On Thursday, Don Robb looked around a dimly-lit Witter Gallery, where he had just finished helping to install his new one-man exhibit, "The Backcountry of South Florida."
It is a long way from the Everglades to Storm Lake, but both hold a special place in this artist's heart.
"I grew up here, and went my first year of college at Buena Vista, back when it had perhaps 300-some students. I transferred out to UCLA, where I had some classes with more people than that - talk about your culture shock."
These days, Robb lives the life he loves, fishing five or six days a week, and then heading back to his studio to capture in pen-and-ink the wild places he has seen.
"Usually what I choose for my art are those places way hidden away that people don't usually see. They are places where you can only get with a canoe, not anything with a motor," he says.
Robb, retired from the graphic arts business in Washington, D.C. and Chicago, remains captivated by the Everglades, the islands and the wildlife of tropical south Florida. He lives in Naples, and makes a second career as a fishing guide and fly fishing teacher.
But still he remembers Storm Lake, and is proud to have studied here under the late Dorothy Skewis, the guiding force behind the art gallery where he stands today. "I always come back to Storm Lake," he says.
The exhibition will be on display through March 31, and is open to the public, free of charge.
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