For the past four months, Gourmet’s Market has exhibited a different local artist’s work every month. In August, the popular restaurant in Bearden will host “Art Gone Wild,” an exhibition of art created by Knoxville Zoo’s animals.
To kick off the month-long exhibit, Gourmet’s Market will have a VIP reception on Friday, July 31 from 5-6 p.m. Animals from the zoo will be at Gourmet’s Market that evening and art created by the animals will be displayed and available for purchase. Tickets to the VIP reception are $15 and include drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Following the reception, from 6-9 p.m., Gourmet’s Market will be open to the public and drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be available for purchase.
“Gourmet’s Market strives to support local artists and the community,” said Carrie Tyler of Gourmet’s Market. “When we started showcasing local artists at the restaurant, we thought it was a great way to give talented East Tennesseans a platform for their art.
“Art Gone Wild is a way to continue that tradition of supporting the arts community while also contributing to Knoxville Zoo, another great local treasure.”
Art Gone Wild patrons can enjoy wine, beer, and hors d’oeuvres as they peruse inspired works available for purchase by some of the zoos artists in residence. Many animals at Knoxville Zoo (chimpanzees, gorillas and elephants) are trained to paint in the traditional sense, using brushes and/or fingers. Many more paint by walking over or stamping the canvas in a variety of colors. These paw painters include lions, tigers, meerkats, bears, Komodo dragons, penguins and much more. All artwork is matted, most include a photo of the artist, and all include a certificate of authenticity with the artist’s name.
The Art Gone Wild exhibit will continue at Gourmet’s Market through August 31.
Proceeds from the VIP reception and the art help support the enrichment program at Knoxville Zoological Gardens. The Knoxville Zoo’s enrichment program strives to promote the physical and psychological wellbeing of the animals in the zoo’s collection.
For the past 36 years, Gourmet’s Market has been a destination for East Tennessee foodies. Located at 5107 Kingston Pike in Bearden, Gourmet’s Market opens daily at 7 a.m.
For more information, visit www.ShopGourmetsMarket.com or call (865) 584-8739.