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Grass Valley artist earns ‘Award of Excellence’ for bronze sculpture at California State Fair

The Union staff

Bill Hald, a Grass Valley area artist who lives in Alta Sierra, was honored at the California State Fair last week for his "Farmer's Daughter" creation.

Hald's 54-inch tall sculpture earned one of 19 Awards of Excellence in the Fine Art division among 182 juried entries. Hald plans to attend the awards ceremony at 7 p.m. Saturday at Building 7 of the Cal Expo.

"With this fantasy I wanted to arouse a feeling of festive well-being for the viewer's frolicsome nature," Hald wrote in his artist's statement on display with "Farmer's Daughter." "She's in a state of gleeful exuberance as it has finally rained and hence her father's crops will not perish. As she splashes through the first puddle of the season, giving no mind to her own wet condition, she is enchantingly a Farmer's Daughter whom I have affectionately named Joy."

Hald's statement also shares the bronze sculpture, including the wood base, was made, sculpted, molded, cast, welded, chased and patinated by him in his foundry garage.

"Composed from my heart to yours this work of art was an absolute 'joy' to create," he wrote.

Hald also earned honors for his artwork in December 2016, when The Union featured his first-place award at the Veterans' National Creative Arts Festival for his sculpture "We The People."

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