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What is an Artists’ Colony?

An artists’ colony is a place where artists live and work temporarily, interacting with one another. Residing at an artists’ colony affords artists time to devote exclusively to their work, deeply involving themselves in the creative process. Artists are frequently attracted to a particular colony for the opportunity to work and study with an established artist, mentor or teacher; others summer in a location that offers subjects for their work; and yet other artists follow a formal application process to be part of a more formally established artists’ colony. The setting of an artists’ colony is, in many cases, a bucolic, serene, beautiful and lightly populated area, often inspirational to its visitors.


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