The gallery was one of a handful of galleries chosen to host the national touring exhibition of Hats Off to Dr. Seuss, January 31 thru February 16, 2014. The tour featured the Secret Art of Dr. Seuss and the Dr. Seuss Hat Collection. 
The Dr. Seuss Hat Collection featured a large steamer trunk that opens up to display a number of hats out of the Dr. Seuss' home closet. Seuss loved collecting hats and felt they helped transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. His love for hats not only inspired the 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins but also found their way into many other books as well as into his personal art.
Curator, Bill Dreyer, flew in from Chicago to give a talk about the collection. Due to the community response Bill gave two evening presentations. We also had Bill help us off load the crates, which arrived only hours before the Friday night reception. WHEW!!!! It was a whirlwind of a day but in the spirit of Ted 'Dr. Seuss' Geisel, we came together, got the exhibit up and had a great show.

Below is a video made by one of the attendees to the show. Enjoy!
 

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Its the 75th anniversary of Dr. Seuss' book The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins and to celebrate this momentous occasion the Art of Dr. Seuss Collection is releasing a limited edition print of Bartholomew Cubbins and his many hats. 

"Set in feudal times, the story begins in the Kingdom of Didd, when King Derwin is riding through a street past Bartholomew Cubbins, a poor boy in the market. Bartholomew removes his hat, according to the laws, but another hat mysteriously appears; when he attempts to remove this one too, another one appears again, and this continues, even as he removes more and more hats, each growing in extravagance and beauty from the 451st hat onwards.

Eventually, as Bartholomew is being threatened with death, the 500th hat, studded with massive gems and gilding, comes off and Bartholomew's head is bare again. Stunned by the beauty of the hat, King Derwin grants him reprieve and trades him 500 gold coins for the 500th hat." - wikipedia

Ted "Dr. Seuss" Geisel was insired sitting behind a business man wearing a hat, while riding a commutor train from New York to New England.

Dr. Seuss was also collector of many hats and an exhibition of his hat collection will be touring the United States. 

Read more about his hat collection here: New York Times article .

The 500 Hats of Dr. Seuss and Bartholomew Cubbins

The 500 Hats of Dr. Seuss and Bartholomew Cubbins, All Images TM & © 2013 Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. All Rights Reserved.

Mixed-Media Pigment Print on archival Somerset Paper

Paper Size:  30” x 21”

Image Size:  26” x 17”

Edition Size:  175 with 75 Collaborators’ Proofs,

99 Patrons’ Collection Prints and 5 Hors d’Commerce  

Opening Price: $1,295


Call us today to place your order for The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins - 75th Anniversary Print.

770-993-4783

For complete details visit:

www.drseussart.com/cubbins/

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John James Audubon(1785-1851). The Birds of America; from Original Drawings. London: Published by the Author, 1827-1838. Estimate 7,000,000 - 10,000,000 U.S. dollars. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2012. 

By: Ula Ilnytzky, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP).- A rare first edition of John James Audubon's sumptuously illustrated "The Birds of America," depicting more than 400 life-size North American species in four monumental volumes, is going on the auction block for an estimated $7 million to $10 million. 

Considered a masterpiece of ornithology art, the 3½ -foot-tall books feature hand-colored prints of all the species known to Audubon in early 19th century America. Audubon insisted on the book's large format — printed on the largest hand-made sheets available at the time — because of his desire to portray the birds in their actual size and natural habitat. 

The set, being sold by the heirs of the 4th Duke of Portland, will be auctioned by Christie's Jan. 20. It will be accompanied by a complete first edition five-volume set of Audubon's "Ornithological Biography." They will be on view at Christie's Rockefeller Center galleries Jan. 14-19. 

Experts estimate that 200 complete first edition copies were produced over an 11-year period, from 1827-1838. Today, 120 are known to exist; 107 are in institutions and 13 in private hands. They consist of 435 hand-colored, life-size prints of 497 bird species, made from engraved copper plates based on Audubon's original watercolors. 

Another complete first edition of "The Birds of America" sold at Sotheby's in London in December 2010 for $11.5 million, a record for the most expensive printed book sold at auction. 

Audubon sold the engraved plates in a subscription series in England, Europe, and North America. 

"The overall cost to print a set at the time was estimated to be 115,000 pounds sterling, which would be over $2 million today," said Francis Wahlgren, head of Christie's books and manuscripts. 

That is why Audubon "had to presell to wealthy families with subscriptions to fund the production," he added. 

