Amy Crehore recently checked in with us:
My solo exhibit at Thinkspace (February 13-March 6, 2009) is entitled Dreamgirls and Ukes. In this show, I will feature a new series of oil paintings of playful, iconic nudes and introduce some new characters (in addition to my cats, pierrots and monkeys): a lion, a tortoise, and large flying insects. Ukuleles will play a role in these narratives, giving the works musical ambience. Some of these dream sequences will take place in nature, others in curtained rooms.
I am also painting over a dozen antique ukuleles as part of this exhibit. Most of these instruments are from the American ukulele boom of the 1920’s. I have personally hand-picked a collection that represents a variety of styles and designs including banjo ukes, mahogany and koa ukes, as well as art deco novelty ukes. On these ukes, I will incorporate motifs from my paintings, plus I’ll be adding creative type and logo design. My long-time music partner, Lou Reimuller, is also a luthier and he has lovingly restored each of these instruments. These ukes are all “players” as well as fine art objects.
In addition, my band, The Hokum Scorchers (duo), will be giving a rare musical performance on opening night of blues, rags and jugband songs from the 20’s and 30’s. We have performed in the past at the Seattle Folk Festival, Bumbershoot and other northwest venues. We started the “Tickler” fine art ukulele company in 2007 (hand-built ukes) and the vintage ukuleles in this show will be called “Tickleroos”.
2005 – Selected Award, American Illustration 24, Amilis Publishing, NY, NY
2004 – Society of Illustrators Annual 46, NY, NY
Chosen Award, American Illustration 23, NY, NY
2003 – Selected Award, American Illustration 22, Amilis Publishing, NY, NY
2002 – Award of Excellence, Communication Arts Annual, Menlo Park, CA
Merit Award, SILA, Los Angeles, CA
Chosen Award, American Illustration 21, NY, NY
2001 – Merit Award, SILA, Los Angeles, California
1998 – Award of Excellence, Communication Arts Annual, Menlo Park, CA
1995 – Award of Excellence, Communication Arts Annual, Menlo Park,California
1994 – Honorable Mention, WESTAF/NEA Regional Fellowship in Painting
1993 – Crosscut Honor, 3 paintings (juried show representing best artists in OR), Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Oregon
1991 – Best of Show Award, Corvallis Arts Center 22nd Juried, Oregon
1986 – First Patrons Award, Phillips Mill 57th Annual Juried, New Hope, Pennsylvania
1979 – Virginia Artist Biennial Honor, Virginia Museum, Richmond