Appearing in the Studio Gallery at ARTWORKS around town for the month of February is well-known artist and wood carver, Ed Doughty. Doughty has been a member of Artworks for many years and has delighted visitors to the gallery with his realistic images of historic buildings and bridges rendered in paint as well as three-dimensional carved wood pieces. The show will open with a free reception from 5:30 until 8 p.m. at Wheeling’s Historic Centre Market, 2200 Market St.
Doughty grew up during the Great Depression as part of a large family struggling to make ends meet in the steel manufacturing town of Martins Ferry, Ohio. He escaped the stress of his situation by using his imagination. He loved to draw. When he was in the eighth grade, the Times Leader Newspaper featured the mural work he had rendered on the Central School windows and chalkboards.
As an adult, Ed became a carpenter and cabinet maker but he retained his passion for sketching and painting. He soon combined his artistic abilities with his cabinet making skills creating thousands of wood carvings and miniatures. Calling Doughty “a history buff”, his wife, Helen has been a huge supporter and has steadfastly been at his side during this creative journey. His carved subjects include; Civil war cannon and caissons, covered bridges, locomotives, stagecoaches, Conestoga wagons, antique fire engines, horses and even Queen Elizabeth’s golden carriage. He has specialized in recreating historically significant structures in miniature, including representations of the Bridgeport-Wheeling Island Covered Bridge, Hilltop Two Room schoolhouse, the Wheeling Suspension Bridge, the Oglebay Mansion and Monument Place.
His many awards include a recognization by the Steubenville Art Association for his painting of the Sammis Lock with a barge on the Ohio River. He has also been recognized with the Ohio Senate Merit Award. This painting will be in the February show along with pieces including Native American and Norse-style tools and carved and painted birds. He has also had work displayed at the Underground Railroad Museum in Flushing, Ohio and the Monroe Art Center. He has also won the James Kaupman Memorial Award.
In the North Gallery, Owens Brown’s photographs will be on display for the entire month. Brown is the president of the WV NAACP and past president of the Wheeling NAACP. He states “This exhibition is about letting the majority culture see how Afro-centric beauty is defined.” As far as how he decides what to photograph, he does not look for anything specific. “Whenever I think I see the subject for a picture I will take it without hesitation.” Tim Midget gave him his first water color kit. At first, he wanted to paint the pictures that he took with his camera but he discovered that he was better at photography than at painting.
ARTWORKS around townis a non profit gallery providing exhibit space for juried artists as well as promoting educational activities for the community. Hours are 10:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. except for Fridays when closing is at 6:00 p.m.