The limited edition lithograph of a pencil drawing by Artist Roger Ward is printed on acid-free paper.
This historic staircase is located in the 400 block of South Main Street, Poplar Bluff, in Missouri's Ozark Heritage Region. During the era of passenger train travel in 1910, both Southwest Iron Mountain and Southern Railroad built these stairs to connect the below street level depot with Poplar Bluff's main street. Thousands of people used these steps as a gateway to and from downtown Poplar Bluff. The railroad became Missouri Pacific in 1917 and Union Pacific in 1983.
This elaborate staircase is deteriorating and restoration is needed.
The COST OF THE ARTIST PENCIL DRAWING, PRINTING OF 500 COPIES AND ALL SALES OF THE PRINTS ARE BEING DONATED BY THE POPLAR BLUFF GARDEN CLUB TO HELP FINANCE THE RESTORATION OF THIS STAIRCASE, ALONG WITH THE LANDSCAPING OF CREPE MYRTLES. Please e-mail our club at using our Contact Us form. if you would like to purchase this lithograph, which will help restore these stairs.
Mrs. Judy Duncan, Poplar Bluff Garden Club, 2008
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Roger Ward grew up in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, beginning his life-long love of music and art among the landmarks and landscapes that he frequently depicts in his paintings and drawings. After graduation from Poplar Bluff High School in 1978, he attended Colorado Institute of Art in Denver, graduating in 1981 with a degree in advertising design.
In 1986, Mr. Ward relocated to San Francisco and began a successful career as a drummer and commercial illustrator, moving on to Los Angeles in 1989 for a particularly productive musical period that included much recording and playing in varied locals such as Berlin, Mexico City, Athens, Madrid and Amsterdam.
In 1994 Mr. Ward decided to explore the potential of the Midwest for a change of pace and moved to St. Louis where he now resides. Here he works closely with the interior design community and has taken a passion for large-scale abstract painting. He was recently showcased in the prestigious St. Louis Symphony Showhouse for his mural work and in a private Central West End Gallery for his painting. In Poplar Bluff, his pastel painting of the old post office is on display at the Poplar Bluff Museum and three murals done as a teenager are still on view at the V.A Hospital.