Curious by Nature: Works by Charley and Edie Harper Exhibition Opening Celebration

Join us for the opening of the Curious by Nature: Works by Charley and Edie Harper exhibition.

Featuring over 80 prints as well as original paintings, this exhibition provides a comprehensive look into the quirky, whimsical world of artists Charley and Edie Harper.

Charley Harper is world famous for his signature style of ‘minimal realism,’ capturing the spirit of his subjects with elegantly spare visual elements. His work is nature-based, and over his career he created pieces for many environmental organizations, including the National Park Service, Everglades National Park, and the Cincinnati Zoo as well as a groundbreaking series of illustrations for Ford Times. Charley’s work has become part of the public consciousness, having been widely reproduced on merchandise ranging from umbrellas to stationery.

Edie Harper worked in several mediums, including photography, sculpture, textiles, and jewelry. This exhibition includes examples of her prints, which also focus on natural subjects, particularly cats, as well as scenes from Biblical stories and childhood memories. Her work has been featured in several shows, including Minimal Realism at the Cincinnati Art Museum and Graphic Content at Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center.

This exhibition provides a unique opportunity to view both of the Harpers’ works together, providing a truly immersive, curiosity provoking experience.

Dr. Natasha Ritsma, Director of the Schingoethe Center at Aurora University will be here to discuss this exhibition and the art of Charley and Edie Harper. Dr. Ritsma’s talk is titled “Activating Activism: Charley Harper’s Art and Environmentalism.” Ellen Paquette will be playing the harp, and there will be complimentary light hors d’oeuvres and charcuterie and a cash bar available.

This event is free for RTPI museum members. Regular admission prices apply for non-members.

The Curious by Nature exhibition is organized by Springfield Museum of Art and Fowler Artistic LLC.