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Westport Photographer Evokes Harbor Moods In New Exhibit

Local artist Tom Kretsch's new exhibit "Harbor Moods" opens Thursday in Westport.
Local artist Tom Kretsch's new exhibit "Harbor Moods" opens Thursday in Westport. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTPORT, Conn. — From the colorful boats in Nice Harbor, to the hardscrabble shores of Newfoundland, to the rugged coast of Maine, and to the docks along the shores of Connecticut, Westport's Tom Kretsch has followed his passion for observing life by the harbor.

In this photographic exhibition opening Aug. 11 at Rockwell Art and Framing on 236 Post Road E. in Westport, a collection of images created over many years of observing life near the edge of the harbor will be featured.

From the abstract to a graphic use of color to very simple mood provoking images, Tom’s exhibit will present his impressions as seen at many beautiful harbors both near and far.

Although not a sailor, Kretsch has spent much time observing the atmosphere by the harbor.

“I am always seeing so many beautiful shapes, colors and moods as I travel along the docks and the shoreline by the harbor," he said. "The colors, reflections, textures and shapes have given me a great tapestry of material to create this body of work.”

Kretsch has been a resident of Westport for 42 years. A teacher in the Norwalk Public Schools for some 37 years, his interest and passion for photography evolved over many years of shooting and studying the work of master photographers.

Mostly self- taught, he has participated in workshops at the Maine School of Photography.

He created his business Peaceful Places and now exhibits his work at outdoor shows throughout New England. His work has won many awards at art festivals and some of his work has been purchased in public and private businesses, including Sloane Kettering Hospital in New York City.

The opening will be Thursday, Aug. 11, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., with the exhibit continuing until Oct. 7.

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