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    Cool Frazetta Art Gallery

    Just thought I'd pass this along... if you're ever in the Northeastern Pennsylvania area (near the NJ border by the Delaware Water Gap @ Route 80), you might want to make a pit stop at Frank Frazetta's house. He's got a museum on his property with many of his original works: Frazetta Art Gallery It's only about a 90 minute ride from Manhattan.

    I took a ride over there a few weeks back on a rainy Saturday morning with my 10-month old son. My son sat in his stroller, happily munching his Cheerios and looking at all the colors around him, while I pushed his stroller with my jaw hanging open. It was truly amazing and awe-inspiring to see so much of his original work in person. Overwhelming really... I think I'll need to go back to absorb it all. To see it up close and actually be able to see the brush strokes is worth the trip alone. I can't recommend it enough, especially if you like Frank's work. I'm not even an oil painter, so I bet that if you are, you could appreciate it that much more.

    Frank wasn't around that day, but his wife Ellie came by the museum and spent about 15 minutes or so chatting with me and making my shy little son smile. She was an extremely nice person who is quite eager & proud to talk about her husband's work. The only thing I could think to ask her was that I had heard Frank was a very fast painter. She just smiled and said "1 to 2 days... he's never spent more than 2 days on a painting". She also went on to explain some of the other pieces they have there (not just paintings). She said Frank is feeling well and keeping busy. He had a stroke some time ago, so he's drawing & painting with his left hand now.

    There's also a small gift shop where you can get all sorts of prints, collectibles, etc. Some things are only available there, so if you collect that kind of thing, you'd be in heaven.
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    Dude..i went there last year, on a school trip with the Joe Kubert School...

    Awe-inspiring is not the words i would use, quite frankly no words can describle how beautiful his work is..Magazines, Artbooks do no justice to his paintings...

    Plus some of them were pretty large..downright huge..and it was cool to see some paintings from his wifes personal collection, stuff he only painted for her..

    I had the pleasure to meet Frank, and I almost teared..it's not everyday someone meets a hero of theirs..i bought 2 books one of his paintings, and one with his pen and ink work..plus 2 prints..

    I'm with Blind i strongly recommend visiting the Gallery..

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    Originally posted by bRyaN
    Awe-inspiring is not the words i would use, quite frankly no words can describle how beautiful his work is..Magazines, Artbooks do no justice to his paintings...
    Yeah, I have to agree with that. I've seen prints and such of his work since I was a kid, and they were nothing compared to seeing the real thing up close. Not too close, though... they do have an alarm system. I had to try and keep reminding myself of that, as a few times I was leaning in to see detail and nearly set it off >8)

    Ellie's personal stuff was pretty wild too. It's almost all an African theme, which I had never seen before. She mentioned that she had Frank paint them all for her just to match her African-themed living room in their old house in FL, if I remember correctly. >8)
    - blind

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    Also alot of her stuff were gifts, like anniversary gifts..etc...she just loved when he painted so much..

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    Which airport would your recommend flying into to get there?

    I'm thinking of taking a trip out there soon before it closes for the year but I'm not too familiar with the area. I'll be coming from the west coast.

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    I think the closest might be Lehigh Valley International (LVI) which is near Allentown, PA... I guess about an hour south of there. Or you could go to Newark International (EWR) which is probably about 1½ hours away from there.
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    Are you guys familiar with the Frazaetta documentary that just came out. It's called "Painting with Fire" and you can get the VHS version from www.budplant.com. From what I hear it does a good in-depth job covering his life and work.
    The VHS copy is only available now and I think the production company may release a DVD with a lot more footage around Christmas.

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    Originally posted by Beer Baron
    Are you guys familiar with the Frazaetta documentary that just came out. It's called "Painting with Fire" and you can get the VHS version from www.budplant.com. From what I hear it does a good in-depth job covering his life and work.
    The VHS copy is only available now and I think the production company may release a DVD with a lot more footage around Christmas.
    Yeah, they were selling it at the museum. I haven't grabbed a copy yet. Ellie said it wasn't coming out on DVD, but on the site it says they're working on it. I would rather have it on disc, so I'll wait.
    - blind

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    that site is sooo damn booty compared to ...

    http://www.die-einherjar.de/index.htm


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    THAT site is so damn booty compared to...

    http://www.wadhome.org/frazetta/

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