7.20.2010

Folk Art In Eastern North Carolina

"My knees are wore out." And so he can't climb to oil his works of art. So that they continue to move and spin and delight. Vollis Simpson's folk art whirligigs (this link is a couple of years old) are beloved in Eastern North Carolina and famous with the art crowd throughout America.

His outsider art (an April 2010 NYT story with wonderful photographs) has drawn new attention as the city of Wilson, NC and cultural agencies work to find a new home for his works, where they can be taken care of and enjoyed.

Below is an 8 minute introspective video in the style of those classic CBS Sunday Morning closing video essays.




Meet Vollis in the video below.


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