Annie Hooten

Annie & Her Jewelry

Annie & Her Jewelry

Mediums: Polymer Clay, Beadwork, Altered Art
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Artist Statement

Who is Annie Hooten?

Art, music, and performance have been an elaborate part of Annie Hooten’s life. From theatre and painting to dance and jewelry making, she has a touch and an eye for creative work. Born in Miami, Florida to a pioneering reconstructive and plastic surgeon father and a nurturing mother who
encouraged her talents with much enthusiasm, she was introduced to the arts and rich cultural experiences at an early age.

Gumball Necklace

Gumball Necklace

For most of her adult life, Annie lived in Switzerland and Australia, immersing herself in local culture and creative events. For many of those years, she was a Folk Artist and owned a retail shop and teaching studio in Melbourne, Australia. A chance to enhance her clogging skills put her on a path for Albuquerque, after she fell in love with the instructor, Ed Hooten, who had been hired by her dance troop to teach at their annual convention.

After becoming a New Mexico resident and marrying Ed, Annie put aside her paint brushes and took up polymer clay work, which has become a deep passion. She is a member of both the New Mexico and National Polymer Clay Guilds and teaches at several locations throughout Albuquerque and in her private studio. Currently Annie’s work can be seen at the Art Gallery 66 in Bernalillo, NM, and at several New Mexico Art Fairs throughout the year. Annie was juried into the Fine Arts Building during the 2007 State Fair, and in addition, had 7 pieces on display in the Creative Arts building – five of them winning prize ribbons.

Day of the Dead Shrine

Day of the Dead Shrine

Annie is also dedicated to the local community and is actively involved as a Big Sister with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House, and is a fundraising mentor and participant in Team in Training (The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society). In 2008 she was a nominee for the YWCA Women on the Move award, received the Corporate Heroes Award from the New Mexico Business Weekly and was honored with the Governor’s Award for Outstanding New Mexico Women.

Annie also teaches polymer clay classes, contact her directly for information on upcoming classes.

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