The Chesnut Group is a nonprofit alliance of landscape artists and friends dedicated to the conservation of wild and open spaces in Middle Tennessee. Funds earned from the sale of artwork inspired by our region’s scenic richness are donated to organizations that help protect local environments and historic properties.
Throughout the year, Chestnut Group member artists produce plein air peintings, (works painted outdoors), and pieces in other media. Their artwork is gathered for exhibition and sale at spring and fall fundraising events. Ater the group formed in late 2001, Chestnut Group artists raised more than $60,000 in four years, benefiting the Land Trust for Tennessee, Percy Warner Park, Friends of Radnor Lake, and others.
“Plein air” is French for “outdoors“. The painter finds a well-composed landscape scene and works quickly – amid changes in light and win – to capture the natural moment. Ideally, the work is completed at the scene or, nearly complete, in the studio. As a vision of a fleeting instant in nature, the plein air paitning pays truthful homage to landscapes in danger of disappearing. the urgent immediacy of the plein air tradition, even as it creates enduring artisitc form, reminds us of how quickly our unspoiled lands can vanish.