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Schiel collection among walk highlights





Dennis Schiel's paintings at Friday's Spring Gallery Walk should have a familiar look.

Titled "Farming ... and of course, Tractors," Schiel's collection will be on display at Midland Marketing, 219 E. Ninth.

The Spring Gallery Walk is sponsored by Hays Arts Council and will feature the 44th annual Smoky Hill Art Exhibition.

"That's the anchor every year of our spring art walk," said Hays Arts Council Executive Director Brenda Meder.

The evening's activities are slated to start at 6:30 and last until 9:30 p.m. Schiel's display at Midland Marketing will be from 6 to 8 p.m.

Midland Marketing has commissioned Schiel to do several pieces since he moved to Hays approximately five years ago.

"They are probably the biggest collector of my artwork in Hays," Schiel said. "They probably have around 30 of my pieces.

"They're all related to the farm industry, everything from paintings of existing elevators in different towns they are in, to the animals they are involved with, to the crops; lot of tractor pictures."

Schiel, who said he has been an artist "all my life," moved from Colorado. He has found Hays -- for a town its size -- to be a happening place as far as the arts community.

"It's pretty much amazing," he said. "I've been all over the country, and Hays -- and Kansas itself -- is really focused toward the arts."

Schiel appreciates the feedback he receives on his work.

"Probably the thing that makes my artwork more popular is that nobody tells them what to like, they just like what they like," he said of people who look at his paintings. "They tell you if they like it or don't like it. They don't listen to critics."

Schiel, who has his own studio downtown, usually has part of his collection available for viewing during gallery walks.

"I always look forward to an art walk," he said. "Brenda's set up quite a show this year."