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I am seriously considering selling my property in Mississippi. It is too far from any shows and the house/yard are too big for me now. I love my studio, but I can build another where ever I end up. The question is "Where Do I Want To End Up?" I know I want to stay South of West Virginia and East of Texas, and I prefer rolling hills to coast, mountains, or delta. That leaves a lot of territory to consider.

I can build to suit if the perfect house is not available, but I cannot build an artist friendly community to order. I am looking for a small to medium sized town or city within relatively easy driving distance of some nice shows. I don't want to live in a large city, but 30+ miles away would be O.K.

 I have visited Gatlinburg, TN ( too commercial! ), and Mountain View, AR ( very nice! ). Then it occured to me that there are 5,000+ artists I could ask right here. So if you live in or have visited a town that you think would suit, please let me know.

Hey! We could start a list of Top Ten Places to Live for Artists made by artists! The list I found online was obviously NOT made by anyone having anything to do with art.

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Comment by Leslie Turner on November 28, 2011 at 11:27pm

I bet you felt well done!

Comment by Tanya Hahne Thornhill on November 28, 2011 at 3:25pm

Typically the weather is awesome. Unfortunately, we have been experiencing a terrible drought. I also spent the summer doing markets and festivals in the 112 degree heat. Thank goodness for our beautiful rivers!

Comment by Paul Flack on November 28, 2011 at 2:32pm


Comment by Leslie Turner on November 28, 2011 at 1:33pm

Wimberly does seem to take it's art seriously. Thanks for giving me another town to consider. How is the weather there?

Comment by Tanya Hahne Thornhill on November 27, 2011 at 5:11am

Leslie, please take the video tours in the link that I sent. It's very cool!

Comment by Tanya Hahne Thornhill on November 26, 2011 at 9:59am
Comment by Leslie Turner on November 26, 2011 at 9:10am

Why Wimberly? What makes this the best place to live for artists? I'm sensing a personal connection here, so let's hear it.

Comment by Tanya Hahne Thornhill on November 26, 2011 at 4:10am

No question about it...Wimberley, Texas.

Comment by Martha Giberson on June 14, 2011 at 11:20pm

Paducah, KY has a artist development program that has been quite successful and worth looking into.


Greenville SC is another spot that is artist friendly, it has a good show in the Spring and is affordable.

Comment by Leslie Turner on June 14, 2011 at 9:03pm
Thanks again for the John Villani book tip, Brian, I ordered both of them. Maybe they will suggest some of the same towns AFI members have suggested.

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