Things will be stirring in the local art world this spring. As the North Carolina Museum of Art embarks on a major renovation, a mom-and-pop business in Pittsboro hopes to break ground on a new folk and outsider art museum. It’s an exciting prospect for an area whose rich artisanal tradition predates its fine-arts pedigree.
The Small Museum of Folk Art is the vision of Dave Clark and Lisa Piper, who own the Small B&B Café. According to a press release, they received a gift from an unnamed donor of more than 400 pieces of folk and outsider art, including pieces from notable locals such as Vollis Simpson, the whirligig creator who passed away last year, as well as Clyde Jones, Jimmy Lee Sudduth and Virgil Lee Johnson.
According to the release, the museum facility has already been designed, and will be located on the same property as the Café, at the corner of Small and East Streets. The design plans are eco-friendly, including solar power, water reclamation and salvaged construction materials.