The Artist Habitat: Does Charlotte satisfy?

When I think of the best places for artists to live, Charlotte, North Carolina, does not immediately come to mind. Perhaps that’s because of my art education, which programmed me to regard Paris and New York as the standard, or maybe I’m deluded with romantic notions about artists hanging-out in interesting enclaves that exist beyond the Charlotte pale. Despite my preconceptions, the evidence seems to suggest that Charlotte has become more inspired. For example, with its strip of museums, theaters and galleries, South Tryon Street has become the new Culture Campus. On North Tryon we have the new Carolina Dance Theater and The McColl Center, which claims to be the leading center for the advancement of creativity. Now, we even have a nascent music scene on Seaboard Street. And, of course, we have the Tango scene. However, returning to my delusions for a moment, I would like to suggest a few modifications to the Charlotte culture that would appeal to my artist sensibilities, and my next series of post will address this.

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About W. Hudson Temples

American artist, William Hudson Temples, grew up drawing pictures and cartoons. His early inspirations were Maurice Sendak, Charles Schultz, and Shel Silverstein. In 1987, he began formal art training at the Savannah College of Art and Design and in 1991 was awarded a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a specialization in illustration. Temples also holds a Master's Degree in Health Science from the University of North Carolina. Temples has worked as a graphic designer, illustrator, and cartoonist. His comic strip, Dumbbells, was published across North America in the Canadian Magazine, Razor. Currently, Temples is occupied in the field of education and fine art. He divides his time between North and South America, and much of his artwork reflects the cultural influences of his wife's native country, Argentina. With collectors in Latin America, Europe, and Asia, Temples' visual art has attracted a global audience.
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