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Publication Date: Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Centennial Seuss: Exhibit celebrates beloved kids' artist Centennial Seuss: Exhibit celebrates beloved kids' artist (March 17, 2004)

A silvery-blue cat with a fiendish grin chalks up his cue in a murky pool hall. Other felines cavort at a Venice carnival.

Oh, it's Dr. Seuss, all right -- with a twist.

As part of a celebration of what would have been the 100th birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, who died in 1991, these limited-edition prints from the artist's "Secret Art" collection are being displayed in a national touring exhibit. On Saturday, March 27, the exhibit is scheduled to come to Menlo Park, at the Peabody Fine Art Gallery at 603 Santa Cruz Ave.

The exhibit includes a number of prints and original works of art that weren't included in Dr. Seuss's popular children's books, such as sculptures, illustrations, and doodles from his days in the military, said Candace Engelsen, who is publicizing the show.

"Here are the zany characters and situations, even more fanciful than in his books, that he created for himself and his family," she said.

Photos of the artist will be displayed, and prints and reproductions of the artwork will be for sale.

Menlo Park Mayor Lee Duboc will officially kick off the exhibit at 10 a.m. on March 27 by presenting a key to the city to someone dressed as the Cat in the Hat. The show runs through April 12.

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