In the mid-80s, the city of Portland, Maine woke up to its identity as an artists’
town and the infrastructure and support for the creative community has continued
to grow ever since. Situated on the coast of Maine, Portland is a town that has grown
culturally in recent years. Artists throughout the area focus on many of this beautiful
New England setting’s natural beauty, history and industry as seen in this painting
by artist Jenny Moore who paints as she watches the ships come to port. Whether you’re
a working artist, or someone who simply needs art in their life, Portland is a great
town - a great city that will leave lasting artistic impressions on your heart and
soul. Enjoy your Maine Visit.
Oxford, Mississippi is home to many talented writers, performers, artists, musicians,
filmmakers, and educators and as a result, offers an abundance of music, theater,
dance, and comedy performances year-round. Natural splendor and rich history makes
Oxford, MS, a college town that defines culture in the South and it is the youthful
edge of this town that infuses a dynamic arts scene with year round exhibitions and
events. Concerts and musicals are performed at the Ford Center for the Performing
Arts at the University of MS. Other cultural events held in Oxford include an annual
book conference and an arts festival such as The Double Decker Festival in late April.
Brattleboro, Vermont is fortunate to have such a rich and diverse range of cultural
resources, including a wide array of performing literary and visual arts organizations,
performing venues, galleries, and museums, and a strong community of independent
artists and craftspeople. Smithsonian Magazine named Brattleboro "One of the 20 Best
Towns in America," saying "We think any best place worth traveling to should have
one quality above others: culture." Brattleboro even features a Gallery Walk - a
year round first Friday of the month stroll through the galleries throughout downtown
Brattleboro and nearby locations. We think this is a great stroll!!! See More!
Hilton Head entertainment consists of a world-class Arts Center of Coastal Carolina
that welcomes Broadway-caliber performances to the stage; two local Hilton Head art
leagues boast more than 200 talented members; and our superb Hilton Head Symphony
Orchestra continually features some of the most talented musicians in the world.
From a pottery wheel spinning in Old Town Bluffton to a ballerina pirouetting across
a Hilton Head Dance Theater stage, the area offers a dizzying array of culture and
arts to explore. Painters, authors, sculptors, actors, dancers and musicians from
Hilton Head and Bluffton regularly receive regional and national acclaim for their
work. See More!
Cradled in the foothills of the Montana Rockies, surrounded by pristine forests,
alive with history and culture, lies Helena, "the heartbeat of Montana”. Helena's
Holster Museum of Art displays various works of art from historical to contemporary
times. It also offers workshops, readings, and discussions. The Archie Bray Foundation
for Ceramic Arts, which offers beautiful display pieces for sale, has attained a
national reputation for training potters. The Ghost Art Gallery in Helena's old mining
district features architecture and themes from nearby ghost towns, as well as western
and wildlife art by fine local artists. Helena, Montana’s setting adds to the inspiration
of artist’s across this great state.
Marquette , Michigan is located in the Upper Peninsula on the shores of Lake Superior.
The Marquette Arts and Culture Department was initiated by the efforts of artists
and art groups in Marquette who exhibited the need for such an organization. Today,
The Marquette Arts and Culture Department serves to encourage, develop and facilitate
an enriched environment of artistic, creative and cultural activity to the over 65
art groups in the area. Together, they host annual festivals, monthly visual exhibitions,
theater productions, community dance productions, calendars and much more. We are
confident that you will find a visit to Marquette, Michigan will be a highlight of
your cultural trip. See More!.
The Hamptons, New York
The Hamptons are a group of villages and hamlets in the townships of Southampton
and East Hampton, which form the South Fork of Long Island, New York. In the 1870’s,
artists based in New York City found their way to picturesque rural retreats in Southampton
and East Hampton where they established summer colonies that became world famous.
In the 20th century, as the reputations of the art colonies grew, it attracted theater
folk and writers and began to develop into a resort for the wealthy and art-oriented
societies. Following WWII, The Hamptons attracted succeeding generations of visual
and performing artists from celebrated to the soon-to-be-famous. Today, while the
Hamptons are well-known as a sophisticated resort playground, it is also a perfect
destination for travelers interested in art and culture. See More!
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California often called simply Carmel, is a small city situated
on the Monterey Peninsula. The town is known for its natural scenery and rich artistic
history. In 1906, the San Francisco Call devoted a full page to the "artists, poets
and writers of Carmel-by-the-Sea", and in 1910 it reported that 60 percent of Carmel's
houses were built by citizens who were "devoting their lives to work connected to
the aesthetic arts." City Councils have been dominated by artists over the years
and the town has had several mayors who were poets or actors including Herbert Heron,
founder of the Forest Theater, bohemian writer and actor Perry Newberry, and actor-director
Clint Eastwood. Set your sights on Carmel - See More!
Friday Harbor, Washington
From paintings and photographs to sculptures, fiber art and pottery, Friday Harbor,
Washington is alive with art — and artists. You’ll see murals and tile mosaics by
islanders on buildings and walls (check out the hardware store), and a stroll through
the galleries, gift shops, and boutiques will give you a taste of the extraordinary
variety of artwork created on this small island. San Juan Community Theatre and Island
Stage Left put on a plethora of performing arts featuring multi-talented Islanders.
Visual artists and photographers, often on a retreat, decide to make Friday Harbor
their permanent residence. They relocate to San Juan Island for the captivating scenery.
Sarasota, Florida is known as Florida's Cultural Coast and is considered by some
to be the cultural center of the southeastern US. It is home to many world-renowned
artists and to the official state art museum of Florida, The John and Mable Ringling
Museum of Art. Affiliated with Florida State University, it is the largest museum/university
complex in the nation. You will also find a multitude of art galleries lining the
streets, open studio shows, and one of the finest art schools in the world, Ringling
School of Art and Design. Theater, music and film are also important venues of creativity
in Sarasota and there is an abundance of theaters and performing halls to enjoy here.