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New exhibit series celebrates 20 years of the Brandon Artists Guild

Friday, March 1, 5 p.m.—BRANDON— The Brandon Artists Guild (BAG) is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a series of themed exhibits honoring our planet. The series will run from March through October, with each show lasting two months. The first exhibit, Art of the Earth, opens March 1 and runs through April 30.

The public is invited to the opening reception Friday, March 1, from 5 to 7 p.m.

The exhibit series represents a departure for the 20-year-old Artists Guild.

“Rather than having our traditional single-artist exhibits, we decided to invite all our exhibiting members to contribute to four group shows based on a single theme,” said artist Judith Reilly, “and what better subject than the Earth, where we draw our inspiration from?”

This year is also the Chinese Year of the Pig, which ties into the BAG’s history. In 2003, the Guild’s first public art fundraiser, “The Really Really Pig Show,” caught the public’s attention and put the young Brandon Artists Guild on the road to its current success.

“We owe a lot to the pigs,” said Reilly.

The Year of the Pig also recognizes nature’s elements, Earth, Wood, Water, and Fire. The BAG will devote its four exhibits to these elements. The Art of the Earth exhibit will include pottery by guest artist Amanda Ann Palmer.

In addition to Art of the Earth in March and April, the remaining exhibits are:

Art of Wood: May 3-June 25

Art of Water: June 28-Aug. 27

Art of Fire: Aug. 30-Oct. 29

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.

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