Gail Morrison-Hall


Contact Information

gailgmh@verizon.net

Phone: 215-654-9222

http://www.gailmorrison-hall.com/

936 Limekiln Pike Maple Glen, PA 19002

Please contact artist for purchases, commissions, etc.

Painting/Mixed Media

Artist's Biography

While attending elementary and junior high schools, I entertained various ideas about “what I want to be when I grow up.” Upon entering high school, I enrolled in Saturday art classes then sponsored by the Philadelphia School District; my instructor looked at my work and said “you are going to be an art major, aren’t you?” And that was it! I knew “what I wanted to be when I grew up.” I was accepted into the Tyler School of Art on a full scholarship intending on a career as a fine artist. My parents, like many of their generation, were products of the Depression and encouraged me to get an additional certification in education, “to have something to fall back on.” While doing my practice teaching, I realized that I was really good at working with younger kids in the art room. I continued my studies earning advanced degrees. My own art work went on the back burner while I pursued a successful career in the classroom.

Except for a brief stint out West, I focused on teaching art rather than making art. Combining the two just didn’t work for me; one or the other suffered. Now that I am no longer teaching full-time, I have been able to focus on my own artistic expression and making and exhibiting my own art.

Artist's Statement

The best way for me to talk about my art is to call it a combination of exploration and expression.

The things which excite my eyes and start my creative juices flowing might be an old building, Victorian Gingerbread architecture, a city or country I’ve traveled to, medieval manuscripts, the colors and patterns in the natural world, a quote, phrase, a question or a concept. What unites my varied approaches to making art is an exploration of which techniques and media will best suit the subject(s) of the painting I am working on. Each piece of art I make takes on its own life and tells me what to do. Despite my varied approaches and subjects, present in most of my work is the use of collaged elements, whether paper, fabric, string or wax. Lately I’ve been exploring the use of metallic pigments and pearlescent or iridescent paints as “color”. I’ve also been experimenting with creating tactile raised surfaces. As new subjects present themselves to me for expression, new techniques and materials to explore open to me.

Selected Exhibitions

2013
New Members’Show, Plastic Club, Philadelphia, PA

Fall Juried Show, Montgomery County Guild of Professional Artists, SPP Galleries, Conshohocken, PA Juror: Lisa Tremper Hanover

ACX Juried Members’ Show, Shannodell, PA

ACX Juried Members’ Show: Through the Eyes of an Artist, Gratz College, Melrose Park PA

ACX Juried Members’ Show, Upstairs Gallery, Peddlers Village, Jamison, PA

National Juried Show, Lancaster County Art Association, Lancaster PA

VIOLENCE: sponsored by The Women’s Caucus for Art, SPP Galleries, Conshohocken, PA

Members Show, Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Cheltenham, PA
Scapes, Plastic Club, Philadelphia, PA

2012
Red, Pop Gallery, online exhibition

Members’ Medal Show, Plastic Club, Philadelphia, PA

2011
Members' Medal Show, Plastic Club Plastic Club, Philadelphia, PA

Victorian Themed Show, Smithville Mansion and Museum, Smithville, Burlington County, NJ

Annual Painting Show, Cheltenham Art Center Cheltenham, PA

Real and Imagined, Plastic Club, Philadelphia, PA

Small Worlds, Plastic Club, Philadelphia, PA

Absolutely Abstract, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia PA

Group Show, Artist’s Haven Gallery Ft Lauderdale, FL

Visual Phrasing, Therese Maloney Gallery, Morristown, NJ
Curator: Virginia Butera

2010
Works on Paper, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA

Members’ Show, Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Cheltenham, PA

The Philadelphia Sketch Club 150th Anniversary, Art in City Hall, Philadelphia, PA

American Art Awards, online gallery
2nd Place Innovative

Work Absolutely Abstract, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA

Small Worlds, Plastic Club, Philadelphia, PA

2009
Members Show, Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Cheltenham PA

Fall Juried Show, Montgomery County Guild Of Professional Artists, SPP Galleries, Conshohocken, PA
Juror: Richard Rosenfeld

Works on Paper, Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA

2008
Music as Muse, Cheltenham Art Center, Cheltenham, PA

Annual Painting Show, Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Cheltenham, PA

1989
Marble House Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT

Matrix Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT

1988
Utah Landscapes, Marble House Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT

Kimball Art Center, Salt Lake City, UT

Seven State Regional Exhibition, Cheyenne Artists Guild, Cheyenne, WY
First Place Mixed Media

Art Zone Denver JCC, Denver, CO

Springville Art Museum, Springville, UT

Black and White, Eccles Community Center, Salt Lake City, UT
Juried Exhibition

Libinson Fine Art Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT

Affiliations

The Art of It Collaborative Gallery, Jenkintown, PA
Plastic Club, Philadelphia, PA
Montgomery County Guild of Professional Artists
Artists’ Cultural Exchange, Melrose Park, PA
Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Cheltenham, PA