Opinion: A hidden gem in the heart of Brandon

I’ve always enjoyed the arts in the Rutland, Brandon, Middlebury corridor. Between the Chaffee, the Brandon Artists Guild and the Edgewater Gallery, we are richly served with vital and creative arts. Now there is another artistic gem in Brandon called The Compass Music and Arts Center, a wonderful complement to the existing art presence.
A few years ago, Stephen and Edna Sutton purchased a building and extensively renovated it into an amazing space. It is located just one-and-a-half miles north of downtown. Just off of Route 7 North and Arnold District Road, this former infirmary of the now extinct Brandon Training School houses a café open daily from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; art exhibits both permanent and transitory; classes in painting and dancing; items for sale made by two resident seamstresses, a dressmaker and a doll maker; a classical music collection and CDs, sheet music and books for sale and to enjoy; plus entertainment space.
At the Compass, I’ve enjoyed a concert by the Maiden Vermont, two one-day watercolor classes, several delicious lunches and a chance to see several artists’ work in photography, quilting and painting. Just stepping inside the Compass feels exciting and relaxing at the same time.
Check it out for yourself. Contact information: 333 Jones Drive, Park Village, Brandon 05733; 802-247-4295; www.cmafvt.org.
Jean Somerset

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