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Posted at 1:00 PM ET, 09/ 4/2009

Will Another D.C. Gallery Lose Its Home?

By Stephanie Merry

It turns out plans to open a D.C. iteration of the New York barbecue spot Hill Country could affect more than just the local food scene. The building where the restaurant will soon reside is undergoing renovations, which is leaving two local galleries that are located upstairs -- Civilian Art Projects and Touchstone Gallery -- without a space, at least temporarily. To make matters worse, Jayme McLellan, director of Civilian Art Projects, says that once the renovations are complete, the rent will be raised. McLellan hasn't been given a concrete number yet as far as rent is concerned, but the increase could mean finding a new location altogether. This comes on the heels of other galleries like Zenith and G Fine Art closing their doors.

Luckily, Civilian will be able to occupy its current space long enough for its next two slated exhibitions, "Love Letters" and "Debriscapes."

New York-based Marx Realty, which owns the building, was unavailable for comment, but I'll post updates as I have them.

-- Stephanie

By Stephanie Merry  | September 4, 2009; 1:00 PM ET
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