- Artist Dan Essig, showing off a big catch—his mixed-media “Crocodile Bridge Book”—at Grovewood Gallery in Asheville, N.C., this year’s number one pick in the Small Cities category.
Call them prescient (or just really good guessers), but just under 50 percent of AmericanStyle Facebook fans who answered the “Who do you think should be the Top Arts Destination this year?” question we posted in early April chose one of the top three cities that actually did win in the big, mid-size and small cities categories for 2011.
New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C. were heavy fan choices, as well as the overwhelming choice of AmericanStyle magazine readers, who for the fourth year in a row voted them into the first, second and third place Big Cities slots.
Facebook fan Jana Cooper put in a bid for Seattle (“Glass blowing Mecca!” she posted), as did Jon Gerster (“Check out the Emerald City! Glass galore!”), and they’ll be happy to know that not only was Seattle voted in at No. 10 on the 2011 Big Cities list, but AmericanStyle correspondent Shirley Moskow confirms the city’s great glass status in an Arts Tour feature she’s written about Seattle and its environs here.
But let’s not forget Minneapolis, posted Patty Rau: “We have a thriving arts and crafts scene, and word needs to get out to the public about it.” In fact, AmericanStyle readers already have their antennae up for the arts in this Midwestern metropolis: they voted it No. 14 in the Mid-Size Cities list this year, just behind Providence, R.I. and one slot ahead of Chattanooga, Tenn.
The most intriguing post of the lot, however, came from Facebook fan Kathleen Mitchell. Her choice for 2011 top art destination? “My living room.”
A full list of the 2011 winners, complete with information compiled by AmericanStyle intern Caitlin Fultz on what’s happening this summer in the top three cities in each category, click here.
Haven’t finalized your summer getaway yet? With 75 spectacular cities, both big and small, on the 2011 list, there’s plenty to choose from.
Happy traveling. And don’t forget to write—with post(card)s on AmericanStyle’s Facebook!