After taking a year off, Art in the Wild, the Edmonton Valley Zoo‘s popular fundraiser for its development society, returned on Sept. 8. The outdoor event brought over a dozen Alberta visual artists to sell their animal-inspired works throughout the zoo, among red panda cubs, barn owls and Lucy the elephant, who had her own exhibit and collaborated on new abstract works with local artist Tim Rechner. Regan Dean, event organizer and board member of the Valley Zoo Development Society, says there are more events like it to come, each helping fund the zoo’s forthcoming phases. The first new addition to open, Arctic Shores, will include enclosures for seals, sea lions and arctic foxes, and should be ready early next year.
Above: Dean Treichel
Above: Lesley Bennett and Daniya Kajan
Above: Tyler Pollock, Jasmine Hestad and Mike Rogiani
Above: Erin Kondo and Dalya Samuel
Above: Janice Ryan and Fay Viloski
Above: Samantha Benton
Above: Cecily McLaughlin and Dino McLaughlin
Above: Heather Hild and Lynne Turner
Above: Lucy the Asian elephant painting
Alberta’s move back to Step 1 did not include the closure of schools.
Meanwhile, Ontario shut its schools as COVID numbers increase.