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Cindy M. Bender


Lives & works in Zeeland, MI


While the distractions of modern life are powerful and numerous, our world is still an enchanted place and we live enchanted lives. There is beauty everywhere I look and I realize that I have been called to celebrate that beauty. I like the challenge of painting new subject matter, so I don’t limit what kinds of subjects I paint. I stay fresh by painting trees, sunsets, snow, children, rusty cars, old boats, buildings, food, Adirondack chairs, birds, and more. Clients are drawn to my use of bright colors, light and shadow and realistic style.


My watercolors have been in galleries across MI including, Zeeland Art Gallery, Flying Colors in Holland, The Thistle in Holland, Saugatuck ArtTraders. Studio 2 in Montague, MI Grand Expressions in Grand Rapids and the Saugatuck Art Trader.

I have also opened “The Red Chair Gallery” in Zeeland which you may visit in my home by appointment.


I am a member of the American Watercolor Society, the Michigan Watercolor Society, The Holland Area Arts Council, Holland Friends of Art, the Zeeland Artists’ Collective and LVAC, Lakeshore Visual Arts Collective.



B.S. from Central Michigan University

M.A. from Western Michigan University



I have been in many juried art competitions and exhibits including the Michigan Watercolor Society, where I have won 2 awards, Muskegon Regional, First Church spiritual show in Grand Rapids, where I won an award, Grand Haven winter show and invitationals, the Holland Regional and MI Arts shows, where I have won 2 awards and the Lowell Arts Council shows.

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