Dr. Seuss - beyond the books

Retrospective showcases author's art

Retrospective showcases author's art

October 26, 2006|by TIFFANY ARNOLD

FREDERICK, Md. - Dr. Seuss' lesser-known art is heading to Frederick, and from all indications, there was much more on the author and illustrator's mind besides his creation "The Cat in The Hat."

The traveling exhibit, "The Art of Dr. Seuss - A Retrospective and International Touring Exhibit," opens Saturday, Oct. 28, at McGuire Fine Arts Gallery in downtown Frederick and closes Nov. 18. The exhibit is comprised of material from rarely seen, privately owned collections, said the exhibit's curator, William Dreyer, of Chase Group LLC, an Illinois-based artist management and art publishing company.

Dreyer will be on hand at the exhibition's Saturday opening to talk about the life and art of Dr. Seuss, said David McGuire, the museum's owner.

"A lot of people don't even know that Seuss was an artist," McGuire said. "They think his career started as a children's book author."


Dr. Seuss, whose real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel, was born in 1904 in Springfield, Mass. He started his career as an illustrator for an ad agency and drew editorial cartoons during WWII, though his greatest fame came from his children's books.

In addition to the child-friendly illustrations most recognize from his children's books, "The Art of Dr. Seuss" includes a variety of work with more mature themes (though, nothing horribly alarming; judge for yourself at, such as "Unorthodox Taxidermy" and paintings and drawings from his stash - the work he created at night for his own personal enjoyment.

According to the show's curator, these works were rarely exhibited during Seuss' lifetime.

More information on the exhibit is available at More information on Seuss is available at

If you go ...

WHAT: "The Art of Dr. Seuss - A Retrospective and International Touring Exhibit"

WHEN: Opening reception, 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. Exhibit runs through Saturday, Nov. 18.

WHERE: McGuire Fine Arts Gallery, 110 N. Market St., Frederick, Md.

COST: Free

MORE: Contact McGuire Fine Arts Gallery, 301-695-6567, for hours of operation and for further information.

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