Gallery show celebrates folk and outsider art

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As part of the Hammond Gallery Series, the Arts Council of Wilson will present a collection of folk and self-taught “outsider” art as its next exhibit in the Boykin Center, May 9 to June 29.

This show will feature folk arts and crafts in a variety of mediums. Represented artists include Vollis Simpson, Earl Boykin, Travis Driver, Oliver Nestus Freeman, Ron Gay, Julie Haas, S.R. High, Annie Hooper and Kim Joy.

Visitors will enjoy pottery face jugs, mosaic covered guitars, pysanky eggs, handwoven baskets and hand-stitched quilts, as well as a vase by Oliver Nestus Freeman, statues by Annie Hooper, shell art by Earl Boykin and several pieces from the Arts Council’s permanent collection.

The whirligigs, created by world-renown “outsider” artist Vollis Simpson, served as the inspiration for this eclectic exhibit, and a variety of his colorful kinetic sculptures will be the centerpieces of this show.

The opening reception on Thursday, May 9, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., is free and open to the public. Meet some of the artists and enjoy light refreshments as you enjoy this collection created by local artisans.

Regular gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.