Occupation: Designer and artist, Eloa Jane Art & Design
Originally from: Curitiba, Brazil
New home: Fayetteville

Artist Eloa Pereira moved from Brazil to Massachusetts to Washington, D.C. and, finally, to Fayetteville. When living in D.C. and working in the arts took its financial toll, Eloa began to search for another place to live. When she looked at Fayetteville, she found that it had an affordable cost of living and a vibrant art community.  “I had already been to Fayetteville a few times visiting my daughter,” she says. “I always loved the hilly, quaint town and its ‘funky’ and open-minded community.” She also enjoyed the natural beauty of Northwest Arkansas and the many art galleries, including the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. “I found what I was looking for,” she says. “After 10 years in America, I was finally able to own a home, and not just any home, but the one I wanted.” And when it comes to retiring, she says, “I’m not going anywhere!”

Insider Knowledge

Your town in three words:
  • Funky, artsy, educated
Best places to eat:
  • Hugo's (order the Blue Moon Burger)
Best local event:
  • Block Street Party
Must-do activity:
  • Farmer's market, night life on Dickson Street
Favorite day trip:
  • Terra Studios, home of the Bluebird of Happiness--a unique art park in Fayetteville with sculptures, murals, art installations, fountains, a labyrinth, picnic areas, and walking paths.
Advice for folks planning to move to your town:
  • Keep a funky spirit. Get involved. There's always a party, festival, and sports activities.