“One New Man in Tennessee,” Sam Hill, will be the April exhibit at the Cumberland Art Society, 186 S. Walnut Ave., Cookeville. His presentation of various subject watercolor paintings will be April 2-30 with a reception opening day from 1-4 p.m.

Hill stated, “I am honored to accept this opportunity from the gallery to display a collection of my watercolors.”

John Sam Hill moved to Fairfield Glade in April of 2004. His work was first viewed by the community at the Award Show in 2004 where he accepted third place in the advanced watercolor group. In December 2005 Sam won "Best of Show" at the Art Guild of Fairfield Glade. (Hill with winning picture and other paintings can be seen at “featured artists” on www.artguildfairfieldglade.com.)

Hill began painting in Ohio in 1982 and has studied with some of the country's foremost watercolor painters, such as Fred Graff, Frank Webb, Joan Rothermel and Fred Leach. He has been a professional artist since 1985.

He is presently a signature member of the O.W.S. (Ohio Watercolor Society), W.P.A. (Whiskey Painters of America), past board member of the Dayton Society of Painters and Sculptors and the Western Ohio Watercolor Society. He is an associate member of the American Watercolor Society. Hill is also a founding member of the Shoe Polish Painters of America.

Hill's work can be found in private collections nationally, in colleges and institutions of higher learning throughout the Midwest and in hospitals in the Dayton, Ohio area. His work has been shown in galleries throughout the country and accepted in national and regional juried competitions, such as New Orleans, Boston and Chicago.

He was responsible for 12 consecutive years of “Where In The Sam Hill Paint Outs,” conducted annually for local artists to enjoy painting on location. Hill also teaches one and two-day watercolor workshops and various levels of watercolor classes.

The Cumberland Art Society gallery is open Sunday through Friday, 1-4 p.m. For more information, call (931) 526-2424.

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