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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Harry: Featured Orangutan Artist of the Day! #ApesthatPaint

Harry, with his beautiful long hair and round cheekpads, is a fully-flanged adult male orangutan.  Originally born in Miami at the same facility as some of the other Center for Great Apes residents, Harry is related to several orangutans.  In fact, he looks almost identical to his full brother BamBam.  BamBam is 14 months older than Harry, but Harry is much larger!

With his sweet and agreeable disposition, Harry is charming his new caregivers and has been particularly interested in watching the noisy chimpanzees nearby.  He’s eating very well and has started to explore the grounds in the aerial trailway chutes.

Harry’s background was the entertainment business in California for a few years, but most recently he lived in Central Florida.  The Center is very grateful that his owner decided to give Harry the opportunity for sanctuary care for the rest of his life.

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 Harry’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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Butch: Featured Chimpanzee Artist of the Day! #ApesthatPaint

 

Butch was captured as an infant in Africa in 1972 and was shipped to a dealer in New York.  He was then sold to an animal trainer and spent more than a decade performing for Ringling Brothers Circus in a group of 4 chimpanzees.  When the circus trainer died suddenly of a heart attack, Butch was sent by the trainer’s widow to the Coulston bio-medical research facility in New Mexico along with the other chimpanzees in the act (including Chipper).  They were there only a year or 2, but their medical records show that they were still sedated weekly with invasive biopsies performed on them for biomedical research.  Luckily, several animal welfare organizations secured their release from the biomed lab in 1985, and they were sent to a small roadside zoo in North Florida for unwanted circus animals.  Butch and Chipper spent 13 years there until wildlife authorities shut down the facility.

Chimpanzees in circus acts are often forced to do tricks which are unnatural to them (Butch drove a motorcycle in the circus).  In the days when Butch worked in the circus, the methods used to make these very strong primates performed were sometimes abusive and hurtful.  Most of Butch’s teeth were pulled to keep him from biting.  Jane Goodall and Dale Peterson wrote about entertainment chimpanzees (Visions of Caliban), and details about Butch and Chipper’s treatment in the circus are mentioned on page 55.

These two castrated males arrived at their permanent home at the Center for Great Apes in October 2000.  For years after Butch arrived at the sanctuary, he still had “ghosts”.  No matter what he was doing, he would frequently look back over his shoulder to see if someone was coming up behind him… even when no one was there.  Today, the Center is happy to say that Butch’s “ghosts” and memories of his sad past appear to be gone.  He is no longer frightened of things behind him and overall seems to be a relaxed and peaceful elder chimpanzee.

In November 2005, another older wild-caught chimpanzee arrived at the Center.  Marco, about 10-12 years older than Butch, had been kept alone in a backyard cage for over 30 years after his circus-performing days were over.  Marco had not seen another chimpanzee for over  35 years but was introduced to Butch a few months after he arrived at the sanctuary.  For the first 2 weeks, Butch and Marco kept their distance from each other, but suddenly one day…surprised by some visiting neighbors, they ran into each other’s arms and hugged and began intensely grooming each other.  They have been fast friends ever since that day.

Butch has a mostly toothless smile, a very long face, and a big round belly.  He likes to eat and will eagerly take every food item he’s offered.  But his favorites are fruits, carrots,  and collard greens.

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 Butch’s artwork!

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