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Upstate Artists Guild faces possible eviction


ALBANY — The Upstate Artists Guild is facing eviction from its Lark Street home of five years after failing to pay rent for four months, representatives said.

“We got behind, and we just don’t have the money, but we’re trying to put something together,” UAG President Rebecca Schoonmaker said Monday.

The guild has not paid the $1,200-a-month rent on its gallery space, at 247 Lark St., since September. Last Friday it received notice of legal action being taken by the landlord. A court date is set for Friday that could set in motion eviction proceedings and lead to UAG being homeless by the end of the month, Schoonmaker said.

UAG has launched a campaign asking for donations from its 120 artist members as well as the public to try to raise the nearly $5,000 needed to pay back rent. The group has also applied for a line of credit from its bank, according to Schoonmaker.

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