Who We Are

The Brandon Artists Guild is a vibrant, diverse group of more than 30 Vermont artists and artisans. It was formed in 1999 under the leadership of renowned folk artist Warren Kimble with the purpose of promoting the arts in and around Brandon, Vermont. The organization sprang to life when an unused storefront became available and was turned into a cooperative gallery. The original 12 artists called themselves and their gallery space the Brandon Artists Guild.

The Really Really Pig Show

The Guild really blossomed in 2003 with the advent of “The Really Really Pig Show”. Forty life-sized fiberglass pigs were sourced and decorated by Guild artists, talented town members and students from eight area schools. Small-town Brandon had never undertaken such an ambitious art project, but the enthusiasm of the Guild members was contagious and soon the entire community became involved. Unveiled at our traditional Memorial Day parade, the pigs were displayed all summer throughout the village and auctioned off on a beautiful October weekend. The Pig Show 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. Funds generated from this spectacular event enabled the Guild to purchase and renovate our exhibit space, attract new members and establish the gallery as an essential stop for Vermont art lovers.

The success of the Pig Show was followed by a popular series of annual community-wide art projects based first on birdhouses, then rocking chairs, artist palettes, Cats and Dogs, “Thinking Outside the Box,” and finally, “Art Makes Brandon Tick”.

A Commitment to Supporting the Arts

Local schools have been included in all of these activities, with a portion of the funds raised going directly to our youngest 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 offers special support for visual arts programs in the local schools and after-school activities.

Join us!

Become a part of Vermont’s vibrant art community. The Guild gallery is open 7 days a week, from 10am to 5pm Monday through Saturday, 10am to 4pm Sunday. Gallery events with an art focus continue all year long and shows featuring the work of individual artists can be seen along with a selection of works by 30+ member-artists.

Join as a supporting member and receive our e-newsletter, a 10% discount on gallery purchases ($100 maximum daily discount) plus  invitations to all Brandon Artists Guild events.Or join the Guild as an exhibiting artist member – artists and artisans in all media are welcome to apply to our Spring or Fall juries.