MANISTEE — Patricia Lottie had a smile that would light up an entire room, and her passion for the arts enriched the lives of many.
“She always had a smile on,” Glenn Lottie said, with tear-filled eyes. “She saw the funny things in life — she was quite the person.”
In memory of the late Patricia “Pat” Lottie, who died April 30, 2018, an exhibit and auction will be held from 1-5 p.m. on Aug. 3, Aug. 10, Aug. 17 and Aug. 24, with a closing auction and art party held from 5-8 p.m. on Aug. 24 at the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts. The proceeds of the event, “The Lifetime Art Collection of Patricia Lottie,” will benefit the Ramsdell.
Glenn, Pat’s husband, said he came up with the idea when he realized how much art they have both collected over the years. He said Pat created a number of works herself.
“My daughters, I have two daughters, they will probably keep most of their mother’s stuff. But the art collection, that’s another matter,” Glenn said. “I got to thinking about it that they would not know what to do with it and how to handle it. I came up with the idea that we could do a fundraiser for the Ramsdell.”
In October 2018, a special reception was held for friends, family, fellow artists and members of the public, allowing them to view Pat’s work at the Ramsdell. Glenn said the previous showings were well attended, and he has received an overwhelming amount of support from those who knew and loved Pat.
“It was fantastic,” he said. “The reception was packed with people, not so much for the art collection but she knew a lot of people, a lot of artists. Rather than having a wake for her, I wanted to
have a celebration for her life.”
Glenn and Pat were married for over five decades, and eventually, moved to northwest Michigan.
“When I turned 35 years old we got married,” Glenn said. “It…