Another unique show is coming to ARTWORKS around town. This time it is a “family affair”. Artworks member, Ed Doughty, artist, wood carver, and miniature wood craftsman and his son, David Doughty, a painter, will be showing their work for the month of October. Their exhibition will open Friday, October 3rd at ARTWORKS around town in Wheeling’s Centre Market, 2200 Market Street, Wheeling from 5:30 to 8PM.
Ed Doughty is a meticulous craftsman in everything he does, and he pretty much does everything. He is one of those curious people who, when challenged by something he sees or learns about, is fascinated enough to figure “it” out and try to craft it himself. A self-taught craftsman who became a carpenter and cabinetmaker, Ed has perfected the art of miniature wood models, from the 14’ long replica of the Wheeling Suspension Bridge to the minute detail on his many carvings of early fire engines and the tiny trappings of the horses pulling the many carriages he has carved. Ed carves horses with saddles and without. He has carved Queen Elizabeth’s coronation carriage, American Civil War cannons and caissons, covered bridges, locomotives, stagecoaches and the Oglebay Mansion Museum.
This retired artist never stops. He built his studio, a complete house. He remodeled and redesigned ARTWORKS’ storage room. Ed rarely sleeps, and when he does he probably dreams up projects in his sleep.