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Local home designed by nationally recognized artist

By Pamela Hall

Special to The Union

Jean Gates Hall moved to Grass Valley in 1975. This is where she designed and built her dream home.



At that time, she had already established a significant artistic career. She was a member of The National Water Color Society, and also worked in oil, acrylic, pastel and print media.

With her artistic education beginning at age 12, Hall was an accomplished artist by her 20s, with four one-person shows in San Francisco, including the De Young Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Art.




She had numerous one-person showings, and was represented in many important group exhibits. She showed along with Diego Rivera at the Golden Gate International Exhibition, part of the 1939 World’s Fair.

In 1941 her painting was one of 200 water colors selected from over 10,000 by The National Gallery of Art.

Other highlights include group showings with the National Watercolor Society, and at the Riverside Museum in New York. Sacramento showings were with the Artists Contemporary Gallery, and the 1948, 1961 and 1965 Crocker Kingsley.

After establishing herself in the art world, she raised her daughter, Pamela Disque Hall, obtained her teaching credential and BA in Art from San Jose State College and an M.A. in Art from the University of California, Davis and taught art at Sutter Junior High School, Sacramento. Jean traveled and painted in the western United States, Alaska, New Orleans, Mexico, Europe, and Morocco.

When she moved to Grass Valley, she became a regular at Tyler Micoleau’s art studio, creating a new medium she called MagPage, consisting of oil pastel drawings on magazine pages.

She was a member of the Nevada County Arts Council and a co-founder of the Neal Street Gallery. Her 40-year Retrospective Exhibit was held at the Equinox Gallery.

She designed her Grass Valley home with a southwestern flavor with peeled log beams and posts, and cedar and pine plank flooring, complemented with wrought-iron work from Mexico.

Its simple elegance derives from its connection to the surrounding forest, the authenticity of the materials and an artist’s sensibility for light, space and form.

At the age of 90, Jean Hall passed, leaving behind a large body of art work, including the beautiful home she designed on Greenhorn Road.


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