November, December, and January shows


Fragonard’s Cat, Acrylic on recycled guitar

LAST MINUTE REMINDER: Unless you’re reading this before the afternoon of Sunday Nov 29th, (or you already went), you will have missed it, but that’s the day the AZ 45 show closes at the Tieken Gallery in Paradise Valley, (see previous posts). If you ARE reading this in time, the closing reception is 2-5 pm!

DECEMBER 2015: TINY WORKS, Dec 4 (First Friday art walk night) 6-9 pm. Buyers can take their purchases with them right away. Unsold works will remain in the gallery thru part of Dec. 70+ artists. I will be taking several miniature pieces about 4×4 in with a deep edge, so they can sit or hang, all very affordable collages of my drawings, and/or small paintings on wood blocks. 1229 Grand Ave.

UPDATE, just found out I’m also in the show titled ICELANDIA, at the Lotus Gallery, 511 E. Roosevelt, Phoenix, the same night that TINY WORKS opens. The title of my painting is “Nuclear Winter.” It’s 9 x 12 in. on canvas panel, and in a fairly wide faced gold wood frame. The canvas panel is a Centurion linen panel, which is a really nice quality.


Nuclear Winter, available at Icelandia show in Dec 2015, 9 x 12, acrylic

JANUARY 2016: Jan 1st and 15th, (First Friday and Third Friday art walk nights), 6-9 pm. Fragonard’s Cat will be shown at Chartreuse, the gallery space in the old Bragg’s Pie Factory building, 1301 NW Grand, Phoenix AZ, in January 2016. The theme of the show is Cats and Guitars, so when I saw this guitar in a thrift store, I grabbed it. I am not sure what gave me the idea to do a take off on Fragonard’s “The Swing,” but the old master’s painting somehow came to mind. I changed a few things to be more of a cat point of view.


Phoenix Magazine Feature, recent stuff


Phoenix Magazine feature photo, Nov/Dec 2015

Phoenix Magazine Featured Artist, what an honor!

I was honored to be a featured artist in the December issue of Phoenix Magazine!

The interview was a lot of fun. Niki D’Andrea, the author, and the photographer, Angelina Aragon, were such nice people. I happened to have invitations for a private artist’s party and opening reception, of a show I was in, (at the Tieken Gallery, see earlier post), so I invited the two, and they had a good time there. It was great to see them again, and, being arts reporters they already knew some of the artists.

I’d like to thank Wayne Michael Reich, an artist and writer, for putting my name in front of Phoenix Magazine in the first place!

Being a featured artist is exciting and I was very pleased this publication understood the infringement problem I’d had, and agreed to put my watermark over any of my art, for the online version. Artists naturally want media coverage, so it can be a tough choice to pass up an opportunity if it’ll start a whole new slew of infringements that eat up time and energy. I’ve seen many artists suddenly become copyright converts when they find that first infringement, often for some company or cause they are appalled by. Most infringers treat online image searches, such as google, as their free clip art source, when in fact, the internet is not the public domain, it’s just publicly visible, two very different things! Nonetheless, their lawbreaking is a pain in the ass for the artist! Watermarks are not 100% effective in prevention but they deter most, and that’s a significant gain in being able to put that time and energy back to use making more new art. Thank you, Phoenix Magazine!

Graphic Panel T-Shirt


New ‘graphic panel tee shirt’ of my Giant Coffee Drinking Chicken painting

Though I have all but left the whole Print On Demand scene, after finding format changes and other issues kind of draining, I still have quite a few of my works on private view on my Red Bubble account. I sometimes buy them for myself as promotional material, mostly. This is the new ‘graphic panel tee.’ The back and sleeves are cotton and only come in black or white. The front panel is a white synthetic material and that’s what’s printed. The fabric seems fine, but I’m still testing it by wearing and washing a few more times, before I declare it a hit. The fit is very similar to the regular tees there, plenty long. If they were not so long I’d get a Small for myself, but I like things loose, and am short, so a long small shirt often feels like a girdle around my hips and goes past my butt LOL! So I get a Medium and that is a little baggy and easier to access pants pockets etc. Taller people appreciate the length.



