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Old 03-26-2007, 11:38 PM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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For my state (California), I'd suggest Arcata/Eureka, Mendocino, Morro Bay & Carmel... all beautiful coastal towns, with a real artsy feel! I'd live in any of them, if the right job was available.
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Old 03-26-2007, 11:41 PM
 
Location: Happy wherever I am - Florida now
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Hey, there just happens to be a church for sale right on the main drag and across from a park. There's an arts group trying to put together a consortium to buy and preserve it for a multi-arts venue. Hope they can get it together.
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Old 03-27-2007, 01:59 AM
 
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Sounds like a great use for a church. What's the job market like? I need to find one to support my art habit :-) I might just have to plan a summer trip to PA and talk the kids into a camping trip to upstate NY.
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Old 03-27-2007, 08:07 AM
 
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Default My Neck of the Woods

I'll pick one small (I like small) town in each of the states in which I've lived for more than 5 years

1. Julian, CA. About an hour east of San Diego. The closest thing you'll find to four distinct seasons in the area. Excellent mountain views, but an easy drive to "the big city" and the beach. Near-perfect weather for plein air painters.

2. Marfa, TX. The mountains in west Texas are amazing and inspiring. This wide-open space is excellent for solitude. A great place to work if one is in the "buckle down and paint" mode. Not close to anything, but has a strong art-vibe thanks to Donald Judd and the Chinati Foundation.

3. Nashville, IN. Known as an artists' colony for over 100 years, thanks to T.C. Steele and "The Hoosier Group". This small town is nestled in rolling, forested hills of Brown County. A strong, fairly cohesive, group of local artists. ~20 minutes from Bloomington, IN, home of IU, for painting classes, life-drawing studios and art supplies. ~1 hr from both Indianapolis and Louisville for galleries and museums and ~4 hours from Chicago for the "big city" fix.
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Old 03-27-2007, 08:09 AM
 
Location: Journey's End
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Interesting and unusual, plaidmom, just what the group needs to hear and learn about.

Perhaps we'll gather enough good recommendations for our own book!
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Old 03-27-2007, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Journey's End
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I thought Eureka among the most beautiful places I visited years ago--certainly can't beat some of those views; and Carmel, too was splendid.

Thanks for these, gizmo!

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For my state (California), I'd suggest Arcata/Eureka, Mendocino, Morro Bay & Carmel... all beautiful coastal towns, with a real artsy feel! I'd live in any of them, if the right job was available.
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Old 03-27-2007, 09:15 AM
 
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Yellow Springs, OH (East of Dayton) is what we've got in this neck of the woods!
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Old 03-27-2007, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Happy wherever I am - Florida now
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DancingEarth, The job market here isn't good. What I'd like to see is artists who come to live here and either start up businesses to support their art as you say, or those who are able to work and live here selling their work in one of the major urban markets.
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Old 03-27-2007, 11:41 AM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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I thought Eureka among the most beautiful places I visited years ago--certainly can't beat some of those views; and Carmel, too was splendid.

Thanks for these, gizmo!
You're welcome! Lots more in this great state, and in other parts of the West... I'll post later if I think of any other good ones.
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Old 03-27-2007, 01:53 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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I will say this and then I MUST shut down my computer and clean my house!

1) I am surprised to see Denver ranked as high as it is, though come to think of it, there is a lot of tax supported arts stuff going on around here.
2) I truly am surprised to see Pittsburgh ranked as high as it is. Await your report, ontheroad.
3) I am surprised (sorry, can't think of another word) that Omaha, Neb. isn't on either list 2 or 3. I guess it should be on #2 because it has almost 500,000 people in the city and a metro area of ~ 1 mil. There is quite an arts scene there. Boyhood home of Henry Fonda and Marlon Brando. Fonda got his start at the Omaha Public Playhouse (I think that is the name). Many of the rest stops on I-80 have sculpture displays.
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