Five galleries of works by William "Wiili" Armstrong, "the High Country's Van Gogh."
Wiili was an artist, poet, and naturalist, best known for his paintings and constructed sculpture. Typically characterized as an "outsider artist", Wiili was untrained but prolific, frequently painting on things he found lying around. The work of a man who struggled with his own demons (including bipolar disorder, agoraphobia and alcohol and drug abuse), his colorful, whimsical paintings are reminiscent of Van Gogh, Chagall, and Gauguin. He often sold his work in downtown Boone, where he moved in 1993 and lived until his death in 2003.
A look back at the Grandfather Home for Children, in the Historic Objects Gallery.