The closing reception of the AZ 45 is Sunday Nov. 29, details in the flyer above! If you’re in the area but can’t make the reception, the gallery does open by appointment. The show comes down after the reception the 29th.

I have entered work in a few group shows that will be in December and January, and if I can get something done will enter a couple of others, as well. I do have work in {9} The Gallery, on Grand Ave, in Phoenix, in December. I’ll be updating my shows and events page as details come in, so you will have all the times and addresses, etc.

There was kind of a cluster of group shows I actually got an idea for in time to enter this fall/winter.

I’ll be getting back to my animal series and hope it’s ready to show by fall of 2016. If I really get going on it, maybe sooner, but I’m giving myself plenty of time so that there’s enough for it to be a solo show if possible. I’m not counting out the possibility of it being more than me, but it is more message-y than my work usually is and I don’t want that message diluted with unrelated stuff, (lovely as that stuff might be). So if I do it in conjunction with other artists I do want it to be on the same theme/message, which is veganism, factory farming, animal rights, and how we think of animals. My pieces are still humorous and still “me.”

I have seen some really wonderful art on these topics, varying from cute to very dark and in your face.

A related issue is the GMO debate, such as Fred Tieken’s ongoing series with his now Trademarked character, Uno, the one legged bird. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and showing with Fred, and it is his gallery that the AZ 45 is in. He even had a giant Uno constructed, which is at a show in California now if I’m right. I loved his show in Phoenix with Uno and other strange critters. I really identify with his view because he’s serious about it but manages to keep his humor and personality in his pieces, and that’s important to me, too, in my own art. I was not “converted” to veganism by force, nor would I expect anyone else to be. I hope my work on the vegan and factory farming topics will convince people to rethink their food. I am pretty sure Fred’s work made people think about GMO!

Tieken Gallery, November

SUAVE © 2015 Cindy Schnackel

SUAVE, acrylic, 24 x 36, 2015 Cindy Schnackel

Last night was the artists’ party for “The Arizona 45” show, at the Tieken Gallery, and I was honored to have been asked to be part of the show! My piece is a palette knife painting, one of the larger pieces I do to loosen up between small detailed works. When Fred and Gail asked me to be part of the show I thought this is a great venue for a larger piece. As the show’s title implies, there were 45 artists in the show, so the party with artists and their guests was quite an event!

When my husband and I moved back to Phoenix in 2009 and I started getting back into the art scene I’d been away from for years, I quickly became acquainted with Fred and his remarkable life story, and fun artwork. The Tiekens have done a lot for the arts here even before they built the fantastic gallery and sculpture garden.

The gallery is open by appointment this month up until the public closing reception November 29, (Sunday, 2pm – 5 pm). There are a lot of very cool pieces in this show, and it was great to finally meet some artists I’d only known by their work online up until last night. I also saw many old friends and familiar faces.

News article about the Tiekens and their gallery:

Tieken Studio & Gallery
5202 E Gold Dust Ave
Paradise Valley, AZ


Today is one of our beautiful winter days, probably will be around 80 or 70-something, so I’m going to get outside and work on some more things on the patio. Hope you can make it to the Tieken Gallery show, and I plan on having work in a couple other shows this winter which I’ll post details about, closer to the time.

Two headed blue jay



Nuclear Winter, Cindy Schnackel, acrylic, 9×12 in.

I believe I’m done with this painting now, and will try to get a sharper shot eventually. The title is Nuclear Winter, it’s acrylic on a linen canvas panel, 9 x 12 inches. I won’t count my chickens before they hatch, but I ‘plan’ on showing this in a local gallery in December, and will give details when/if that materializes. I’ve lived in wintry states both as a kid and briefly again as an adult, and love the way landscapes look in winter, with snow, and the beautiful light towards the end of the day, (which comes about 3 o’ clock up North LOL!).

Next week I’ll post at least one more new painting, that’s at a gallery in Paradise Valley right now. Shortly to follow that will be the other items I’ve been working on for upcoming shows thru the winter.