He grew up on Grand Lake St. Mary’s, so he used to fish. One of his paintings depicts fat fish in a gray to blue continuum shown vertically on a vibrant geometric background. The shapes and angles are paramount to the piece. He is also presenting a textured painting of the Carillon Brewing Company, along with some prints in the glass case that include a wood engraving of St. Anne’s rooftops.
“Printmaking is schizophrenic. Wood engravings are meticulous and time consuming. The drawing may be spontaneous, but the execution is very precision oriented,” said Fiely. “For painting, it’s just nice and loose and free; reacting to the subject and trying to get the story.”
He has a graduate degree in printmaking at Bowling Green. He taught K-12 art at Stryker, a little rural community in northern Ohio where he raised chickens, goats and turkeys on a 5.6-acre farm. He is a professor emeritus from Defiance College, where he’s taught all types of art classes.
Fiely moved to Dayton about 3 years ago, but he’s been involved with the Dayton art community for the past 20 years. He’s been involved in Art on the Commons, and he has some private and corporate collections in the Oregon District and downtown.
On February 25, he will be the featured artist for Art at the Trace at Yankee Trace Golf Club. The painting that he is donating for the auction is “Ruth’s Pewter,” an acrylic on canvas still-life of a woman’s collection of mugs, and vases, and chalices. The event is sponsored by the Centerville Arts Commission. Advance tickets are $15; price at the door is $20.
Fiely is a member of the Dayton Visual Arts Center, the Dayton Society of Artists, and the Dayton Printmakers Cooperative. He presented works recently during DVAC’s Holiday Gift Gallery, and this past year has shown his art at River Center Gallery in Toledo, ArtSpace in Lima, and 4 Corners Gallery in Angola, Indiana.
WANT TO GO?
What: Works by Doug Fiely
Where: The Art Gallery at Centerville P.D., 155 W. Spring Valley Road.
When: Continues through Jan. 31
Artist Reception: 2 to 4 p.m. Sun., Jan. 15
More Info: 937-433-7151, www.fielyarts.com