Pinwheels to show support for Wilson arts

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The Carr, Riggs & Ingram accountants’ office became the first local business to install a pinwheel in support of the arts in Wilson on Friday morning.

“The arts council is essential to the vibrant culture of this community,” said Billy Hemby of Level Four Management, a division of Car, Riggs and Ingram, CPAs.

“The idea came from Dell Joyner, former past president of the arts council, who has promoted these pinwheels for years,” Hemby said. “It is intended to symbolize the very spirit and artisanship of the whirligig as produced originally by Vollis Simpson.”

Arts Council of Wilson President Beth Searcy was joined by council Executive Director Cathy Hardison in celebrating the new installation at the business, located at 2301 Airport Blvd.

Hemby and Mary Sargent of Level Four Management spearheaded the effort to get the 12-foot-tall pinwheel installed.

“Billy has been amazing,” Searcy said. “Billy and I talked about this project probably a year and a half ago or two years ago. Both had similar ideas, and he has put feet to that mission and made it come to fruition. It is just so exciting to think we can launch this now for the benefit of not only the Arts Council of Wilson, but the community as a whole and the Whirligig Park.”

Hemby said other cities have had success using a town symbol as a means of promoting the community and assisting local organizations in fundraising efforts.

Other companies have become interested in installing their own pinwheels, including Barton College at the Barton-Graves House, Land of Learning Child Care, Billy Ray’s Collision Center and the Boles, Ham, Dixon & Boles dental office.

The Arts Council of Wilson has a goal of installing 50 pinwheels around Wilson.

Hemby said this will “promote art, solidarity, creativity, commerce and goodwill in Wilson.”