Children’s Book Reading at the Ramsdell Theatre this Friday at 1pm

A reading of William Wahr’s children’s book Just Beachy, with illustrations done by Mary Wahr, will be at the Ramsdell Theatre on Friday, November 13 at 1pm. Guests are encouraged to sign up online at and click “Buy Tickets.” The event is free and limited to 50 people. Books will be available for sale in Hardy Hall.

Separately, Mary Wahr’s “Restrospective” art exhibit will close on Friday, November 13. The show will be open from 12pm – 3pm. A separate reservation must be made for that. “The theatre and Hardy Hall are separate rooms with different capacities, so we want to make sure guests know to make reservations for both in advance,” said Xavier Verna, executive director.

The exhibit opened on October 16 and features works that span a lifetime of artmaking. Mary has a wonderful eye for color, using contrasting and harmonious colors in bold compositions. She uses texture to enhance her work. “I want to engage the viewer and encourage them to explore my art,” said Mary. Mary’s artwork has been shown in exhibitions in Wisconsin, New Orleans, the Muskegon Museum of Art, Art Prize in Grand Rapids, various Michigan venues, New York, and Coimbra, Portugal. She has participated in the Joint Mathematics Meeting and Bridges Conference. Both are associations that believe art and math are connected. 

The next art exhibit in the gallery will feature the Art Divas. The Art Divas are comprised of Terri Barto, Lynn Williams, Jeanne Butterfield, Mary Wahr, and Chris Wucherer. In addition, The Lamplighter, an interactive sculpture by Tyler and Ashley Vorhees, will be displayed next to the Christmas tree in Manistee.

Artwork will be on sale and available online to purchase. For more information, please visit