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In Your Eye Gallery's third annual "Art Gone Wild: Paintings by OKC Zoo Animals" show opens Friday

by Brandy McDonnell Modified: July 29, 2013 at 9:45 am •  Published: July 29, 2013
Zeppy, a sulphur-crested cockatoo, takes a brush from bird keeper Holly Ray while painting for the Oklahoma City Zoo's " Art Gone Wild" exhibit on Tuesday, July 31, 2012. Photo by Paul B. Southerland, The Oklahoman Archives
Zeppy, a sulphur-crested cockatoo, takes a brush from bird keeper Holly Ray while painting for the Oklahoma City Zoo's " Art Gone Wild" exhibit on Tuesday, July 31, 2012. Photo by Paul B. Southerland, The Oklahoman Archives

In Your Eye Gallery in the historic Paseo Arts District will present its third annual “Art Gone Wild: Paintings by OKC Zoo Animals,” showcasing original art by the animal artists, in August.

The opening reception is 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2. The show runs through Saturday, Aug. 31. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

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 nontoxic and washable, so creating art is safe for the animals. New art is continuously added to the show, as the zoo animals continue to create.

In addition to the animal art, the In Your Eye artists have created unique art works using ostrich eggs from the zoo. The eggs will be available for purchase.

This exhibition allows guests a rare opportunity to view and purchase one-of-a-kind works of art. All proceeds benefit the zoo’s conservation projects.

For more information, go to www.inyoureyegallery.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 than 1...
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