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  •  Museum announces Becker art exhibit Highlights American Revolution connection

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    HONESDALE - A special art exhibiting highlighting the family connection of the late Honesdale artist Howard D. Becker and the American Revolution, will be featured at the Wayne County Historical Society starting Saturday, April 20.
    The museum at 810 Main St., Honesdale re-opens that day after being closed all winter.
    The hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., during which the normal charges apply (non-members, $5.00).
    There is no charge at the open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Other special events include a new exhibit on the
    Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) in Wayne County and a book-signing by local historical author Miimi Steffan.
    Juan Espino is the curator for the Becker art exhibit, which features over 70 paintings not displayed before at the Historical Society. "The Art of Howard D. Becker Redux" follows a highly successful exhibit featured last year at the museum.
    Like the first exhibit, this year's event features art loaned to the museum by patrons of the artist over the decades.
    As described in the exhibit catalog, Howard Becker's family through the Becker line immigrated from Holland in the 1640's, settling first in New Amsterdam (New York City). The first Becker in America, Jan Johannes Becker, later moved to Fort Orange, which would be known as Albany, New York. Generations to follow would live in the Albany region, where Becker relations live to this day.
    The artist's sixth-great grandfather, whose name was David Peter Becker (known as Peter) served in the American Revolution. A prosperous farmer along the Hudson, he lent use of his horses and accompanied them as they hauled cannon through the deep snow, to help defend the Boston Harbor from the British.
    In 1939, Howard captured this event in oil, in a large dramatic painting which will be on exhibit at the museum. Several other large paintings Becker produced with a Revolutionary War theme will also be on view.
    Howard D. Becker (1914-1995) moved to Honesdale in 1954 where he continued his prolific art career, concentrating on local scenes of villages, farms, country churches and bridges, as well as on portraits. He also painted extensively in the American Southwest and was on special assignment during World War II depicting the aftermath of war, Army and civilian life, while stationed in North Africa, Italy and southern France.
    The exhibit will be featured at the museum through December 31, 2013.
    Refreshments will be available at the open house.
    Regular open hours for 2013 are: April 20 to December 28: Monday - Saturday, 10 am to 4 p.m., Sundays 12 to 4 p.m. (Memorial day - Columbus Day). For more information, contact the Wayne County Historical Society at (570)253-3240 or wchshop@ptd.net or visit WayneHistoryPA.org.
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