About Simpler Gifts Press and The Bro Halff Gallery

Simpler Gifts Press, the Bro Halff Gallery, and the Bro Halff Gallery, Hawaii, LLC feature paintings, visual poetry, limited-edition prints, books, mobiles, sculptures, t-shirts, and other artworks by San Diego writer, painter, and sculptor Bro Halff. Most works are priced between $15 and $900; all are unique objects of beauty and imagination.

 


Bro Halff, Original Watercolors   

 

 

Bro Halff’s writing and artwork have been described as:

 

“Joyful and sensitive poetry...with a Haiku-like quality that implicity tells us to seize the present moment.”

—Richard Hamburger, Artistic Director, Dallas Theater Center

 

“[His] work...is impressive in its variety...traces of e.e. cummings’ whimsicality are in his lines...”
—Robert Pincus, Art Critic, San Diego Union-Tribune

 

“True, it’s Halff the watercolor artist and poet who sees beauty in the countryside. But it’s Halff the seeker-of-kindness who sees beauty in...people and...small town life.” 
  —Janell Cole, The Bismarck Tribune

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the Artist

Bro Halff is a Hawaii and North Dakota artist who is known for his watercolors and poetry.  Born in 1946, he was raised in Dallas, Texas, and educated in Texas, New Hampshire, Maryland, and California.  He has lived in Dallas, Washington, DC, Kansas City, the Bahamas, Spain, Peru, Baltimore, Malibu, San Diego, Hawaii, and Bismarck, ND.  Since 1972, he has pursued a career of writing, in several genres, including lyrical and visual poetry, and of painting and sculpting.  His visual poetry fuses linguistic, visual and sculptural elements into beautiful artworks, which give each poem a spatial reality.  The central theme of his lyrical poetry is the celebration of human diversity and of nature.  His watercolors depict, with radiant colors and bold composition, rural, urban and small-town America.  He recently completed two books of poetry, prose sketches, and watercolors of North Dakota.  Another work of poetry and pen-and-ink drawings, Seasonal Delights, was published by the Mellen Poetry Press in 1999. Mr. Halff currently resides on Kauai, in Hawaii.

 

Education

B.A., majoring in English and Spanish, SMU, Dallas, Texas (1968); Phi Beta Kappa; Valedictorian
Georgetown University Program at The University of Madrid, Spain, junior year of B.A. (1966-67)
M.A., with honors, in creative writing,  The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD (1973)
M.L.A., with honors, in history of ideas, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD (1980)
Study of watercolor painting with Don Blaisdell, Santa Monica College, Los Angeles, CA  (1983-1984)
Advanced courses in art and literature, UCLA, Los Angeles, and UCSD, San Diego, CA  (1985-1989)

 

Employment

1973 to date
Writer and artist.  Produced five bound books of art and poetry, over fifty visual-poetry and mixed-media works, four large sculptures, several hundred watercolors, and several thousand poems
1983 to date
Owner and Director of Simpler Gifts Press, 1050 Rosecrans St., Suite D, San Diego, CA 92106; 619-226-7393; FAX 619-226-2988
1978 to 1994
Editor, The Blake Group.  Senior acquisitions editor for a Texas-based literary agency.
1969 to 1972

Foreign Service Officer, U. S. Department of State, Washington, DC and the Bahamas

 

Representative Collections Holding Works 

Rare Book Collection, New York City Public Library, New York City,  NY
Fine Arts Library, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Dallas Public Library, Dallas, TX
Milton Eisenhower Library, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Fondren Library, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX

 

Representative Exhibits

1984 to 1994
Artworks, Los Angeles, CA; Califia, San Francisco, CA
1985 to 1995
Printed Matter, New York, NY
1986
California State University, Northridge, CA
1991-1992
Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA
1992 Bard Hall Gallery (solo retrospective show) San Diego, CA
1993
Pacific Rim Gallery, San Diego, CA
1994

