T heodor Geisel was many things in his long life (1904-91) including editorial cartoonist, dramatist, serious painter and advertising illustrator. But he gained enduring fame as Dr. Seuss, a pen name he used to write and illustrate dozens of children's books. • Since his death, exhibitions have been organized to showcase some of his lesser-known art and sell reproductions of it. The latest one will be coming to Syd Entel Galleries, 247 Main St., Safety Harbor, Saturday and continuing through Jan. 26. • An added component is a selection of hats from Geisel's extensive collection, begun when he was a young man. He was fascinated by them, and we see that explored in a whimsical way in an early book, The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, published in 1938. The most famous manifestation of his hobby is, of course, The Cat in the Hat. It's a fantasy hat but was probably created by his imagination from bits and pieces of real ones that you will see at the gallery. Seuss' original collection had 528 hats. Twenty-six are part of the tour. Reproductions of paintings and sculptures will be for sale. • A free reception is Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. Gallery hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Free.
Lennie Bennett, Times art critic