"It was a kind of status thing. ... That's why many of these wound up in these great English homes," Wahlgren said. 

Because all the birds are portrayed life size, Audubon found creative ways to paint them. 

"Many of the large birds are bending down feeding, and they're contorted to fit the page. But he does it in a graceful way, very artistic," like extending a tail feather beyond the margin, said Wahlgren. 

No one at that time would have considered that kind of book of ornithology, he said. In the 18th century, "you started moving into engravings but things like scale were not as important." 

Audubon brought it truer to life, "furthering it as individual works of art, dealing with backgrounds, settings — the flora and fauna that surrounded the bird. He took the aesthetic of what is a scientific book and raised it to the point of art," Wahlgren said. 

"It stands among the greatest color-plate books," he added. 




Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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The Roswell Art Walk Returns

After a 5 year hiatus, the fine art galleries of Roswell invite Atlanta to "Rediscover R.A.D." (the Roswell Art District) along the famed Canton Street as they host a citywide Art Walk on Saturday, October 22nd from 4pm - 8pm, and Sunday from 1pm - 5pm.  Billed as "back and better than ever", the participating galleries are all located within strolling distance from each other.  There will be five fabulous art parties hosted within each gallery, identified with purple and yellow balloons:  The Ford Smith Gallery, Ann Jackson Gallery, Taylor Kinzel Gallery, Lola Fine Art & Gifts and Galerie Matilda.    

The Roswell Art District (RAD) is identified as the fine art purveyors of notable local artists and national artists of acclaim, talent and integrity. These five galleries will join forces to provide a strolling tour of magnificent new exhibits, artist receptions, art prizes, music, tastings from area restaurants, refreshing libations and more.   All of Atlanta is invited to discover the heart of the historic Roswell district and appreciate five of Atlanta's finest art galleries right there, nestled among the many fashionable restaurants and boutiques.  

Call 770-552-5942, email info@fordsmithfineart.com for more information or visit the websites:  www.fordsmithfineart.comwww.annjacksongallery.comwww.taylorkinzelgallery.com 

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This Thursday Sept. 15th is Alive After 5 on Canton Street. If you've never been to an AA5 event, this one should be a good one. With the cool temperatures, the crowds are likely to swell. AA5 is the largest street party OTP (outside of the perimeter) with live music, food, art, and all sorts of fun stuff happening. 

more info here: ALIVE AFTER 5

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We have new hours starting today Sunday, September 11, 2011.

Monday through Saturday, 11am to 5pm

Sunday, 1pm to 4pm

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Collecting art can be a daunting and confusing challenge for the beginner or even a seasoned collector. Few things are as difficult as choosing the art to surround your life with. Art has the ability to enrich our lives. It can conjure memories of the past, give us insight to the human condition and transport us to places far beyond the walls of our homes.

In starting a collection you should decide what you would like to collect. This can be as broad as a regional area such as southern artists or it can be very narrow and specific like the Faultless Starch / Bon Ami Company’s collection of paintings depicting farm animals and pets – mostly chickens.

For beginning collectors I would suggest staying clear of anything from the Renaissance and the Hellenistic periods, as well as the old masters. These can challenge even highly seasoned collectors. As you build your collection and your connoisseurship, you will find your taste changing and your eye more discerning, demanding ever higher quality in your art selections. 

Where to start? The best place to learn about and purchase art, is an art gallery.  Look for galleries that have longevity and a loyal client base.  Don’t be afraid to go to these stalwarts for fear that they will be out of your price league and on the snooty side. Chances are these galleries are still around because they have great customer service and treat all of their clients with respect - no matter what their budget size. Don’t avoid the younger galleries either, especially once you have a bit of knowledge under your belt. They can be great places to find emerging contemporary artists at a fraction of their soon to be skyrocketing prices.

A wonderful way to get your “art” feet wet is by attending opening receptions or other such events at a gallery. These tend to be very social events where you can talk to other clients about the artwork and their personal experiences with the gallery.  These events can also be a great chance to meet a gallery’s featured artist.  Making a connection with the artist can give you a bit of meaningful insight into their art and life.  These events however are more for perusing rather than long term looking.  Return to the gallery during a weekday when the atmosphere is quieter and you can look longer.

On your return visit to the gallery bring some paper and a pen for taking notes.  When you find a piece that catches your eye, write down your first impression of the work. Try not to think about it, just react to the art. It can be a few sentences or just a couple of words.  Then take a moment to write out a detailed description of what you see.  A good detailed description will get you to examine the art in a matter of fact way allowing you to see the quality and any defects in the piece.  This description can also be useful later if you need to communicate with the gallery via phone or email.

