Athens Ga Named to the Top 25 Art Destinations in the United States

Real Estate Agent with Lanier Partners

AmericanStyle magazine has named Athens, Ga as one of the top 25 mid-sized city art destinations for the 9th straight year in a row. Rating cities on their visual and performance arts, Athens was rated #18 in the mid-sized city category this year.

While most people might know about Athens because of its contributions to the music scene with bands like R.E.M., Widespread Panic and The B-52's, there is also a strong visual arts environment here.

One the widest spread and easily recognized art displays is the Athens-Oconee Junior Woman's Club project "We Let the Dogs Out!". It is 36 bull dogs distributed all over Athens, each one whimsically painted by a different artist. You can find them scattered about downtown, in front of banks, fire stations, parks, etc. As you wander around town you might run into this handsome fellow out in front of St. Mary's hospital.

We Let the Dogs Out Display in Front of St. Mary's Hospital, Athens Ga photp by Mike Saunders

St Marys Dawg photo by Mike Saunders

Or you may run into Dawg House, by artist Charlotte House out in front of the Athens Visitor Center.

Dawg House Near Athens Ga Visitors Center photo by Mike Saunders

Dawg House photo by Mike Saunders

So come spend some time, find all 36 of these pieces of art. And tour the galleries and museums. Take a tour of the classical southern architecture homes which are works of art in themselves. Stop in a some of the clubs and listen to the local music. And, of course, try some of the local cousine which is another form of art that satifies the body.

You can see the entire list of cities, large, small and in-between in the May 2010 issue of AmericanStyle magazine. To find out more about what's going on in Athens, Ga, including visual and performing arts, you can checkout Athens Life Unleashed.

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Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro

Mike, I have to be honest I had never heard of Athens Georgia.  It sounds like Athens has a lot of culture.

Jun 13, 2010 01:53 PM #1
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


It's nice to be on the top of the list congratulations are in order fo Athens Georgia.

Good luck an success.

Lou Ludwig

Jun 13, 2010 02:24 PM #2
William J. Archambault, Jr.
The Real Estate Investment Institute - Houston, TX

Finally a good use for bulldogs! Stuff'em, paint'em, and use'em for door stops.

Beauty like art is in the eye of the beholder, what I can't understand is are the beholders blind or perverted?




Jun 13, 2010 03:30 PM #3
Shirley Parks
Sands Realty 210-414-0966 - San Antonio, TX
Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Real Estate

Hi Mike, Interesting post.  Here in San Antonio the same thing is done during our Fiesta celebration, but with cows. 

Jun 13, 2010 03:40 PM #4
Mike Saunders
Lanier Partners - Athens, GA

Marchel  - haven't they got news in your part of Texas yet? ;^)

Lou -not on top but right up there. This is just another list of bests that Athens is on.

Bill - tacky, tacky

Shirley- these are out year round, and sometimes get moved around

Jun 14, 2010 01:49 AM #5
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

This is really cool Mike, it is like the artwork in New York City with the cow and Police dogs, they are all painted as well with different scenery and other visuals :) Thanks for sharing ~laura

Jun 14, 2010 09:08 AM #6
Mike Saunders
Lanier Partners - Athens, GA

Laura - I like these street displays, I have tried to get pictures of all 36 but I still have a couple to find.

Jun 15, 2010 02:54 AM #7
Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage - Brampton, ON
Our Family Wants To Help Your Family!

We love it! We let the dogs out! Aren't they something! Wonder what made them choose bulldogs?? Congratulations Athens!

Jun 15, 2010 01:57 PM #8
Mike Saunders
Lanier Partners - Athens, GA

Al & Peggy - simple, they chose bull dogs because the Bull Dog is the mascot of UGA teams. Go DAWGS!

Jun 16, 2010 02:11 AM #9
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