Painter, jewelry maker and sometime store and gallery owner Nadia Trinkala died suddenly last week. Trinkala was widely known and much loved in local arts circles, and is remembered not only for her boundless creative energy and generous support of other artists, but also for her upbeat personality. Ask anyone who knew Trinkala to describe her, and most will begin with her angelic smile and contageous radiance—qualities cited frequently in the many posts made to her Facebook page following her death.
Born in Cohoes in 1966, Trinkala managed an antique/modern furniture store in Los Angeles before returning to her hometown and opening Trink, a vintage furnishings store, in 1997. She later moved it to a larger space in Cohoes and opened an art gallery on the second floor, and more recently ran a smaller, similar gallery/vintage goods showroom in Troy. At the time of her death, she had been studying creative arts therapy at The New School in New York City.
The art openings Trinkala hosted, especially in the Trink Gallery in Cohoes, are remembered fondly by many attendees as among the most fun and successful art events the region has ever seen. In particular, the event to officially open the Trink Gallery in 2002 had an estimated attendance of at least 1,000, drew rave reviews, and is thought to have kick-started a modest arts renaissance in Cohoes. With the creative spirit that went into these and her many other projects, as well as her warmth and bright smile, Trinkala has left an impression on the Capital Region that will last a long time.