Sunday, July 17, 2011

Raleigh newspaper surprise

Galen and I went out this morning and bought several copies of the Sunday Raleigh News & Observer after seeing Galen's photo in the Arts & Living section! We picked up a few copies at a nearby gas station and then headed to Starbucks to sit, relax and read.

Whirligigs in Wilson are making the news. The Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park received a $250,000 grant from The National Endowment for the Arts to refurbish the whirligigs and move them to a two-acre park in downtown Wilson.

Here is Galen working on the Christmas Tree whirligig. (The following photos are courtesy of The News & Observer.)

Below is the famed folk artist, Vollis Simpson.

Galen also made the front page of The Wilson Times earlier this week (photo with Vollis Simpson.)

Hubby is happy to be a part of the restoration of the whirligigs. The warehouse is located on the corner of Douglas and Barnes Streets and is open for visitors anytime Monday thru Friday. Large photographs of Vollis Simpson and the whirligigs taken by local photographer Burk Uzzle line the outside of the warehouse.

It's an exciting time for downtown Wilson, NC!


Catherine Holman said...

How exciting to see your husband in the paper and what a talented guy!

Mimi Sue said...

Exciting is right! What a fabulous project to work on. If I wasn't so far away I'd come take a look. Mimi

Pondside said...

What a great thing to do - it's so important to keep those pieces of our folk heritage before the public. Congrats to your husband on what he's doing!

La Vie Quotidienne said...

This is just wonderful! so exciting and what a terrific progect to be involved with. You must be very proud of him.(-:


Dang. That is fabulous work. Congratulations.

Donna said...

Well, How Wonderful for him!!!
Boy, I wouldn't know how to built one of those if I tried!
Talented Hubby you've got there Miz Donna!!!