“The Cat Behind the Hat!” Art Exhibit Debuts at Ocean Galleries

Cat in The Hat

Ocean Galleries will share a compelling selection of artworks from The Art of Dr. Seuss Collection over Father’s Day weekend in Stone Harbor, New Jersey (9618 Third Avenue/(609) 368-7777) when they debut “The Cat Behind the Hat!” exhibit – a series of print and bronze limited edition art. Guests are invited to join Art of Dr. Seuss collection representative, Jeff Schuffman, as he discusses this first time showing for the exhibition during special receptions, taking place on Friday, June 14 and Saturday, June 15 from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m., and on Sunday, June 16 from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. The exhibition is free, with all artwork on display available for acquisition.

For over 60 years, Dr. Seuss’s illustrations have brought a visual realization to his fantastic and imaginary worlds. His artistic talent went far beyond the printed page and yet, to this day, his Secret Art Collection is virtually unknown to the general public. Throughout his lifetime, Theodor Seuss Geisel (a.k.a. Dr. Seuss) created paintings and sculpture, which he secreted away at the Dr. Seuss Estate. During the “Cat Behind the Hat!” exhibition, visitors can explore and acquire works from Dr. Seuss’s best-known children’s books, as well as The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss, a mind-expanding collection based on decades of artwork, which Dr. Seuss created at night for his own personal pleasure. Perhaps the wackiest and most wonderful elements of the collection are Dr. Seuss’s three-dimensional “Unorthodox Taxidermy” sculptures with names such as Carbonic Walrus, Two-Horned Drouberhannis, and Goo-Goo-Eyed Tasmanian Wolghast, to name a few.

Despite the unprecedented demand during his lifetime, no limited-edition artworks were ever conceived, authorized, or created until the historic “Secret Art of Dr. Seuss” project began in 1997, six years after Geisel’s death. That year, this exclusive project put into motion a series of artworks and exhibitions, which firmly established him as one of the most iconic artistic talents of the twentieth century. “The beloved Dr. Seuss artwork exhibits have become somewhat of an annual Stone Harbor tradition enjoyed by kids of all ages. Our gallery was fortunate to be chosen to host ‘The Cat Behind the Hat!’ collection for the very first time, so it will be fun to debut the art featuring the renowned cat to the shore area!” said Ocean Galleries owner Kim Miller. “We love that our customers can share the joy in this whimsical collection with their entire family and introduce new generations to fine art. What a great outing for a Father’s Day celebration!” Each of these Estate-Authorized limited editions has been adapted and reproduced from Theodor Seuss Geisel’s original drawings, paintings, or sculptures. Additionally, each work bears a posthumously printed or engraved Dr. Seuss signature, identifying the work as an authorized limited edition commissioned by the Dr. Seuss Estate.


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The new collection of art featured in “The Cat Behind the Hat!”exhibit will include serigraphs, mixed media, and fine art on paper and canvas, as well as bronze sculptures, all highlighting the famous feline with names every bit as interesting as the colorful and clever cat himself, such as “The Great Cat Continuum,” “Venetian Cat Signing Oh Solo Meow,” and “Singing Cats.” Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy presentations by Art of Dr. Seuss collection representative, Jeff Schuffman, at gallery receptions taking place from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. on Friday, June 14 and Saturday, June 15, and from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 16, 2019. “The Cat Behind the Hat!” exhibit and receptions take place at Ocean Galleries (9618 Third Avenue, Stone Harbor, NJ/(609)368-7777). In addition to an extraordinary collection of artwork and custom-framing, Ocean Galleries also offers a variety of hand-made crafts from local, regional, and national artists in America, such as glass, pottery, jewelry, and furniture. All summer exhibitions take place at the Stone Harbor location of Ocean Galleries (9618 Third Avenue). Ocean Galleries also has an Avalon, NJ location at 2199 Ocean Drive. For seasonal hours at both gallery locations, call (609) 368-7777 or visit oceangalleries.com