Local art leader donates original Ebel watercolor to Tabor College – Staff

Marguerite DeLair Goertz, long-time Hillsboro resident and co-founder of the Hillsboro Arts & Crafts Association, recently donated an original piece of August Richard Ebel?s art work to Tabor College.

The watercolor, titled ?Buck?s Run,? is an example of the early artistic work produced by Ebel, who taught art at the college from 1911 to 1964.

Goertz acquired ?Buck?s Run? several years ago during the estate sale of Art and Martha Funk. She remembers admiring the painting on the Funk?s dining room wall years before.

?I was interested in it because of my personal ties with Professor Ebel,? Goertz said. ?It was under his direction that I learned watercolor.?

Goertz said there was never a question of whether she would eventually donate the painting to Tabor College.

?Professor Ebel?s artistic ability and passion for teaching were assets to the Tabor community,? she said. ?He gave so much of his life to Tabor. I want the college to remember him.?

Before teaching art there, Ebel attended Tabor College as a student. He also studied at the Chicago Art Institute, Boston Museum School of Fine Arts, Kalamazoo Art School in Michigan, and earned a master?s degree at the University of Kansas.

He died in July of 1979.

A collection of Ebels?s charcoal works, titled ?Faces and Places,? can be seen lining a hall of the Tabor College Library.

?Buck?s Run? is yet to be placed on the campus, but it may be viewed by the public by contacting Jack Braun, vice president of advancement, at 947-3121.

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