Our Creative Economy
Brandon’s Creative Economy is red hot! We have visual and performing artists, shops with flair and style, galleries, an active Town Hall, a history museum, and a tea room!
Local Artists have come together to create an art gallery/store right in downtown Brandon. The Brandon Artists Guild, at 7 Center St. (802-247-4956), represents more than 50 talented people who are juried in order to enter. These are the folks who brought community art projects to Vermont. Brandon. Their shows include:The Really Really Pig Show, Brandon Is For The Birds, Brandon Rocks, Its Reigning Cats & Dogs, Brandon: Thinking Outside the Box, Starring Brandon, Sunflowers and Art Makes Brandon Tick! The gallery is open daily at 7 Center St. (802) 247-4956. Visit their website at: http://brandonartistsguild.org/
Brandon’s most famous artist, Warren Kimble, still works and paints in Brandon although he no longer has a gallery open to the public. You may contact him for serious inquiries about originals at (802-247-8880). When not in his own gallery, Warren can be found around town helping other artists, working at the Brandon Artists Guild, helping with committees, and having a good time.
The Judith Reilly Gallery, featuring Judith’s fabric art, is open on Friday and Saturday afternoons at 24 Conant Square. Visit with Judy in her historic home and marvel at her quilts and pen and ink drawings. For more information, contact Judy by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or at 802-247-8421. Her web address is judithreilly.com
Artisans at the Bend is located “at the bend” on Route 7 near the edge of the village. The barn is a studio/gallery for creating contemporary folk art paintings and sculpture. Owner/artists Robin Rodda Kent and Jim Barner’s works have been purchased by the American Folk Art Museum in New York City, the Warren Kimble Museum’s permanent collection in Brandon, and carried by prominent galleries nationwide. Open by chance or appointment. Call 802-247-6637.
Surrounded by gracious countryside just outside of Brandon’s artistic downtown lies Brandon Music – Vermont’s classical music haven. Brandon Music is the North American headquarters of owner Stephen Sutton’s British classical music record company, Divine Art Recordings Group. Located in Warren Kimble’s former historic red barn studio and gallery, Brandon Music hosts the Divine Art CD Store, Harmony English Tea Room, a Vermont art gallery, and a vintage collector’s corner. Brandon Music is open year round and more information is available at www.brandonmusicvt.com or by calling 802-465-4071. 62 Country Club Rd.
The Brandon Town Hall is the town’s 1861 architectural gem. For many years, the building lay dormant. Now, a group of hard-working and dedicated volunteers have brought the building to life. Within the past few years, more than $500,000 has been raised in grants and donations, large and small, and some major projects completed–including the construction of elegant marble steps to the main entrance (donated by Omya, Inc.), the renovation of the lobby area, the installation of a wheelchair-accessible lift, the installation of a new fire-suppression system and the installation of a new audiovisual system, complete with theater-sized movie screen, high-definition projector and surround sound. A modest theatrical lighting system and new curtains on the old stage have also been installed and the Town Hall is now a beautiful and functional venue for live performance events. Fundraising efforts today are directed at new bathrooms. The building is used seasonally with a full list of music, film and performance events.
Carr’s Florist and Gifts at 21 Center St. (802-247-5727 is a store in which to spend some time! Gift shop full of beautiful things! Admire the beautiful fresh cut and arranged flowers while browsing the large selection of candles, unique toys, stuffed animals, whimsical, holiday, cards, and specialty items. Downtown Brandon
The Compass Music and Arts Center is a new non-profit organization in Brandon which will eventually include a 250-seat concert/activity hall; recital and rehearsal rooms; jazz lounge; music teaching and therapy areas; artist’s studios’ gallery and display areas; sculpture park; recording studios; retail units to rent; cinema/film room; bistro/restaurant and take-out sandwich/bakery; and more. They will specialize in classical music but will be open to all genres. The building is owned by Diversions LLC (Brandon Music/Divine Art Record Company), who will occupy part for its own offices, and is sponsoring and promoting the Center. The Center itself will be operated by Compass Music and Arts Foundation, Inc. This non-profit foundation will offer memberships, and hopes to raise sufficient funds to grant scholarships and to sponsor multi-national music and arts programs. More details of the center’s plans and how you can take part is available on their website or contact them at email@example.com or 802-465-4071
Check out the folk art gallery of local artists John Hoare and Linda Hickox at Gingerbread House Fine and Folk Art Gallery (on Route 73E; 802-247-3380).