Saturday, February 21, 2009

Nighttime Paintings in my Solo Show

"Nymph" Banjo-Uke painting by Amy Crehore 2009
"Song of the Wind" 6"x6" by Amy Crehore 2009
"Nighttime Ditty" "12 x 6" by Amy Crehore 2009
"Song of the Sea" 12"x 12" by Amy Crehore 2009
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People really seemed to like the nighttime paintings I did for my "Dreamgirls and Ukes" show.
All of these are oils on linen except for the one on the antique banjo, which is oil paint on the original hide head (varnished). The big tortoise is a new character... from Galapagos Islands. The "Nighttime Ditty" is a version of my "Snake Tamer's Ditty" of 2007. Please feel free to comment and I will answer any questions you might have.
All artwork is copyright 2009 Amy Crehore

Amy Crehore's Paintings and Ukes on the Gallery Walls at Thinkspace, Los Angeles

All photos taken by Mark Lowrie. Click to enlarge.
This is my "Dreamgirls and Ukes" show. This show only runs until March 6th, 2009. Gallery is open on Thurs, Fri, Sat and Sunday from 1-6pm. Please go see it if you live near L.A. !
(follow link to view artwork online- all ukes are set up with strings in this gallery show)
Main Gallery Solo Show, "Dreamgirls and Ukes":
Feb 13- March 6 2009 - featuring oil paintings and fully restored, painted antique ukuleles.
4210 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 323-913-3375
Anthony Clarkson's wonderful art is showing in the project room.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Some Photos of My Art Ukes Strung Up, Restored




La Pacifica
Photos taken by Mark Lowrie at Thinkspace Gallery on opening night Feb 13, 2009
All banjo-ukes from 1920's
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I was not able to take photos of the ukes all strung up before I left for L.A., so I sent the gallery photos of the ukes without the strings on them. In some cases, such as banjo-ukes, the tailpiece/bridges were missing from the photos. Here are some shots of the banjo-ukes on the actual wall of Thinkspace Gallery. You can see them with strings, all fully restored and tuned by a professional luthier. I will be blogging the rest of the ukes (with strings), so stay tuned. The real beauty of the "Dreamgirls and Ukes" show is that each uke is a real instrument as well as a fine art object. Each was lovingly restored to playability. Some even have hand-crafted bridges and tailpiece (as in the case of La Pacifica).
This show will be up until March 6th.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Back Home

The Hokum Scorchers at Thinkspace Feb 13, 2009, photo by Mark Lowrie
I spent more than a week in L.A. and it was so much fun. I think I OD'd on the Farmer's Market as I went there probably twice a day... for 8 days. My friend, Mark Lowrie, took tons of photos of the show. I intend to write more about it after I rest up a bit.
Yesterday, Juxtapoz wrote a nice re-cap.
Pop Drawer , Arrested Motion, The Rumpus, boingboing , Metromix L.A. (the newspaper version, too), Hooping Humanist, Fabulist, Uke Hunt, Format Mag, KPFK radio (Ali Lexa) were kind enough to feature my show, "Dreamgirls and Ukes", on their sites. Thanks to all! I do hope people will try to get out and see it in person if they are in the Los Angeles area. It was a lot of work, but the results were well worth it. I was extremely pleased by Thinkspace Gallery's beautiful space and wonderful people. New VIDEO on YouTube of performance Feb 13, 2009 (don't be fooled- it says 2007).

Monday, February 16, 2009

My Thinkspace solo art show, plus music video

Here is a link to a video and a couple of photos of my show that opened over the weekend at Thinkspace. I will blog more photos soon.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Close-Up Photos of My Ukes on Flickr

Here's a LINK to close-up photos of the painted antique ukes in my solo show at Thinkspace. You can really see the details of my designs in these shots. The whole show can be seen here:

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentines Day

Originally uploaded by riptheskull
Riptheskull has an amazing collection of
vintage Valentine cards on flickr