Friday, December 26, 2014

Cricket does grunge

Get a load of the number and variety of paint brushes involved in the building of the Eiffel Tower for the flower show. Of course, these instruments are used for set designs and other jobs at Scenery First in Sharon Hill. Cricket McGehee, a University of the Arts grad, is a scenic artist here, and this morning she was cleaning up when I visited. Cricket, says Scenery First co-owner Jack Doyle, "is a genius at aging and grunge" on props and sets. She's got lots of "tools." Besides regular brushes with diameters ranging from pencil-size to baseball bat, she has feather dusters, whisks, ladles and a brush with cut outs that looks like a jack-o-lantern smile. What fun. Cricket says she uses water-base paint whenever possible, but oil-base is used on cruise ships because of rust. She's never been to the flower show - never had a weekday off, she says, and weekends are too crowded. Plus ... she's short. "I can never see anything," she says. If you want to read more about the mini-Eiffel Tower, coming to a flower show near you in March, be sure to get the Sunday Inquirer. I'll be writing the story tomorrow.

Cricket does grunge

Get a load of the number and variety of paint brushes involved in the building of the Eiffel Tower for the flower show. Of course, these instruments are used for set designs and other jobs at Scenery First in Sharon Hill. Cricket McGehee, a University of the Arts grad, is a scenic artist here, and this morning she was cleaning up when I visited. Cricket, says Scenery First co-owner Jack Doyle, "is a genius at aging and grunge" on props and sets. She's got lots of "tools." Besides regular brushes with diameters ranging from pencil-size to baseball bat, she has feather dusters, whisks, ladles and a brush with cut outs that looks like a jack-o-lantern smile. What fun. Cricket says she uses water-base paint whenever possible, but oil-base is used on cruise ships because of rust. She's never been to the flower show - never had a weekday off, she says, and weekends are too crowded. Plus ... she's short. "I can never see anything," she says. If you want to read more about the mini-Eiffel Tower, coming to a flower show near you in March, be sure to get the Sunday Inquirer. I'll be writing the story tomorrow.

Virginia A. Smith Inquirer Staff Writer
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Ginny Smith, a Philadelphia native, joined the Inquirer at 1985. After stints as both reporter and editor in the city and suburbs, she’s been happily writing – and learning - about gardening full time since 2006. She’s won two silver medals of achievement from the national Garden Writers Association and in 2011, Bartram’s Garden honored her with its Green Exemplar award for her stories about “the region’s deeply rooted horticultural history, cultural attractions and bountiful gardens.” She plays in her own – mostly - bountiful garden in East Falls. Reach Virginia A. at vsmith@phillynews.com .

Virginia A. Smith Inquirer Staff Writer
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