was also a wild-caught chimpanzee taken from her mother in Africa and sold to a circus trainer.  As an infant, she was used in a Ringling Brothers circus act along with Butch and Chipper.  When the trainer died suddenly, Butch, Chipper and two other older chimps in the act were sent to a New Mexico biomedical research lab, and infant Daisy was sold to another circus trainer to continue performing.   When she was about 9 or 10 years old, she was sold again to a California breeder where she would be bred to produce more infants for the entertainment industry.  Her first baby (a female named Angel who now also lives at the sanctuary) was pulled and sold to another Hollywood trainer.  Daisy had two more infants, but they died in her care.

Daisy arrived in Wauchula in August 2004 a few days before Hurricane Charley hit the sanctuary.  That same year six Hollywood chimpanzees (Maggie, Ellie, Bella, Kenuzy, and twins Jonah & Jacob) joined Daisy, and she spent the next three years as a senior member of this group of adolescent chimpanzees.

Daisy has lived with many of the chimpanzees at the sanctuary but her favorite friend was another older former circus performer named Roger.  Roger and Daisy formed an instant bond and were well-suited for each other as they enjoyed spending time playing, grooming each other, and peacefully resting together.  They remained close companions until Roger passed away from a sudden heart attack in 2012.

She was born in Africa in 1981.  She currently lives with Mickey, Murray, and Katie in a serene environment, where they spend most of the days grooming and observing the other apes in their surrounding area. Clearly, her favorite friend now is Mickey.

Frames USA is hosting a Charity Art show featuring the artwork of the apes at the Center for Great Apes. Opening night is Friday, July 21, 2017, at 6 pm food and drinks provided by Carolina Ale House: RSVP

Come to the show and check out Daisy’s artwork!

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Chipper: Featured Chimpanzee Artist of the Day! #ApesthatPaint

Chipper was wild-born in Africa, illegally poached, sold first to a New York animal dealer, and then to a circus trainer when he was only two years old.  Along with Butch, Chipper spent ten years in the Ringling Brothers circus and then was sent to the Coulston bio-medical research lab in New Mexico when his trainer died.  After Chipper left the lab in 1985, he was sent to a small roadside zoo for retired performing circus animals in North Florida.  While there, Chipper and another chimpanzee gained some notoriety on television when they escaped, ran out onto the Interstate with a gallon of honey, and sat on the road eating their stolen treat.  After they finished the honey, they ran into a neighbor’s barn, took the cap off a tractor’s gas tank, poured kitty litter into the gas tank, then replaced the cap; then they opened the crankcase, poured in more kitty litter and put that cap back on!

Chipper arrived at the sanctuary in September 2000 with his long-time companion, Butch.  Chipper is tall and slim and can easily climb all the structures in his habitat.  His athletic abilities are evident as he plays in the swings and vines in his outside area.

Chipper’s friends and companions at the Center have been Butch, Roger, Daisy, and Angel.  Today Chipper spends most of his time with younger female Natsu.  By far, she is the most compatible with Chipper, and they play chase, tickle, and groom together most of the day.

When Chipper is out in the Walk-About Chutes, he gallops at top speed throughout the woods trying to get a game of chase going with staff and volunteers.  Chipper always wins!

Frames USA is hosting a Charity Art show featuring the artwork of the apes at the Center for Great Apes. Opening night is Friday, July 21, 2017, at 6 pm food and drinks provided by Carolina Ale House: RSVP

Come to the show and check out Chipper’s artwork!

