Topeka Zoo to unveil animal/artist collaborations at NOTO Arts Center on Thursday

The Topeka Zoo has announced that this Thursday at the NOTO Arts Center they will be unveiling art pieces that were produced collaboratively between local artists and animals from the zoo.

“We’ve partnered with local artists here who did their special part and then they partnered with one of our Topeka Zoo animals who put in their special part and came together to create this one of a kind, unique piece,” said Shelby Revelle, Fundraising and Development Specialist at Friends of the Topeka Zoo.

This will be just a viewing event, as the art will officially be for sale at the Roar and Pour Wine Fest on April 27th.

This year will feature new artistic mediums, as previous years focused solely on paintings.

“This year we have clay and we have metal, so it’s not just canvas,” said Revelle.  “The artist gets the piece back after the animal does their part and they completely finish it until we unveil it.”

The local artists working with the animals are Ptr Sponseller, Emily Rudy, Kathy Pflaum, Francesca “Frankie” Kelley, Shelly Bedsaul, Amber Rager, Brian Broxterman and Jennifer Bohlander.

The unveiling will happen at 4:15 at the NOTO Arts Center.  Guests will have an opportunity to meet some of the participating artists and animals.  The event is open to the public and free to attend, with refreshments and light appetizers available.

The Roar and Pour Wine Fest, where the paintings will be available for purchase, takes place on April 27th at the Topeka Zoo.  The event will feature wines from around the world, food samplings, and live music.  For more information on the event, visit