Customs House Museum – Solo Exhibition

Todd Saal - Subway

Customs House Museum & Cultural Center

Solo Exhibition – “Telling Stories”

Orgain and Bruner Galleries

Todd Saal started life in New York City as an artist and musician. Spending his travel time sketching on the road, he captured moments of the places and people he observed. Immersing himself in the unconstrained nature of watercolor is what he has come to love the most. “I like to think of watercolor as my partner, each of us having our own voice in every painting. It does its own thing and continues to work long after the guidance of my initial brush strokes. I seek to capture the spirit and character of the people and places I portray in my work. Each one has its own story to tell.”

Orgain Gallery – Displaying a variety of subjects in watercolor

Bruner Gallery – Displaying a recent foray into exploring charcoals

Exhibition Dates: September 8, 2023 – October 29, 2023

Customs House Museum and Cultural Center
200 South 2nd Street,
Clarksville, TN 37040

National Watercolor Society

National Watercolor Society
Todd Saal - Winters Coming

2023 National Watercolor Society Member

Online Virtual Exhibition

“Winter’s Coming” was juried into the NWS – 2023 NWS Member Online Virtual Exhibition

The Member Show is held in the Spring and is open to all current Associate and Signature members. This Exhibition has one highly qualified juror.  Cash Prizes of $10,000 are awarded. Three (3) $2000; Two (2) $1000; Four (4) $500 named to honor NWS Past Presidents. One ScholARTship is also selected.

Online reception – Saturday, May 6th, 2023

Exhibition Dates: May 4, 2023 – June 30, 2023

American Impressionist Society

American Impressionist Society
Todd Saal - Monday Blues

American Impressionist Society (AIS)
Signature Status

AIS is delighted to announce our newest AIS Signature Members. It’s a distinction achieved by only 15% of our entire membership. Congratulations!

I have met the requirements and have now been made a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society

Tennessee Watercolor Society

American Impressionist Society
Todd Saal - Little Paris

Tennessee Watercolor Society (TnWS)
Signature Status

I have received my signature status with the Tennessee Watercolor Society with my acceptance of my painting of “Little Paris – NYC” in their Juried Exhibition

Todd Saal – TnWS

American Watercolor Society

Todd Saal - Georgia Pies

American Watercolor Society (AWS)
2022 Associate Members Online Exhibition

“Georgia Pies” was juried into the AWS – 2022 ASSOCIATE MEMBERS ONLINE EXHIBITION

Exhibit runs:
June 7 – August 20, 2022

American Impressionist Society

American Impressionist Society
Todd Saal - Monday Blues

American Impressionist Society (AIS)
6th Annual Small Works Showcase

“Smoke If You Got ‘Em” was juried into 6th Annual AIS Small Works Showcase

Exhibit runs:
May 12 – June 19, 2022

Wilder Nightingale Fine Art
119-A Kit Carson Road
Taos, New Mexico 87571

Artists On Location – 2022

Todd Saal - Artists On Location
Todd Saal - Georgia Pies

Artists On Location – 2022

“LePeintre” was the winner of the “Artist’s Choice” Award

Event Dates:
April 18 – 23, 2022

Artists painted around the Knoxville, TN area the week of April 18th. Judging and show were held on April 23, 2022 at:

Knoxville Museum of Art
1050 World’s Fair Park Drive
Knoxville, TN 37916

American Impressionist Society

American Impressionist Society
Todd Saal - Monday Blues

American Impressionist Society (AIS)
22nd Annual National Juried Exhibition

“Monday Blues” was juried into 22nd Annual AIS National Juried Exhibition

Exhibit runs:
September 10 – December 12, 2021

Gallery 1516
1516 Leavenworth Street
Omaha, NE 68102

En Plein Air

cheekwood wills perennial gardens

Exhibition at Cheekwood Estate and Gardens

Exhibit runs:
June 2 – June 29, 2021

June 4 – September 5, 2021

Cheekwood Estate and Gardens
1200 Forest Park Drive
Nashville, TN 37205

Tennessee Watecolor Society

Tennessee Watercolor Society

“Waterworks” Region 2 Exhibit

For the second year, Cheekwood will invite established Nashville painters to use our spring blooms as inspiration in the annual En Plein Air exhibition. The exhibition not only emphasizes the potency of local, Nashville artists but explores a variety of inventive ways in which enraptured artists record their moments in nature. The painters will be painting during Art al Fresco in May and the works go on display beginning June 4.

