Painting of the week: Watercolor. Undated.

May 1, 2023 | Articles & Exhibits, Photo

Every week during the exhibit “Aurora’s Own Ruth Van Sickle Ford,” we will feature one of the more than two dozen watercolor and oil paintings on display from March 3-May 13, 2023, at the Pierce Art and History Center. Accompanying the images will be commentary by art conservator and Aurora Historical Society museum assistant Scott Sherwood. We hope you will be engaged and enlightened by this feature and that you will come to the Pierce Center to see the paintings up close and personal. Exhibit hours are listed below.

American Regionalism, characterized by strength coupled with desolation, was not territory that Ruth Ford explored very much, but, as the saying goes, *she nailed it* in this watercolor. The house is one of countless sunbleached, abandoned farmhouses that dotted the American landscape for generations, and the drift of gritty snow at the door speaks of a once-valuable asset now left behind by someone unknown. This painting is a brand-new addition to the exhibit. Have a look and revisit the 30-some other Ford paintings at the Pierce Art and History Center (20 E. Downer, 60505) until May 13.

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