The sunflowers in Brandon are out in bloom and up for sale. These sunflowers are pieces of art that bring beauty and tourists to town this summer.
Shapiro's Country Store has been a participant in the Brandon Artist Guild's Community Project since it's start 8 years ago. This years theme, sunflowers.
"So we put it out every morning and take it in ever night, and we're very proud to have it on our building," said David Howell of Shapiro's Country Store.
Howells' store is one of the many across town to adorn these sunflower artworks all designed by local artists in their windows.
"We are delighted to be a participant in it. Because it does a lot for the town and it makes our town very unique in the state of Vermont," said Howell.
This unique attraction does more than just brighten up a window display, it brings people through his door.
"It puts us on the map. When people drive through the town this year they will see sunflowers. And they will stop. And they will wander the streets. And they'll stop into the restaurants and they'll talk to the people. And they'll wonder what in the world are all these sunflowers about?" said Howell.
"It's a way to bring people into town, for the merchants, you know it's not just the artists guild. The artists guild is providing the, what you might call eye wash to show our town off," said artist guild Warren Kimble.
Artists guild chose this theme to highlight the flower's mulit-purpose nature.
"And it's food, fuel, fertilizer and fun. Because sunflowers do all that. They provide food, fuel fertilizer and this is the fun," said Kimball.
There has not only been a demand for the 30 local artists created sunflowers, but also these generic pieces.
"I think I've created a monster. We put these up last weekend, right. And I can't tell you how many phone calls and people saying to me on the street I want a sunflower," said Kimball.
Howell's said he is incorporating the project theme into his merchandise.
"I've got a sunflower here, it's a sun catcher. So we're doing our part in a sense to be part of the sunflower theme this year. And I think it will do a lot for the town," he said.
These pieces are for sale through the Brandon artists guild ranging anywhere from $100 to $400.
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