Cottage Gallery, San Diego, CA
Root's Gallery (solo show), San Diego, CA

1995

Cabrillo Art Center, San Diego, CA
Guggenheim Gallery (Honorable Mention), Chapman College, Orange, CA
Bayfront Gallery, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA
Northwoods Gallery, Bismarck, ND

1996

Ink People Center for the Arts (Honorable Mention), Eureka, CA
Gallery Concord, Concord, CA
Bismarck Art and Galleries Association, Bismarck, ND

1997

Fifth Street Gallery, Bismarck, ND
San Diego Art Institute (Juror's Award), San Diego, CA

1998
Center for Visual Art, Oakland, CA
1999
Open Studios '99, San Diego, CA
2000

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA
The City of San Diego, San Diego, CA  
San Diego Art Institute (Honorable Mention), San Diego, CA

2001

Gallery 522, Bismarck, ND
San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA
Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL

2002

Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts, Steamboat Springs, CO
San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA
Bismarck Art & Galleries Association, Bismarck, ND
Artisans, Mill Valley, CA
William D. Cannon Art Gallery, Carlsbad, CA

2003

Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA
Bismarck Art and Galleries Association, Bismarck, ND

2004

California Watercolor Association, 36th National Exhibition, San Francisco, CA
Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY
South Cobb Arts Alliance, 17th National Juried Art Exhibition, Mableton, GA
A Fusao Studios, Oakland, CA
Capitol Arts Network, Bethesda, MD
Indian Valley Artists, Inc., Novato, CA
Bismarck Art and Galleries Association, Bismarck, ND
Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL
San Diego Art Institute, So. Cal. Regional, San Diego, CA

2005

Arts Council of South East Missouri, Cape Girardeau , MO
Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, Fredericksburg, VA
Sidney Larson Gallery National Juried Exhibition, Columbia, MO
Backroads and Boulevards, Fredericksburg, VA
Rio Brazos Art Exhibition, Granbury, TX
S.D.A.I. Southern California Regional Artists Show, San Diego, CA
Life of the Everyday Intimate, Berkeley,  CA
Bismarck Art and Galleries Association, Bismarck, ND
Brea Art Association Juried Fine Art Exhibition, Brea, CA

2006

Visual Work Related to Song, Prose or Poetry National Juried Exhibition, Monmouth, OR
Texas National 2006, Nacogdoches, TX
Westmoreland Art Nationals, Youngwood, PA
Lancaster County Art Association Juried Exhibition, Lancaster, PA
Northern National Art Competition, Rhinelander, WI
California Watercolor Association, 38th National Exhibition, Walnut Creek, CA
Solo Exhibition, Bismarck Art and Galleries Association, Bismarck, ND
“One Foot Shows”, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA
“Autumn Artistry”, Bismarck Art and Galleries, Bismarck, ND

2007 Long Beach Arts, "Room with a View Exhibition", Long Beach, CA

Westmoreland Art Nationals Juried Exhibition, Latrobe, PA
Lancaster County Art Association Juried Exhibition, Lancaster, PA
S.D.A.I. Southern California Regional Artists Show, San Diego, CA
BAGA Fall Art Show “Autumn Showcase”
BAGA “Member Artist Showcase”
Long Beach Arts, “In Celebration of Color,” Long Beach, CA – Honorable Mention
University of Texas at Tyler, “23rd Annual International Exhibition,” Tyler, Texas

