Steamboat artist Johannah Hall set for debut show Friday |

Steamboat artist Johannah Hall set for debut show Friday

Luke Graham

Artist Johanna K. Hall holds up Wandering 1

— For some artists, there is always a meaning in their work, always a story to be told behind the canvas.

But for others, there isn't.

"Sometimes, it's just something I want to look at that's cool," Johannah K. Hall said.

Hall, who moved to Steamboat Springs two years ago, will be displaying her art titled "Wandering From a Standstill" from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the RED Contemporary gallery inside Sheraton Steamboat Resort.

For Hall, who originally is from Georgia, art doesn't always need a deeper meaning. That doesn't mean her collection on display doesn't have some stories behind it, but some of the pieces are just really cool to look at.

Hall will be displaying several types of art Friday. In several of her abstract pieces, Hall dumped paint on a canvas and let it dry in its natural state. She then went back and did detail pieces. Hall's other art is created by taking paper and cutting designs into it. Both art forms offer the contrast she wants, she said.

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"It just sort of happens," she said. "You just sort of know when it's done."

While studying in Baltimore at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Hall got a minor in creative writing, and several of the paper-cutting pieces involve working letters into the design.

Hall said that she is far from evolved as an artist but that the pieces show her growth.

"I don't want people to see something or an object," she said. "I want them to relate it to something or have it trigger a memory."

After graduating from art school in 2011, Hall hit an art block for six months. She moved to Steamboat and started to dabble more.

After tearing her quad while running a marathon at sea level, she started to pick up paper cutting during her rehabilitation time, calling it therapeutic.

In May, she became an artist in residence at RED Contemporary, and the time and space provide her the opportunity to expand and create unique art.

"I'm happy to where I am," she said. "But I fully realize I'm not fully evolved yet."

The show will run through September.

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