|The 100 Best Art Towns in America: A Guide to Galleries, Museums, Festivals, Lodging and Dining, Fourth Edition
by John Villani Paperback: 504 pages
Publisher: Countryman Press; 4th edition (April 19, 2005)
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 knowfrom a town's lifestyle to interesting places to dine and must-do art festivalswritten 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.
Artists and Writers Colonies: Retreats, Residencies, and Respites for the Creative Mind
by Gail Hellund Bowler Paperback, 285 pages (October 1995) Blue Heron Pub
This comprehensive directory lists nearly 200 retreats, colonies, and fellowship opportunities for architects, poets, novelists, visual artists, sculptors, dancers, musicians, potters, photographers, and others interested in the world of the arts.