2008 SDAI Members Exhibition, San Diego, CA
Midland Art Association Spring Art Show, Midland, Texas
12 12 Gallery Manchester National Juried Fine Art Exhibition 2008, Richmond, Virginia
Harrison Art League Juried Exhibition, Harrison, Arkansas
Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival, Westmoreland County Community College, Youngwood, PA
Lancaster County Art Association Exhibition, Strasburg, PA, Honorable Mention
Phoenix Gallery National Juried Competition, New York, NY
Central Coast Watercolor Society: Aquarius 2008 Pacific Regional Exhibition, Morro Bay, CA
Long Beach Arts: Fall 2008 Exhibition, Long Beach, CA
BAGA Fall Show: Autumn Artistry, Bismarck, ND
Rio Brazos Art Exhibition: Tarleton State University, Granbury, Texas
San Diego Art Institute: San Diego, California
Child’s Eye View Exhibition: Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, Fredericksburg, VA
Life’s Unique Journey Exhibition: Northwest Cultural Council, Barrington, IL
The Color of Money Exhibition: Fredricksburg Center of the Creative Arts, Fredricksburg, VA- Honorable Mention
Member Artist Show: Bismarck Art and Galleries Association, Bismarck, ND
2009 Earth-Air-Fire Exhibition: Long Beach Arts, Long Beach, CA
Powerful and Fragile Earth: Fredericksburg Center for Creative Arts, Fredericksburg, VA
National Exhibition: Memphis/ Germantown Art League, Memphis, TN
A Fine Line: Fredericksburg Center for Creative Arts, Fredericksburg, VA
National Juried Exhibition: Lancaster County Arts Association, Strasburg, PA-Honorable Mention
Local Colour: Quinlan Visual Arts Center, Gainesville, GA
Connections: Fredericksburg Center for Creative Arts, Fredericksburg, VA
Keystone National 2009: The Art Center School and Galleries, PA
Rio Brazos Art Exhibition: Tarleton State University, Granbury, Texas
Autumn Artistry 2009: Bismarck Art and Galleries Association, Bismarck, ND
29th Annual Mountain Art Show: Mountain Art Show, Bernardsville, NJ
Secret Places: Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts., Fredericksburg, VA
Member Artist Show: Bismarck Art and Galleries Association, Bismarck, ND
2009 National Open Exhibition: Long Beach Arts, Long Beach, CA- Honorable Mention
2009 Juried Exhibition: New Jersey Center for Visual Arts: Summit, NJ
25th Annual International Exhibition: University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, TX
2010 2010 Works on Paper: Long Beach Arts, Long Beach, CA
42nd Annual National Visual Arts Exhibition: Visual Arts Society of Texas, Denton. TX
Westmoreland Art Nationals: Westmoreland Arts and Heritage Festival, Latrobe, PA
Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts: Reflections, Fredericksburg, VA
2010 Members Exhibition: The 2nd City Council Art Gallery: Long Beach, CA
36th Annual Alaska Watercolor Society Juried Exhibition: The Alaska Watercolor Society: Anchorage, AK
25
th Watercolor Wyoming National Exhibition: SAGE Gallery: Sheridan, WY
Fredericksburg Center for Creative Arts: Transitions, Fredericksburg, CA – Second Place Award
BAGA’s Fall Art Show, Bismarck, ND
68th Annual All juried National Salmagundi Art Club Galleries, New York City, NY – Atlantic Paper Materials Award received
30th Annual Mountain Art Show, Bernardsville, NJ
26th Annual International Exhibition, University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, TX
2011 Ninth Annual 2011 Blanche Ames National Art Exhibition, North Easton, MA
BAGA’S Autumn Artistry Fall Art Show, Bismarck, ND
Long Beach Arts Scapes Exhibition, Long Beach, CA
Long Beach Arts California Open, Long Beach, CA
Westmoreland Art Nationals Show, Latrobe, PA
24th Annual Northern National Art Competition, Rhinelander, WI
Pittsburgh Watercolor Society Waterworks 2011, Pittsburgh, PA
National Society of Artists 27th National Juried Show, Santa Fe, Texas
Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts Regional Juried Exhibition, Fredericksburg, VA
Gallery Sim Aqueous Open 2011, Pittsburgh, PA
St. John on the Mountain 31st Annual Mountain Art Show, Bernardsville, NJ
UT Tyler Meadows Gallery 26th International Exhibition, Tyler, Texas
Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts Fine Crafts Exhibition, Fredericksburg, VA
2012

