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The 100 Best Small Art Towns in America: Discover Creative Communities, Fresh Air, and Affordable Living Paperback – October, 1998
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He's author of 'The 100 Best Art Towns in America', released in 1994, 1996, 1998, and 2005. Published by The Countryman Press, this national guidebook examines small communities where artists and creative enterprises have reshaped local economies, energized business districts, and improved communities' quality of life.
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So you've grown tired of the rat-race of city life, the noise, hustle and bustle, high cost of living and just too darn many people. You think you might like to move to a smaller town but - God forbid - what would you do without the theatre, good restaraunts and of course, art galleries? John Villani can solve that problem for you. The author of The 100 Best Small Art Towns in America-Discover Creative Communities, Fresh Air and Affordable Living (John Muir Publications, $16.95) has done the footwork, so-to-speak, and can guide you in helping to find that perfect place to live or maybe just a special weekend getaway. In the completely revised third edition, this handy guide can help you find the best art town to visit that is near you - and what makes it so special; discover why small towns are perfect places to buy high-quality art at a price you can live with; and, what to see and do if you are trying to cram a trip into a few days. There are interviews with gallery owners who discuss why their town is the best place to be and what brought them there. The book provides essentials such as population, art events, art spaces, hangouts, bookstores, public radio stations and addresses for the chamber of commerce in each town. This new addition has completely new and updated facts on communities making repeat appearances, and for the first time, includes profiles of local artists. Hot Springs has bragging rights on this section. Out of only seven profiles, Hot Springs has not only one, but two, focusing on writer and painter Carole Katchen and Jeanie Linders, Executive Producer of the Hot Springs Street Painting Festival.Read more ›
Three years ago I launched a search for a new home town. Big city life no longer appealed. I used every resource I could find and then hit the road and visited about two dozen towns over two years. Many factors and many data points refined the search, and this book was a useful tool. The town I decided to live in was very much as described, and many of the other towns that I visited were also as described in this book. If you are searching, use multiple resources as a sort of check and balance, but make this one of them.
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to your travel books. My daughter used this for side trips on her cross country route. She loved every place she went and they all had good places to eat as well.... Read morePublished 22 months ago by outinthestudio
I live in Alpine Texas. 25 miles from Marfa, Texas. All of which the author lumps together under "Big Bend" Texas. Read morePublished on September 16, 2013 by David Kachel
This volume seems to be the only book dedicated to the small art town. Some of the towns listed here aren't that small; Santa Fe, Taos among them. Read morePublished on November 11, 2011 by Rocco Kaplan
I thought this book was a good read. Coming from canada we were not aware of all the many so- called arts towns in the usa. Read morePublished on October 3, 2007 by C or E Kleinman
A friend of mine and I both recently read this book, and were dismayed at the places it did not include. Read morePublished on September 1, 2007 by spiketheartist
The key word in Villani's title is ART, and we've got plenty of it in Hot Springs. With over 27 non-profits directly related to the visual and performing arts, the author hits... Read morePublished on April 9, 2006 by Rebecca McCormick
I bought this book last year, and while it may have some good ideas about which towns to go to, the prices of the housing is completely out of date. Read morePublished on July 20, 2005 by elaine alberts