Central School’s 1st Floor Gallery will be exhibiting the late Douglas Doty’s private collection of paintings. The Gallery is open Mon. - Fri. from 9am to 5pm.
Douglas Doty’s style and subject matter evolved from simple childhood sketches to intricate woodcarvings. After retiring from local industry, Doug devoted the majority of his time to his art and gardening. It was also during post retirement that Doug discovered wood carving as an effective means of artistic expression.
His early works rendered in oil and watercolor had a primitive quality. The rounded shoulders of his subjects was an identifying factor that branded the work as his own. He especially enjoyed capturing the rural people of the early South as well as architecture of an earlier time. In addition to drawing, painting, woodworking, woodcarving, antique furniture repair, and scale models of significant architecture, Doug also dabbled in clay.
His later works were rendered exclusively in water color and tended to be more realistic and employed more effective use of light, especially in skyscapes. Of particular interest was his re-creation of small-town street scenes and country settings produced from photographs of an earlier time.
Original artwork is not for sale, but a limited number of reproductions may be professionally printed if there is interest.
For more information, contact the Arts Council office at (337) 439-2787.