Margaret Kessler: 40 Years in the Arts opens August 15

An art exhibit featuring oil paintings and art quilts by a local artist will be on display beginning August 15 in the Close Community Room of Eckhart Public Library.

Eckhart Kessler Art 1   Eckhart Kessler Art 2

“Margaret Kessler: 40 Years in the Arts” will be on display August 15-28 in the Close Community Room. A reception honoring Kessler and opening the show is scheduled for Friday, August 15, from 5-7 p.m.

Kessler, an Auburn native, and her childhood sweetheart, Jere, raised two sons in Texas. During that time, Kessler pursued her interest in art by painting oil landscapes. She painted her first painting of wild sunflowers at a Dallas county recreation center in 1973. Ten years later, she began teaching week-long workshops across America. She won major awards in Dallas, New York, and Indianapolis, and her work was included in the National Arts for the Parks exhibit in Jackson Hole, Wy.

Kessler also began submitting oil-painting articles to trade magazines. When an editor requested more how-to articles, Kessler decided to write a book instead. Her “Painting Better Landscapes,” published in 1987, is considered a classic.

Kessler decided to hang up her brushes 30 years after she completed her first painting and completed her second book, “Color Harmony,” in 2004.

Kessler also began a new artistic pursuit: artistic quilting. She explores a variety of subjects, including flowers, cats, rabbits, birds, and underwater scenes using hand-dyed batik fabrics from Indonesia. However, Kessler is best known for her bookcase quilt, “BBK: Bookcase Before Kindles.” Kessler visualized a piece of hand-dyed fabric that looked like wood grain as the back panel of a bookcase, then began to hunt for fabric that would work for books.

Kessler’s quilts have been accepted international quilt shows in Houston and Shipshewana. Her bookcase quilt won the Viewer’s Choice Award at the Shipshewana show.

Margaret and Jere Kessler, a retired mechanical engineer, returned to Auburn two years ago.  Their two sons and families live in Washington, D.C. and Hong Kong, China.


About Jenny

I am the Associate Director of Eckhart Public Library. My office is in the Administrative Annex, but I can often be found roaming the Eckhart Public Library Campus, performing acts of librarianship in every department! I love to read and learn about history. I'm also a huge fan of movies, TV and pop culture in general, and I love to read books of all types. Currently, I'm working my way around the romance section, with some historical fiction and graphic novels thrown in for variety! But you never know what I'm going to pick up next.
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