WATERSMEET, Mich. (WLUC) — The Contemporary Gallery at Northern Waters Casino Resort will host an exhibition by artist Steve Ross as he shows his original work for the first time in a solo exhibition.
The artist reception for “Legacy: The Art of Steve Ross” will be free and open to the public at 6 p.m. in the Contemporary Art Gallery at Northern Waters Resort on Friday, June 24. The artist will be present and will discuss his work and his family’s important legacy in modern American contemporary arts.
Ross, son of famed painter and public television personality Bob Ross, will also lead an exclusive one-day painting workshop in the Casino Resort’s Event Center the day after his solo exhibition opens. The 6-hour painting workshop will take place on Saturday, June 25 from noon to 6 p.m. A limited number of tickets for the exclusive workshop will go on sale May 6 at 9 a.m. CST.
In his more than 40 years of painting and teaching the techniques mastered by his father, Steve has never had a single body of his original work displayed in a gallery. With this new exhibition, Steve will transcend the boundaries of the two classic landscapes painted in the “at the primaor the technique more commonly known as “wet-on-wet” and the modern expression of the genre today. Additionally, and in order to reinforce Ross’ legacy from father to son, an original painting by his father will also be on display.
“As Bethany Butler so eloquently wrote in her 2021 Washington Post article, ‘(The Ross’) brought happiness to many as the sweet-voiced host(s) of ‘The Joy of Painting’, the long-running PBS show that taught viewers how to paint lush landscapes and dazzling skies in less than 30 leisurely minutes,” said Michael J. Broderick, General Manager of Northern Waters Casino Resort. can’t express enough how excited and honored we are to have been chosen by Steve to exhibit his work in our gallery and also to have a painting studio for him, his father’s fans and interested artists. we’re thrilled to offer our customers more than the “average” casino experience. This show will be historic, and we can’t think of a more fitting setting than Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to share the work of a master with the world.
In Steve’s new paintings, the marks and traces of his father and family’s legacy merge with exciting new direction and exploration of their subjects, and the living, breathing and natural forms his landscapes depict. . Each of Ross’s brushstrokes contain both the vibrancy, majesty and delicacy of “his worlds” in regards to unscathed and undisturbed nature. Their shapes present the viewer with a very contemporary question of our role and relationship with the environment, while celebrating and appreciating it. Ultimately, it explores the even deeper question of a son’s truth and a father’s dying wish. It is a true celebration and a supreme event freed from the bonds of dishonesty and manipulation of humanity and corporate greed.
“I try to hold on to this moment and share it with the observer and the viewer, without any fear, pain, loss and preconceived notions. It’s really a catharsis and a new path to follow while maintaining a remember,” said Steve Ross.
As a testament to the artist and his family’s legacy, the casino resort and the tribe will also be offering 10 scholarships at Saturday’s workshop for underprivileged indigenous and non-native youth aged 14 to 18 from the surrounding area.
Tickets for the workshop will be priced at $150 per person and will be extremely limited. Admission will include all materials including canvas, paints, brushes and table easel. Paint thinner and cleaning stations will be provided by the site. Artists with their own materials, other than canvas and easel, are also welcome to use them. Children ages 14-17 attending the gallery reception or workshop must be accompanied by an adult.
As a bonus and included in the price of the workshop, the Northern Waters Casino Resort Contemporary Gallery and the artist will offer a limited edition 9″ X 12″, 60 color screen print to each attendee. Each print will be signed, numbered and embossed. Titled “Crimson Frost – Alaskan Landscape Painting”, once the print is complete, the boards will be destroyed. This will be the first time the artist has made his work available to the general public to own and collect. Only 300 signed and numbered prints and 5 Artist’s Proofs will be available with the purchase of a ticket. Additionally, entrants will be required to sign a Resale Agreement to receive the print.
For more information, please contact the resort at 1-906-358-4226. For tickets to the workshop or to RSVP for the Artist Reception at The Contemporary, go to https://paintwithsteveross.eventbrite.com.
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