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Early Morning at Farmers & 
The Interpreters


Farmers Restaurant was an iconic part of Eastern Market for 45 years.  Day and night, people came by for a meal, before or after shopping at the market. Tim’s photo connected with me, the eerie stillness of the night, the quiet darkness descending upon a usually busy restaurant. Let's just say that the mood of the photo matched mine. And that Detroit is an important part of my roots, generating the impetus to paint the scene.



Sharlene Welton



Tim and I have worked on collaborations since 2016, when he curated several Interpretations exhibits.  Consequently, "Early Morning Breakfast in Detroit" was painted as part of an exhibit called Holes in the Wall. As part of our collaboration experience, Tim and I met for breakfast at Farmers, standing in a long line watching the busyness of a popular "hole in the wall", the owners, the cooks, the waitstaff, bustling about. After our meal, the owners even took the time to join us for a photo shoot! In 2019, shortly after this collaboration, the owners retired and Farmers Restaurant no longer exists.


Tim Tonachella




“Sharlene and I have collaborated since 2016, exhibiting together in a number of Interpretation Shows that I enjoyed curating, often alongside photographer, Jim Aho. I loved learning about the painting process and seeing how others interpreted my photos. Part of the beauty of collaboration is making friends.

Detroit is the focus of my photography. It makes me happy to share my pride and love of Detroit with others, especially when they smile and say, "that's my home".

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Belle Isle

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