I have been a fan of Suzy’s Zoo since I was a child. I remember coloring pictures from the coloring books and loving how happy the characters always looked. To this day I collect Suzy Zoo items for my collection which ranges from plush, stickers, note cards and books. This is a collection that is almost 30 years in the making and it is a labor of love for me.
A couple years ago Jason and I heard that there was a gallery of original work and new work at Sharp Mary Birch in San Diego: The Suzy’s Zoo Gallery at Sharp Mary Birch. We made plans to make a trek down there but reality always got in the way and it became a wish to see. Flash forward to almost 3 years later and my 40th birthday and we finally made the trek down. We had called ahead to make sure that the gallery was still there and we were told by 2 separate people that it was not longer there. I am not going to lie, I was disappointed and in a effort to curb that disappointment Jason suggested we check anyway, in case the person on the phone did not know what we were talking about. We drove to the drop off/pickup so that I could run in and ask and before I was able to get out of my car I saw the gallery. I was thrilled and immediately parked and went in.
I do not want to mislead anyone into thinking this is a big gallery show, but a corridor rather with the art work adorning the walls. This extends a couple hundred feet and features some of the cutest work I have seen. The common thread in all the work is babies, which could not be more appropriate give that it is located at a Women’s Birthing Hospital.
The surprising thing was that the gift shop did not have ANY Suzy’s Zoo products for sale. I saw this as a missed opportunity for purchasing these original prints in a card or notepad.
So you might be wondering if it was worth the 20 mile drive? I would say for me it was totally worth it. I have loved these characters since I was young and seeing this collection just made my heart happy.
I wanted to share some photos I took while I was down there, and I hope they make you smile like they did for me! Enjoy!