Art Gone Wild: Paintings by OKC Zoo Animals
Oklahoma City, OK – July 23, 2012 -- In Your Eye Gallery, in the Historic Paseo Arts District, will present it's third annual “Art Gone Wild: Paintings by OKC Zoo Animals” showcasing original art by the animal artists. The opening reception is Friday, August 3 from 6:00pm-10:00pm. The show runs through Sunday, September 2. Gallery hours are Thursday–Friday from noon to 6 pm and Saturday–Sunday 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. Creating art is safe for the animals; the paints are non-toxic and washable. New art is continuously added to the show as our animals get creative.
This exhibition allows guests a rare opportunity to view and purchase these one-of-a-kind works of art. All proceeds benefit the Zoo’s conservation projects. This year 50% of the proceeds will support okapi conservation. The Zoo will be sending funds to The Okapi Wildlife Reserve near the village of Epulu in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which came under attack on June 24. Seven citizens and fourteen okapis were killed in the raid. Okapis are extremely endangered and though they have physical similarities to zebras they are more closely related to giraffes. The Zoo is home to four okapis. We hope you will join us in this effort to support an organization fighting against all odds to protect the wildlife we love.
A special thanks to Wyman Frame & Supply a division of Dale Rogers Training Center for their support of Art Gone Wild with a donation of frames.
Come see the show and purchase a painting for a purpose: animal conservation.
In Your Eye Studio & Gallery
Oklahoma City, OK 73103
405-525-2161 - Studio
AUGUST Gallery Hours: Thursday & Friday, (12-6pm) - Saturday & Sunday, (12-5)