FRIENDS OF RADNOR LAKE AND THE CHESTNUT GROUP PRESENT ‘LOVE THE LAKE, LOVE THE LAND’ ART EXHIBIT AND FUNDRASER TO BENEFIT RADNOR LAKE STATE NATURAL AREA
Radnor Lake Walter Criley Visitor Center on 1160 Otter Creek Road on November 3-5
NASHVILLE, TENN. – Aug. 15, 2017— The Friends of Radnor Lake and The Chestnut Group, a Nashville-based nonprofit organization of plein air painters, will host the popular biannual fundraising art show, Love the Lake, Love the Land. A major portion of the sale proceeds of this artwork will benefit the Radnor Lake State Natural Area. The fundraising art show will be on view in the Radnor Lake Walter Criley Visitor Center on Otter Creek Road from Friday, Nov. 3, through Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. Show hours will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
Chestnut Group plein air painters are a group of artists who partner with other nonprofit organizations to raise funds to protect our vanishing landscapes. “Plein air” is a French expression for painting outside in the open. Chestnut members have been painting the seasons at Radnor Lake in preparation for the show. The show will feature Radnor Lake scenes, the abundant wildlife including birds of prey found in the Barbara J. Mapp Aviary Education Center and scenes from existing and newly acquired property within the Natural Area. The funds raised will help Friends of Radnor Lake to continue its efforts to expand and protect this unique Tennessee State Park.
Several paint-out events, where Chestnut Group artists gather in a specific part of the park, have occurred on the property over the last year and are continuing until the fundraising event. Radnor Lake visitors might catch the artists’ works in progress over the next few weeks, capturing the foliage, the wildlife or a beautiful sunset. Events like these enliven the visitor’s experience and engage the visitor to see the Natural Area through the artists’ eyes.
Kim Barrick, Chestnut Group founder and Friends of Radnor Lake Board member, shared, “There is a beautiful connection between outdoor painters and places like Radnor Lake. Radnor pulls us into its pristine setting begging us to drink in the quiet moments of inspiration. The deer do not startle or run, the owls pose for our photos, the turkeys strut among the larkspur. As a Chestnut artist and a steward of Radnor, I cannot think of a better way to celebrate and support this incredible State Natural Area.”
The public is invited to the exhibit and sale. The Radnor Lake Walter Criley Visitor Center is located at 1160 Otter Creek Road. There will be free parking and shuttle service available from Strong Tower Bible Church, 5253 Granny White Pike, Nashville, TN 37220; on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 10:00 - 3:00 and Sunday Nov. 5th, 12:00 - 4:00.
Additional points of interest for media – below are scheduled paint-out events. If you are interested in attending any of these, please contact Amy Atkinson to make arrangements.
- Solar Eclipse: Park officials have reserved the Radnor Lake Observation Deck on August 21 so the Chestnut Group artists may capture the highly anticipated solar eclipse that will take place on that day. Capturing this VERY quickly changing light will be exciting and a challenge. These pieces will also be for sale at the show on Nov. 3-5.
- Artist Canoe Floats: There are a couple of private canoe floats scheduled for artists to capture the scenery from the middle of the lake – not a common viewpoint for these works.
- Birds of Prey: So that the plein air painters can paint birds of prey up close, there are four private excursions planned for these artists to have special tours of the Barbara J. Mapp Aviary and Education Center.
- Full Moon Scenes: Full moon paint outs are scheduled specifically for the plein air painters to capture the moonrise, unique light and evening setting in this Natural Area. Moonrise is a special challenge for these artists who are used to changing light every 20 minutes, but moonrise light changes every two minutes. Artists report that this challenge is thrilling for them. They gear up with specific equipment such as headgear with lights to help them see their palettes.
- Wildlife Makes It Unique: This show is especially unique for plein air painters due to the abundance of wildlife that landscape painters can easily introduce to their works of art – making them even more special and valued by fans of the art and of Radnor Lake.
- Private VIP Patrons’ Party: Friends of Radnor Lake (FORL) and the Chestnut Group will host a private party for major donors to FORL for a preview of all the work before the big public show and sale.
About Friends of Radnor Lake
The mission of Friends of Radnor Lake is to protect, preserve and promote the natural integrity of Radnor Lake through land acquisition, environmental education and park support.
Friends of Radnor Lake was founded in 1971 when the lake and surrounding hills were threatened by residential development. As the Tennessee State Parks system’s oldest and most successful nonprofit support group, FORL has purchased critical properties and supported protection efforts in many other ways. For more information about FORL, see www.radnorlake.org.
About The Chestnut Group
The Chestnut Group, a nonprofit organization based in Nashville, Tennessee, is a community of plein air artists passionate about their art form and about the preservation of threatened natural habitats, local landscapes and historic properties of Middle Tennessee. The group welcomes painters of all skill levels in all mediums – oils, acrylics, pastels and watercolors.
Our membership is not only rich in plein air painters, but also volunteers and environmental enthusiasts who share the group’s commitment to the core values of conservation, education and community. For more information about the group, see www.chestnutgroup.org.