An exhibition of chalk pastel drawings by J.K. Hall is on display at Java John’s in Decorah through July. (Photo by Julie Berg-Raymond)
An exhibition of chalk pastel drawings by J.K. Hall is on display at Java John’s in Decorah through July. (Photo by Julie Berg-Raymond)
An exhibition of 11 original chalk pastel drawings by John Hall is on display in the Reading Room of Java John’s, 400 W. Water St., Decorah.

All artwork in the exhibition was done in 2014 at Hall’s studio above Winnebago Street in Decorah. 

Entitled “Vivid Spaces,” the exhibition includes striking visual images on themes of water, poetry and the fragility of the natural world.

Hall’s work has been exhibited, among other places, at the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum in Mason City, The Perfect Edge in Decorah, the Arkansas State Capitol, Little Rock and the W.H. Over Museum in Vermillion, S.D., where his oil paintings are part of the permanent collection.
His graduate work was done at the School of Art and Art History at the University of Iowa and the Department of Art at Mankato State University. He received his BFA from the University of South Dakota. 

After a career that included communications management and arts administration at Hancher Auditorium and the Iowa Center for the Arts at the University of Iowa, Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth College, Hall resumed drawing in 2013.

He lives with his wife Lou Ann in rural Winneshiek County.