Cynthia’s art exhibition is first in Rugby gallery

Cynthia with one of her paintings.
Cynthia with one of her paintings.
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Respected artist Cynthia Chandler is showcasing her talents at Rugby Art Gallery & Museum.

She will display more than 50 paintings in her latest solo exhibition called Variety.

It’s being held at Floor One Gallery at the Rugby Art Gallery & Museum from Saturday, April 8, until Thursday, April 20.

A long-standing member of Coventry & Warwickshire Society of Artists, Cynthia was also president of Rugby & District Art Society for 12 years.

After several successful solo exhibitions in the old art gallery in St Matthew’s Street, Rugby, Cynthia chose to exhibit in Kenilworth when the Rugby gallery closed.

Cynthia said: “This will be my first solo exhibition since the new Rugby Art Gallery & Museum was opened.

“Visitors will see over 50 paintings with subjects varying from portraits, steam engines, fishing villages, various animals, birds, a leatherworker and a blacksmith at work - and some views of the First World War.

“They are all painted in a manner which viewers will understand - and hopefully appreciate, but do not expect ‘modern’ work.”

Cynthia trained at Twickenham School of Art.

She started her professional career as a fashion artist in a leading London studio where she quickly learned about the pressures of commercial life in the city, where deadlines were usually measured in hours.

Her work was used by such names as Jaeger, Fenwicks of Bond Street, Rael-Brook, Selfridges, Marshall & Snelgrove etc and frequently appeared in national newspapers and magazines.

Cynthia moved to Rugby and at a more relaxed pace paints landscapes, portraits, figure studies, animals and coastal scenes in pastels, watercolours and oils.

She has exhibited in many Midland exhibitions, and with the United Society of Artists and the Pastel Society in the Mall Galleries in London.

She has work in the permanent collections of Rugby Borough Council and the Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery. Many will remember her charity Christmas cards for the Leukaemia Research Fund, mostly paintings of Rugby School and other old parts of Rugby.

Admission to the Variety exhibition is free.