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What to do in Oklahoma on Aug. 30, 2013: See "Art Gone Wild," featuring art by Oklahoma City Zoo animals, before it closes at In Your Eye Gallery

by Brandy McDonnell Published: August 30, 2013
Malee, the Oklahoma City Zoo's 2-year-old elephant, created several trunk kiss paintings for the "Art Gone Wild" exhibit. (The Oklahoman Archives photo)
Malee, the Oklahoma City Zoo's 2-year-old elephant, created several trunk kiss paintings for the "Art Gone Wild" exhibit. (The Oklahoman Archives photo)

Today’s featured event:

Check out the exhibit “Art Gone Wild,” featuring artwork created by Oklahoma City Zoo animals, before it closes Saturday at In Your Eye Gallery, 3005A Paseo in the Paseo Arts District.

The third annual exhibit, showcasing original art by an array of animal artists, including snakes, elephants and tortoises,  runs through Saturday. Gallery hours are from noon to 5 pm.

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” art show. The Zoo’s talented residents have made each work of art especially for the show, with some help from their caregivers. 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 animals continue to create.

The exhibition allows guests a rare opportunity to view and purchase one-of-a-kind works of art. There are even some elephant truck kiss paintings by the zoo’s beloved 2-year-old Malee remaining for sale.

All proceeds benefit the zoo’s conservation projects.

For more information, go to www.inyoureyegallery.com.

For more events, go to www.wimgo.com.

-BAM


by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more...
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