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Group Show at the Pryor Art Gallery – Reception March 29, 2018

“Oiled Fantastic” Poster for Pryor Art Gallery, Columbia, TN

Join several middle Tennessee oil painters for the exhibit, “Oiled Fantastic,” who are showing work at the Pryor Art Gallery in Columbia, TN March 23 – April 22, 2018. The opening reception is March 29th, 5 – 8 pm. I hope to see you there!

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McCampbell Lectures at Cheekwood: How Garden and Fine Art Design Merge, March 1, 2018

I hope you can join me for an amazing day at The Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee for the Proven Winners Landscape Roadshow. This is a day of expert speakers in their field of landscape design and horticulture. I am speaking with my husband, Curtis Stewart, who is a renowned Landscape Architect, on the connection with Garden and Fine Art Design and how the two merge. We will also get our hands dirty and paint a small landscape to take home.

This will be full day from breakfast to lunch to cocktails. Come meet new friends, get inspired to plant in the spring and consider the “ART” of the garden you will create!

You can register through Proven Winners.

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Artistic Adventures Abroad – Trip to Italy Fall of 2017

The beautiful Villa we will be staying in.

Another creative adventure lies ahead this August 30 – September 9, 2017, Cortona, Italy!

I’m taking a group of 14 guests to Cortona, Italy this fall to an amazing villa on gorgeous grounds with olive groves, a swimming pool, fountains and more. We will experience the joys of painting plein-air, hand-making pasta, truffle hunting, antiquing, seeing ancient churches and masterpieces of art while traveling to beautiful spots like San Gimignano, Siena, Volterra, Arezzo and of course Cortona!


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McCampbell’s Design Chosen for large Public Art Installation!

Proposal Sketch for ETCH by Rachael McCampbell © 2017

I am thrilled to announce that I have been commissioned to complete a large installation of paintings and sculptures for East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in Knoxville, TN. This is a brand new, cutting edge medical facility in Knoxville. The art they have collected and commissioned to fill this building are phenomenal . I am so honored to be a part of this story.

Please stay tuned as I complete this project in 2017.

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McCampbell’s Art Featured at Harlinsdale Farm’s “Raise The Roofs” Fundraiser – Franklin, TN

I was commissioned to paint a painting for the “Raise the Roofs” fundraiser for Friends of Franklin Parks on August 15, 2015. This painting, “Ready to Roll,” features a beautiful horse that was auctioned off at Harlinsdale the year before. The horse’s name is Ready to Roll and is a descendant of the famous Tennessee Walking Horse,  Midnight Sun who is buried there.

 “Harlinsdale Farm.” It’s 2′ h x 3′ w, oil on cradled panel, to be auctioned off to raise money for Harlinsdale Farm’s renovation into a park in Franklin, TN.  Please support Franklin’s Parks and come bid on this piece. It will be sold at a live auction Saturday night in Franklin, TN. If you cannot go, but want to put in a bid, please contact me and for more information.

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McCampbell Lectures at Belmont University

Rachael McCampbell speaking on “La Dulce Vita,” at Belmont University

I was asked to speak at Belmont University March 21, 2015 on  “La Bella Vita: How Italian Culture Has Influenced my Art” as part of the International Awareness Events sponsored by the Dept of Foreign Languages. I’m pleased to say that the room was packed with over 65 people. It was fun and hopefully the attendees enjoyed it. Thank you Dr. Francesca Maria Muccini, Associate Professor of Italian, who often donates her spare time to tutor people who want to continue speaking Italian like me. Grazie mille, Francesca!

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McCampbell Offered to Write Column for Nashville Arts Magazine!

I’m thrilled to say that a blog I published on my website, January 1, 2015, entitled “Are Artists Courageous or Crazy,” was read by the editor of Nashville Arts Magazine  and he loved it so much that he called and asked me if he could publish it for Nashville Arts. I immediately took it off my website and handed it over! Then he offered that I write a column about things in the art world that interest me.  We entitled it, “And So It Goes” and I’ve been writing for them since. I’m so thrilled to be a part of this slick, smart, elegant and important magazine. Nashville is so blessed to have a quality magazine like this one!

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10 Ways to Find Creative Inspiration

Quick doodle sketch with notes begins the design process. Letting it flow and not edit is key.

by Rachael McCampbell

January 19, 2015

To stare at a blank canvas is intimidating – I call it the blank canvas blues. If you don’t have any great ideas, doubt can seep in:

  • What do I have to say as an artist?
  • I can’t think of anything new or original.
  • I’m going to waste a perfectly good and expensive canvas!

We all have those moments as artists no matter what form of art we’re involved in. Nobody said it would be easy to be creative every day. When you hit that wall, consider these 10 ways to jumpstart your creative juices.

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