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January 02, 2013
John Tlumacki/ Globe Staff
The Church, as it became known, has been many things to many people for the past 44 years. It is in danger of repossession.
Richard Emmanuel founded The Church in 1968. If it closes, a unique chapter in Gloucester history will end.
Emmanuel’s art installations, which fill much of the building, do not aim to soothe troubled souls.
Emmanuel removed the pews and turned the space into a gallery, featuring pieces that turn traditional religious iconography on its head.
By offering his artwork in exchange for donations, he’s hoping to raise $250,000 to shore up his finances.
“I tell younger people this is life, and life’s about struggles,” Emmanuel said.