Painting en plein air, meaning “in the open air”, was a core practice for artists in Europe in the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth century. In America, beginning with the Hudson River School, to the American impressionists, painting in the outdoors became an integral part of art education. Intrepid painters—developing the ability to quickly capture effects of light—made sometimes arduous journeys to study landscapes at magnificent sites. In this spirit of traditional plein air painting, Cheekwood invites distinguished Nashville artists to gather across the grounds as a public display of painterly talent and nature appreciation, creating original work for a juried exhibition entitled En Plein Air. Drawing on the reopening of Cheekwood’s fifty-five acres, this exhibition of work made outdoors across the estate explores the variety of inventive ways in which enraptured artists record their moments in nature.

En Plein Air is organized by Campbell Mobley, Curator of Paintings and Works on Paper, Cheekwood.

Gordon Jewish Community Center
Janet Levine March Galleries 1 & 2
801 Percy Warner Blvd.
Nashville, TN

Plein Air Demonstration

Todd Saal Watercolor Artist
Chestnut Group - Cheekwood

Art Al Fresco

Todd Saal will demonstrate the unique challenges of painting Plein Air, Alla Prima with watercolor. He will convey his choice of minimal gear, allowing him to interpret a subject into a painting wherever he goes. Todd is native New Yorker and award winning watercolor artist and mentor enjoying living a creative life in Nashville, Tennessee. Todd has been a member of the The Chestnut Group since he moved to Nashville.

Impressionistic Landscapes with Watercolor

Todd Saal Watercolor Artist
Chestnut Group

Paint Your Heart Out with Todd Saal

Impressionistic Landscapes with Watercolor

Each year The Chestnut Group is proud to host events and workshops in the Nashville area featuring renowned plein air artists; fundraising events held in cooperation with Partner organizations to further the group’s goals of conservation, education and community; and the always anticipated Paint Your Heart Out workshops.
This workshop will focus on interpreting the landscape while painting outdoors using watercolor. We’ll explore different approaches to create more narrative and expressive paintings.

Todd will demonstrate the tools and methods of his approach to translating plein air subjects, as well as how to utilize the experiences of painting outdoors in your studio work. You’ll spend the afternoon painting, while receiving one on one help and critique tailored to your level of experience.

Montgomery Bell Academy

Todd Saal - Endada - Montgomery Bell Academy

Endada Music and Arts Festival

Demonstration – Q&A:
Saturday April 24, 2021

Montgomery Bell Academy
4001 Harding Road
Nashville, TN 37205

American Impressionist Society – 2021 Associate Members Online Exhibition

Todd Saal - desperados waiting for a train
“Desperados Waiting For A Train” was selected to be included in American Impressionist Society’s 2021 Associate Member Online juried show
Online Virtual Gallery Exhibition Dates:
April – May 2021

Tennessee Watercolor Society Online Juried Exhibition

Todd Saal - Silence In The Snow
“Silence In The Snow” was selected to be included in Tennessee Watercolor Society’s 2021 Online Juried Show

LPAPA – 17th Annual “Best of Plein Air” Juried Show

Todd Saal - Subtle Chaos

LPAPA – 17th Annual “Best of Plein Air” Show

Subtle Chaos was selected to by part of the Laguna Plein Air Painters 17th annual “Best of Plein Air” show
Online Virtual Gallery Exhibition Dates:
March 8 – 14, 2021 (Auction Sale Opens March 8th, 5pm)

The auction site and my listing is here.

Virtual Instruction

Todd Saal - Virtual Instruction
Virtual One-On-One Personal Instruction
Now providing personal online instruction. Subjects range from the fundamentals to ongoing mentoring.
These online instructions are meant to supplement the in-person workshops. They take a deeper dive into the details of various subjects that isn’t possible in a group workshop. Complete details here.

