Guilderhaven: Buy art to help animals

The Enterprise — Elizabeth Floyd Mair 

Mary Gene Tanski, wearing a Guilderhaven T-shirt, stands before one of 40 or so works on sale at the Guilderland Public Library’s Helderberg Room. The sale, which runs through July 30, will benefit the not-for-profit group that helps animals.

GUILDERLAND — Guilderhaven, which has been helping animals and wildlife in town for two decades, is selling about 40 paintings, photographs, woodcuts, and other pieces of art that were donated to the not-for-profit organization over the years. They are on display, through July 30, at the Guilderland Public Library’s Helderberg Room. 

Guilderhaven helps low-income families afford food, medical treatment, and spaying or neutering for their pets. It also rehabilitates injured or orphaned wildlife. 

Chairwoman Sue Green said she hopes people will adopt the paintings and make them part of their homes, “rather than have them live in a dark closet with no one to appreciate, admire, and enjoy them.”

“There’s a lot of nice things here, and the prices are pretty reasonable,” said Luanne Nicholson, public information specialist for the library. “For instance, something is priced at $40, and it looks like the frame is worth more than that.” 

The suggested donation is listed on the wall beneath each work, and a price list is also available at the library’s circulation desk. 

“These are suggested donations,” said volunteer Mary Gene Tanski, who worked with another volunteer, Jackie Watski, to coordinate the sale. “If it is says $50 and somebody wanted to give $40, we’d take that,” she said. 

Since the paintings were gifts, all of the proceeds go to Guilderhaven, Tanski said. 

Anyone wishing to purchase a painting should call Tanski at 518-477-3349. 

The library is displaying the paintings, but is not involved in the sale, said Nicholson. 

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