|A group of artists started coming to Buford in 1984, taking advantage of its close proximity to Atlanta, enjoying its small town feel and benefitting from its affordable commercial and retail space. Studios began springing up and soon an art movement had begun. As the reputation grew, more and more artists arrived, and downtown Buford was bustling with galleries, art shows, studio space, and boutiques. During this art explosion, people began referring to the "Artist Colony" that was growing in Buford. This brought many other art professionals and the interest soared. Since the beginning of the Colony, over 100 artists have worked in Buford, most occupying some form of studio space in the downtown historic district.