Arthur W. Hall

(1889-1981)     Hall was born in Texas but received his art training at the Chicago Art Institute where he met his future wife, Norma Bassett. His education was cut short by World War I. After his service he moved to El Dorado, Kansas, working as a court reporter. He and Norma went abroad and ended up living in France for two years. After returning to El Dorado they joined the Prairie Print Makers in 1930 as Charter Members. Hall was a master of etching and dry point but was also extremely gifted in drawing and watercolors. In 1950 Arthur and Norma purchased Rancho del Rio, an adobe estate in New Mexico. During the summer it was a vacation art school, providing them the means to pursue their own art the rest of the year.