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Where to become immersed in spa-town arts


Here’s a list of 15 towns in the US and Canada that were founded at the site of a mineral spring, a resort spa, or a hot water spring, and which now have also developed an active art community. They range from secluded mountain … Continue reading

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Prospecting for art in former mining towns


Each of the towns listed below was historically founded as an isolated mining community. All  have successfully reinvented themselves as art towns since the local mining industry waned. Some mining operations may still take place in the vicinity, but not to the … Continue reading

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Art at the heart of place – review of “The 100 Best Art Towns in America/Canada”


I purchased this very informative and detailed book (The 100 Best Art Towns in America) by John Villani in 2005 shortly after its fourth edition had been released. It provides an interesting synopsis of how small to medium-sized communities around the nation and in Canada … Continue reading

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