Friday, February 22, 2008

Artist Spotlight - Veronica Nehemias & Gail Padgett

If you are keeping up with the Crystal Flight Blog, you might already have heard of these self-proclaimed “wild women” busy painting one of the Airplanes. Gail Padgett and Veronica (Roni) Nehemias were recently featured in an article in The Connection.

Sponsored by Transwestern, a national commercial real estate firm with a number of properties and buildings in Crystal City, Gail and Roni are working on what they call “Wild Ride,” hence the “wild women” quote in the article. The plane features various meticulously painted patterns of wild animal skins, coats, feathers, and shells. The artists are quick to note that viewers need not read too deeply into their concept.

“Our work is intended for fun and to bring smiles to the viewers,” they explained. “There are no deep hidden meanings or symbols of angst or protest.”

To the other Crystal Flight Artists, do not miss meeting these interesting ladies! If you have the chance, say hello!

About the Artists
Gail and Roni met about 35 years ago as elementary school art teachers. As teachers they worked on Youth Art Month, Art Curriculum, and traveled nationally and internationally to view artwork and to absorb culture. After retirement the two self-professed “Artners” (such a clever term, Partners in Art!), have collaborated on a number of efforts under the name “Sweetfoot Studios” – this name deriving from not only their “sweet smelling feet, but also because they are Straight Women From Out Of Town… SWeetFOOT!” Their collaborations include the 25th Anniversary Art Show at the Delaplaine Art Center (Frederick, Maryland), Sculptured Food (Frederick, Maryland), “Boxes for Light Street Gallery and the Artists Gallery in Frederick, Maryland as well as a number of other “street statue” programs throughout the metropolitan area.

Gail is a retired and award-winning Frederick County, Maryland elementary school art teacher. Originally from North Carolina, she received undergraduate and graduate degrees from East Carolina University. Along with teaching children and adults, Gail is a former gallery owner, art co-op exhibitor and arts council member. Her work has been mostly in textiles ranging from batik to felting. Free time is spent traveling and entertaining Dickens, her Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier.

Also a retired and award-winning Frederick County, Maryland elementary school art teacher, Roni received her undergraduate degree from Frostburg and a graduate degree from the University of Maryland. She is an active member of several Art organizations and practicing artist, specializing in flat work using water color and colored pencil as well as amusing sculptures of plants and food. Roni lives with her husband Frank on a small, wooded farm in northern Frederick County amongst many “wild things.”

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Sounds like painting those airplanes would be a lot of fun! Peace