Jeffrey Veregge: Bold Americans - Above + Beyond
America needs heroes. Men and women whose passions boldly defy and ignite our humble imaginations. Stalwart individuals whose pioneering spirit forces a nation to rise above the daily challenges of life and asks us to be better than we were the days before. Hope in dark times calls for ordinary people to do un-ordinary things, to have the courage to ask, “What if?” This art is the first in a series that celebrates those whose exploits changed a nation and raised our public conscience to new levels of understanding of the world around us. These are the “Bold Americans”.
Illustrator and designer Jeffrey Veregge (Port Gamble S’Klallam) delves into American history to honor exemplary men and women in the fields of science and aviation, utilizing Coast Salish formline design to convey a blend of nostalgia and respect for these pioneers. Veregge writes, “We are in a dark time as a country; divided and angry. I want an art show that brings us back to a time of hope, bravery and imagination. I want people to see and remember real heroes from various times in our country: a visual form of patriotism that isn’t hate-fueled.”
“Bold Americans” debuts new prints honoring aviators including Jacqueline Cochran (Women Airforce Service Pilot), Mae Jemison (first African American woman to travel in space), Mary Riddle (second Native woman to earn a pilot’s license, in the 1930s), Amelia Earhart, Mercury 7 astronaut Gordon Cooper, the Tuskegee Airmen (Red Tails), and Chuck Yeager (who broke the sound barrier).