A native of Long Island, Cindy moved to the Rochester area at the age of 13. Upon graduating high school, she headed back to NYC to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she graduated with a heavy emphasis on figure drawing. FIT endowed Cindy with a scholarship for academic achievement.
After graduating from college, Cindy worked as a graphic designer/illustrator for McCurdy’s Advertising Department and then on to an advertising agency where she worked as an art director. After four and a half years, she left the agency and started her own design business where much, but not all, work was computer generated. Cindy was commissioned for many years by RG&E to do a portrait of their annual Brigg’s Award Winner, whereby the winner was presented with their framed portrait.
Cindy resides in Penfield since 1993. She prefers to work in acrylic, oil and pastels and her subject matter is usually figures, portraits, floral, clouds and animals.
Before opening The Art Stop Cindy and her friend Teri, taught art lessons out of Teri’s house. As interest in art lessons and a real need for a local art supply store grew, Cindy and Teri Bracht decided to open The Art Stop. The store started out on the second floor, of 12 North Ave., Webster, about 1000-sq. feet and that included the lesson area! After only a year and a half the store tripled its space and added on a fine art gallery featuring all local artists work and a custom frame shop. The second floor space was dedicated to lessons, workshops and birthday parties. Cindy bought out her partner in March of 2007 and is now the sole proprietor of The Art Stop LLC. In 2016 Cindy moved The Art Stop to the 4 corners of Penfield. A much improved space for the store and the studio upstairs is over 3000 sq ft! Plenty of room for large workshops and demonstrations.