- February 6 - February 28, 2021
- Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday 12:00pm - 5:00pm. Closed on Tuesdays.
- LaMantia Art Gallery
Dr. Seuss Art Exhibition
“If you keep your eyes open enough, oh, the stuff you will learn. Oh, the most wonderful stuff.” -Dr. Seuss
So goes this famous line from Dr. Seuss’ classic childrens’ book “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!” This February, LaMantia Gallery Raleigh hopes you and your children will visit with open eyes to see some of Dr. Seuss’ famous works of art right here in Village District. The Art of Dr. Seuss exhibit runs February 6-28.
For more than 30 years, James LaMantia has represented dozens of internationally known artists, many at his New York based gallery. Since opening his Raleigh location in Village District late last year, he has been excited to bring this exhibit of artwork from Dr. Seuss’ estate to Raleigh for the first time. LaMantia has worked with the estate for the past 13 years and says this exhibit is one of his favorites. “Every time we do a Dr. Seuss exhibition, no matter what kind of a day you’ve had, when you walk out of the show, you’re feeling good about life!”
The Art of Dr. Seuss offers a rare glimpse into the lifetime of cherished art by this American icon. LaMantia explains, “It’s such an uplifting show. It’s gonna run the gamut of works he did in the 1930’s, all the way until he died in 1991.” He shows some of the classic illustrations that remain in LaMantia Gallery all year, and shares details of pieces only shown at the exhibit. “You’ll see works from every book that he’s produced in classic illustration form. You’ll also see the sketches behind the work. All the work that led up to it,” he says, pointing to familiar looking Seussian work in sketch form.
LaMantia is excited to show “The Secret Art” from Seuss’ estate, including three dimensional works from the 1930’s and 1940’s Seuss called “Unorthodox Taxidermy.” LaMantia shares what he has learned in his years working with the estate. “His widow, Audrey told me a few years back that he would illustrate during the day but at night he would be a painter, creating. He would do fun things he called his ‘Secret Art,’” LaMantia said. He explains that you can’t miss that portion of the show and he loves seeing people’s reactions. If you want to be in on the Seuss secrets, you have to come check it out for yourself. “When people look at the secret art, they know it’s different right away, They know it’s Suessian, they know it has the feel of Seuss, however, they don’t recognize the characters.”
“It’s a troublesome world. All the people who are in it are troubled with troubles almost every minute. You ought to be thankful, a whole heaping lot, for the places and people you’re lucky you’re not.” -Dr. Seuss
LaMantia admits we’re all feeling COVID fatigue and hopes the show will be just the uplifting event families need. That’s why the exhibition kicks off with a two day celebration. You’re invited to join LaMantia Gallery Saturday, February 6, 12-5pm and Sunday, February 7, 12-5pm at 440 Daniels St. Raleigh, NC 27605. A representative from Dr. Seuss’ estate will be at the gallery, telling stories, answering questions and showing the rare artwork never seen here before. LaMantia says, “He’ll tell you all the stories about how Ted Geisel (Seuss) created the works that you’re seeing. It’s a weekend of stories and information you won’t get from just looking at the works.”
To stay safe and keep crowds small and socially distanced, we ask that you RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-900-8453.
Follow LaMantia Gallery on Instagram the week of February 3 as they unload Seuss works and show sneak peeks from five crates of art that will take up nearly the entire space during the exhibition.
Make sure children bring their favorite grownups because this exhibition will bring out the kid in us all. LaMantia says with a smile as he thinks of his childhood, “Kids love it, but adults really appreciate the show!”
“Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.” -Dr. Seuss