January 1 — HIGH POINT — The Theater Art Galleries will move from their decades-old home in the High Point Theater complex to Congdon Yards.
The move into the more than 10,000 square foot space will take place during the first part of this year. TAG will occupy space on the ground floor of the factory building in Congdon Yards.
Half of the new location will be dedicated to gallery and exhibit space, with the other half reserved for classrooms, said Jeff Horney, executive director of TAG.
“The Congdon Yards factory will give us greater visibility and easier access, allowing us to provide more opportunities for creative community engagement,” Horney told The High Point Enterprise on Friday. “We will bring in talented artists and teachers from across the region to deliver lessons at both beginner and advanced levels. We look forward to partnering with Business High Point to deliver programs that will attract more people to Congdon Yards.”
Construction of the new location will begin in February and is expected to be completed by late spring.
TAG has been housed in the High Point Theater complex since its founding in 1975. Its current space covers approximately 8,000 square feet.
A new feature for TAG will be a retail gift shop that will offer items not currently available at High Point, including high-end craftsmanship, art books and supplies, Horney said.
The new location will include moveable wall panels that will allow the gallery to be subdivided and reconfigured for an exhibition. The new space will include three large classrooms, allowing the teaching of all artistic media, including drawing, painting and collage.
A large classroom will be specially equipped for classes in ceramics, glass melting and light metalwork for jewelry making, Horney said. Instruction will be available for all ages.
TAG works with Louis Cherry Architecture and Landmark Builders to design and fit out the space. The company has transformed Plant Seven into a community center, and its work continues with the Factory building, which will include The Loft, individual office spaces, new restaurants and additional event space.
TAG began as a program of the High Point Area Arts Council in 1975. TAG was incorporated as a separate, independent non-profit organization in 1996.
The organization organizes about 16 exhibitions a year with individual and collective exhibitions.
TAG’s education program works with youth in after-school programs in public schools, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater High Point, and the Millis Education Center at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist High Point Medical Center. TAG also offers summer art camps for youth as well as adult art classes throughout the year.
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