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Jacob in Action! #ApesthatPaint

 

Let us introduce you to Jacob, one-half of the dynamic twin duo of Jacob and Jonah.  Both siblings were featured in Tim Burton’s 2001 re-make of Planet of the Apes starring Mark Wahlberg.  The brothers are now permanent residents at the Center for Great Apes.  We invite everyone to come to Frames USA and check out the artwork created by the twins and many other Chimpanzees and Orangutans that have retired and now live at the Center.
Frames USA is going to host an art show featuring several of the residents including the twins, Bubbles (Michael Jackson’s former pet chimp), and many more.  Click bellow to RSVP:
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Bubbles: Featured Chimpanzee Artist of the Day! #ApesthatPaint

Bubbles was born in a Texas biomedical laboratory.  While still an infant, he was taken from his mother and sold to a Hollywood trainer, who had purchased him to be a pet chimpanzee for the world-famous pop singer Michael Jackson.  In such a bright limelight, it’s no surprise that Bubbles soon gained fame — and many adoring fans — of his own.  He appeared in TV shows, movies, and music videos.  When he was only 4 years old, he went to Japan on a promotional tour with Jackson.

A couple of years later, when Bubbles grew too strong to be around people, he was “retired” from show biz and sent to the trainer’s California animal compound in the company of an older chimpanzee named Sam.  Both Bubbles and Sam arrived at the Center for Great Apes in March 2005 with a large group of chimpanzees, all from the entertainment world.

Though Jackson bought at least two more pet chimpanzees — Max and Action Jackson (A.J.) — after Bubbles was retired, the public thought that the star still had the original “infant Bubbles” during that time.  A number of photos of Michael with either Max or A.J. are all titled “Bubbles.”  The names of his two other chimpanzees were never made public.  One of them was eventually sold to a zoo in Korea; the other was shipped to a breeding farm in Kansas.

Jackson always maintained ownership of Bubbles, his first and favorite chimpanzee, whom he treated like a son.  However, Michael did not include Bubble in his will, as some erroneous news stories have claimed.  As a result, we must continually raise funds from our supporters to provide care for Bubbles.

As an 185-pound, 4 1/2-foot adult male, Bubbles is now the dominant male in a group of chimpanzees that includes his best friend,  Ripley, adult female Oopsie, Boma, Jessie, and Kodua, and juvenile Stryker.

Bubbles does not like cameras. Even when his caregivers try to take a picture, he will turn his back if he sees a camera.  He occasionally will spit water at people when annoyed about cameras and is able to throw sand with amazing accuracy.  However, he is extremely gentle with the youngsters, especially Stryker.  In fact, when Stryker was a baby he could often be seen riding around on Bubbles’ back.

Frames USA is hosting a Charity Art show featuring the artwork of the apes at the Center for Great Apes. Opening night is Friday, July 21, 2017, at 6 pm food and drinks provided by Carolina Ale House: RSVP

Come to the show and check out Bubbles’ artwork!

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Chuckie: Featured Orangutan Artist of the Day! #ApesthatPaint

Chuckie was born at the Memphis Zoo, but because he was a hybrid mix between Bornean and Sumatran orangutans, he was sold to a dealer and then a circus trainer.  During his years in the circus, he worked with another orangutan, Radcliffe.  Both orangutans were castrated in the circus so they never developed the large facial flanges (cheekpads), long dreads of hair or throat pouches characteristic of all male orangutans who reach sexual maturity.  After working together for five years, Radcliffe was sold to a small New York zoo and Chuckie was sent to a California trainer’s compound where he lived near chimpanzees but never another orangutan.

Chuckie was retired and sent to the sanctuary in 2006 where he was reunited with his friend, Radcliffe, who years earlier had also been retired at the sanctuary.  When they first met again, the boys played groomed each other and shared food.  It was clear that these two remembered each other and were happy to be friends again.  Because of their castration, not only their physical development affected, but their mental development as well.  The boys behave like adolescents somersaulting around their habitats, hanging upside down, making juvenile play noises, etc.  Unlike male “cheekpadders” at the Center, Chuckie and Radcliffe are always up for a good play session.

Chuckie knows how to whistle and will often whistle for attention from his caregivers.  He is a very social guy can usually be found out exploring the aerial chute system and visiting with staff and volunteers.

Frames USA is hosting a Charity Art show featuring the artwork of the apes at the Center for Great Apes. Opening night is Friday, July 21, 2017, at 6 pm food and drinks provided by Carolina Ale House: RSVP

Come to the show and check out Chuckie’s artwork!

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