American Watercolor Weekly

American Watercolor Weekly - Todd Saal

Best Advice I Ever Got: Todd Saal

Article by Kelly Kane – October 27, 2020
Featured in an article in American Watercolor Weekly in their Best Advice I Ever Got Series

Plein Air Magazine

Plein Air Magazine - Todd Saal

11 Artists To Collect Now:

The Emerging Plein Air Painters You Need to Know

Plein Air Magazine Article

October/November 2020 Issue

Chosen as one of the plein air artists highlighted  in the article

American Impressionist Society – 21st Annual National Juried Exhibition

Todd Saal - AIS - ColdDayInTheSun
“Winner of Honorable Mention Award”
12″ x 19.5″

Cold Day In The Sun

“Cold Day In The Sun” was accepted to be included in the American Impressionist Society’s – 21st Annual National Juried Exhibition


October 22 2020 – November 21 2020

Illume Gallery of Fine Art

29 West 200 North
St. George, Utah 84770

Tennessee Watercolor Society Biennial Event 2020

Todd Saal - Down To The Street
11″ x 15″

Down To The Street

“Down To The Street” was selected by juror Soon Y. Warren to be included in the Tennessee Watercolor Societies 2020 Biennial Juried Exhibition

Main Exhibition

August 10 2020 – September 24 2020

West Tennessee Regional Art Center

1200 Main Street
Humboldt, TN 38343

LPAPA – 4th Annual Waterworks a Juried Watercolor Art Show, July 2020

Todd Saal - Pensacola, FL
Frist Museum - ArtLab

LPAPA – 4th Annual Waterworks a Juried Watercolor Art Show, July 2020

Both “Where Have You Been” and “Crosstown Traffic” were selected to by part of the Laguna Plein Air Painters 4th annual “Waterworks” show
Online Virtual Gallery Exhibition Dates:
July 13 – 19, 2020 (Auction Sale Opens July 15th, 5pm)

The Catbird Seat

The Catbird Seat - Nashville
The craft of painting and cooking is excitingly similar. The Catbird Seat and Todd have collaborated to provide a multi-sensory seasonal experience. Todd has provided the artwork for the restaurant in order to support the seasonal menu from the very creative team at The Catbird Seat in downtown Nashville. See the artwork

The Catbird Seat
1711 Division Street
Nashville, TN 37203

A Plein Air Feast

Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center
A Plein Air Feast featuring The Bugg Hollow Plein Airs. 9 local artists paint historic Monthaven!

Sunday, June 21, 2020
Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center
1017 Antebellum Circle
Hendersonville, TN 37075
(615) 822-0789

Museum Hours

Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 AM till 5:00 PM
Sunday 1:00 PM till 5:00 PM

Adult ARTLab: Watercolor en plein air

Frist Art Museum
Frist Museum - ArtLab
Join teaching and practicing artist Todd Saal for a two-day workshop to experience painting en plein air (outside), with J.M.W. Turner: Quest for the Sublime as inspiration. On Saturday, tour the exhibition and learn basic watercolor techniques with Todd in the Frist Art Museum studios. On Sunday, practice these techniques while creating paintings en plein air at Riverfront Park.
Saturday, April 18, and Sunday, April 19, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Frist Art Museum and Riverfront Park
$100 members; $120 not-yet-members (includes all supplies, gallery admission, and parking validation for the Frist Art Museum’s visitor lot)

18+ only. All skill levels are welcome.
Space is limited. Register by April 10.

Frist Art Museum
919 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37203-3822

The Art Show at BA.

The Art Show at BA
Show April 3-5, 2020

Brentwood Academy
219 Granny White Pike

Show Schedule

Friday 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Designer Preview
Friday 5:30 PM till 8:30 PM
Opening Night features a fabulous reception
Saturday 10:00 AM till 5:00 PM
Sunday 1:00 PM till 5:00 PM

American Impressionist Society, Inc.

Todd Saal

Old Homestead was juried into the 4th Annual – AIS Impressions Small Works Showcase.

