Ink Spill has learned from the niece of the late great Syd Hoff that the exhibit “Syd Hoff: The Man, the Magic and the Mystery” is opening this coming October 7th in Newport Beach, California. Details here. Link to the Syd Hoff website here.
From the press release:
NEWPORT BEACH LIBRARY TO SHOWCASE WORKS OF CARTOONIST/AUTHOR SYD HOFF
Newport Beach, CA (September 18, 2013) – The Newport Beach Public Library will showcase the works of legendary cartoonist and children’s book author Syd Hoff in a special exhibit at the Central Library, 1000 Avocado Avenue, opening October 7 through November 3. The exhibit is free and open to the public during library hours, Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, noon- 5 p.m.
The special exhibit, “Syd Hoff, the Man, the Magic and the Mystery,” focuses on the life and career of Syd Hoff who was the illustrator and author of over 110 books, most with special emphasis on the early reader. The exhibit includes a variety of art panels comprised of original illustrations, cartoons and family photos. In addition, the exhibit will also feature several items from Mr. Hoff’s personal collection of memorabilia.
While best known for his beloved 1958 children’s classic “Danny and the Dinosaur,” which sold millions of copies, Syd Hoff’s body of work includes over 570 cartoons featured in “The New Yorker” magazine, that crossed not only the generational gap, but socioeconomic and gender lines, as well. The exhibit celebrates contributions that Hoff has made as one of the great humorists of the twentieth century.
The month-long exhibit is on loan to the library courtesy of exhibit curator, Carol Edmonston, who is Syd Hoff’s niece and is passionate about preserving the legacy of her late uncle.
In addition to the exhibit, Children’s Services at the Newport Beach Public Library is hosting a “Syd Hoff Family Storytime” on Saturday, October 19 at 10:30 a.m. in the Children’s Room at the Central Library. Carol Edmonston will be on hand to share stories of her uncle and a special guest will make an appearance that is sure to entertain young “Danny and the Dinosaur” fans. Children will also be able to work on crafts inspired by the art of Syd Hoff.