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Old 07-12-2010, 01:18 PM
 
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I enjoyed visiting the mile high little artist's town of Jerome, AZ in the mountains. Very eclectic and peaceful. Bought some pottery while there. Beautiful vista views as well.

Also, the small city of Globe, AZ becoming artist's gathering place.
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Old 07-12-2010, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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The San Juan Islands off the Washington Coast are filled with artists and craftsman, and also check out Beaufort, North Carolina and surrounding communities...a strong art presence here, with ocean, sound, river..with bird life and dolphins to inspire.
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Old 07-12-2010, 03:48 PM
 
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of course New York and Chicago but then very expensive. Isn't Sarasota FL suppose to be quite artsy, has it's own opera house. Laguna Beach, CA is quite the artist colony but again, very expensive to live. I guess artists have to live in very wealthy areas to find people who can afford to buy their art!
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Old 07-12-2010, 03:50 PM
 
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Most artsy towns startotut hat way with a few arist and then commercial artist come in and those people leve or change inot commercial sales more and more.
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Old 07-12-2010, 05:33 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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my 'Artsy' vote for;
4 seasons
good climate
suitably for retirement
Close proximity to mountain recreation, colleges, culture, medical care, and international airport =
Loveland, Colorado
Loveland High Plains Arts Council

Joseph, OR might do if something more remote is your style.
Sisters, OR if you are into Quilts (last week) Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

There are quite a few smaller 'artsy' towns in VT, NH, and ME if you need something cooler in the winter.

For warmer, I'll second Jerome, AZ and add Silver City, NM.

There are really bundles of nice Artsy places in the Smokey's as well.

As previously mentioned, the towns that feature summer music fests can be great too. (One reason I liked living in Loveland, CO, was 'hosted' events in Estes Park (nicer to visit than to live (windy and bitter cold at times in winter, too busy and expensive in summer)~ 30 min from Loveland) And friendly too, just join the Senior Volunteer Valentine Stampers (remailers)
http://www.loveland.org/OfficialLovelandValentine

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Old 07-12-2010, 06:40 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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of course New York and Chicago but then very expensive. Isn't Sarasota FL suppose to be quite artsy, has it's own opera house. Laguna Beach, CA is quite the artist colony but again, very expensive to live. I guess artists have to live in very wealthy areas to find people who can afford to buy their art!
If we're going to talk about New York and Chicago, then we will have to mention Los Angeles, which is their equal in an arts sense, although that was not true 30 or 40 years ago. Also, as another poster mentioned, "the arts" as a general term encompasses various aspects such as music, dance, live theatre, opera, foreign films, etc. in addition to the visual arts. The smaller arts towns may not bear up to this broader standard, but then not everyone wants to live in a large city. New York, Chicago, and L.A. are all expensive and crowded, but L.A. is the only one of the three with a wonderful climate.
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Old 07-13-2010, 11:23 AM
 
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oh yes, I would agree...LA certainly qualifies!
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Old 07-15-2010, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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I enjoyed visiting the mile high little artist's town of Jerome, AZ in the mountains. Very eclectic and peaceful. Bought some pottery while there. Beautiful vista views as well.

Also, the small city of Globe, AZ becoming artist's gathering place.
When I read the title of the thread I figured Santa Fe and Sedona would be on the list and, mentally, I added Jerome. I live at the base of the mountain where Jerome is located and I enjoy going up to see 'what's new' there. Some of my friends up there are quite talented artists and one of my best friends does beautiful stained glass.
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Old 07-16-2010, 11:06 AM
 
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Sarasota/Bradenton, Florida. Sarasota's nickname is the "Cultural Coast." Thousands of artists live here, and the city is home to Ringling College of Art and Design, a nationally acclaimed college. There are several museums, theater groups, orchestra, opera house, ballet and just about anything cultural or art-related, as well as galleries and an artist village. It's # 5 on the American Style list.

Bradenton just to the north is not as "glitzy" as Sarasota, but has beautiful beaches (Anna Maria Island) and a better artist village than Sarasota. It is #22 on the American Style list of best art towns.
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Old 04-12-2011, 07:47 AM
 
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Default Siskiyou county, CA

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