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Old 05-16-2015, 10:31 PM
 
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Hi All, I am a artist from the Boston area and would like to move down to a more temperate climate(esp after last winter!) I am looking for a fare size city (20K+)with a vibrant downtown with lots of history, arts and a waterfront. Need a place that supports artist and studio spaces. Must be near a river, port cor estuary. I have visited several area's that I an considering, Charleston SC, and Wilmington. Loved Charleston but high cost of housing on the pennisular. Visited Wilmington in late Feb and the downtown was pretty dead. It's discribedas a "vibrant downtown" so I am not sure if it was because it was still winter. Also not sure of how safe it is.Considering Beaufort NC, New Bern NC, Williamsburg VA, Alexandria VA/
Looking for a year round community on the east coast. Any suggestions?
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Old 05-17-2015, 01:37 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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Visited Wilmington in late Feb and the downtown was pretty dead. It's discribedas a "vibrant downtown" so I am not sure if it was because it was still winter. Also not sure of how safe it is. Considering Beaufort NC, New Bern NC, Williamsburg VA, Alexandria VA
My opinion is that towns as small as 20K people is too small to have a really vibrant downtown. Beaufort is only 4000, and it is cute and pleasant. But if you are used to the rich resources of the Boston area, you would find it very small. It will also be much quieter in the winter than in the tourist season.

Out of the cities you mentioned, only Alexandria is large enough to have a really vibrant downtown. It does a pretty good job of supporting the Arts with the Torpedo Factory.

New Bern and Williamsburg have their attractions as places to live, but I'm not sure how much public support for the arts either has. If you want to look more at the south, I also suggest the Hilton Head Island/Beaufort SC area and Savannah Georgia.
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Old 05-17-2015, 02:32 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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Regarding Wilmington, I just found out about the Acme Art Studios: About | ACME ART STUDIOS

There is also this place: http://www.theartworks.co/

Another resource lists several more galleries and spaces for artists: http://digitalcollections.uncw.edu/r...nks_places.php

It all suggests a fairly active arts community. Comments from anyone who has visited these places?
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Old 05-17-2015, 09:12 AM
 
Location: The Emerald City
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Hi All, I am a artist from the Boston area and would like to move down to a more temperate climate(esp after last winter!) I am looking for a fare size city (20K+)with a vibrant downtown with lots of history, arts and a waterfront. Need a place that supports artist and studio spaces. Must be near a river, port cor estuary. I have visited several area's that I an considering, Charleston SC, and Wilmington. Loved Charleston but high cost of housing on the pennisular. Visited Wilmington in late Feb and the downtown was pretty dead. It's discribedas a "vibrant downtown" so I am not sure if it was because it was still winter. Also not sure of how safe it is.Considering Beaufort NC, New Bern NC, Williamsburg VA, Alexandria VA/
Looking for a year round community on the east coast. Any suggestions?
You might want o look at Occaquan, VA, too.

Real estate on the Charleston peninsula is only for the very wealthy anymore. You could live outside the city and take advantage of the excellent support for the art community there. Just know there will be lots of competition. Savannah is the same way. Los of artists from up north in both places.
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Old 05-18-2015, 06:00 AM
 
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New Bern just hosted an Art Walk.It is small and I am not sure about vibrant but it is a small southern city on 2 rivers and laid back .Just moved to the area and love it.
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Old 05-25-2015, 09:54 AM
 
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Your requirements sound like you are describing New Bern. You would do well to contact Janet Francoeur @ Carolina Creations (Carolina Creations | About Us). She and her husband are accomplished artists in their own right, but serve as a source for over 300 other artists' creations. They aren't natives but really found a niche here and have flourished in their business and other contributions to New Bern. It is similar to Charleston or Savannah, in that they all have a strong connection to the early days of our country's beginnings. It shares that with Boston. The old architecture is strongly protected by preservation groups. Tryon Palace served as the first state capitol (Tryon Palace) of NC. The downtown district is the "happening" area of New Bern, w/ a wide variety of shops, music venues, theater and eateries, all within walking distance to the waterfront area where the Neuse and Trent Rivers merge. While the population is small, there is a surprisingly large, vibrant community of artists in this quaint little town. There is a mix from all over the country, including your area.
Here is a link or two you may find helpful.
New Bern Now, New Bern's One Stop Information Shop with news, radio and video, 252-638-6858
New Bern, North Carolina | North Carolina History
Good luck w/ your quest.
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Old 05-25-2015, 10:14 AM
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New Bern, for a town of less than 30K, has a very visible art community. In addition there are two theater groups that put on quality productions, and the NC Symphony comes to Tryon Palace several times a year (I think).
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Old 05-26-2015, 10:01 AM
 
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I have visited all the art studios listed by goldenage1 , there is a large
art community in Wilmington and find it very alive year round.
If OP found downtown Wilmington dead in February he/she surely
isn't going to find any of the other small NC towns listed, more alive
during February if ever.
I think OP has it right by focusing on Charleston or Wilmington.
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