Waterloo Center for the Arts

Rotary Lichty Gallery

View Our Upper Level Gallery Featuring Community Outreach Exhibits

The Rotary and Mr. & Mrs. Marion C. Lichty Gallery is located on the 2nd level/West Wing near the Hurwich Room and Rotary Room and Rooftop Deck. The Gallery features community outreach exhibits, in addition to exhibitions that are planned to interpret and expand upon the permanent collection and focus on Midwest Art, American Crafts, and Haitian and Caribbean Art.

On Display

Drawings By Don Kimmerle
Don Kimmerle of Independence, Iowa is a prolific undiscovered local artist. While in high school, Kimmerle was a student of ceramicist Dean Schwarz. Years later, Kimmerle has taken up drawing in his retirement after 35 years working as a janitor. The drawings included in this exhibition are on loan from Schwarz’ collection, and are representative of much of Kimmerle’s recent work.

Kimmerle describes his work as a part of a stress reduction practice and therapy. His materials of choice are No. 2 pencils and regular sketchbook paper. Techniques include overdrawing and erasing to create variation in the line quality. His process is intuitive. He looks to pictures, landscapes and his memories for inspiration, adding elements and
color as needed.

Viewers will likely recognize subjects from the Independence area depicted in Kimmerle’s work.