The TEF Traveling Art Exhibits begin today at East Elementary with the World of the Wild exhibit. This is a great opportunity for members of the community to view first-class art without leaving the Tooele Valley! There will be nine exhibits in the 2015-2016 school year, and each will feature a unique art theme and artist(s). Check this schedule and add the dates to your calendar. You don’t want to miss out on this unique event. You can read more about the World of the Wild, below:
The World of the Wild, sponsored by Utah’s Hogle Zoo, is the annual art show featuring artworks of animals and the wild. The goal of this exhibition is to bring together the works of serious artists who are interested in displaying their view of wild animals, plants and places with which we share our world.
The art of depicting animals is an ancient one. Prehistoric people depicted animals on cave walls in an attempt to gain power over their hunt. These paintings can still be seen in Lascaux, France; Altamira, Spain; Africa and Australia. Fremont and Anasazi Indians of Utah also drew animal images as a form of spiritual empowerment. The ancient Egyptians drew and modeled animals with great care based upon the observation of nature. Today, art classes are often seen at the Zoo painting and drawing from life.
Wildlife artists such as James Audubon have been instrumental in raising public awareness of endangered species. We hope by focusing more attention on the wilder side of nature that the public will gain a greater awareness of and appreciation for wildlife.
–Utah Division of Arts & Museums