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Cumberland Art Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is supported by its members and generous friends of the arts. It is funded in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission, and the Cookeville Arts Council.

Gallery times are Monday through Friday 12 noon to 4pm; Sunday 1pm to 4pm (closed Saturdays). The first Sunday of the month always features a reception for the current month's Backdoor Gallery showing. Be sure to visit on the first Sunday to meet the artists and enjoy conversing with our instructors and members.

186A S Walnut Ave.
Cookeville, TN 38501


New 6-day painting class is being offered by CAS. The class instructor is John Simms, Jr., professional portrait artist. The class involves instruction in the fundamentals of portraiture, lighting, and human form, and homework will be assigned for the student to complete before the next class time. Cost is $100 per student; call CAS to register—931-526-2424. Download a PDF of the class syllabus at this link; syllabus includes course outline and list of materials the student needs to bring. John Simms lives in Crossville and serves on the Tennessee Arts Commission board in Nashville. He recently had a showing of his work in the Backdoor Gallery.

Holloday little girl with bird

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At the Backdoor Gallery

James A. Brooks


Chuck Becker Big AppleAdele Seitzinger
Chuck Becker
Colleen Hughes
Bonnie Masters
Rose Dahms
Connie Norton, Betsy Fox,
Vivian Wilkinson

1st V.P.
2nd V.P.
Members at large


Barry Stein Outdoor Cafe

Cumberland Art Society Annual Awards

Volunteer of the Year — Claudia Spires

Sam Bacon Award — Angelo Fernandez

Congratulations and Thank You all for your dedicated service to CAS!

Cumberland Art Society has been serving the Upper Cumberland region (Putnam and surrounding counties) since 1961, offering area residents quality art instruction, opportunities for local artists to display their works, and featuring outstanding monthly exhibits in the Backdoor Gallery and lobby area. Something new is always happening at CAS! Stop by soon.

Jeff's landscape


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