The secret art of Dr. Seuss on display in South Lake Tahoe

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Updated: 5/21/2014 12:29 pm

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Cal. ( & KRNV) -- The secret work of Theodor Seuss Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. and his Hat Collection are virtually unknown to the general public. Throughout his lifetime, Geisel created paintings and collected hats. For the first time ever, Dr. Seuss' hats are traveling outside his home on a national tour and they've made a special stop at South Lake Tahoe.

"What people don't realize about Ted, he was born as Theodor Seuss Geisel or Dr. Seuss, he was an artist longer than he was a children's book writer," Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery Owner Ashley Mattila says.

The Hats Off to Dr. Seuss! Exhibition is at Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery in South Lake Tahoe and showcases two secret collections -- his hat collection and his little-known collection of secret art. The works are a series of Dr. Seuss Estate authorized works adapted and reproduced from Ted Geisel's original drawings, paintings, and sculptures.

"What we do with my company is that we create these limited edition fine art creations that are adapted from his original paintings, sculptures, and drawings completely under the authority of his widow Audrey Geisel and authorized by the estate of Dr. Seuss," collection expert Jeff Schuffman says.

The rare and historic collection allows fans to see the extraordinary talent of Dr. Seuss.

"A lot of times he did not look at what he painted, he did not [see it] as work. So he painted in the depths of night," Mattila says.

Some of the work is available to purchase through the exhibition. The hats, however, are not for sale.

The touring exhibit will be at the Marcus Ashley Gallery until June 22 and the gallery is located at 4000 Lake Tahoe Blvd.

Also, a special event for everyone in the family to come and see the magnificent art for themselves is scheduled for Saturday, May 24. There will be food and drinks, along with balloons and face painting. It will be at the Marcus Ashley Gallery from noon to 5 p.m.

To learn more about the Hats Off to Dr. Seuss! Exhibition click here. Or to visit Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery's website, click here.

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