“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
Feeling nostalgic for your childhood? Want to escape the responsibilities of being an adult? What better way to do so than to return to the works of Dr. Seuss?
On picturesque Yorkville Avenue by Avenue Road sits the Liss Gallery, owned by Brian Liss. Every year the gallery hosts an homage to Dr. Seuss. This year, the exhibit is The Art of Dr. Seuss and I decided to check it out. It opened this past Saturday and will continue to run until December 24th. All of the artwork is on sale. Though the prices are quite steep for the casual art lover, they would be a great addition to any collection. The cheapest pieces start at $5,000; however, the exhibit is free.
The exhibit focuses on Dr. Seuss’ final work, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, displaying artwork and the narration from the book on the walls. As well, the original artwork can be viewed with the assistance of one of the gallery staff members. The artwork is in a box, along with a text overlay that the staff places on top of each image to recreate the final version of the book as you view it. The exhibit also includes other works of art from various Dr. Seuss books including: The Cat in the Hat, Hop on Pop, The Lorax, and Green Eggs and Ham. Throughout the exhibit you can also view some of the Seussian creatures in the Collection of Unorthodox Taxidermy, which includes the Goo-Goo-Eyed Tasmanian Wolghast, the Kangaroo Bird, and the Sea-Going Dilemma Fish, as well as a piece from the Bronze Tribute Collection.
Children of all ages are welcome at the exhibit. It’s a great way to get them participating in art culture at an early age through familiar stories. The gallery also has a quiz, which includes information about the pieces being displayed and various questions about Dr. Seuss and his art. The staff are available to give information to help people answer these questions. Haven’t read all the Dr. Seuss books? They’re available for purchase at the Liss Gallery, which also carries the book The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss.
The gallery is open Tuesday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm, and by appointment on Monday and Sunday. For more information about the gallery and the exhibit, you can check out the Liss Gallery website here.
Photography by Stephanie Harns
Monika is the Marketing Director/Social Media for On the Danforth, summer issue. When she isn’t buried in a book, she spends most of her time checking out various events in Toronto and turning her life into article pitches.