Art Guild at Fairfield Glade
The Art Guild at Fairfield Glade is a volunteer 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization formed to support and promote the arts. Membership is open to everyone interested in furthering art appreciation, personal growth in creative activities, and being part of a dynamic, growing organization. It is dedicated to the advancement of the arts. Its mission is; (1) to present art through education, exhibitions, and participation in community outreach events; (2) to provide needed, meaningful services and educational resources to meet the needs of Cumberland County residents, visitors, students, and local artists through its student scholarship program, art library, workshops, special events, and volunteer opportunities.
During the year members hold art shows, receptions, studio tours, classes and sponsor trips to area galleries and points of interest. Members at all levels of experience, skills, and interest are encouraged to participate in a friendly, helpful environment and partake in the camaraderie of learning new skills.
Through the year classes are available in watercolor, oil, pastels, acrylic, pen and ink, and other media as members volunteer to teach. Photography, pottery, woodcarving and jewelry artists are some who display their work. Exhibitions may be seen at places such as City Hall, Crossville Depot, and the Palace Theatre during the year. There is also a juried Fall Show, Budget Show, and Spring Show. Fund raisers include the Chocolate Fest, Golf Tournament, and Plateau Bowl ‘n Roll.
Art Guild volunteers also reach elementary grade students through its unique Picture Person Program. Through classroom visits, the program is designed to attract and introduce students to a career or avocation in fine arts. In addition to presenting an artist for each session, most volunteers also introduce an art activity, discuss art education, work with the class, and reinforce the art work represented. All Cumberland County elementary schools (8) are invited to participate; the program is acclaimed by the enthusiastic fourth graders.
The Art Guild at Fairfield Glade’s outreach program has included extensive participation in community volunteer opportunities, including the Cookeville PBS fundraising action, City of Crossville Christmas Parade, golf tournament, art donated to Wyndrige Health and Rehabilitation Center, and wall murals at the Fairfield Glade Tennis Center. Member associations have included the Crossville Arts Council, Crossville-Cumberland Chamber of Commerce, Cumberland Artisans for Creative Expression (CACE), and a business backer of the Cumberland County Playhouse.