Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 14-15—BRANDON—The Brandon Artists Guild is a hub for Fall Open Studio Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 14-15, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. Statewide Open Studio maps are available there, too.
Foliage season is a good time to check out the fine art and crafts in Brandon, starting with the Brandon Artists Guild, 7 Center St. In addition to the artwork of 50 or so artist members currently on view, Norma Jean Rollet’s oils and pastels are being shown as a featured-artist display, Portraits of the Vermont Landscape, within the guild’s recently refurbished gallery space.
Joan Curtis’s studio at 10 Union St. will also draw in visitors with the familiar yellow Open Studio signs. On view will be a number of her colored-pencil relief drawings. Mixed-media sculptures are usually in progress. Curtis is always ready to explain her sculpture-building methods and materials.
Known to the local community, Warren Kimble, along with Don Ross, will be open the first two weeks of October at a new location: 6 Park S.t, next to the bookstore. The Warren Kimble and Don Ross Art Gallery has displays of Kimble’s fine art and the well-loved folk art.
In a venue slightly north of town, Compass Music and Art Center (333 Jones Drive), highlights the watercolors of Susan Bull Riley through Oct. 28. Her exhibition titled Natural Affection focuses on her life-long love of nature: birds, botanical subjects, and Vermont landscape.
October is a perfect time to cruise Vermont, to see — along with beautiful autumn foliage — the work of professional artists and craftspeople, often in their own working spaces.
For a full list of open studios and photos of art and artists, visit vermontcrafts.com. Yellow signs on lawns of studios will mark open doors around Vermont.
By Norma Jean Rollett
Norma Jean Rollett captured in art this iconic Brandon scene from the rear. See the real life version of its front along Main Street.