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Ceremony for Van Sickle Ford paintings

Ruth Van Sickle Ford 1915 West AurorHigh School graduate was one most accomplished artists her time. | Submitted photo

Ruth Van Sickle Ford, a 1915 West Aurora High School graduate, was one of the most accomplished artists of her time. | Submitted photo

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Updated: March 2, 2013 6:49AM

AURORA — The West Aurora School District will have a rededication of restored paintings by Ruth Van Sickle Ford Saturday during the annual Fine Arts Festival.

The ceremony will be at 12:45 p.m. in the West Aurora High School Library.

Ford, a renowned artist and 1915 West High graduate, later ran the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts.

She was inducted into West’s Distinguished Alumni Hall of Honor in 2006.

The West Aurora Class of ’51 donated the four paintings to West High several years ago, and helped fund the restoration work.

Ford biographer Nancy Hopp, West High Class of ’61, will speak at the dedication. Her book on Ford’s life and work, “Warm Light, Cool Shadows,” was published last year. A video on the creation of the book can be found at

The district-wide Fine Arts Festival will be from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at West High.

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