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Translucence by David T. Kessler Opens Feb. 24 at Desert Botanical Garden

February 2, 2017


Dana Terrazas – Director of Marketing 
Phone: 480 481.8101

Translucence by David T. Kessler Opens Feb. 24 at Desert Botanical Garden 

Phoenix, AZ – The Desert Botanical Garden is pleased to present Arizona artist David T. Kessler as he explores the awe-inspiring element of water in his beautiful paintings. The exhibit, Translucence, will open February 24 and remains on display through May 7. The exhibit is included with membership or paid Garden admission. 

Renowned for creating the illusion of depth on a flat surface, Kessler’s paintings capture the dynamic qualities of refracted light using a technique he has perfected over 25 years. “I gravitate to water because it’s a universal symbol; everyone recognizes it. It allows me to paint both identifiable and abstract imagery. I like having that range,” says Kessler. 

WHEN: February 24 through May 7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Ottosen Gallery at Desert Botanical Garden

COST: Included with Membership or paid Garden Admission

INFO: Call 480 941-1225 or visit

The exhibition is courtesy of Bentley Gallery and is sponsored by APS.

About The Artist 
David T. Kessler was born in Park Ridge, New Jersey. At the age of two, his family moved to Phoenix.  He attended Arizona State University, where he received the award for Outstanding Graduate in Studio Art in 1972.  In 1973, he married Susan and was one of 12 painters accepted into the graduate program at The San Francisco Art Institute, where he received his M.F.A. in 1975.  After seven years, David and his family moved back to Arizona, where he continues to live and work.  His paintings have been exhibited internationally since 1977, with shows in Tokyo, Strasbourg, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Scottsdale and New York.  Kessler's paintings are in the permanent collections of The Strasbourg Contemporary Museum of Art, The Brooklyn Museum, The Minnesota Museum of Art, The Museum of the Rhode Island School of Design, The Santa Barbara Museum, The Barrington Art Center, and others.  Within Arizona, his work is in the collections of The Phoenix Art Museum, The Scottsdale Center for the Arts, The Tucson Museum of Art, Arizona State University Art Museum and Northern Arizona University Art Museum.

About Desert Botanical Garden
A “Phoenix Point of Pride,” the Desert Botanical Garden is one of only a few botanical gardens accredited by the American Association of Museums. It is a privately funded, non-profit organization, and depends on revenues from admissions and gift shop sales, as well as contributions from individuals and businesses to fund its programs of environmental education, plant conservation and research.