Public art project to rock Brandon

BRANDON — Art Rocks Brandon, and it starts rockin’ on Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 24, at 7 p.m., at the Unveiling of the Rockers event at the Brandon Town Hall. Refreshments and fun activities have been planned.
Once again the town of Brandon will become a colorful art destination. Head-turning objects of beauty and creativity will be in the form of rocking chairs visible on the streets and in store windows. The members of the Brandon Artists Guild, under the leadership of Warren Kimble and Stacey Stanhope, have artfully hand painted vintage rockers of all shapes, sizes, styles and ages. This is the Brandon Artists Guild’s 11thcommunity arts project starting with the Really Big Pig Show in 2003. Work has been ongoing on the Art Rocks project since January.
The collection will include classic, Victorian, mission and contemporary styles. Sizes and shapes will include cradles, children’s rockers and assorted larger rockers. Rocker art will include florals, landscapes, nature, whimsy, humor and eclectic themes.
Look for other Rocker events such as the outdoor painting of a giant rocker, and a showy float in the Fourth of July parade on Saturday, July 5.
The gallery will also be featuring some delightful painted rocks done by the Brandon Artists Guild members that will be available for immediate sale at the gallery.
At summer’s end, the rockers will be auctioned. This event will take place at the Brandon Town Hall on Aug. 23.
Rockers, first enjoyed in the 18th century and made popular by both Benjamin Franklin and John F. Kennedy, have an association with relaxation and pleasant moments. This is a special opportunity to own a unique piece of functional original art painted by a local professional artist. The proceeds will go towards support of the art programs in eight local schools.
The Brandon Artists Guild is located at 7 Center St. in Brandon and is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 802-247-4956. More information can be found at www.brandonartistsguild.org.

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