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“The Spark of an Icon” A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Dr. Seuss’s Concept Drawings

About the Event

The thrill of going behind-the-scenes to view the artistic process is an opportunity very few people ever get. In the case of Dr. Seuss, we can no longer visit his studio or see his creative process in action. But, with the never seen in San Diego “the spark of an icon” FREE exhibit at Exclusive Collections Gallery (EC Gallery) now we can. May 17th through June 7th, these concept drawings transport us to the moment of creation and allow us to peer over his shoulder as they come to life. We can feel the spark of creation as we follow the curved and dippy lines and watch as they form the icons that have now become so familiar in our everyday lives. To kick off this special exhibit, the gallery will hold a VIP reception on Friday, May 17 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm.

Ted Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) drew each page for every Dr. Seuss book published during his lifetime. What many people don’t realize is that for each final-line drawing, he would create multiple concept drawings leading up to the final published image.

The works in this exhibition are a shining example that perfection is illusive, that perseverance in achieving one’s goals is a worthy pursuit, and that passion for one’s craft is more important than achieving the perfect outcome.

EC Gallery is located area at 621 Fifth Street, San Diego, CA 92101. In the heart of downtown San Diego at the corner of Fifth and Market in the Gaslamp area.

RSVP is recommended. The cost for the show is free and open to all ages — except the Friday VIP event where guests must be 21+. Please visit their web site at to RSVP and for more show details. 800-599-7111 or [email protected]

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