2011-06-11 / Top News

Beloved Pets Get the Spotlight in Manoogian Art Exhibit

By Alyssa Firth


Art collectors Richard and Jane Manoogian celebrate this year’s exhibit at a cocktail reception Sunday, June 5, at Grand Hotel. Mr. Manoogian was inspired by his neighbors on Mackinac Island and their devotion to their pets for this year’s art exhibit theme, “Among Life’s Greatest Treasures…Our Pets.” It will be displayed in the Grand Hotel Gallery through October. Art collectors Richard and Jane Manoogian celebrate this year’s exhibit at a cocktail reception Sunday, June 5, at Grand Hotel. Mr. Manoogian was inspired by his neighbors on Mackinac Island and their devotion to their pets for this year’s art exhibit theme, “Among Life’s Greatest Treasures…Our Pets.” It will be displayed in the Grand Hotel Gallery through October. For decades, Richard Manoogian has been sharing artwork from his personal collection with visitors and guests at Grand Hotel. This year, the Manoogians chose to share their art by honoring family members who don’t have a voice: our pets. “Among Life’s Greatest Treasures…

Our Pets” will be displayed in the Grand Hotel Gallery through October. An open house reception for the exhibit brought friends of the couple and art enthusiasts together at Grand Hotel Sunday, June 5.

Horses, dogs, cats, rabbits, and even pigs are among the animals represented in the 42 paintings selected from his personal collection.

“We think that Mackinac is a magical place and it’s magical because of the location, the people on it, and the uniqueness,” Mr. Manoogian said. “To us, the uniqueness includes that we have a very unusual group of cottagers on the Island and their lives revolve around their horses and their pets.”

Mr. Manoogian personally picks out the pieces to be displayed and narrows them down after deciding on a theme with his curator of art, Cheryl Robledo.

Mr. Manoogian said their goal was to choose paintings that would make a nice show for guests to see. Some of the highlights of the show include “The Poker Game,” a famous painting depicting a group of dogs playing poker and painted by Cassius M. Coolidge in 1894, and “My Wife’s Lovers,” a portrait of a group of cats, by Carl Kahler.

“It’s fun for us to share the pictures with both Islanders and visitors at the hotel,” he said.

Mr. Manoogian said he likes that most of the paintings were done in the late 1800s, when Grand Hotel was built. Showing them at the hotel is important to him because they live on the Island for part of the year and because of his respect for the Mussers, the owners of the hotel.

“We think the Grand is such an important part of the Island and anything we can do to enhance the Island is a plus,” Mr. Manoogian said.

The paintings are on display for guests and visitors can also view them with the $10 entry fee to the hotel.

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