Can you imagine the catastrophic scenes along the path of the Ice Age Floods? Stev Ominski is a very talented artist who has produced an exciting collection of works depicting what the Ice Age Floods might have looked like at several key locations along the paths of the floods. Prints of several of these artworks, signed by Stev himself, are now available through the IAFI Store.
“Beginning of the End” – The artist describes this as “a study of several ways in which the ice dam may have begun to fail.” The scene overlooks the terminus of the ice dam, and depicts two small streams of water beginning to flow from the dam, shortly before the cataclysmic failure of the entire structure.
“The Deluge” – Depicts Palouse Falls as it looked with diminishing floodwaters rushing down the Palouse River Canyon. This print measures 11 inches wide and 17 inches high, is mounted on a white backer and encased in a clear sleeve, giving final measurements of 15 1/4 inches wide and 22 1/4 inches high. This picture, though beautiful by itself, is a natural companion to another available art print “Palouse” which depicts Palouse Falls today.
“Palouse” – Although immersing himself in flood studies, Stev couldn’t resist painting beautiful Palouse Falls as they appear today and making the print available to the public. This print is sold by itself, but makes a lovely companion to “Deluge”, which depicts the same site as it might have appeared with torrents of water raging down the Palouse Canyon to the Snake River. “Palouse” measures 11 inches wide and 17 inches tall, is mounted on a white backer, encased in a clear sleeve, and has finished measurements of 15 1/4 inches wide and 22 1/4. inches high.
“The Rowena Incident” – “An imaginary event based on two facts; one: that the approaching waters in the scene backed up behind Rowena Gap (another narrowing), and two: numerous Columbia Mammoth dig sites have been found nearby (within a mile or so of the present day site of the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in The Dalles.” The Ice Age Floods Institute chose this print as the frontspiece of its last general brochure. In the scene, the viewer sees a small family of panicked mammoths flee from the rising floodwaters continuing to gush downstream from Wallula Gap at the same time as they were being backed up by the constriction of the gorge at Rowena Gap. This print measures 10 1/4 inches wide and 9 1/2 inches high, is mounted on a white backer and encased in a clear sleeve, with finished measurements of 16 1/4 inches wide and 12 1/4 inches high.
“Inundation at Beacon Rock” – “The approaching flood waters slam into the side of Beacon Rock, in the central Columbia River Gorge. As this is a wide section of the gorge. The waters never topped Beacon Rock.” The view depicts the scene looking north across the Columbia River from its south bank. The print itself measures 17 inches wide and 11 inches high, is mounted on a white backer and protected by a clear sleeve, with total measurements of 22 1/4 inches wide and 15 1/4 inches high.
“Age’s End” – The artist’s rendition of one of the Ice Age Floods crashing through the Columbia River Gorge. The view is looking east from the Women’s Forum, east of Portland, with Crown Point in the foreground and Beacon Rock barely visible in the background. The print itself measures 17 inches wide and 11 inches high, and is mounted on a white backer and protected in a clear sleeve, with finished dimensions of 22 1/4 inches wide and 15 1/4 inches high.
“The Bellevue Erratic” – This erratic (a van-sized piece of Belt Rock/Schist) sits today as the largest found in the Willamette Valley. The print itself measures 17 inches wide and 11 inches high, is mounted on a white backer and encased in a clear protective sleeve, with finished measurements of 22 1/4 wide and 15 1/4 high.