If you ever imagined having an African animal as a pet, the next best thing is to see how surrealistic wildlife is depicted at the Maine Jewish Museum.

The museum, at 267 Congress St., Portland, is featuring "Rich Entel's Cardboard Menagerie," which gives broken musical instruments a new body and a new voice — transformed into a menagerie of “soulful animals.”

Nancy Davidson, curator in residence at the Maine Jewish Museum, said, “Rich Entel's Cardboard Menagerie of animals is one of the most outstanding exhibitions the Maine Jewish Museum has delivered to the public in the last four years. He has combined cardboard printing and musical instruments together and has created the most interesting printing collage.”

The exhibit features nine animals, including an elephant, a giraffe, a lion, an owl and a deerlike creature.

“They're mystical, they're mysterious,” Davidson said. “It really gets you in touch with your inner child.”

"Rich Entel's Cardboard Menagerie" | First Friday Art Walk, Dec. 4, 5:00pm-8:00pm | mainejewishmuseum.org

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