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Photographers’ work to be celebrated at JCF

"Cereusly" by Dot Kret
“Cereusly” by Dot Kret

The Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona will host an artists’ reception featuring the work of Mendocino photographer Julie Masterson and Tucson photographer Dot Kret on Monday, Feb. 16 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the JCF office, 3567 E. Sunrise Dr., Suite 143.

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 nature, she hopes to deepen our resolve to preserve the “lost horizons” of our planet. Masterson’s 25-year career has been inspired by studying with master photographers Ansel Adams, Eliot Porter, Robert Glen Ketchum and Paul Caponigro. Her work can be viewed at

Dot Kret can’t remember a time when she didn’t have a camera in her hand, as she pursued her avocation. Her brother, Bernie Kret, who was a professional photographer in Los Angeles, was always supportive of her hobby and encouraged her to “do something” with her photography. After his death in 2001, Kret decided to honor her brother’s memory by donating her photographs to benefit nonprofit organizations. Kret’s passion for nature, architecture and humor are evident in her work and she can be seen all around Tucson looking for her next great shot.

The event is free; RSVPs are requested at or 577-0388.