Mayor of Elizabeth, New Jersey attends reception


Left to right: Andrea Wirkus, J. Christian Bollwage, Wolf Kretlow

The Nov 13 reception for our current artist, Wolf Kretlow, drew a nice crowd. With great interest people viewed his photographs of historic Union county, many amazed that such old structures still existed. Mayor of Elizabeth, J. Christian Bollwage, was in attendance and thrilled to see the historic photographs of his city.

Most residents of NJ don’t know that the state has such a long and important past and that many of the structures in Wolf’s photographs played an important part in shaping that history. Stay tuned for a future blog entry where I will be focusing in on the American history behind the photographs.


18th Century Woodruff Farmhouse – Hillside, NJ


Fanwood, NJ Trainstation


Historical Union County


New Jersey is celebrating its 350th anniversary. “Historic Union County” our current exhibit of photographs by Wolf Kretlow, captures the historical architecture of Union County over the centuries. In his 35+ pieces you can see beautiful old churches, museums, taverns. A past era that, fortunately, still exists for us to enjoy.


Merchants and Dovers tavern – Rahway

His presentation of the subject matter is spectacular. Large format, most of the photographs also come collaged with the plaques from these historical places, or labeled with their names. Some have multiple views of these delightful pieces of history.historical-renactment

Come to the reception on Nov 13 and take a trip to a now passed era. Meet the photographer and let him enchant you with stories about these places that go beyond the images.