Arts in Harmony 2012 International Juried Art Show, Elk River, MN
Fredricksburg Center for the Creative Arts “See the Light,” Fredericksburg, VA
Museum of the Southwest 2012 Spring Show, Midland, TX
San Diego Art Institute Southern California Regional Juried Award Exhibition, San Diego, CA
Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts Transformations National Juried Exhibit, Fredericksburg, VA
Farmington Museum 2012 Gateway to Imagination: A National Juried Art Competition, Farmington, NM, Honorable Mention
Long Beach Arts 2012 California Open Exhibit, Long Beach, CA
2012 Westmoreland Art Nationals, Latrobe, PA
Cooperstown Art Association 77th Annual National Exhibition, Cooperstown, NY
Maryland Federation of Art 12th Annual American Landscapes, Annapolis, MD
Placerville Arts Association 46th Mother Lode National Art Exhibition, Placerville, CA
BAGA 2012 Fall Art Show, Bismarck, ND
32nd Annual Mountain Art Show, Bernardsville, New Jersey – Honorable Mention
Louisiana Art and Artists’ Guild 43rd Annual River Road Show, Baton Rouge, LA
Midland Arts Association 35th Annual Spring Juried Exhibition, Midland, TX – Honorable Mention Award
Arts and Design Society 21st Southeast Regional Juried Art Exhibition, Fort Walton Beach, FL - Honorable Mention Award

2013

Rio Brazos Art Festival, Granbury, TX
VMRC’s Tenth Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Harrisonburg, VA
Westmoreland Art Nationals, Youngwood, PA
Bowery Gallery 2013 National Competition New York, NY
Gallery 522 Artist of the Month Exhibit, Bismarck, ND
Fredricksburg Center for the Creative Arts “Celebrate Color & Form,” Fredericksburg, VA
Axis Gallery 8th National Juried Exhibition, Sacramento, CA
Maryland Federation of Art American Landscapes, Annapolis, MD
San Diego Art Institute’s “Outstanding Visual Artists,” San Diego, CA
33rd Mountain Art Show, Bernardsville, NJ
Fredricksburg Center for the Creative Arts “Surface Impressions,” Fredericksburg, VA
South Shore Art Center’s “COOL,” Cohasset, MAValdosta National 2014, Valdosta, GA
19th Annual Arts in Harmony 2014 International Show, Elk River, MN

2014

GoggleWorks Center for the Arts “Secrets,” Reading, PA
Langdon Center’s 18th Annual Rio Brazos Art Exhibition & Sale, Granbury, TX
Westmoreland County Community College Exhibition, Youngwood, PA
Lancaster County Art Association National Juried Exhibition, Strasburg, PA
Roswell Fine Art League Show, Roswell, NM
Bismarck Art & Galleries Association, Bismarck, ND
Mountain Art Show, Bernardsville, NJ – Award of Excellence

2015

Rio Brazos Art Exhibition: Tarleton State University, Granbury, Texas
Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts “Edges and Lines,” Fredericksburg, VA - Honorable Mention
BAGA 2015 Fall Art Show, Bismarck, ND
BAGA Holiday Exhibit, Bismarck, ND

2016

Americas 2016: Paperworks, Minot, ND
24th Southeast Regional Juried Fine Arts Exhibition, Niceville, FL
b.j. spoke gallery’s EXPO 35, Huntington, NY
Watercolor Society of Alabama’s 75th National Annual Exhibition, Decatur, AL
Westmoreland Art Nationals, Youngwood, PA
Springfield Art Museum’s Watercolor U.S.A. 2016, Springfield, MO
Lancaster County Art Association National Juried Exhibition, Strasburg, PA
Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts “Focus on Color,” Fredericksburg, VA- Honorable Mention
5th Annual Green Mountain Watercolor Exhibition, Waitsfield, VT
31st Annual Watercolor Wyoming National Show, Sheridan, WY
Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors, Old Forge, NY
East End Arts: 5th Annual National Juried Art Competition & Exhibition, Riverhead, NY
The 50th Annual National Mother Lode Art Exhibition, Placerville, CA
Aquarius National Watermedia Exhibition 2016, Pueblo, CO

  

Gallery hours are Monday and Wednesday, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time, and by appointment.
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The fax number is (619) 226-2988

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