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Time to Eat: Diners and Other Eateries

January 26-June 5, 2009


Watercolors by Becky Haletky


“When I was a child, my parents took our family on cross-country trips every summer. Strangely, it isn’t the Grand Canyon that burned into my memory; what left the strongest impression were the gas stations and diners where we stopped en route.”  Thus, when Massachusetts artist Becky Haletky took up painting as an adult, she sought out disappearing roadside relics to render in watercolor. Evocative paintings on display included a glowing but lonely Munson Diner (New York City) at midnight and New Bedford’s famous Shawmut Diner, awash in a downpour surrounded by an empty parking lot.