About Hooey

 

About Hooey

I have been a creator all my life in a multitude of mediums including oil, fiber, and photography.  I have a need to make things and get my hands dirty. I am passionate about skiing and anything old. Also, I love being outdoors.

Over a decade ago, I bought my husband the first two antique toy skiers for Christmas in what has now become an extensive collection of over 100 antique toy skiers from the dawn of skiing (1930's-40's) that I have used as the basis for my current work shown here on Hooey Mountain. These last few years, I have packed up some of my collection and photographed them on site at some of my favorite mountain resorts all over the country. 

This fun series with a very specific subject has allowed me to refocus my interests and talents and pair them with something I truly love. Skiing and Art.  Additionally, for the past eighteen years, I have actively served on the board of the oldest private ski club in America which sparked my interest in the history of skiing.

I am so happy to be sharing these images and hope they bring you the same joy they bring me.

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

Specific to my Hooey Mountain work, below is some more info about this body of work and their presence.

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Art Shows

Big Sky Arts - Juried Auction February 2021, 2022

RAC's Autumn Juried Show 2021

New Canaan Cares House Tour - Featured artist at the Ponus Ridge Chapel -  May 2021

Rowayton Art Center, CT - Juried Holiday Art Show - 2020

New Canaan Carriage Barn Art Show – Group Show 2020

Art in the Windows, Downtown New Canaan, 2020

New Canaan Carriage Barn Fall Art Show – Group Show 2019

 

Gallery wall in Stowe on Hooey Mountain photos

 

Galleries

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

Retail

Belle Cose, Jackson Hole, WY

Four Seasons, Jackson Hole, Teton Village, WY

Homestead Interiors (formerly Melanie Turner Home), Big Sky, MT

Gallatin Valley Design, Bozeman, MT

The Picket Fence, Ketcham, ID

Teaselwood Design, Ludlow, VT

 

 

Some Press

Cover Photo – Mountain Town Magazine, Colorado Publication, Winter 2020

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

New Exhibiting Artist Selection - CTPost, New Canaan Advertiser, Rowayton Arts, November 2020

Ski Utah/Visit Utah - Artist spotlight, February 2022

 

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.

 

Interior Designer Placements

Carol Moore Mink, Beaver Creak, CO (Bespoke Wall Paper)

Abby Heatherington Interiors, Bozeman, Montana

Katy Allen Interior Design, Vail, Colorado

Stephanie Hunt (Flair Hunter), Park City, Utah

Dot & Co. Design, Deer Valley, UT

Melanie Turner Interiors, Big Sky, Montana / Atlanta, Georgia

Erika and Co Interiors, Big Sky, Montana

IBD Design Studio, Breckenridge, CO

Jill Self Design, Park City, Utah

Harker Design, Salt Lake City, UT

Sarah Falso, Manlius, New York

Gallatin Valley Design Group, Bozeman, Montana

Amy Casey, Casey St. John, Edwards, Colorado

Ainsley Hayes Designs, New Canaan, CT

IconMT, Bozeman, MT

Teaselwood Designs, Ludlow, VT

Urbaine Home, Bozeman, MT

Alder and Tweed, Big Sky, MT / Park City, UT

Barclay Butera, Park City, UT

Tahoe Modern, Truckee, CA

Zehren and Associates, Beaver Creek, CO

 

 

 


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

Artist Statement:

My recent venture in the art world is and has been based on a photo series of my extensive collection of over 100 antique toy skiers from the dawn of skiing (1930’s and 40’s). The images are taken in snow, high in the mountains at ski resorts across the country, not photoshopped to appear on location.  This work showcases the beauty of mountain landscapes with a wink of whimsy designed to draw the viewer in and surprise and delight. I love working at that intersections of time and nature and forcing the viewer to question what is real. I try and create a sense of movement even though none exists.  In the last year, I have expanded on that original photo series by creating new work (both digital collages and mixed media) as our world was upended. These new works explore what it means to be a skier (or human) during a global pandemic, social unrest, and global warming. It asks the question if what you are seeing is real. This work brings order to chaos and adds additional layers to the experience of my vintage toy images. In a year which is proving to be challenging for so many, my art is fresh and brings much needed joy during these uncertain times. 

 

Hooey Mountain Press Article in Explore Big Sky