About Hooey

 

About Hooey

I have been a creator all my life in a multitude of mediums including oil, fiber, and  photography. Currently I am working in photography and contemporary mix media. I love working at the intersection of time and nature and forcing the viewer to question what is real. I create movement where none exists in both figurative and non-figurative work. There is a story to be told and an unfolding of the art as the viewer experiences what they are seeing.

Specific to the Skier Series, close to two decades ago, I bought my husband the first two antique toy skiers in what has now become an extensive collection of over 150 antique toy skiers from the dawn of skiing (1930's-40's) that I have used as the basis for the Skier Series. The work is shot at ski resorts, high in the mountains. I am constantly exploring the landscape, examining the environment and the details that mimic what I am feeling on that day, but on a smaller scale. I use framing, perspective and depth of field to bring the toys to life and celebrate the beauty of the winter landscape.

In addition to the photo series, I create contemporary mixed media that plays well in both ski homes as well as anyone looking for transitional art.

At a time when we all could use a little more joy in our lives, I am so happy to be sharing these images and hope they bring you and your home the same joy they bring me.

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Hooey's work has been exhibited nationally, and her images are part of private national and international collections. Her work can be seen in person in several galleries in the US or at her studio where she also has her collection of over 150 antiques toy skiers available for viewing.

Some of her private home placements near ski resorts include: Big Sky, Yellowstone, Jackson Hole, Grand Targhee, Park City, Deer Valley, Vail, Aspen, Beaver Creek, Whistler, Breckenridge, Sun Valley, Tahoe Palisades, Sugarbush, Mad River, Stowe, Stratton, Okemo, Killington, Burke and others including homes in Australia, South America, Switzerland, Canada and England.

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Galleries

  • Vickers Collection, Aspen and Vail, CO (Vail Village Arts)
  • Jules Place, Boston, MA
  • Art in the Village, Warren, VT
  • Three Pears, Dorset, VT
  • Robert Paul Galleries, Stowe, VT
  • Oil and Oak, Katona, NY
  • Rowayton Art Center, Rowayton, CT

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Gallery wall in Stowe on Hooey Mountain photos    

Education

Union College, Schenectady, NY: Studied photography with Martin Benjamin.
Additional course work:
Parsons, NY, NY
The New School, NY, NY
FIT, NY, NY
Silvermine Art School, New Canaan, CT
Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, CT

Some Press

Carriage Barn Arts Center - Member Interview Feb 2024 (Linked)

Connecticut Cottages and Gardens - Spring 2023, Page 56

Cover Photo – Mountain Town Magazine, Colorado Publication, Winter 2020 (Above)

Artist Article, Explore Big Sky, March 2020 (LINKED)

Ski Moms Fun - Podcast Season 2: Episode 5 2022

Ski Divas Forum - Podcast 2023

HamletHub - Q and A with local art businesses  2023

Endorsements

“She creates the most wonderful images featuring vintage toy skiers trekking up and racing down snow-covered slopes.  At first glance you don’t realize the figures are toys because of the way she sets up the shots, so there’s a sort of unfolding in the way you experience the art.  Ski enthusiasts looking to refresh their art or needing something super fun, colorful and lively should check out her work.  Put a large work as a statement in a living room or entryway, or a grid of smaller images in a game room or bunk room.” - Chase Reynolds Ewald
  
Chase is a regular contributing writer for Mountain Living Magazine and author of several American design books, including American Rustic, Cabin Style, Rustic Modern, Modern Americana, Western Home and others.

 

List of shows as they pertain to Hooey Mountain Art

Slate Gray Gallery, Telluride, CO February 2024

Carriage Barn Arts Center, New Canaan, CT, 2023 – Juried Winter Market

Rowayton Art Center, 2023  - Juried Fall Show

Filter Photo Festival, Chicago, IL 2023 - Juried Small Works (Juried by Anna Alexander, Director of Photography at WIRED)

RIWS, Pawtucket, RI 2023 - Juried Photography show

Carriage Barn Arts Center, New Canaan, CT, 2023  – Juried Art in the Windows and Fall Member show

Rowayton Art Center, 2023  - Juried Spring Show

Greenwich Arts Council – 2023 – Juried Show, Auction for the Arts

Carriage Barn Arts Center, New Canaan, CT  2023 – Juried Winter Photography Show

Big Sky Art Council, Big Sky, MT 2023– Juried Show, Auction for the Arts

Rowayton Art Center, Rowayton, CT  2022 – Juried Winter Market

Rowayton Art Center, Rowayton, CT   2022 – Juried Fall Show – Honorable Mention for Corduroy Study #1

Big Sky Art Council, Big Sky, MT, 2022 – Juried Show, Auction for the Arts

Rowayton Art Center, Rowayton, CT  2021 – Juried Holiday Market

Carriage Barn Arts Center, New Canaan, CT, 2021  – Juried Art in the Windows

Big Sky Art Council, Big Sky, MT, 2021 – Juried Show, Auction for the Arts

Rowayton Art Center, Rowayton, CT  2020 – Juried Holiday Market

Carriage Barn Arts Center, New Canaan, CT, 2020 – Juried Winter Market

Art Gallery at Mill, Unionville, CT, 2020 – Group Show

Big Sky Art Council, Big Sky, MT, 2020 – Juried Show, Auction for the Arts

Carriage Barn Arts Center, New Canaan, CT, 2019 – Group Member Show, Featured Artist

 

Arts Memberships

Rowayton Arts Centered (Juried) Exhibiting Member (Rowayton, CT)

Greenwich Arts Council (Greenwich, CT)

Carriage Barn Arts Center (New Canaan, CT)

Connecticut Woman Artsists (Juried)

 

Interior Designer Placement

Many interior designers have placed my work in mountain homes.  If you are looking for a listing of designers (50+)  I have worked with and that can help you with art selection as well as designing your mountain home, contact me for my complete list of designers. I offer a designer discount on some pieces to those who qualify.


Some Donations

Moonlight Community Foundation, Big Sky Arts, US Ski and Snowboard Team, Pink Park City – Huntsman Cancer Center, Vancouver Island Avalanche Center Society, SheJumps, Lindsey Vohn Foundation, Utah Avalanche Center, Protect Our Winters

 

What's the deal with my name?  I was named Susan at birth but quickly became nicknamed Hooey.  I tried to shake it at various points in my life, but was unsuccessful and have now fully embraced it! For some reason one of the few places I still show up as Susan Wilks is on email and my phone. I've tried to correct it with no success.

 

Hooey Mountain Press Article in Explore Big Sky