Governors Arts Award Purchase and more

UPDATE 17 Mar. 2014, now you can read more about it and I’m named in this article:

Last week, I was contacted by the Executive Director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts. He asked me to submit some bird art images that same day, a potential sale being possible. I did, and very shortly, was informed one of my paintings was purchased by them, a Governors Arts Awards Purchase How cool is that?! The painting they purchased is Birds in Wigs. More about it when I learn more; there is an event attached to it, in March.

That very same day, at the very moment I was talking to the director on the phone, an expected visitor arrived, a gallery owner who wanted to see my studio. I knew this meant a possible show so was very excited about this, too. That went well, and it looks like I’ll probably be having a show of bird art later this year, probably a 2 person show. Again, I’ll post more when I learn details.

I had just made some other good sales recently, too, so it was like Christmas. Perhaps it was delayed Christmas. We DID have to move over the holidays. Happy to say so far we like our new home and it’s great having a studio.

I was kind of still feeling the euphoria from all that, when my husband and I went to the Desert Botanical Gardens on Valentine’s Day, where I took LOTS of photos close up of plants, to use as reference for future paintings. There are so many kinds of agaves, cacti, etc, all wonderful shapes and colors. Though they take a longer time to paint, I like doing larger detailed desert landscapes, using bits and pieces of different plants to make up my own.

I’d have posted about this sooner but the flu hit us at the end of our garden-visit, like some twisted ‘Happy Valentine’s Day’ joke. I still haven’t looked at all my desert plant photos or done anything with them. March, and what’s left of Feb., will be spent cutting mats, framing what needs to be framed, and painting more birds!

UPDATE: I will be having a bird art show in April at R. Pela Contemporary Art in Phoenix! The other artist showing will be Scott Wolf. When the gallery announces the show I’ll post a separate Journal with all the details!

Details to come!


  • Terri Maddock
    Terri Maddock6 months ago

    Congratulations Cindy! What wonderful news, you must be very excited – how wonderful to have a studio too

  • Thanks, Terri!

    – Cindy Schnackel

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDavies6 months ago

    Wow, fantastic news, congrats!!!!

  • Thanks, Angie!

    – Cindy Schnackel

  • © Janis Zroback
    © Janis Zroback6 months ago

    I can tell you’re excited as I have never read such effusive language from you Cindy…you really deserve all this acclaim and more…
    I am looking forward to seeing your new bird paintings as they are my favourites…congratulations and best wishes for all these great events, and hope for many more…

  • Thanks, Janis!

    – Cindy Schnackel

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz476 months ago

    No surprise that you & your fantastic (literally & figuratively) work are being honored thus! Any number of new feathers in your wig(s)… proud to be the owner of a couple of your originals!! I was before, of course, but now I can point to them & say ‘I knew her when….’ And more than glad that you have weathered the flu. Aargh.

  • Thank you so much, I’m proud that you ARE the owner of some of my originals!

    – Cindy Schnackel

  • DeeZ (D L Honeycutt)
    DeeZ (D L Hone...6 months ago

    I am not surprised this is an awesome painting, one of my faves of yours! Congratulations!

  • Thank you very much!

    – Cindy Schnackel

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Moore6 months ago

    Cindy, wow, awesome news! (except for the flu part) I love that the Governor’s office has a sense of humor (about the theme of “Birds in Wigs”) and awarded your incredibly original creativity and skill. You’re something else. You sound busy. Congratulations on your new home and studio, too. I know you are enjoying that!

  • Thanks, Frannie!

    – Cindy Schnackel

  • Beatrice Cloake
    Beatrice Cloake6 months ago

    Oh you must be SO excited Cindy. Congratulations, this sounds so good!!!

  • Thanks, yes, it was a lot of happy news in a very short time frame.

    – Cindy Schnackel

  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...6 months ago

    Really fabulous news, Cindy! I couldn’t be happier for your much-deserved success!

  • Thank you, Celeste!

    – Cindy Schnackel

  • Rich Ladig
    Rich Ladig6 months ago

    Congratulations and best wishes as always Cindy :))

  • Rich, thanks so much!

    – Cindy Schnackel

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesor6 months ago

    Fantastic Cindy!! Congrats!! :)

  • Thanks!

    – Cindy Schnackel