Can Elephants & Orangutans Can Paint Better Than You?

Animals from Seattle’s equally adored and underappreciated Woodland Park Zoo are now artists. The Puget Sound Chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) will be hosting a jolly good animal art show at the Art/Not Terminal Gallery to help benefit the 2009 AAZK-International Congress of Zookeeping Conference. If paintings by human beings don’t always tickle your fancy, perhaps twenty paintings by elephants and orangutans will! Or perhaps inked animal footprints might do the trick?

February 7th’s show will mark the first-ever non-human art show in Seattle (oOo), and the zookeepers will be on hand opening night to represent the animal artists as well! Head over there between 7pm and 10pm and enjoy a free wine reception by Chile’s PengWine!

Above are two paintings by Towan, one of Woodland Park Zoo’s orangutans. He’s no Jackson Pollock, but dammit, he has heart!

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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

Vee has two narrative short films. Searching Skies (2017) touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States; with it, they helped co-organize The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. Reckless Spirits (2022) is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature-length project.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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