Transition in Troy (Fence Show, Nadia Trinkala memorial show) [Get Visual]

July 18th, 2011, 1:15 pm by Sara
Mixed-media painting by Nadia Trinkala @ Fulton Street Gallery

Mixed-media painting by Nadia Trinkala @ Fulton Street Gallery

There are two major transitions under way in Troy’s arts institutions, with tearful departures and joyous events tied together. The local news has carried much coverage of the decision of the Arts Center of the Capital Region’s president, Amy Williams, to step down and enter the private sector – and her going-away party at the Arts Center on Thursday drew a huge crowd of friends who were happy to share their appreciation of Williams’ leadership over the decades and to wish her well.

I was a willing part of that throng, as a close follower of the ACCR’s activities since my association with it in the early 1980s, when it was known as the Rensselaer County Council for the Arts and I was a member of its board of directors. At that time, the RCCA established a budget line for a paid Exhibits Coordinator (before that it was a volunteer position), and Williams was the first person hired to fill that post – part time, at $1,600 a year. She and the Arts Center have come a very long way since then, and I wish them both more great progress in the future.

The other big news in Troy is that the long-struggling Fulton Street Gallery is slated to close – but I have it from a reliable source that, instead, it will remain open under new management, with founding Director Colleen Skiff stepping away but continuing to present art under the Fulton Street name at the Uncle Sam Atrium.

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ArtBeat: The Nadia Trinkala Memorial Art Exhibition @ Fulton Street Gallery, Troy

June 22nd, 2011, 1:00 pm by Greg

Nadia Trinkala

Nadia Trinkala

The life and work of artist, gallery owner and staunch arts supporter Nadia Trinkala, who passed away in April, will be honored with a special art exhibition at the Fulton Street Gallery in Troy. The Nadia Trinkala Memorial Art Exhibition will open on Friday, with a reception from 5-9pm in conjunction with the monthly Troy Night Out arts walk. The exhibit also coincides with what would have been Trinkala’s 45th birthday.

The show will highlight a wide variety of artworks in various media that Trinkala explored – from her early works in metal and jewelry to the expressive photographic pieces created during her recent studies in Creative Art Therapy in NYC.

“We are collecting art work made by Nadia or with Nadia as the subject of the art,” said photographer Ray Felix, who is co-coordinator of the exhibition. “Things like drawings, paintings, jewelry and those special cards that she often made for her friends.”

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RIP: Nadia Trinkala, 1966-2011

April 11th, 2011, 10:00 am by Greg
Nadia Trinkala

Nadia Trinkala

We are so very saddened by the death of Nadia Trinkala, one of the brightest rays of light on the Nippertown art scene. She was 44 years old.

Trinkala was an artist, as well as a former arts gallery owner. Back in 2002, she opened the Trink Gallery on the second floor of her spacious retro furniture/home furnishing store on Remsen Street in Cohoes. Although the gallery was short-lived, it hosted the stellar exhibition “Visions and Vibrations: The Visual Art of Musicians,” featuring work by George Frayne (aka Commander Cody), Tom D’Ambrose, John Caldwell, Buck Malen, Chip Fasciana, Sergio Sericolo, Theresa Burns Parkhurst and others.

A beautiful woman and a most supportive and encouraging spirit, Trink will be deeply missed.

UPDATED 4/18: There’s a wonderful new Nadia Trinkala Memorial Site.

UPDATED 4/14: A Celebration of Life service will be held for Nadia at 2pm on Saturday, April 30 at the Cohoes Music Hall in Cohoes. Friends and relatives are welcome. For those wishing to remember Nadia in a special way, donations in her memory may be made to Rensselaer County ARC, Residential Services, 79 102nd St., Troy, NY 12180 or to Living Resources, Carriage House Arts Program, 300 Washington Ave. Ext., Albany, NY 12203.

Obituary at The Times Union
Lauren Stanforth’s story in The Times Union
David Brickman’s story at Get Visual
Stephen Leon’s story at Metroland

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