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Photographs by Roselle Artist Wolf Kretlow on Exhibit at Pearl Street Gallery

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ELIZABETH, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to present an exhibit of photographs by Wolf Kretlow of Roselle in the gallery space at the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, at 633 Pearl Street in Elizabeth. A selection of his work entitled “Union County Impressions” is on display at the Pearl Street Gallery until July 27. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

“We are delighted to display Wolf Kretlow’s images of Union County’s historic buildings and scenic parks,” said Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski, liaison to the Cultural and Heritage Programs Advisory Board. “The quality of his work is well known and captures the beauty of our area. We are very glad to present a collection of his work at the Pearl Street Gallery.”

Wolf Kretlow was born in Berlin, Germany and grew up in Munich. He moved to Union County in 1966 and began photographing local scenes, nature and architecture 30 years ago. He is self-trained, studying through photography books, careful observation and conversations on technique with photographers, and years of shooting and printing photographs.

Working with a Sony 35mm SLR digital camera, a variety of lenses, Photoshop and other software programs, and an Epson color printer, he creates vibrant and detailed prints of his beautifully composed photographs. In 2010, Wolf Kretlow won first place in the non-professional photography category in the Union County Senior Art Show. He recently placed second in that category in the 2012 Union County Senior Art Show.

Mr. Kretlow generously shares his talents as a volunteer photographer for the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs. His work has graced the cover of the pamphlet “In & About Union County” and his beautiful photographs of the historic Saint John’s Parsonage, site of the Cultural and Heritage Office, have portrayed the building throughout the seasons.

Wolf photographed events at the Teen Arts Festival in 2011 and 2012, and he documented the New Jersey State Senior Art Show in 2011. He worked as a freelance photographer for the Historic Midtown Elizabeth Special Improvement District, Liberty Hall Museum, and The National Arts Program® for Union County Employees and Their Families. He is a wedding photographer as well.

Union County artists (whose works can be hung on a wall) interested in exhibiting in the gallery space are welcome to apply. For more information about the Pearl Street Gallery or other programs, please contact the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, 633 Pearl Street, Elizabeth NJ 07202. Free on-site parking is available. Telephone (908) 558-2550. NJ Relay users can dial 711. E-mail

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