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Thursday, January 14, 2016

French & Michigan to Leave Beacon Hill for Southtown Location

Posted By on Thu, Jan 14, 2016 at 7:00 AM

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  • A view from inside French & Michigan in the Beacon Hill neighborhood.
The art gallery that was the center of a heated zoning battle in San Antonio's Beacon Hill neighborhood is pulling up shop and moving to Southtown, where it will expand on a location it moved into about a year ago.

French & Michigan, which will keep its name, actually started up in Southtown "as a non-name business at a dining room table in 2008."

"Since legally settling our zoning request for our Beacon Hill location in November 2014, we’ve spent the last year juggling these two locations while recovering from a tumultuous time for our small business," the business says in a press release. "The emotional and financial strain it has taken to regroup from this particular period has been tough, and it has required us to make difficult decisions. While heavy on the heart, these difficult decisions are important to the sustainability of our business. 

The gallery wasn't properly zoned when it opened shop, and some neighborhood residents opposed it being open.

However, the folks at French & Michigan said they have fond memories of their time in Beacon Hill, which allowed them "to discover our true capability to research, design, make, and present great art and architecture."

The Southtown location will include a studio, workshop and gallery.

"We are pleased to bring all of the moving parts of the business back under one roof, providing us with the ability to streamline our mission in the clearest and most efficient way possible," the said.

The final show at French & Michigan in Beacon Hill will be an exhibition by Cornelia White Swann called "Fugitive Color" that opens in March.

"And we are thrilled to announce a revised gallery program in the coming weeks, one that strengthens French & Michigan and continues to serve art and architecture in San Antonio and beyond," the said.

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