Wednesday, April 7, 2010
The Tulsa Zoo made a splash in the art world last year with its art exhibition Art: UNTAMED, a collection of art pieces created by the animals of Tulsa Zoo, whether with paw, trunk or paintbrush.
The notion of a Penguin Picasso or a Meerkat Monet may seem bold and unusual, but art is actually a big part of many Tulsa Zoo animals' routines. Painting provides enrichment and activity that keeps animals nimble and amused, from the Elephant Yard to Chimp Connection.
The latest collection of these animal avant-garde creations will be revealed at Joe Momma’s downtown this month. Don't miss your chance to see the stunning masterpieces from such artsy animals as Sooky the elephant, Gary the Guinea Hog and the poignant final impression of the Tulsa Zoo's polar bear, Kavek.
Tonight, from 6-9 p.m., the art enthusiasts behind the counter at Joe Momma’s are helping present this latest collection in style. Look for live music by Ali Harter and a wine tasting - you know, really swanky stuff, but with pizza.
Just the way I like my charitable social functions.
As you plan your weekend, take note that this Saturday's Momma's book club, an event that brings kids and parents together through books, pizza and crafts at Joe Momma's each and every week, will feature the Tulsa Zoo, including a special offer on Tulsa Zoo Friend memberships. Get there before 11:30 to ensure you'll have a table - this event packs out both dining rooms at JM pretty much every week.
The first installation of Art: UNTAMED nearly sold out. Art and animal lovers snapping up these pieces that inspire wonder, conversation and, most importantly, the chance to educate others about these fascinating animals. Having one of these paintings hanging in your home or at your business not only adds pizzazz, but it also represents a commitment to building a better zoo.
I don't know about y'all, but I think Nacho has to be pretty much the best name for an alligator, ever.
In case you didn't know, the Tulsa Zoo is located in Mohawk Park on 36th Street North, just east of Sheridan. The zoo is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is $8.00 for adults, $6.00 for seniors age 65 and older and $4.00 for children age 3-11; children 2 and under and Zoo Friends members are free. Zoo Friends memberships, which come with free zoo admission, can pay for themselves after just a few visits - call (918) 669-6600 or visit The Zoo on the Web to find out more or to become a membership.