About the BAG
The Guild is a vibrant, diverse group of more than 50 artists in various media, formed in 1999 as under the leadership of renowned folk artist Warren Kimble with the purpose of promoting the arts in the area surrounding Brandon, Vermont. The organization sprang to life when an unused storefront became available and was turned into a rudimentary gallery. The original 12 artists called themselves and their gallery space The Brandon Artists Guild but the organization really blossomed in 2003 with the advent of “The Really Really Pig Show.
A town as small as Brandon had never undertaken an arts project so large but the enthusiasm of the Guild members was contagious and soon the entire community was involved. Forty fiberglass pigs were brought to town and decorated by Guild artists, talented town members and students from our eight area schools. Unveiled and paraded on the Memorial Day weekend, the pigs soon could be seen on display throughout the village and were auctioned on an October weekend. The event attracted thousands of visitors and, as the first event of its kind in Vermont, established Brandon as one of the most exciting places to experience art and artists in the state – if not the entire Northeast. With the funds generated from this spectacular event, the Brandon Artists Guild was able to purchase and renovate their gallery space, all the while adding to its membership up to its present status as an essential stop for anyone visiting Vermont’s galleries.
The pig project was followed by annual community-wide art projects whose subject was next birdhouses, then rocking chairs, then artist palettes, then Cats and Dogs, then ” Thinking Outside the Box,” and now “Art Makes Brandon Tick”.
The local schools are involved in all of these activities and some of the funds raised go directly to these young artists. As a 501(c)3 non-profit cultural organization dedicated to supporting the visual arts and artists through exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations and educational programs, the Guild has particularly backed the arts programs in the local schools and in after-school programs.
Events with an art focus continue all year long. The gallery itself is open 7 days a week, from 10 am to 5 pm, and shows featuring the work of individual artists can be seen along with rotating exhibits of all 50 plus member-artists. Click on the “Calendar” page to see the schedule of events. Become a part of Vermont’s vibrant art community. You can join the Guild as an artist member – all media are welcome and the jury meets twice annually. You can also join as a non-artist member. You’ll receive our newsletter, a 10% discount on art bought at the gellary, and special invitations to all Brandon Artists Guild events.