MAI Joseph Trevitts exhibit opens Friday at Ramsdell Theatre

MANISTEE — The work of Joseph Trevitts will be exhibited during the Manistee Art Institute’s “Life and Art of Joseph Trevitts” exhibit from Friday through May 1 in Hardy Hall at the Ramsdell Theatre located at 101 Maple St. in Manistee.

Trevitts arrived in Manistee in March of 1916 to attend an art exhibit organized by the Manistee Lakeside Club and held at the Library. Included in the exhibit were some of his paintings, according to information provided by the MAI.

From that exhibit, Trevitts, known as the “Painter of Dunes”, was commissioned to paint the portraits of many of the Manistee gentry and while working in the area, he met and married a young local lady, Tine Piotroski. His marriage and his work anchored the Pennsylvania-born painter in Manistee for the rest of his life.

Trevitts passed away in 1970, leaving good memories and a wonderful legacy of beautiful paintings.

Though little has been published about Trevitts, his works of art can be found around the world.

The Manistee Art Institute is hosting his work, which is on loan from owners of his work.

The exhibit opens to the public with a reception from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Friday in Hardy Hall at the Ramsdell Theatre.

Exhibit hours:

  • 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday
  • 1-5 p.m. on April 23, 26-28 and May 1
  • 1-9 p.m. on April 29 and 30

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