Wilder Nightingale Fine Art shares the love

By Tamra Testerman
Posted 2/13/20

Two back-to-back events at Wilder Nightingale Fine Art this week, both inviting us to share the love.

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Wilder Nightingale Fine Art shares the love


Two back-to-back events at Wilder Nightingale Fine Art this week, both inviting us to share the love.

Wilder Nightingale Fine Art, 119 Kit Carson Road, is celebrating Valentine's Day with "A Valentine's Day Trunk Show" featuring Taos jewelers Gail Golden and David Anderson on Friday (Feb. 14) from 3-6 p.m. Besides the jewelry, there will be the gallery tradition of handing visitors free roses and "a special treat for the ladies," according to gallery owner Rob Nightingale.

Nightingale said the Valentine metalsmiths "have been married since 2008 and continue to influence and inspire each other in business and in life. Their collaborative spirit developed over the years from sharing ideas and moving forward with new concepts and techniques."

Tempo asked Golden a few Valentine's Day-themed questions, and what to expect if you attend the show. Here are her edited responses.

What does Valentine's Day look like for you?

Valentine's Day is a day for lovers, for kindness, for gifting the self and others with love, friendship and positivity. It's a lovely reminder to think of those we love, and of ourselves, and take the time to say things like, "I love you," and "You are important to me" and "I'm taking care of myself so I can give more to others." Generosity and compassion are key.

How did you celebrate the occasion when you were not a couple?

When I was single, I would always wear red or a piece of heart jewelry to celebrate the loving and giving spirit of the day. And perhaps buy something special, like jewelry or flowers for myself or others, or do something nice for a friend. It was an opportunity to celebrate love and friendship. Some years I would host a Valentine's Day party, complete with handmade Valentine's-themed invitations and lots of good food and desserts. David says he used to love making Valentine's-themed jewelry for others who wanted to celebrate beauty and love for their family, and he would put extra special energy into each commission.

What is featured in this show?

We are featuring many best-selling designs, and a few new designs, in a wide price range. Our jewelry is all hand-fabricated by us, each piece unique. We will focus on sterling silver and gold with precious gemstones, and Gail will feature some of her steel and fused gold jewelry. There will be some heart-themed jewelry, and plenty of special rings at affordable prices. David will feature some juicy one-of-a-kind pieces made from extravagant noble metals set with luxurious gemstones. We both work in diamonds and will feature some jewelry where they are used in unexpected ways.

Visit them online at goldenandersonstudios.com.

The following evening, Saturday (Feb. 15) from 5:30-8 p.m, the Annual Benefit for the Taos Men's Shelter and the Taos Coalition to End Homelessness happens also at Wilder Nightingale Fine Art.

When the conditions in Taos dip dangerously to the level of freezing human flesh, there are few places for a man to find shelter from the storm, but the Taos Men's Shelter offers temporary housing and nourishment 24/7 365 days of the year.

There are major expenses associated with running a shelter, according to the Men's Shelter Board member Tom Blankenhorn. "The shelter has been in operation since 2006. Our budget has remained in the $160,000 per year range. We get about half of our funding from local citizens and the other half from grants and local government contracts. The shelter is always in need of monetary donations to continue to improve upon our services of providing emergency shelter and case management to men in Northern New Mexico."

Nightingale, a steadfast supporter of the cause, has hosted this fundraising event for the shelter for over a decade. He explained that "this year most of the artwork is priced at $350 or less. Some artists have even donated their percentage to the cause."

Blankenhorn said these events help keep the shelter afloat. "Benefits like our annual 'Hearts and Stars' educates the community about the great work we do at the shelter. Hearts and Stars collaborates with Wilder Nightingale Fine Art, which provides the venue and art pieces to auction, which then benefit the shelter. Hearts and Stars provides greater awareness to the state of homelessness in our community and ways in which our organization provides relief to those who find themselves at our door."

He continued, "It is always a challenge to maintain our $160,000 per year operating budget. Taos County and local citizens have been generous over the years to keep us going, but we still could not get far enough ahead to make improvements to our facility."

For more information about Taos Men's Shelter, visit taosmensshelter.org.


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