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Nina Crews

Growing up in Greenwich Village in the 1960s and ‘70s, Nina Crews, the child of children’s book authors and illustrators, Donald Crews and Ann Jonas, was free to explore the kind of art that spoke to her. Home was her parents’ art studio, so it is no surprise that Nina became an artist herself.  One of her first jobs was animating for the TV show, Pee Wee’s Playhouse. This experience inspired Crews use her photography to create children’s books.  In her photos, she plays with perspective and photo-collage techniques to encourage readers to stretch their imaginative muscles.