In the 15 years my wife and I have lived in the Brighton area, one of the most pleasant and personally rewarding opportunities I have discovered is membership in the Brighton Art Guild. Much more than a group of people who share a common interest in creating objects of art, this is an association of encouraging friends helping one another along in their creative journeys together. As well, non-artists support the Guild and donate their talents in other fields.
When my wife and I first relocated here, we quickly fell in love with this charming semi-rural Michigan community. Our move was in the fall as I recall, and the beauty of the crisp cool autumn breezes flowing across the Mill Pond simply captured our hearts straightaway. That, and the warm friendliness of the general population, convinced us that we were home. Discovering the benefits of the Brighton Art Guild added much to this good feeling.
Many of the guild members, including myself, are relative beginners in their medium, while others produce works of professional quality. Relative skill sets are unimportant within the Art Guild. Classes and friend-to-friend assistance are available throughout the organization just for the asking. Technical and procedural advice for a wide variety of art abounds at every meeting. It really does seem that every type of 2D and 3D media which I have ever heard of, and some I had not, are represented at the Guild meetings on the first Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the welcoming and wonderful Brighton District Library.
One of the more difficult tasks for the artist at any level is finding places to display their work. The Guild works closely year-round with a number of local business and community organizations to provide public space for artist members to both display and offer their works for sale. There are only small fees charged to exhibit and when an object is sold.
I would like to invite everyone in Brighton and throughout the region, whether you are an artist or just interested in art, to join in and support the Brighton Art Guild. Membership is a bargain…especially when the exchange of knowledge and friendship one receives in return is virtually priceless.