If possible, ask the dealer to move the artwork into a well-lighted area, free of the surrounding clutter that can detract from the work. This allows you and artwork to have some breathing room.

What should you do now? Start asking the dealer questions about the artist. Check to see if a short biography is available. Ask about the work’s provenance or who has owned it and where it has been since it was created. This is especially important in authenticating and establishing a proof of ownership in older works of art.

At this point if you are still hedging, ask if you can take the piece out on approval.  Most galleries will accommodate. Taking a piece home will help you see it in your environment, with your things, under your lighting conditions.  Live with the piece for a few days. Now refer back to your first impression of it in the gallery. Does it hold up to your impression of it now? Are you in love with it? Do you just have to have it? If the answer is yes, then go for it!

Aaron Frye - Ann Jackson Gallery

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The Art of Dr. Seuss announces the opening of There’s Fun to Be Done! Dr. Seuss & The Art of Invention, opening this Fall at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI).

Chicago, Museum of Science and IndustryDon’t miss your chance to be included in Chase Art Companies October 13-15 event; A Night At The Museum, an exclusive and fun-filled adventure across Chicago, culminating in a private sneak-preview of MSI’s exhibition celebrating the life, art and creative genius of Theodor Seuss Geisel.

Reservations are now being accepted through authorized Dr. Seuss galleries.

For details, please visit: 
http://www.drseussart.com/museumnight/

Click here
  to download the reservation form, to be completed and submitted by the gallery to Chase Art Companies.


 
Make plans now as space is extremely limited and we expect this event to sell out!  
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It Won't Be A Secret For Long!
SAVE THE DATE:  October 14-15, 2011!

Stay tuned for the official announcement of a major exhibition and a one-of-a-kind Chicago event experience for Seuss patrons

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TCP and The Addo Foundation present a citywide Summer Art Supply Drive

Continuing throughout the summer local businesses and galleries will be uniting through a common cause to raise art supplies for TCP's  Community Arts Program (CAP) outreach initiatives. CAP's focus is on mentoring "at-risk" youth through the arts. CAP's upcoming outreach will target programs that may not have arts education, and that struggle with resources.

Our 2011-2012 outreach will benefit the youth artists of One Love GenerationJacob's Ladder, and the Georgia Justice Project

 

MAKE A DIFFERENCE, GET INVOLVED

2011 Art Supply Wish List - 2D Media

DRAWING: graphite pencils, charcoal, pastels, india ink, colored pencils, watercolor pencils, carbon paper, tracing paper, blank sketchbooks, markers/sharpies, and all types of drawing paper: newsprint, bristol, etc.

PAINTING: paints: acrylic and watercolor (tubes & pans), various sized brushes, all types of canvas: boards, stretched, unstretched, watercolor paper, paper tape, palettes, sponges, & mural supplies: paint rollers & trays, drop cloths, & large brushes

PRINTMAKING: waterbased inks, plexiglass, spray bottles, linoleum blocks, linoleum cutters, x-acto knives and blades, brayers, wooden spoons, silkscreens, photo emulsion, and squeegees

PHOTOGRAPHY: 35mm cameras, 35mm film (b&w,color) digital cameras, camera bags, digital photo printer, flatbed scanner with film holder

MISCELLANEOUS: construction paper, glue (sticks, rubber cement, elmer's, etc...), scissors, rulers, matt board, matt cutter and blades, tape (scotch, masking, painters), drawing boards, horses & easels.
DROP OFF NEW and USED ART SUPPLIES to benefit YOUNG ARTISTS IN NEED!!!

We are proud to be a Art Supply drop off site. If you would like to donate please stop by the gallery with your art supply donations.

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Despite the rain last Thursday evening we a great turn out for Alive After 5 and the preview of Kanayo Ede's show Pushing Clouds.
Firday evening's opening reception and the unveiling of the Historic Canton Street painting by Kanayo was also a smashing success. Thank you to everyone that made it out to the show.

PS. the Canton Street painting may soon become a print! 

 Kanayo Ede - Historic Canton Street, Roswell GA
See Event Photos Here

Event Photos from SNAP Roswell

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Gallery artist Kanayo Ede will kick off our Historic Canton Street Artist Series on July 22nd.  We are asking several of our gallery artist to interpret Canton Street. 

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