Brattleboro grabs top 20 billing among nation's art destinations

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Brattleboro grabs top 20 billing among nation's art destinations

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 11:02am -- tim

Readers of AmericanStyle magazine, for the seventh year in a row, recommend Brattleboro as a top destination for collectors and travelers who love art galleries, museums and festivals.
In the Top 25 Small Cities & Towns category, the magazine’s readers have named Brattleboro as No. 13, up from No. 20 last year, among America’s Top 25 Arts Destinations for 2010. Burlington also was named in the category for towns with populations of 100,000 and under. Complete results of the poll may be found atwww.americanstyle.com.
Burlington, VT was ranked No. 17 and Northampton, MA was ranked 22.
According to magazine publisher Wendy Rosen of Baltimore, these towns are known for the warm welcome that they extend to art collectors and arts tourists as well as local and regional arts lovers.
AmericanStyle magazine, a lifestyle publication for arts enthusiasts, collectors and travelers, recognizes the power of the arts in promoting economic development and community revitalization. Through the poll, readers tell AmericanStyle where they have been going to view, enjoy and shop for great art.
‘In each winning city, there are artists, elected officials, arts councils and art lovers who have made a commitment to developing that city’s galleries, museums and studios,’ says Rosen. ‘These cities recognize that cultivating the arts is good for their economy, but that is just the beginning. Look at some of our small-town winners: No matter its size, no matter how remote it is, a town can have an arts identity that generates good will and local pride, and contributes to economic development.’
To celebrate the town’s designation, Greg Worden of Vermont Artisan Designs & Gallery 2, a preferred gallery of AmericanStyle, will present a commemorative plaque to the Town in the summer. 
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