If you are a traveler who likes art, or if you are an artist yourself, you probably take every opportunity to use your traveling experience to either create something or to find art that you like. Art colonies are places where artist retreat for a longer or shorter while in order to get inspired and create some art, and if inspiration is to be found, then the place must obviously be exceptionally beautiful. So whether you are actually planning on moving into an art colony or just sneak a peak (at both the people and the surroundings), here are top 5 art colonies in the world.
Grand Marais Art Colony, Grand Marais, Minnesota
Grand Marais is the oldest art colony in Minnesota, established in 1947. The colony is more than a gathering of talented artists, it is also a place where artists of various skill levels can improve their techniques through classes and workshops. The classes include painting, ceramics, glass-blowing and book art, set in the picturesque harbor village o Grand Marais.
Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, Mexico
The small coastal town of Todos Santos in Baja California Sur is a noted surfing destination, but an art colony as well. The town might be small, but it has no less than 15 galleries, one of which belongs to the founder of the art colony himself. Many local and foreign artists work in Todos Santos, and there’s an interesting art festival every February.
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada
Salt Spring Island is one of the British Columbian islands of Canada, and as such, it is a very scenic place. There are over 30 artist’s studios and galleries on the island, and you can visit them year round. From Spring till autumn, there’s a Saturday market on the island where you can buy crafts and works or art as well as local delicacies.
Wynwood Arts District, Miami, Florida
Wynwood used to be a warehouse district, but it has been turned into a real haven for the arts. The whole neighborhood is a scattering of lofts, studios, museums and galleries, and much of the area is pedestrian. There are frequent art fairs and festivals in the district, but you can buy and look at art every day of the week, not only when there are events.
A small town in Texas is an unlikely candidate for an art hot-spot, but Rockport has been a magnet for artists for quite a while. The Rockport Center for the Arts, fittingly located in the Heritage District, is the heart of Rockport’s artistic activity. The historic Bruhl/O’Connor home hosts different workshops and lectures and exhibitions.