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Holch’s designs, gallery profiled

The Holch Gallery in Nantucket, Mass., run by Eric Holch '70 — and the designer himself — were profiled in the July 2005 issue of Nantucket Today. The magazine is published five times a year by The Inquirer and Mirror, a weekly newspaper on the island.

The story describes his short walk from home to work, his Alerion sloop, Owl, designed in 1912 as a day-sailer; and his drawings, paintings, posters, notecards, boxers and neckties.

“I paint so I can sail,” he told reporter Joel Silverstein. His work was featured in several Japanese galleries from the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s, when that country was obsessed with “anything American,” he said.

Holch grew up in Andover, Mass., and then Greenwich, Conn.; his parents owned a home on Nantucket in the 1950s. He and his wife, Betsy, met on the HWS campus. They are the parents of two adult children.