Celebrate the beauty of Kansas in the fall at Rolling Hills Zoo’s
plein air event, Art Gone Wild.

Immersing their guests in the artistic experience is all part of this year’s Art Gone Wild Plein Air Event at Rolling Hills Zoo on September 16, 2017.  Regional plein air artists, along with the Zoo’s own animal artists, will be in the park showcasing their artistic talent during Salina’s only plein air event.

Plein air is a unique art form as artists create their works of art in the “open air” and take their inspiration from the beauty of nature.  From an artist’s perspective, nature’s beauty is reflected in art, from the literal - through breathtaking landscapes, brilliant sunrises, cascading waterfalls, flowering foliage and amazing wildlife; to the abstract - inspiration provided by the textures, colors and sounds of the natural world.     

Rolling Hills Zoo’s animal artists create art as a form of animal enrichment.  Enrichment enhances the animal’s quality of care and improves their physical and psychological health.  Many of the Zoo’s animals paint on canvas boards, ostrich eggs and cloth using various methods.  The Zoo’s animal artists include Frank the mandrill, the African painted dogs, Zuri the giraffe, Millie the chimpanzee, the reptiles, Gobi the snow leopard, the ostriches, Japura the Andean bear and Darius the Amur leopard. The animal’s art will be available for purchase at the Zoo. 

This event will feature:

  • Over 30 regional plein air artists in the zoo

  • Chalk art stations

  • Children’s art stations

  • Performing artists

  • Rolling Hills Zoo’s animal artists creating their signature art

9:00 am - 4:00 pm Plein Air Artists in the Zoo Throughout the Zoo
9:00 am - 4:00 pm Kid's Craft Stations:
  • Sand Art
  • Pool Noodles
  • Rhino Birthday Boxes
  • Spray Paint Art
  • Face Painting
Kid's Country
9:00 am - 4:00 pm Animal Art Sale Wildlife Museum Lobby
10:00 am Painting Demonstration Mandrill
11:00 am Painting Demonstration African Painted Dogs
11:30 am Painting Demonstration Coati
12:00 pm Painting Demonstration Giraffe
12:30 pm Painting Demonstration Chimpanzee
2:00 pm Painting Demonstration Reptiles
2:30 pm Painting Demonstration Rhinos


The Overlook Restaurant Special
Meatball Sub Sandwich with your choice of Chips or Fries for $5.99

Art Gone Wild Plein Air Event is sponsored by:

EdwardJones Martinellis TheMarketShop
Verla Nesbitt Joscelyn Foundation
Safari Station
Seasonal Activities
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