Exclusive Dr. Seuss Exhibit At Northport Gallery
Art enthusiasts and Dr. Seuss fans alike will love the new exhibit at LaMantia Gallery in Northport. Open to all ages, the exhibit features pieces that haven’t been open to the public before.
LaMantia has been in business for 25 years and was voted the no. 1 gallery in the nation for retail excellence by Décor Magazine. It was chosen as the only art gallery on Long Island to showcase “The Secrets of the Deep Art Exhibition,” a series of Seuss estate-authorized works adapted from original drawings, paintings and sculpture by Theodor Seuss Geisel, known to the world as Dr. Seuss.
The exhibit features works with familiar characters like “The Cat in the Hat,” but also other never-before-seen characters and little-known private works. The pieces range and vary as much as the characters in Dr. Seuss’ books.
According gallery co-owner Robert Bluver, Dr. Seuss drew and illustrated private pieces while also publishing artwork in his books. After he died in 1991, the celebrated author’s wife, Audrey, released the book “The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss.” The book features paintings, drawings and photographs from the author’s private life.
Bluver said this is a must-see exhibit for fans of Dr. Seuss. It celebrates the Independent Book Publisher’s 2011 award-winning book, “Dr. Seuss’s Secrets of the Deep: The Lost, Forgotten, and Hidden Works of Theodor Seuss Geisel.”
“[Dr. Seuss’] work is completely unique, [and he’s] an iconic figure,” Bluver said.
The gallery is also featuring a timeline storyboard on Dr. Seuss’ history and inspiration. Bluver hopes to make the Dr. Seuss exhibit available year-round.
Bluver describes the guest’s reactions to the exhibit so far as very positive.
“People walk [in] with smiles…in utter awe, and it absolutely blows people away,” he said.
The exhibit officially opened on Aug. 17. The gallery is located at 127 Main St. in Northport. For more information, call 631-754-8419.