ART STUDIOS AND VISITING ARTIST PROGRAMS
Welcome to the third installment of the special Golf Course Home series, “Top 20 Golf Communities in North America.” This series celebrates golf communities that are adding soul-satisfying, horizon-expanding activities to their rosters of amenities.
No previous generation of Americans has embraced lifetime learning and continuing education likes Baby Boomers have. That desire includes both art appreciation and studio training.
Here are two GCH communities where the pursuit of the arts has resulted in the creation of superlative art studios and supporting programs that encourage their residents to see how far their talents can take them. The results also elevate them into our Top 20 list.
Palmetto Bluff, SC
The Artist in Residence cottage at Palmetto Bluff, SC.
> Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton SC has from the outset pursued a member experience that emphasizes fine arts, crafts and literature. Of particular note is the community’s Artist in Residence program which is a collaboration with the popular Southern culture magazine, Garden & Gun.
The program’s center of operations is a bungalow-style Artist Cottage located in the the newly constructed Moreland Village neighborhood. Notable artists from sculptors to glass-blowers to textile designers come for extended stays and present their works. In some cases they also provide Palmetto Bluff residents with exciting hands-on education.
The stay is a perk for the visiting artists, too. They get some rest time away from their home studio, plus the chance to meet a discerning and arts-supporting group of resident members. Send me more information about Palmetto Bluff!
The Village Center is social and educational hub at Solivita, FL.
> Solivita, Poinciana FL offers an array of amenities and activities to satisfy seemingly every resident member of the 55-and-over community. Near the top of the list is are members with strong aesthetic leanings.
The Village Center at Solivita, designed to serve as a little town unto itself, is the social and educational hub of this central Florida enclave.
Most importantly to artists, the center is home to the distinctive Waterfront Galleries which offer classes in sculpture, ceramics, stained glass and watercolor. The Village Center also offers three restaurants and a 17,000-sf Starlite Ballroom for entertaining and dancing. Send me more information about Solivita!
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