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PARK THEATER LOBBY ART EXHIBIT

PASTEL PAINTINGS BY STEVE MORALES

I grew up in 25 small towns in the Rocky Mountain West — mostly Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, and Colorado. College took me to California in the late 60s, where I read American history and did a bit of painting. After graduation I moved to the mountains of Colorado. Hayward became home in 1974, when the Park Theater showed movies, had a cry room and a smoking room. With my lovely wife, Melisa, I created New Moon Ski Shop in 1976. For 30 years we enjoyed growing our business, raised two daughters and nurtured the development of an active outdoor sports community here. In 2005 we retired to pursue our many interests, including painting. I started learning pastels four years ago, after a very long absence. Primarily self-taught, I’ve attended workshops with local and national artist/teachers whose work I admire.

I spend a lot of time outdoors skiing, biking, hiking, building bike trails and looking closely at the remarkable beauty of northern Wisconsin. The landscape, seen up close or from afar, never fails to fascinate me. Beauty is often subtle here, but it is present everywhere. That’s what my painting is about — attempting to capture the joy and feeling of moments and images that move me. It’s also about the magic of creating an illusion of reality with chalk and paper. I paint in studio from my own photographs or out of doors on location. Pastel is my choice of medium because I love its vibrant color and its hands-on immediacy.

F E A T U R E D W O R K S : “ J O Y I N V I S I O N ”
“February Fog”.............................................. 17” x 33
“February Sunrise”....................................... 16” x 20”
“LookingThrough”........................................ 20” x 16”
“Looking In”.................................................. 20” x 16”
“Privies on Hwy 77”..................................... 16” x 20”
“Maple Flames”............................................. 20” x 16”
“Birch Glow”.................................................. 20” x 16”
“Willows on Superior”................................. 20” x 16”
“Oaks Begin Their Sleep”............................. 20” x 16”
“Willows on Superior”................................. 20” x 16”
“Oaks Begin Their Sleep”............................. 20” x 16”


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