Local artist Brad Hall has seen recent success while participating in the Stone Arch Bridge Festival in Minneapolis over Father’s Day weekend.
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Local artist Brad Hall has seen recent success while participating in the Stone Arch Bridge Festival in Minneapolis over Father’s Day weekend. Hall won festival favorite in printmaking, receiving a check for $100 and free admission to next year’s festival, which is a $350 value.
Hall, a Granite Falls native, spent 20 years working in factories in Chicago, then attended the American Academy of Art. He then moved back to Granite Falls and renovated an old church into his home and art studio. Recently, Hall has quit his full time job to spend more time on his artwork. He is driving the city bus part time, along with two other local artists, musicians Jerry Ostensoe and Verlyn Kling.
Letterpress printmaking begins with transferring the sketch onto a linoleum block. The block is hand carved, then printed with 140 pound watercolor paper. Hall hand paints, signs, and numbers each piece, then frames it with abandoned barn wood.
This year will be the tenth year Hall has participated in the Upper Minnesota Valley “Meander” Art Crawl at his home and studio in Granite Falls. He also participates in many festivals in the Metropolitan area, which he has been very popular. Brad plans to continue applying for larger outdoor festivals out of state next year. Applying for a festival includes submitting artwork through a juried process, making it tough to get into the festival. Brad has never been turned down for any festival he has applied to, even the most prestigious ones.
“I just started to branch out to outdoor art festivals the last couple of years,” Hall said. “I've been very successful in the Twin Cities, and larger metropolitan areas. Which is weird, most of my art is from the local rural area. I think that the city dwellers yearn for the rural area, and the rural people like the city.”
If you would like to catch Brad in action at a festival, he will be at the Powderhorn Art Fair in Minneapolis on August 2nd and 3rd, and at the Meander Art Crawl in Granite Falls, October 3rd through 5th.