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.
Like something tumbled from a tube of Pick-Up Sticks, the elements of this painting — the poles. boards, wires, ropes and even the bare summer legs of the boys — seem to push and pull against each other under the ramshackle roof of the shed. Mrs. Ford, who seemed never to pass over an opportunity for vertigo in her work, must have really enjoyed dashing off this bit of complexity, perhaps hastened by the fear that one good burst of wind might topple the whole scene into the water.