In the Second Floor Lounge & Historic Room
The Scarab Club will partner with Mariners’ Church, the Detroit Yacht Club, the Detroit Boat Club, Detroit Historical Society and individual lenders to host an exhibition honoring Robert Hopkin. Hopkin (1832-1909) was born in Glasgow, Scotland, emigrated to Detroit with his family in 1843, was a largely self-taught artist and celebrated marine and landscape painter who also produced theatrical backdrops and executed ornamental interior decorating for churches and business. Hopkin exhibited in many local and national art exhibitions and belonged to several Detroit art societies as well as the Art Institute of Chicago and the Society of Western Artists. Detroit artists and patrons were inspired by Hopkin and rallied around him after lectures in the trustee’s room at the Detroit Museum of Art (DMA). As a result, they began meeting informally at the DMA and in his studio to discuss and practice art. About 1907 they began calling themselves the Hopkin club in his honor. Following Hopkin’s passing the name of the group was changed to the Scarab Club.
Hopkin’s portrait was painted by Scarab Club member, Joseph W. Gies.