The time has come again to showcase new masterpieces created by some of the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden’s wildly talented animal artists! The Zoo is excited to host its eighth annual Art Gone Wild show at the Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 West Reno, Oklahoma City. The exhibition will be on display from September 1-30 in the Crystal Bridge, south lobby. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Art Gone Wild features original paintings created by an eclectic array of Zoo animals. With a little assistance from their caregivers, each animal develops their own unique method of painting. Some use tools such as paintbrushes while others paint with their flippers, trunks, paws, tails and noses.
During Art Gone Wild, guests can peruse and purchase these unique paintings with prices starting as low as $55. All net proceeds benefit the Zoo’s conservation initiatives.
All of the art created by Zoo animals is made with safe, non-toxic paint. Painting sessions are done voluntarily by the animals, and the process is part of the enrichment programs developed by their caretakers to provide a stimulating environment which addresses the animal’s social, psychological and physical needs.
This year’s show features some exciting new artists including Rupert, an Indian rhinoceros, two of the Zoo’s new baby flamingos, and a group of Galapagos tortoise juveniles with an eye for the abstract. Returning artists such as the great apes and Asian elephants were provided a few larger canvases than last year, and the Zoo can’t wait to showcase the brilliant results! For more information regarding Art Gone Wild, call Zoo Guest Relations at (405) 425-0262 or click here.