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A month of art with Art Gone Wild

Animals and the wonders of the natural world have inspired artists to create for millennia. In June, Members and guests of Zoo Atlanta will be immersed in inspiration in a monthlong celebration of art with the return of Art Gone Wild, featuring events for buyers, crafters, window shoppers, fine artists, and budding artists.

“The splendor, incredible diversity, and extraordinary connectedness of nature inspire us to protect, but they also inspire us to create,” said Raymond B. King, President and CEO. “With the debut of an expanded Art Gone Wild, we celebrate the creative process and the ways animals have always moved people to make works of enduring beauty.”

Paint-Out Week
From Monday, June 6 through Friday, June 10, watch 20 artists at work throughout the Zoo as they create artworks en plein air, or “in the open air” with their subjects in view. One-of-a-kind works will be available for sale in Flamingo Plaza; artists are generously donating 50 percent of art sale proceeds to Zoo Atlanta. Access is free with Zoo Atlanta Membership; free with general admission.

Art Gone Wild Market
On Saturday and Sunday, June 18 and 19, Zoo Atlanta hosts its first-ever outdoor artisan marketplace. Stroll and shop for locally-made housewares, jewelry, accessories, bath and body products, ceramics, apparel, and more from some of the Southeast’s top independent artisans. Access is free with Zoo Atlanta Membership; free with general admission.

Art Gone Wild Art Classes
On Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19, artists of all skill levels can create their own masterworks at Art Gone Wild Art Classes hosted in partnership with Sips n Strokes. Tickets include a full Art Kit featuring all supplies needed to create a painting and a step-by-step class with instructors from Sips n Strokes. Saturday’s class will paint a red panda; Sunday’s class will paint an African elephant. Art Gone Wild Art Classes will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. and are open to ages 18 and up only; adult beverages will be available for purchase for ages 21 and up. Advance tickets are required and may be purchased here on zooatlanta.org.

Sean Kenney’s Nature POP! Made with LEGO® Bricks
While enjoying Paint-Out Week and the Art Gone Wild Market, art lovers will also have an opportunity to experience Sean Kenney’s Nature POP!, the limited-time exhibition open now through August 8 at Zoo Atlanta. Presented by Imagine Exhibitions, the exhibition features more than 40 nature-inspired sculptures crafted exclusively with more than 800,000 LEGO bricks. Access to the exhibition is free with Zoo Atlanta Membership; free with general admission.

Learn more about all Art Gone Wild events or plan a visit at zooatlanta.org.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Rachel Davis
Director of Communications
rdavis@zooatlanta.org
404.624.2812 – office
404.309.2238 – cell

Gavin Johnson
Public Relations and Communications Specialist
404.624.5980 – office
gjohnson@zooatlanta.org

About Zoo Atlanta
A proud accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the gold standard for animal care and welfare, Zoo Atlanta has a mission to save wildlife and their habitats through conservation, research, education, and engaging experiences. The Zoo is home to more than 1,000 animals representing more than 200 species from around the world, many of them endangered or critically endangered. Highlights include giant pandas, including Ya Lun and Xi Lun, the only giant panda twins in the U.S.; one of North America’s largest zoological populations of great apes; and a global center of excellence for the care and study of reptiles and amphibians. Recent transformations include the African Savanna, featuring new and expanded habitats for African elephants, giraffes, zebras, ostriches, warthogs, meerkats and rhinos; Savanna Hall, a state-of-the-art special event destination in the newly restored historic former home of the Atlanta Cyclorama; and the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Plaza. For more information, visit zooatlanta.org.

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