Find Your Inner Jackson Pollock: Create Unique Art for Your Apartment

Spattering paint on a canvas is a fun, easy DIY project that gives you a unique piece of art to hang in your apartment. Image: http://areahd.com/colorful-paint-splatter-9817-hd-wallpapers.html

Spattering paint on a canvas is a fun, easy DIY project that gives you a unique piece of art to hang in your apartment. Image: http://areahd.com/colorful-paint-splatter-9817-hd-wallpapers.html

It can be frustrating when you have little control over how your apartment is decorated. You can’t paint the walls, you can’t change any fixtures and you might not even change the curtains.

However, there’s one thing you do have control over: The art you hang on your walls. The problem, then, is about how to find art or pictures that are truly unique. After all, who wants the same old pictures of Audrey Hepburn or Pinterest crayon art?

A spatter paint canvas is a great way to create something that is unique and stylish — something that can never be replicated, even by you! Here’s how you can make unique artwork for your apartment in no time.

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Best U.S. Cities to Experience Culture

These five are just a few of the favorite American cities where culture is never in short supply.

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City

Ranking U.S. cities can be mind-boggling, when you consider categories ranging from the hippest spots in the U.S. to the best cities for families, for instance.

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If it’s culture you’re after in this country, then you might consider the long list of great locations for living an artistic life.

To save some time, we have scoured our sources and come up with a short list of cities where culture is not hard to find. You might want to check these out for yourself.

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Get Artsy in Greenville Apartments

If you're an art lover, check out the creative energy near Greenville's Far West End neighborhood.

If you’re an art lover, check out the creative energy near Greenville’s Far West End neighborhood.

As the seat of Greenville County in northern South Carolina, Greenville is part of the third largest urban area in the state. This vibrant Southern city is home to an eclectic mix of artists, galleries and unique public festivals and events. This centrally placed city is located nearly halfway between the larger metropolitan areas of Atlanta, Ga., and Charlotte, N.C., making it a great place to relocate if you’re looking for small town charm and don’t want to sacrifice big city amenities. If you’re an art lover, consider settling into an apartment for rent in Greenville and take advantage of all the creativity the city has to offer.

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Far West End
Formerly known as the Pendleton Street Arts District, this part of town was rebranded in early 2012 to bring awareness to the area as an arts district as well as bring merchants and investors in. Today, this area is an eclectic mix of bohemian gallery spaces, coffee shops and boutiques spotlighting local, artisan goods, and residents of apartments for rent in Greenville that find themselves in the Far West End are never far from the creative energy.

First Fridays Art Walk
Nestled in the Far West End you’ll find the Village of West Greenville, which is home to more than 40 local artists. Join local art lovers on the First Fridays Art Walk, a local gallery crawl where you’ll see work from local painters, potters, fabric artists, photographers, sculptors and so much more, just minutes from Greenville apartments for rent. In between galleries, pop into The Happy Biscuit Southern Café (54 Louis Ave., Greenville, SC 29611) and grab a bite to eat.

Festivals
Greenville is a hotbed of artistic festivals that occur every year. The Indie Craft Parade, held every September, features handmade art from artists all across the Southeast. For a taste of something more professional, residents of Greenville apartments should check out the West Greenville Arts Festival, which features up to 40 local artists as well as a number of juried visiting regional artists. And the spring brings Artisphere, a dynamic three day art street festival, which features local and regional artists, as well as food, crafts and games.

Greenville Open Studios
Greenville Open Studios is an annual weekend event which opens the studios of local artists to the public and showcases their work. Usually occurring in the fall, Greenville Open Studios began as a way to increase awareness about the art scene in Greenville and has evolved into one of the most-loved events in the city, giving the public a rare glimpse into the artistic process. If you’re living in apartments for rent in Greenville, this is definitely a must-see event.

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Omaha for Art Lovers

Named after an American Indian Tribe, Omaha means “those going against the wind or current.” Today, the city is home to an eclectic mix of artists, musicians, and bohemian gathering spots. As its name implies, much of Omaha is anything but conventional.

Old Market

Set in an historic neighborhood, locals and visitors flock to Old Market for its unique clothing boutiques, antique stores, art galleries, pubs and entertainment. On the first Friday of every month, artists and art lovers stroll the area’s local galleries thanks to First Fridays – when gallery patrons enjoy free admission and light bites. Old Market also offers more than 30 restaurants and close proximity to Joslyn Art Museum and the Omaha Children’s Museum.

Where: Omaha, NE 68102

Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge

Omaha is also home to a record-breaking structural work of art – the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge. As the longest pedestrian bridge to link two states (Nebraska and Iowa), it provides an illuminated arc over the Missouri River for walking and biking enthusiasts, connecting to 150 miles of trails on each side. The cable stay bridge is 3,000 feet long, including the landings, and carries pedestrians 60 feet above the river. At night, LED lights outlining the deck, cables and pylons are visible for miles. The design team also incorporated specific protections for migratory birds and added interactive sculptures to educate visitors about local endangered species.

Where: 705 Riverfront Drive, Omaha, NE 68102

Orpheum Theater

Omaha’s celebrated Orpheum Theater has served as the home of the finest in local and national performing arts for almost a century, including the best of Broadway’s national touring companies. Located in Downtown Omaha, the Orpheum was renovated in 2002 at a cost of $10 million to upgrade the experience of patrons and performers, while also restoring the theater’s ornate splendor. A cornerstone of Omaha’s cultural history, this former vaudeville house was constructed in 1927.

Where: 409 S. 16th St., Omaha, NE 68102

Slowdown

Over the last decade, Omaha’s indie rock music scene and Saddle Creek Records have gained national attention. And many of the area’s well-known bands such as Cursive and The Faint played a gig or two at Slowdown. The venue was featured as the 2007 Esquire Magazine’s Club of the Year, and continues to showcase some of the city’s hottest new punk, hardcore and rock performances.

Where: 729 N. 14th St., Omaha, NE 68102

Illumina

In 2007, Omaha sculptor Matthew Placzek created “Illumina,” a $2 million public art project that now graces the grounds of the Qwest Center Omaha. The installation’s six bronze sculptures – including a 14-foot stilts walker – are reminiscent of an era in which performers were an active part of daily street life and local events. Numerous multicolored spheres are also placed in the arena lobby, adding depth and vibrancy to the sculpture. The entire project consists of more than 2,000 LED lights, 4,000 pounds of bronze, 28,000 pounds of stainless steel and 360 tons of concrete.

Where: Qwest Center, 455 N. 10th St., Omaha, NE 68102

Omaha offers a vibrant arts scene for both locals and visitors. From the city’s diverse art galleries and thriving music venues to its public art installations, Omaha welcomes artists of all walks to America’s heartland.

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