Mr. Becker painted and donated this piece to the Reading Public Museum, to help raise funds through it’s annual Black and White Gala (2010). This black tie, evening of dinner and dancing, also hosted an auction which included this painting. The Gala had an overriding Art Deco theme emphasizing of course black and white. The swan and it’s particular dark composition were chosen as his subject with this in mind. The painting was auctioned off and was the highest single money raising item of the night.