Seuss on the loose at the Redstone Gallery
November 19, 2010
Say the name Dr. Seuss and everyone thinks "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas," "Horton Hears a Who" and Sam I Am from "Green Eggs and Ham."
They think of "The Sneeches," "One Fish, Two Fish" and "The Lorax." They think of "Hop on Pop" and "Fox in Sox," and, of course, "The Cat in the Hat."
This holiday season Redstone Gallery owners would like people to think of them.
Beginning Dec. 2, the gallery will present "The Art of Dr. Seuss," which will include sculptures, paintings, drafts, drawings and serigraphs of the aforementioned characters.
To celebrate, Redstone, which recently became an authorized Dr. Seuss gallery, will hold three events that will mark the late Dr. Seuss’ 65 years of art.
A VIP Opening Reception will be held on Thursday, Dec. 2, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. On Friday, Dec. 3, the gallery will host a screening of "The Grinch" starring Jim Carrey and will host a costume party, where kids of all ages are encouraged to dress up as their favorite Dr. Seuss character.
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On Friday, Dec. 10, another reception will offer a presentation by Dr. Seuss’ representative Jeff Schuffman.
During each event, the Redstone Gallery will hold auctions and other drawings for door prizes that will raise money for cancer awareness.
"We spread out the events so people who have a busy schedule this season could make arrangements and, hopefully, be able to come to one of the events," said Redstone Gallery owner/director Jenece Lemon. "I’m coming to the costume party as Cindy Lou Who."
Cliff Armstrong, the gallery’s director of sales and marketing, who will dress up at the Cat in the Hat, said they wanted to feature an all-ages exhibit during the holiday season.
"Who doesn’t think of Christmas when they think of Dr. Seuss," Armstrong said during an interview with The Park Record. "It brings back so many memories. I mean who doesn’t watch ‘The Grinch Who Stole Christmas’ at this time of year? I still do.
"We wanted to bring in one of the most loved and universally appealing artists in American history," he said.
The exhibit features three sections "The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss," "Unorthodox Taxidermy Collection" and "The Bronze Collection."
"The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss" includes early works and side-by-side comparisons of the artist’s drafts and final renditions of iconic characters such as the Cat in the Hat and Sam I Am.
"Unorthodox Taxidermy Collection" is comprised of resin wall mounts of the mop-topped Andoluvian Grackler and the barbed-nosed Sludge Tarpon fish.
And "The Bronze Collection" speaks for itself with sculptures of the Cat in the Hat, The Grinch and Yurtle the Turtle.
"We want it to be fun, whimsical, affordable and light-hearted enough to draw many people who might not have otherwise visited the Redstone Gallery," Lemon said about the exhibit. "Our objective is to open viewers’ eyes to the Seuss they do not know."
Lemon loves the way Dr. Seuss created chaos, but wrapped it up at the end in stories such as "The Cat in the Hat" and "Horton Hears a Who."
"It was exciting to read those stories," she said. "
Armstrong’s fondest memory is reading "Green Eggs and Ham."
"To actually have that exhibit here and have a six-foot bronze statue of Sam I Am and to expose that to as many people as we can is great," he said. "Utah, in general, loves art and culture. And I was surprised there haven’t been more exhibits of Dr. Seuss here. He’s one of the most beloved premiere American artists of all time.
"Everyone throughout the generations knows ‘Horton Hears a Who’ or ‘The Lorax.’"
Armstrong said his connection to Dr. Seuss started with his father.
"My dad is a poet and he modeled his styles and rhythms after Dr. Seuss to create his poetry."
Armstrong said as he and Lemon researched his art, he felt overwhelmed at the abundance of material.
"I felt almost ignorant because I didn’t know he had done so much," he said. "And the cool thing for us is to share some of those lesser-known works that most people weren’t exposed to along with the famous ones."
Along with the art and sculptures, which are all for sale, the gallery will have an abundance of Dr. Seuss books available for purchase, as well Lemon said.
"It’s exciting to be able to share this everyone," she said. "And all the works are meant to be touched. That’s what our gallery is about. We want people to come in and touch and experience the art. It’s not a museum. We want the gallery to reflect light and love. And that’s why we wanted to show this exhibit."