In small towns, you have to take what you can in terms of entertainment. Within a week of being home, I searched “holiday things to do in Aurora, Indiana” in Google search. Being the art appreciator that I am, I was immediately intrigued by a simple walking tour of building paintings around the downtown shops.
The downtown portion of this small town is complete with window paintings and a full size Christmas tree in the middle of the street. While the adjusted detour is a bit of a hassle, the tree does speak to the small town charm.
I used this art tour opportunity to take my Scottish Terrier puppy, Solomon, on a walk we would both enjoy. The walking tour only took about 1-1/2 hours, but turned out to be a great treat.
It amazed me at how obvious many of the paintings were, some blatantly on fronts of buildings and spanning great lengths. I have been in and around many of the shops the artworks surround, but have noticed very few of the paintings before walking past and photographing them.
I began walking with my printed tour sheet map in hand, following a strict path, but quickly discovered so many paintings not listed on the map. I eventually began to veer off track in search for dozens of “hidden treasures,” be paintings or other beauties.
One painting I found particularly interesting was the painting documenting the Gaff family brewery, Crescent Brewing Company, now Great Crescent Brewery. The Gaff family lived in the historic landmark, Hillforest Mansion, written about in my previous post.
The Gaff family really made an impact, economically, to the town of Aurora, Ind. and I think the tribute of preserving their home and highlighting their business is a special and respectful acknowledgement.
What once seemed as a tired and run-down town due to vacant buildings and paint chipping off boarded windows, is now seen as a beautiful potential for future featured artwork.