Ed Doughty is a multi-media artist and craftsman. From building houses to creating tiny carved walnut baskets, Ed’s skill as an artist, carpenter, cabinet maker, and wood carver is as varied as it is phenomenal. On Friday, November 4, 2016, his solo show opens at ARTWORKS around town at the Centre Market. As part of Wheeling’s First Friday celebration, Ed’s show, “Mixed Media” will be open from 5:30 to 8:00 and continue through the month of November.
Carvings of large and small historically and detail accurate items is one of Ed’s specialties. His newest series is his hand carved collection of spinning wheels. Each spinning wheel has been researched and is accurate in every detail. Another, small in size, carved collection is of authentically researched, once again, Viking weapons.
Ed’s expertise in carving ranges from hand carved vintage trains and fire engines, historical scenes of Civil War cannonade groups to carved horses and saddles. His newest carving adventures have been in creating realistically carved birds. Taking lessons from another Artworks member, Susan Dorsch, Ed, in his retirement, is learning and researching. Susan generously agreed to tutor Ed in carving realistic birds. Several of the birds from Susan’s lessons will be part of the exhibit.
Ed’s acrylic paintings of great detail will also be part of this show. All new works of local landmarks including the Pike Island Dam and Lock will be on display. Ed’s acrylic paintings are almost photographic in detail.
His paintings and carvings include a monumental 14 foot model of the Wheeling Suspension Bridge, (currently at the Underground Railroad Museum in Flushing, Ohio), his historically accurate trains, wagons, and carriages with their horses have been displayed lately at Towngate Theatre in Wheeling, the Underground Railroad Museum in Flushing, the Delf Norona Museum in Moundsville, the Monroe Art Center in Woodsfield, and the Bellaire City Library. His newest award was from the Steubenville Art Association for his “ Sammis Lock and Barge” painting adding to his long list of awards and shows. His 14 foot Wheeling Suspension Bridge toured the state of West Virginia for over a year under the auspices of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History.
Ed still resides in Martins Ferry with his wife, Helen, painting in the winter months and carving in the warmer months. Be sure that Ed is already researching a new skill or subject area for his ever curious mind and artistic skill to conquer or expand.