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Frederick Harer

(New Hope, Pennsylvania 1879 - 1947)

Frederick Harer was a painter, sculptor, etcher, craftsman and frame maker. Hare's father was a successful furniture maker in Blossberg, and Harer learned many of his early woodworking skills from him. He was a Student at the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Arts and the Pennsylvania Academy where his teachers were Thomas Anschutz and William Merritt Chase. To support himself while studying at the Academy, Harer began making frames for himself and his associates. Harer traveled extensively, and his work and design was heavily influenced by Spain and the West Indies. He exhibited at the National Academy of Design and the Pennsylvania Academy. In the early 1920s, Harer turned to frame making full time. His frames incorporate elements of his travel abroad, his time spent at the Academy and Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Arts, and the woodworking skills he learned from his father. In 1923, he settled in Uhlerstown, Pennsylvania between the canal and the red palisades. His unique frames were very well received and he quickly became known as the 'New Hope frame maker', however he received commissions from artists from other regions as well. Harer's frames were made without the use of machines. He utilized old world hand carving techniques, resulting in beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces. He was a teacher and mentor to Ben Badura. Both Harer and Badura became primary frame makers for the artists of the New Hope Circle.

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