100 Best Art Towns in America: A Guide to Galleries, Museums, Festivals, Lodging and Dining

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Discover creative communities, fresh air, and ideal getaways.
Whether you're looking for a great place to buy a painting on a weekend road trip or an inspiring and beautiful community in which to start a new life, The 100 Best Art Towns in America puts you on the right track. New Mexico author John Villani details all you need to know—from a town's lifestyle to interesting places to dine and must-do art festivals—written from the perspective of the nation's top arts travel ...

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Overview

Discover creative communities, fresh air, and ideal getaways.
Whether you're looking for a great place to buy a painting on a weekend road trip or an inspiring and beautiful community in which to start a new life, The 100 Best Art Towns in America puts you on the right track. New Mexico author John Villani details all you need to know—from a town's lifestyle to interesting places to dine and must-do art festivals—written from the perspective of the nation's top arts travel writer. The communities profiled in this fourth edition of The 100 Best Art Towns in America range in size from under 1,000 to nearly 100,000 in population, but all have one thing in common: a strong sense of support for the visual arts, performing arts, and music. These communities are at the vanguard of an important national trend that's leading to the revitalization of smaller communities through arts-driven economic development. Essentials include:
Visual arts venuesPerforming arts & eventsWining & diningAccommodationsPopulation

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Written for travelers interested in the arts and for those considering relocating to a town that supports the arts, this fourth edition differs from the third in that it includes both small and large towns-with populations ranging from under 1000 to nearly 100,000-rather than just small towns; there is also more emphasis on the traveler. Villani dedicates five pages of information to each town, including a brief history; a description of the general art scene, with highlighted comments from two local inhabitants; lists of museums, galleries, and performing arts events; and a short list of restaurants and lodgings. All of the lists include pertinent contact information. As with any best-of list, this one is somewhat subjective, especially because only 31 states and three Canadian provinces are represented. A more comprehensive index with a detailed table of contents would have been helpful. Recommended for libraries where previous editions have been popular and an optional purchase for all others.-John McCormick, Plymouth State Univ., NH Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881506419
  • Publisher: Countryman Press, The
  • Publication date: 4/15/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,426,896
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

John Villani has reported on contemporary arts and creative communities for two decades. The author of Art Towns California and The 100 Best Art Towns in America, Villani lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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