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 from which she graduated
with 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 along with her two children, Mollie 17 years
and Meagan 13 years. She prefers to work in acrylic, oil and pastels and
her subject matter is usually figures, portraits and animals.
Before opening The Art Stop Cindy and her friend Teri, taught art lessons
out of Teri's house. As interest in lessons grew and seeing a real need
for a local art supply store Cindy and Teri Bracht decided to open The
Art Stop. The store started out on the second floor, of 12 North Ave.,
about 1000 sq. feet and that included the lesson area! Now the store has
tripled it’s space and has added on a fine art gallery featuring
all local artists work and a custom frame shop. The second floor space
is now dedicated to lessons and birthday parties. Cindy bought out her
partner in March of 2007 and is now the sole proprietor of The Art Stop
South of Dunkin Doughnuts® near the corner of Main Street and North
Ave. next to Veteran's Memorial Park.