Our Town Lincoln: Art gallery becoming a staple of Lincoln

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LINCOLN, Neb. — When Dietze Music House decided to move out of their downtown Lincoln store in 2013, many wondered who would be able to fill the space that Dietze had called home for more than 70 years.

Buck Kiechel had a pretty good idea who could properly utilize that space.

“Well, the very beginning was my mother, Vivian Kiechel started the business in 1986," Kiechel said.

Kiechel was in junior high when his mother was starting her art business.

"Mom used to bring me to all of the art shows and all of this stuff," he added.

The 1991 graduate of Lincoln Southeast High School got hooked.

“We always did have a shared interest. If you would've asked me when I was in college, do you think you will be taking over your mom's business in an art deal, I would have said you're crazy, but life happens," Kiechel said.

Kiechel took over the family business, Keichel Fine Art, in 2007, and after a long refurbishing project, the ceilings are now about nine feet higher than they were as a music store.

"We took something that was designed for acoustics and kind of gutted it out and cleared it up to make it more visual," Kiechel added.

Keichel Fine Art is an open gallery and he welcomes the public in from Tuesday through Saturday.

One of the best times to drop by is during the first Friday art event that takes place on the first Friday of each month.