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Convergence Art Guild loses home in Town of Halifax

The Convergence Art Guild in Halifax is losing its home. At the end of June the guild will vacate its building. 

The Convergence Art Guild is located on Main Street in the old NAPA Auto Parts Shop, before that the building housed the Leggett store. 

It first opened its doors as the guild in 2008. 

The Convergence Art Guild, an association of local artists wanting to expand on the arts in the county, has held classes in a variety of topics, hosted gallery shows for local and non-resident artists, provided studios for rent, and provided a place for different groups to hold meetings, according to President Jenna Austin.

The building has been closed to the public as of last week.

 “We have decided to close because the Town of Halifax agreed to pay the rent on the building for three years-which will be up at the end of July,” she added.

The guild will continue to stay active in the community and is currently looking for a new building to meet in despite their decrease of active membership. 

Active membership has been decreasing since February, she said.

The current board members, along with Austin include Gayle Hudert, Jason Thomas and John Hudert. 

 “At this time people seem to be waiting to see if Convergence sinks or swims,” Austin said. 

The guild plans to meet June 25 at 6:30 pm at their current location to discuss its future. 

Austin said she hopes to find a new home for the guild to continue to “foster a creative community and growth, as well as to support the arts locally and globally.”

 

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Ashley Hodge/Gazette-Virginian

At the end of June, the Convergence Art Guild will empty out its current location on Main Street in Halifax. Members plan to meet June 25 at 6:30 to discuss upcoming plans.