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Posted at 2:53 PM ET, 11/20/2008

Galleries: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

By Stephanie Merry

While I hate to see local galleries disappear, I suppose there is something to be said for balance. And so it goes, as one gallery fetes its opening today and another holds a bittersweet closing celebration tomorrow.

On the closing side, Black and White Gallery in Arlington, which has been displaying black and white photos for the last 21 years, will be closing its doors on Dec. 23 after one last "Little Show," which opens tomorrow in conjunction with a closing celebration. The exhibition will consist of work by staff and clients, much of which was printed in the gallery/photo lab. In light of the owners' decision to retire, long-time customers, staff and photography fans have a chance to party down at the gallery one last time from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Friday.

Meanwhile, in the gain column, we add LUMAS in Georgetown. The gallery will celebrate its opening tonight with a reception and an exhibition of photography (in conjunction with FotoWeek) entitled Doubletake, which features the architectural photography of H.G. Esch and landscape photos by Robert B. Haas.

LUMAS brings a slightly different perspective to the gallery scene for a couple of reasons. First off, they have adopted the sort of IKEA mindset of bringing style to the masses. But while the big box store has littered many a landfill with improperly constructed Malm dressers, LUMAS seeks to put art in people's homes for reasonable prices. They keep their prices low -- between $200 and $800 -- by offering larger editions of artwork.

Another feature that sets LUMAS apart is that it's part of a chain. The first gallery was opened in Germany by a couple of art collectors and has spread to four countries with 14 locations, including spaces in New York, Boston and Miami.

The celebration for LUMAS's opening starts tonight at 6 p.m. with no definitive end time. There will be food, drinks, a DJ and an appearance by one of the artists, Robert Haas.

-- Stephanie

By Stephanie Merry  | November 20, 2008; 2:53 PM ET
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