City arts barely make `Style' cut

Baltimore is ranked No. 25 ... out of 25

May 30, 2002|By Mercedes Suarez | Mercedes Suarez,SUN STAFF

Hooray! Baltimore was named one of the Top 25 art destinations in the United States. Oh no! Charm City was ranked No. 25 out of 25 cities and was beaten out by ... Saugatuck, Mich.?

Lahaska, Pa.?

Published by AmericanStyle - a Baltimore-based arts and crafts magazine with a circulation of 60,000 - the annual list of Top 25 Art Destinations in America awards the title of No. 1 spot for visual arts lovers to New York. New Mexico's Santa Fe and Taos earn second place, San Francisco third and Baltimore just hangs on in 25th.

Despite the presence of the Walters Art Museum, the Baltimore Museum of Art and the American Visionary Art Museum, many smaller towns were ranked above Baltimore.

Buffalo, N.Y., for example, came in ninth place for what one reader called its "avant-garde spirit in a non-pretentious environment." Berkeley Springs, W.Va., was ranked 12th for its variety of arts and availability of traditional crafts and antiques.

For the past five years, the magazine, which is published by The Rosen Group, a Hampden-based marketing firm, and focuses on arts, crafts and interior design, has asked its readers to name their top visual-art destinations.

This is the first time any town in Maryland has made the list.

Where the arts are

AmericanStyle magazine's fifth annual list of top choices for arts travel destinations based on the richness and variety of arts sites, activities and events, based on reader surveys.

1. New York

2. Santa Fe/Taos, N.M.

3. San Francisco/Berkeley

4. Pittsburgh

5. Chicago

6. Seattle

7. Washington

8. Boston

9. Buffalo, N.Y.

10. Philadelphia

11. New Orleans

12. Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

13. Asheville, N.C.

14. Los Angeles

15. Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz.

16. Athens, Ga.

17. Portland, Ore.

18. Miami/South Beach

19. Saugatuck, Mich.

20. San Diego

21. New Hope/Lahaska, Pa.

22. Sedona, Ariz.

23. San Antonio

24. Carmel, Calif.

25. Baltimore

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