Cindy Kahler Thomas began writing for The Hub in January of 2017 and has become one of the top content contributors. As with every Hub contributor, she is first an artist. Although Cindy has never received any formal artistic training after high school, she has developed a very colorful style that is uniquely hers. She describes her art as “bright and happy”. “I like to make people smile with my art”, Cindy explained.
Using bright inks on glass or yupo paper, a synthetic paper made not from trees, Cindy manipulates the liquid’s movements to create abstract florals and sun rises. She has been working with this medium for 3 years, but she’s been doing stained glass mosaics for 16 year. She recalls that, while in a low point of her life, her best friend Marsha came to her and said “we are doing art” and that helped her to cope and she has been doing it ever since.
Cindy stays very active in the Wichita Falls art community. Not only does she participate in almost every art event in the area, she also plays a crucial role at the Wichita Falls Art Association. In 2011 the gallery, at that time under a different name, was in danger of closing it’s doors. Cindy and Marsha Wright Reeves took the helm and made the decision to renew the lease and change the name to Wichita Falls Art Association. The association allows members of all artistic levels for a low fee of only $35 per year, plus an additional fee to hang in the gallery.
Cindy has some shows coming up, including a solo show in the West End Gallery at The Kemp Center For The Arts on Thursday, November 2nd from 5:30-7:30pm. She will be displaying over 25 pieces, the majority being never before seen, and they are will remain up for 6 weeks. She will also have a couple pieces on display in the North Light gallery in the Kemp Center at the same time and then again in January when the Art Association has a show there.
The artist counts her faith and family among her greatest assets. She describes her husband as being very supportive. “He’s not artsy at all, but he’s real supportive and doesn’t fuss at all when I lock myself in the studio’.