'Art Gone Wild'
Zoo animals make their mark on the art world

BRANDY MCDONNELL
Staff Writer
Modified: August 6, 2012 at 5:10 pm •  Published: August 6, 2012
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photo - A rhinosceros artist creates a work of art for the Art Gone Wild exhibition on display at In Your Eye Gallery through August. Photo courtesy of the Oklahoma City Zoo.
A rhinosceros artist creates a work of art for the Art Gone Wild exhibition on display at In Your Eye Gallery through August. Photo courtesy of the Oklahoma City Zoo.

In Your Eye Studio Gallery is preparing to showcase its wild side with its third annual “Art Gone Wild: Paintings by OKC Zoo Animals,” showcasing original art by the animal artists.

The show runs through Sunday, Sept. 2.

Gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

With their paws, claws, noses, and even lips, many of the animals at the Oklahoma City Zoo have been creating new masterpieces for this year’s “Art Gone Wild” show. The zoo’s residents have made each work of art especially for the show, with some help from their caregivers, according to a news release.

Art by zoo animals is part of the “animal enrichment” process of providing a stimulating environment that addresses an animal’s social, psychological and physical needs. Techniques vary by animal: Some use a brush, while others enjoy rolling in, slithering through, or spraying paint onto their canvases. The paints are non-toxic and washable, so creating art is safe for the animals. New art is continuously added to the show, as the zoo’s animals continue to create.



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