Primates and Paintbrushes

Como Zoo is proud to present an unusual evening of art, featuring work by Como’s own orangutan Amanda. Art By Amanda will take place in Como Zoo’s Primate Facility on Friday, February 23 from 7-9 p.m. For this free event, the public is invited to view artwork created by the 24-year-old orangutan, and bid on her paintings at a silent auction. They can also see the creative process first hand, as Amanda will demonstrate her painting skills.

For the past year Como Zoo Zookeeper Mike Thell has been working with Amanda the orangutan, encouraging her creative skills and acting as her “studio assistant.” Originally started as part of an animal enrichment program, the results of this project have been astonishing – we have discovered that Amanda is extremely creative!

WHAT: Art By Amanda – View artwork created by Amanda Orangutan. Watch a demonstration of Amanda at work, and bid on 18 of her best paintings.

WHEN: Friday, February 23 — 7-9 p.m.

WHERE: Como Zoo’s Primate Facility — St. Paul, MN

SCHEDULE: 7-8 p.m. Viewing of Amanda’s Work
8 p.m. Demonstration of Amanda Painting
8:45 p.m. Silent Auction Closes
FOR MORE INFO: Call Como Zoo and Conservatory Society at 651-645-1014.

The media is invited to a special “preview” of Art By Amanda on Friday, February 9 at 9:30 a.m. For this preview, we will have several of Amanda’s paintings on display, and you can get a behind-the-scenes look at her creative process. This will take place in Como Zoo’s Primate Facility. To attend, please park in Como’s Palm Parking Lot. We will meet you there and direct you to the Primate Building. For more information on this preview event, call contact.

For over 100 years, Como Zoo has entertained and educated visitors of all ages. Como Park is one of the top year-round attractions in the Twin Cities, drawing approximately 1.7 million people annually. Beginning in 1897 with a small herd of deer, Como Zoo today boasts over 340 animals of over 100 species.

CONTACT: Jennifer Lauerman of Como Zoological Society,

SOURCE: Como Zoological Society


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