Dot Kret

“Cereusly” by photographer Dot Kret

How many times have you heard, “A picture is worth a thousand words”? This classic quote is true, everyone can look at an old family photo and become instantly aware of conversations, smells, location, season, and remember how they felt in that moment. Photographs remind us of our history, culture, travels and life experiences. As the famed photographer Aaron Siskind said, “Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving…it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything”.

The Jewish Community Foundation is pleased to host an Artists Reception featuring the photographs of renowned Mendocino photographer Julie Masterson and well-known Tucson photographer Dot Kret. The no-cost Artists Reception will be held Monday February 16, 2015 from 5:30 to 7:00pm, at our offices located at 3567 E. Sunrise Dr., Suite 143. Please RSVP by email or call us at (520) 577-0388.

Julie Masterson

Photographer Julie Masterson

Julie Masterson’s passion for photography has taken her to such exotic locations as Tibet, Arabia, Africa, India, Patagonia, Antarctica, and the tundra of Hudson Bay. By returning from these locations with beautiful images of the extraordinary gifts of nature, she hopes to deepen our resolve to preserve the “Lost Horizons” of our planet. Julie’s 25 year career has been inspired by studying with Master Photographers Ansel Adams, Eliot Porter, Robert Glen Ketchum, and Paul Caponigro.

Dot Kret

Photographer Dot Kret

Dot Kret can’t remember a time when she didn’t have a camera in her hand, as she pursued her hobby. Her brother was always supportive of her hobby, and encouraged her to “do something with her photography. After her brother’s death, Dot decided to donate her photographs in his memory to benefit non-profit organizations. Dot can be all around Tucson looking for her next great shot. She has a passion for nature, architecture, and humor which are evident in her unedited works.


Jewish photographers have been at the forefront of photography since its inception. One such photographer is Joseph Rosenthal who took the famous picture of the raising of the U.S. Flag on Iwo Jima in World War II (Meyers, 2003). Then there is Annie Leibovitz who had storied career with Rolling Stone magazine, before she moved on to many successful private projects. There many other greats such as Aaron Siskind, Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, Diane Arbus, Robert Capa, and Dorothea Lange to name just a few (Meyers, 2003). The Jewish Community has played an amazing role in the progression of photography as an art form, and in this fine tradition of support for the arts the Jewish Community Foundation will be displaying the works of two modern photographers.

To find out more details for this no-cost event, email or call (520) 577-0388.

Written by: Eric Jones, Masters of Social Work Intern with the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona