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.
Her display was chosen as the most unique and popular, prompting Celebrity Connected to also invite her to Los Angeles for the recent Grammys. Again, she picked 20 well-known celebrities and painted their image on glasses.
“It was surreal,” she said. “One person after another, that I had only seen on television, was stopping by my gift table and admiring my work. I got to take a bunch of pictures with them. It was great.”
She said it seems like a dream and she loved the time in Hollywood, but admits she could not live that fast-paced lifestyle for very long.
“I had a Lincoln Town Car pick me up every day and we were flying down the outside lane reserved for special vehicles,” she remembers. “And I’m thinking “Wow, hold on there!“
“Then I’m walking down the street and I get to talk to Peter Frampton,” she added.
CREATED MORE BUSINESS
Rubbing elbows with celebrities, enjoying the bright lights and glamour only lasted a few days, but some results are long term.
“I have been asked to paint wedding glasses for Scheana Marie Jancan of Vanderpump Rules (Bravo network), and they will be displayed on her television show,” she said. “I will also be painting for Crystal Head Vodka, a product Dan Ackroyd co-founded in Canada; 40 movie-premier glasses and for Sonoma Vineyard (California) who want wine glasses. I can hardly believe it!”
When she went to Nashville and the Grammys, she had a very special traveling mate, her daughter, Victoria, 14, who helped set up the displays and tended her mom’s table.
“In Nashville, Victoria gave (singer) Rodney Atkins her guitar pick and he gave her one of his,” Wade said. “At his show the next night, he greeted her and said he was using her guitar pick for the performance that night. She was thrilled and won‘t soon forget such special events. A big deal for a kid.”
Cyndie’s future holds another special star-studded event. She has been invited to be part of the gifting suite at the Oscars in early March, which she looks forward to with great anticipation.
“I never thought the glassware business would take off so quickly and take me to such exciting places,” she said, “but I’m enjoying every minute of it.”
FOR MORE INFORMATION
To view many of the glassware and gift styles offered at Custom Creations by Cyndie, visit Cyndiewade.com, etsy.com at "handpaintedbycyndie," or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.