CVener-pleinair

Artist Statement

My artwork is inspired by local Virginia landscapes and from my travels. The Impressionists, my love of gardening and the joy of experimenting with a bold color palette influence my style. Whether in my studio or en plein air, the first thing that interests me is color. Colors and shapes constantly change throughout the seasons and I try to capture that using texture and creating interest by layering color. I use oil and cold wax medium or acrylic with various mediums.

Artist Bio

Cindy Vener is an artist and freelance graphic designer. After 30 years in the corporate world as an actuary and researcher, she retired in 2009 to pursue her art full time.

Originally from Buffalo, New York, she has lived in Lynchburg, Virginia for over 35 years. She began painting twenty years ago as a hobby and it quickly became one of her passions. She has studied oil with Rosalie Day White and has attended the Summer Artists Program at Nimrod Hall, Bath County, VA, studying with Laura Loe, Sara Linda Poly, Andras Bality and Diego Sanchez. She has also studied painting at Sweet Briar College with John Morgan.

Gallery Representation

Lynchburg Art Club, Lynchburg, VA
Riverviews Artist’s Co-op Gallery, Lynchburg, VA
The Academy of Fine Arts, Lynchburg, VA
Pheasant’s Eye Gallery, Lynchburg, VA
Art at the Mill, Millwood, VA
Southern Provisions Company, Lynchburg, VA
Bower Center for the Arts, Bedford, VA
Reid St. Gallery, Chatham, VA
The Little Gallery, Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia

Recent Juried and Group Exhibitions

2017 – Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community Juried Exhibition, Harrisonburg, VA
2017 – Art Speaks on the Bay, Mathews, VA
2016 – 37th Annual Virginia Watercolor Society Juried Exhibition, Gloucester, VA
2015 – 16 – Bower Center Annual National Juried Exhibition, Bedford, VA
2015 – Fall Juried Show, Lynchburg Art Club
2015 – 16 – Central Virginia Watercolor Guild Annual Exhibition, Charlottesville, VA
2015 – Local Art by Local Artists, Lynchburg Art Club, Lynchburg , VA
2015 – Riverviews Biennial Community Exhibition, Lynchburg , VA
2015 – 36th Annual Virginia Watercolor Society Juried Exhibition, Harrisonburg, VA
2015 – Water Ways, Lynchburg Art Club Juried Show
2014 – Riverviews ArtSpace Annual Juried Exhibtion, Lynchburg, VA
2014 – 15 – The Art 4 Gifts Show, Bower Center, Bedford, VA
2014 – Lexington Plein Air Paint Out, Lexington, VA
2007 – 16 Lynchburg Art Festival, Lynchburg, VA
2014 – Stewart Gallery, Summer Show, Richmond, VA
2010 – 16 – Bath County Art Show, Warm Springs, VA
2014 – 11- 9 – Lynchburg Art Club, Lynchburg, VA (Three Women)
2012 -16  Art at the Mill, Millwood, VA
2014 – John Stewart Walker Office, Lynchburg, VA
2013 -14 – Altavista YMCA, Altavista, VA
2013 – The Studio School at North Cross, Roanoke, VA
2011 – Academy Gallery, Art Up Front
2011 – Academy of Fine Arts, National Juried Art Exhibition, Lynchburg , VA
2010 – Magnolia Foods, Lynchburg, VA

Recent Awards

2017 – Award of Merit, Edna Curry / John Bower Exhibition, Bower Center for the Arts,(Nancy Stark, judge), “On the Edge”
2016 – Rotary Club of Lynchburg Award,  44th Annual Lynchburg Art Festival, (Amy Shawley, judge), “Spring Light”
2016 – 3rd Place, “We Got the Blues, Art in the Blue Ridge” July Juried Exhibition, Lynchburg Art Club, Bottles by the Window
2016 – Award of Merit, Bower Center Annual National Juried Art Exhibition, Whatcha Got?
2016 – 3rd Place, Carilion Clinic Healing Arts Show, Meandering
2016 – 1st Place, Edna Curry/John Bower Exhibition, Bower Center for the Arts, Through the Trees
2015 – Award of Excellence, 36th Virginia Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition, (Mark Mehaffey, judge), Evening Stroll by the Pronto Cafe
2015 – Honorable Mention – Local Art by Local Artists, Lynchburg Art Club, Anne Spencer’s Garden