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Westport Historical Society Exhibits 'The Beautiful Pond'

"Walkway to Compo Cove" is part of a new exhibit by artist Judith Orseck Katz at the Westport Historical Society.
"Walkway to Compo Cove" is part of a new exhibit by artist Judith Orseck Katz at the Westport Historical Society. Photo Credit: Contributed
"Walk With Me To The Mill Pond" is part of a new exhibit by artist Judith Orseck Katz at the Westport Historical Society.
"Walk With Me To The Mill Pond" is part of a new exhibit by artist Judith Orseck Katz at the Westport Historical Society. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTPORT, Conn. -- The Westport Historical Society had an opening reception Sunday, May 15, for its new exhibit, "the beautiful POND," which continues through Sept. 3.

The exhibit celebrates Old Mill Pond in Compo Cove in Westport. As the first working mill and first commercial enterprise in what is now part of Westport, the Sherwood Mill Pond's grist mill gave the area the commerce required to be chartered.

The exhibit celebrates a piece of history of Westport as told through the book and paintings of Judith Orseck Katz.

Katz’s book, "the beautiful POND," tells the story of summers spent on the pond, the history of the gates and aquaculture as an important industry in the pond.

The exhibit features Latz' original art work with colors of the pond and its surrounding areas.

Other exhibits include the history of Allen’s Clam House and Compo Cove.

Katz is an author, painter and ceramic sculptor, as well as advertising and graphic designer. Her paintings have been exhibited in galleries throughout New York and Connecticut.

All proceeds from the book will benefit SoundWaters, a nonprofit based in Fairfield County to help pay for the organization’s academic summer programs for low-income students.

The Westport Historical Society is at 25 Avery Place.

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