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Opinion Art, history and healing on the Eastern Shore

The Water’s Edge Museum is a collection of rare paintings and lithographs by artist Ruth Starr Rose. The museum's curator, art historian and landscape architect Barbara Paca, has years of research and fearless toil. Paca and her husband, architect Philip Logan, were parents to a son who suffered a brain bleed three days after he was born and displayed symptoms associated with cerebral palsy. The son, Tilghman Paca Logan, spent his days traveling the world with his parents, painting and attending a special-needs school in New York City, he died last July at age 19. I dropped by the museum last week and recognized familiar faces in the portraits Paca had scoured the Earth to find.

The artist Rose was unique to her time. A wealthy, White woman born in Wisconsin, she began painting in Maryland in the 1930s. She wanted to capture the lives of people who likely would have been ignored by other artists. Many paintings and lithographs depict spirituals, such as the 1944 “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” and her 1955 “Glory Train”