December 15 2012

Press Release: Major Becker Exhibit to be Unveiled at Open House

"Girl with Grey Eyes," watercolor from the collection of William and Carol Dunn

Howard Becker painting, Bethany

"Irving Cliff Hotel," 1981, oil from the collection of David R. Wright

A major new exhibit, ࢀœThe Artistic Vision of Howard D. Becker,ࢀ will be unveiled on Saturday, April 21, at the Wayne County Historical Society, 810 Main Street, Honesdale.

Howard Becker lived and painted in the Honesdale area for most of his adult life. He worked mostly in oil, sometimes on consignment but usually subjects of his own choosing. Especially striking were a series of large historical paintings painted on consignment which were first displayed in the Allen Hotel and, after it burned, in the Hotel Wayne. Four of these are on loan to the historical society from the hotel, which is one of the sponsors of the exhibit and of the color catalog which will be on sale in the Museum Shop.

In January, WCHS Executive Director Sally Talaga and Guest Curator Juan H. Espino put out a call to owners of Becker paintings, and the response was overwhelming. The resulting exhibit of more than 165 works contains a remarkable sampling of the landscapes, portraits, buildings and historical scenes produced by this prolific painter, who was frequently spotted on the streets and country roads of Wayne County, painting the local scenes he loved.

In addition to the Hotel Wayne, sponsors of the exhibit are Rodgers-Olver-Polley, Jim and Bette Asselstine, Dr. Walter Barbe and several donors who wish to remain anonymous.

The Wayne County Historical Society is open from 10 am to 4 pm Monday through Saturday and 12-4 pm on Sunday. There will be a special Open House on Saturday, April 21, from 4 to 7 pm, to introduce new exhibits for 2012. The festivities will include music of the Howard Becker era by ࢀœMarlene and Meࢀ and the societyࢀ™s usual outstanding array of refreshments. For more information, contact the Wayne County Historical Society at 570-253-3240 or or visit