Exhibition March 6 – July 4, 2020

RS Hanna Gallery
244 West Main St, Fredericksburg TX 78624

Radnor Lake Art Show

Radnor Lake
Exhibition November 8 – 10, 2019

Walter Criley Visitor Center at Radnor Lake

The Friends of Radnor Lake and The Chestnut Group, a Nashville-based nonprofit organization of plein air painters, will host the art show, Love the Lake, Love the Land, with a major portion of the sale proceeds going to benefit Radnor Lake State Natural Area

Plaza Art – Nashville

Radnor Lake

Hands On Creatvity  

October 26 – 27, 2019
As part of Plaza Art – Nashville’s Hands On Creativity weekend, I introduced people to my love of watercolor and plein air painting. I did demos outside the store discussing the techniques and benifits of working en plein air while using Daniel Smith and Winsor and Newton materials

Centennial Club – Small works exhibition

Radnor Lake
Exhibition November 2019
Private exhibition of 12 local artists

“Own a PART of the Park” Art Exhibition and Sale

Benefiting The Conservancy | Parthenon and Centennial Park

Lost Art Of Conversation
Exhibition May 23, 2019 – May 27, 2019

The Parthenon

2500 West End Ave

Nashville, TN 37203

Numerous works excepted into exhibit and sold

Southern Watercolor Society – 42nd Annual Juried Exhibition

Lost Art Of Conversation

Lost Art of Conversation was juried into the Southern Watercolor Societies 42nd Annual Exhibition.

Exhibition May 23, 2019 – July 7, 2019

Kerr Art and Cultural Center

228 Earl Garrett

Kerrville, TX 78028

Franklin Tennessee Art Crawl – May 2019

Franklin Art Crawl
During the spring and fall, Historic Downtown Franklin, TN puts on an art crawl. Give local artists to meet the community and show our work. I gave a demo at my friends at Sage Sleep. I painting a scene of the front of their store and gave it to them as a gift. Great people and a great town.

Artists On Location – Plein Air Event in Knoxville, TN

April 22 2019 – April 27 2018

Exhibition – April 27 – Knoxville Museum of Art

Sunday Marquee

Dogs On Main Street

11″ x 15″
Winner of Artist Choice Award
Sunday Marquee

The Citidal

11″ x 15″
Winner of Best Urban Scene Award

Art From The Heart – Cancer Charity

Art From The Heart

Art From The Heart – In its 2nd year, I donated artwork for the cancer charity for the 2nd year.

According to the CDC, Tennessee has one of the highest Cancer death rates compared to the rest of the country.. A silent auctiion was created by Elmer and Anna Hill, both cancer surviers themselves, to aid other local Nolensville residents fighting cancer with some of their basic needs so they can concentrate on beating their disease.

Art at Parks – Tennessee Watercolor Society (Nashville Region)

4/11/2019 – 6/21/2019

Charleston Waterfront
Artwork from various Tennessee Watercolor Society members on display for sale at Parks Corporate office in the Green Hills area of Nashville.

Wonder of Watermedia

Todd Saal - Shift Change At The Station

Shift Change at the Station

11″ x 15″
Winner – 1st Place

Dec 7 2018 – Jan 4 2019

Pryor Art Gallery 

1665 Hampshire Pike, Columbia, TN  38401

Interview – The Great Lesser Known

The Great Lesser Known

An outreach medium that identifies and illuminates talented local Middle Tennessee visual artists who are currently under the radar of the art enthusiast, collector and/ or curator

Tennessee Watercolor Society Biennial Event 2018

Charleston Waterfront

Waterfront Park, Charleston

10″ x 14″
Winner of Merchandise Award

Main Exhibition

May 12 2018 – July 27 2018

The Customs House Museum and Cultural Center

200 South Second Street, Clarksville, TN

Traveling Exhibit Venues

August 2018

West Tennessee Regional Art Center

1200 Main Street, Humboldt, TN

September 2018

Sycamore Shoals Visitor Center

Sycamore State Park,1651 West Elk Avenue, Elizabethton, TN


Association for Visual Arts (AVA)

30 Frazier Avenue, Chattanooga, TN

Franklin Tennessee Art Crawl – May 2018

Franklin Art Crawl
An art walk and tour of the art galleries, working studios and businesses in Historic Downtown Franklin, Tennessee.

Artists On Location – Plein Air Event in Knoxville, TN

April 23 2018 – April 28 2018

Exhibition – April 28 – Knoxville Museum of Art

Sunday Marquee

Sunday Marquee

11″ x 15″
Winner of Best Urban Scene Award

Todd Saal

Todd Saal is an American artist and musician currently residing in Nashville TN.

Copyright and Reproduction. The Artist reserves all reproduction rights, including the right to claim statutory copyright in the Work. The Work may not be photographed, sketched, painted, or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without the express written consent of the Artist.

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