We are very fortunate to have four very large whirligigs made by the late, great folk artist Vollis Simpson of Lucama, NC. Vollis was always very concerned to know that we were taking good care of his whirligigs, making especially certain that they were properly greased. Vollis passed away this summer at the age of 94, but his artwork will live on for many years in his honor thanks to the great care of fellow folk artist Riley Foster.
Riley is a metal worker extraordinaire who has spent untold hours over the past few months tending to every facet of the whirligigs. He has completely disassembled them, repaired the mechanics, greased them mightily, and touched up the paint to maintain their splendor. The project is almost completed and they look great! This one was just put back up today and is spinning happily over the Village Center. Stop by soon to see them.
Riley will be exhibiting with us at our Folk Art Show coming up the weekend of February 22-23, 2014. Come by to see him and all of his fellow artists and spend a little extra time appreciating Vollis’s spectacular whirligigs. What a legacy left by a gentle giant of a man — we are indeed lucky to have them gracing Fearrington.