SARANAC — Cyndie Wade has a hard time believing that since November she has displayed her hand-painted art work at special events in Nashville and Los Angeles, meeting celebrities she had only heard about before.
While she is not sure just how Celebrity Connected got her name, she is thankful that this company, which sponsors vendors at gala affairs, took an interest in her talent.
“When they called me to be one of the vendors at their gifting suite, I wasn’t even sure it was for real,” she said from her home near Lake George. “Originally, it was for a concert in Nashville, but then (singer) George Jones died and they planned a tribute concert for him instead. I ended up talking to George Jones’s wife about it and it was for real.”
STARTED WITH ORNAMENTS
Wade put her artistic skills to work about two-and-a-half years ago, painting Christmas ornaments for family and friends. About a year later, she branched out into glassware.
The daughter of Jerry and Joan Rambach of Saranac, who opened Rambach’s Bakery on Cornelia Street in Plattsburgh in 1980, she credits her folks with cheering her on.
“When I talked to them (her parents) about turning the glassware painting into a business, they said to go for it and I did,” she said. “I established a store at www.etsy.com called “Handpainted by Cyndie,” and it was an immediate hit.”
When she received a list of Nashville stars who were going to be at the George Jones Tribute, she painted 20 and shipped them ahead, setting up her display when she got there. Her one-of-a-kind glasses, with the celebrities’ images painted on, were very well received by the stars of country music including Charlie Daniels, Travis Tritt and Alan Jackson, to name a few.