Northern Waters Casino Resort Contemporary Art Gallery Announces “Legacy: The Art of Steve Ross” |


The Contemporary Gallery at Northern Waters Casino Resort is pleased to announce that the artist Steve Rossson of the famous painter and public television personality Bob Rosswill present his original work for the first time in a solo exhibition and in a contemporary art gallery in the station’s designated art space and will host a one-day painting workshop the following day.

WATERSMEET, Mich., April 19, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — The Contemporary Gallery at Northern Waters Casino Resort is pleased to announce that artist Steve Rossson of the famous painter and public television personality Bob Ross, will present his original work for the first time in a solo exhibition and in a contemporary art gallery in the station’s designated art space. Additionally, Mr. Ross will host an exclusive one-day painting workshop in the Casino Resort’s Event Center the day after his solo exhibit opens.

The artist’s reception for “Legacy: The Art of Steve Ross” will be free and open to the public at 6:00 p.m. at the Contemporary Art Gallery at Northern Waters Resort on Friday the 24th June 2022. The artist will be in attendance and will discuss his work and his family’s important legacy in modern American contemporary art. Mr. Ross’ 6-hour painting workshop will take place on Saturday the 25th of Noon to 6 p.m.. A very limited number of tickets for the exclusive workshop will be on sale May 6, 2022 to 9:00 a.m. CST.

In his more than 40 years of painting and teaching the techniques mastered by his father, Mr. Ross has never had a single body of his original work displayed in a gallery. Entitled “Legacy: The Art of Steve Ross”, Mr. Ross will transcend the boundaries of classical landscapes painted in the “ala prima” technique or the technique more commonly known as “wet-on-wet” and the modern expression of the genre today. His work reveals a deep awareness, both visual and emotional, of how he has mastered, expanded and transcended the techniques first taught to him at the age of 10 by his famous father, and by fault, William Alexander, as well as the classical impressionist movement in relation to the works of Monet, Van Gogh, Renoir, Manet and Matisse. Additionally, and in order to reinforce Ross’ legacy from father to son, an original painting of his father will also be on display.

“As Bethany Butler so eloquently wrote in her 2021 Washington Post article, “(The Ross’s) 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 vivid skies in less than 30 leisurely minutes,” said Michael J. Broderick, General Manager of Northern Waters Casino Resort. “We can’t express enough how excited and honored we feel to have been chosen by Steve to show his work in our gallery and to also have a painting studio for him and his dad’s fans. and interested performers. As always, we are delighted to offer our guests more than the “average” casino-resort experience. This show will be historic, and we can’t think of a more fitting setting than on the Peninsula. superior of Michigan sharing the work of a master with the world.”

In Ross’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 preconceptions. It’s really a catharsis and a new way forward while maintaining a memory.” – Steve Ross

In tribute to the artist and the legacy of his family, the resort and the Tribe will also offer 10 bursaries to the workshop intended for underprivileged native and non-native young people 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.

Finally, as a bonus and included in the price of the workshop, the contemporary gallery of Northern Waters Casino Resort and the artist will offer a limited edition 9″ X 12″, 60 color screen print to each participant. 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

Northern Waters Casino Resort is located in Watersmeet, Michigan about eight miles north of the WisconsinMichigan border in from michigan Western Upper Peninsula. We are a friendly community surrounded by the Ottawa National Forest and Sylvania wilderness and are proudly owned and operated by the Old Desert Lake Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians. We offer casino-style gaming with over 500 game machines that include the newest themed slots in the region. In addition, there is a new Pointsbet bookmaker as well as the new “The Contemporary” Art Gallery for your pleasure.

Northern Waters Casino Resort offers a 132-room hotel, which features hot tub/fireplace suites, an indoor pool, sauna, and large hot tub. We offer live music, a sports bar with food, a snack bar and a challenging eighteen-hole golf course. For more information, please visit

Steve Rossson of a famous television artist Bob Ross, returns to the art world with renewed passion after a long break. As a young man, when he was not filming painting shows with his father, he traveled the country offering workshops. Steve’s goal is and always has been to share his talent and inspire others to pick up a brush and create, bringing more joy to the world through creativity. You can find more information about Steve, his art and his future workshops on

Media Contact

Kristina MoschettiThe Contemporary at Northern Waters Resort, 1 9063584226, kristina.jandron@LVD-NSN.GOV

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