Take a walk on the wild side with art show in Folsom

Folsom Lake Entertainer
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Lions, tigers and bears are overrunning the Gallery at 48 Natoma in Octber — animals of the two-dimensional kind that is. The new exhibit, “On the Wild Side,” features the artwork of three artists: oil paintings and gourd sculptures by Judy Arrigotti, photography by Lewis Kemper and watercolors by Monica Turner. These artists have often traveled the world to portray the animals in their natural habitats. From swinging spider monkeys of the Central American rain forests to growling Alaskan grizzlies and lounging African lions this thrilling display will take you to the wilderness without the need of a Safari guide. The exhibit runs through Nov. 7. In the adjacent Community Gallery at 48 Natoma, the display will showcase art from some very unusual artists. For the second year at this time, paintings from the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary animals will be shown from Sept. 7 to Oct. 31. Non-toxic paints were given to the animals, allowing them to swipe their paws and roll around on the canvasses. This is also a chance to have a masterpiece painted by a mountain lion, tiger, bear, raccoon, monkey or one of the many other animal artists in residence at the zoo. These unique abstract pieces will be offered for sale with benefits supporting the zoo. The Gallery at 48 Natoma is managed by the Folsom Parks and Recreation Department and showcases art by regional and national professional artists, area museum collections and traveling exhibitions; offering high quality original art exhibits that the community may otherwise not have an opportunity to experience. The gallery is free and open to the public and art is available for purchase. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday with additional hours Thursday nights from 6-8 p.m. Learn more at