GLOVERTOWN, NL –The House of Diamonds Art Centre in Glovertown will no longer be operating its retail gallery and gift shop as of Feb. 25.
“Not only is the shop not making money, it’s losing money” says Kevin Blackmore, chair of the board of directors of the not-for-profit enterprise.
The gallery is not selling enough art to support an employee in the shop, which in turn prevents the sale of any art. The centre is still paying Interac service fees even though there are no sales.
Ending the retail service will free up space for other artistic pursuits – chiefly those that will pay the bills.
The centre supports other successful activities including a children’s summer arts program, hosting regular clubs and meetings for painting and music, and public events. Musical acts are currently booked for May 23 and Aug. 7.
But the centre needs to do more to keep going, says Blackmore.
Board members are meeting with local teachers to investigate new programs for youth and looking for community members to get involved as advisors.
The board is open to any new partners and ventures that will both support the arts and turn a profit, said Blackmore.
The House of Diamonds will host a final, tax-free sale of all artwork and giftshop items on Feb. 23 from 7-9p.m. and Feb. 24 from 10a.m.-5p.m. with live music on Saturday afternoon.