With the onset of COVID in 2020, she was prepared to take over painting the 20 works for the Montgomery Museum exhibit. “As I paint, I am totally immersed,” Hoover said. “There is no room for any other thought. This allowed me to go through what has been a most difficult year. ” His daily 2-mile walks with his dog, Pepper, on the nearby Huckleberry Trail in the historic 16 blocks of Blacksburg were also a sanity saver.
Despite this year’s focus on painting, you have yet to determine a favorite medium. In addition to painting and photography, she is also an avid gardener, quilter, cloth bowl maker, and grandmother to two curious and creative children.
Hoover has been married for 40 years to Chuck Hoover, the former owner of the Hoover Color Corporation in Pulaski County. Not all artists have their own color specialist. They have a daughter and son-in-law in Maryland with the aforementioned two sons and a son and daughter-in-law musicians in Colorado who perform under the name You Knew Me When.
In addition to the Hoover Montgomery Museum exhibit in January, it will have two other exhibits in 2021.
“With These Hands,” 230 photographs of the hands of people from all walks of life in and around the New River Valley, was first introduced in 2018 as a community photography project. In 2021, it will be on display at Zeppoli’s Restaurant, Blacksburg from January 15 to April 15; and at the Payne Gallery at Bluefield College in West Virginia from May 15 to August 15.