plein air painters · conservationists · volunteers · teachers · students
with common goals
Conservation · Education · Community

Artist members of The Chestnut Group paint what they are passionate about preserving; fragile local environments, threatened habitats, protected natural areas, and historic properties. The group welcomes artists of any skill level who enjoy painting en plein air, and those interested in conservation efforts in Middle Tennessee.

Benefits of Membership
  • Learning and development opportunities include workshops conducted by internationally known artists, lectures, art-related educational sessions and mentorship relationships
  • Opportunities to exhibit and sell personal work
  • Invitations to paint on scenic private property, remote areas and venues closed to the general public
  • The camaraderie, informal learning, and self-discovery come by spending time with a community whose passions and conservation ideals are alike
  • Collaborative effort with other artists and non-profit partners to make a difference in reaching the mission of the group to conserve and protect vanishing landscapes and endangered properties. Art makes a difference. Be a part of the change.
Membership Application
Artist Membership to The Chestnut Group is non-juried and is $65 annually. Membership runs on the calendar year, from January to December.  For this level, you may join/register online by clicking here or, you may download a Chestnut Group application form here. We encourage you to join online because it helps us keep records more efficiently.  

Business Membership is open to those who may or may not be artists, and is available for $250 annually.  In-kind donations valued at $250, or, higher are considered.  Application to be discussed and approved by the board.  The Business Member application is available by clicking Jan 2019 Membership Enrollment Form for Artist and Business Members

  • Business Members logos or emboldened names will be featured on the Members Page of The Chestnut Group’s website and will have the option to have it hyperlinked to their websites or, their Chestnut Group Website profile.
  • Business members may submit up to eight announcements thru the Chestnut Group website annually. Workshops will be simultaneously listed as emailed announcements to the membership.
  • Business Members may attend one membership meeting per year as an advertiser and may have up to a 6-foot table to represent their products/services to members during free time before and after the meeting. Freestanding backdrops for advertising space or banners may be used at the table. These meetings are generally held in the libraries of Nashville or Williamson County and attendance must be coordinated with the Board.

More about website posting privileges for both membership levels by clicking here.

For questions regarding the group or the application process, please contact The Chestnut Group’s Executive Director here:  email Rachel Blair.

2019 Board Members
Executive Director – Rachel Blair
President – Renee Bates
Past President, Education Chair – Rebecca Demaree
Treasurer – Denise Hawkins
Vice President – Sheryl McCaleb Waugh
Recording Secretary – Stacey Taylor
Membership Co-Chairs – Carol DeMumbrum, Brigitte Hubbard
Marketing and Media Co-Chairs –
Transitions Chair – Judson Newbern
Data and Website Manager, Corresponding Secretary – Wendy Ervin

Advisory Board Chair – Kim Barrick

Artist Members:

Enjoy each members’ personal gallery by clicking on their link below.


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