By RUSSELL JONES
BRANDON — The Brandon Artists Guild, known as the BAG, kicks off the holiday season with a show focused on creating “affordable” arts and craft pieces as gifts for the holidays.
The show, Celebrate with Art, runs Nov. 8 through Jan. 28. The public is invited to the free opening reception on Friday, Nov. 8, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
“Art makes a great gift, but buying art for someone else can be a little intimidating,” said Wenda Curtis, a BAG jewelry designer and board member. “So we’re focusing on more affordable, approachable – and fun – pieces. The kind of work that makes people smile.”
“In this all-member, all-media show we’ve invited the artists to work outside the media that they’re used to,” Curtis explained. “A potter might try painting. Or a jeweler might try sculpture. It’ll be exciting to see what everyone comes up with.”
In addition to the Celebrate with Art exhibit, the BAG also welcomed three new member-artists: Catherine Palmer works in colored pencils; Michael DiMeola is a photographer; and Winslow Colwell combines photography with kite forms. The BAG debut of these artists’ work coincides with the opening of the holiday show.
The Brandon Artists Guild is an artist-run gallery with approximately 40 exhibiting artists and additional supporting members. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit cultural organization, the BAG supports the visual arts through exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations and educational programs.
The artists guild, at 7 Center Street in Brandon, is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call 802-247-4956.