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Alden Steck Artwork on Display at Keweenaw NHP

A photo exhibit in a historic building. A historic image of an artist introduces an exhibit at the Calumet Visitor Center.

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News Release Date: July 13, 2022

Contact: Wyndeth Davis, Park Superintendent, 906-483-3020

Keweenaw National Historical Park is pleased to announce an exhibition of paintings by late Keweenaw artist Alden Steck at the Calumet Visitor Center from mid-July to mid-August 2022. The Calumet Visitor Center is located at 98 Fifth Street in the Village of Calumet, Michigan. 2022 summer hours are 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Wednesday through Sunday. 

 

Alden Steck’s artistic vision of the Keweenaw has been shared with area residents and exhibition visitors for nearly a century. An artist in many mediums, sketching and painting were his passion. Steck was born in a Calumet & Hecla-leased company house in Raymbaultown, Calumet Township. His father worked for the mining company. Growing up, he spent summers visiting relatives throughout Copper Country. Steck’s love for the region and its heritage is demonstrated in many of his more than 3,000 works.  

 

From bold oils to subtle watercolors, Steck’s evolving style can be tracked through his work. His legacy in Copper Country and beyond is even greater than his body of work. Steck taught art classes, represented the Copper Country in art organizations, and gave public lectures on painting and composition. His downtown Calumet floral shop hosted the meeting where the Copper Country Associated Artists organization was born. 

 

Alden Steck died in May of 1982, leaving wife Pauline, children Larry, Dan, and Mary, and the Keweenaw art community. Through the generous support of his family, this exhibition will be hosted at the Calumet Visitor Center at Keweenaw National Historical Park from July 13 to mid-August of 2022. Steck family members will be present to greet visitors during CLK/SHHS All-Class Reunion activities on July 16. 

 

For more information about Keweenaw National Historical Park and other park events and programs, contact park headquarters at 906-337-3168, or check the park webpage at www.nps.gov/kewe



Last updated: July 15, 2022

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