"Harlan Hubbard exhibit
opens at Northern Kentucky museum"

Behringer-Crawford brings new life
to a great Kentucky author and artist

Staff Report

COVINGTON, Ky. (July 2009) – Often called “A Modern Day Thoreau,” Harlan Hubbard (1900–1988) celebrated the complexity in simple acts of daily living. Behringer-Crawford Museum’s exhibit, "Harlan Hubbard: the Complexity of Simplicity," explores how Hubbard lived his personal credo, “Everything I need is at hand” alongside of his wife Anna for more than 40 years. This exhibit opens July 12 and runs through Sept. 20.

Hubbard was an artist, author, gardener, eco-pioneer, husband and riverman. He was born in Bellevue, Ky., and raised in Fort Thomas. He and his wife, Anna, settled in Payne Hollow, Ky., after their period living aboard a shantyboat.

Behringer-Crawford Museum’s collection showcases Hubbard artwork, many of which were donated by the artist. Some pieces came from other public and private collections, including the Howard Steamboat Museum of Jeffersonville, Ind. Bill Caddell of Frankfort, Ind., also provided some pieces.

This exhibit demonstrates through word and image Hubbard’s lifestyle, which was devoted to living off personal labors. Imagery and texts displayed will describe the Hubbards’ shantyboat journey down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers into the Louisiana Bayou. There will also be a gallery dedicated to his life and work at Payne Hollow.

The exhibit opening takes place July 12 with a presentation at 2 p.m. by Caddell, a personal friend and protégé of the Hubbards. Caddell will speak about Hubbard's art and his personal connections to this extraordinary couple. Other presentations dedicated to sustainable living, including a workshop on summer gardening, "Rain Barrels 101," will be presented by local experts from organizations like the Civic Graden Center and Boone County Parks.

In conjunction with this exhibit, presentations about personal connections to Harlan and Anna Hubbard, Hubbard’s life philosophy, and how living today with the same life philosophy (with a few more creature comforts) will be made by collectors, admirers and friends of the Hubbards.

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