Movers and shakers — Taos businesswomen to know

Teruko Wilde

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ARTIST AND CO-OWNER OF TOTAL ARTS GALLERY

INDUSTRY: RETAIL/ART

Teruko Wilde’s art has been represented by many galleries across the U.S., from Hawaii to Florida and all points in between. Her pieces have been included in invitational group exhibitions in Australia, China, Thailand and London.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN AT THE HELM?

“From 1995 — present (21 years). Co-owner Total Arts Gallery with Harold Geller, business partner and founder, since 1969. Also was owner of Fine Art Gallery/Framing shop from 1971-1985; co-publisher of the regional arts

magazine, Prism; and co-publisher of the Willard Junction newspaper in Willard, Ohio.”

WHAT IS THE TOWN OF TAOS DOING RIGHT FOR BUSINESS?

“Nothing.”

WHAT MORE COULD THE TOWN BE DOING TO HELP GROW BUSINESS?

“People who work for our town need to be more ‘open minded.’ They need to unite our community. Our town’s marketing department needs to promote not only Taos’ outdoor activities and historical sights, but also fine arts galleries with emphasis on the numbers and uniqueness of our variety, including the quality of artwork by nationally established elite artists as well as the local, colorful arts and regional works.

People who visit galleries are the ones who return over and over, which in turn benefits local lodging and restaurants, etc. Beautifying our downtown area to look more prosperous would also be helpful.”

WHO ARE YOUR HEROES IN REAL LIFE?

“My mentor — my mother, Moto. She was a very strong, independent, intelligent woman who was ahead of her time. She lost everything, including her husband, my father. She raised three children during and after World War II, without any government assistance. Yet, she was a generous and kind person who shared with others, even though she had little for herself.”

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