Sally Hootnick is an artist living and working in Syracuse and Chautauqua, New York.  Earlier works were produced in watercolor and pastel; in recent years she is working in oils and encaustics.  Her paintings can be found in private collections in the US, Canada, and Sweden, and in the permanent collections of Upstate Medical Cancer Center, and the Pompey Museum.

My grandmother was an artist, and encouraged me at a young age to believe that I could follow in her footsteps. Although it wasn’t a straight path to that goal, I am thankful that I eventually landed where I belonged.

  We are products of our environment, and I had much freedom as a child to explore the natural world. My work is certainly influenced by the shapes, patterns, and colors found in nature. More recently, it occurred to me that other factors – the material world- had impact as well. Endless hours of watching cartoons and reading comic books as a child had imprinted a love of outline and bright colorful geometric shapes into my paintings.  And a sense of place, in the form of aerial perspective and topography can often be found in my still lifes and abstracts.”

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Gallery Representation

The Art Loft, Chautauqua, NY

Recent Group Shows and Awards:

Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY, Made in NY 2019, March 22- May 12, 2019

Atlantic Gallery, NYC, NY, Escape/ism, February 19— March 9, 2019

Chaffey Museum, Ontario, CA, Survey of Contemporary Encaustic, January 17—March 9, 2019

Edgewood Gallery, Syracuse, NY,  Solo Show: Mediating Illusion, November 23—January 4, 2019

VACI Open Members Exhibition,  Chautauqua, NY: August 6- August 21, 2018

Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn NY.  Solo show:, Depth Perception: The Archaeology of Wax , June 29- August 19, 2018

Broad Street Gallery, Hamilton, NY, Flower Power, May-June 2018

Main Street Arts, Clifton Springs, NY, National Juried Annual Small Works exhibition, December 2017-January 2018

International Encaustic Artiists, Atlantic Gallery, NYC, NY, Hopeful Darkness, November 28- December 16, 2017

Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution Members Exhibition: August 2017

Schweinfurth  Art Center, Auburn, NY, Made in NY 2017March 24-May 21, 2017

 Broad Street Gallery, Hamilton, NY.  Small WorksApril 8-May 27, 2017

Richeson 75, National Still Life and Floral Competition 2017, Merit Award

Seneca Lake Plein Air, 9/28-10/2, 2016

Plein Air Westfield, June 2016

Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution Members Exhibition:August 2016

Classic Pompey, Manlius, NY, May-December 2016

Turquoise St. Studios, Syracuse, NY February-March, 2016

Upstate Cancer Center, Syracuse, NY: Guest Artist Gallery, January- March 2016

The Gift of Color: Syracuse Pastel Artists at the Liverpool Library, December 2015

Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution Members Exhibition: August 2015

Cooperstown Art Association National Juried Art Exhibition,Cooperstown, NY July-August 2015

Lakeside Statewide Juried Art Exhibition, Oswego, NY,April 2015

Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution Members Exhibition: August 2014

Plein Air Westfield, Honorable Mention: July 2014

Northeast National Pastel Exhibition, VIew Arts Center, Judges Choice Honorable Mention:July- August 2014

Syracuse Pastel Artist Show and Sale, Sparky Town: May- June 2014

Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution Members Exhibition: August 2013

Cazenovia College Summer Art Series: Pastel Artists of CNY: June- August 2013