Joan Grona Gallery to Close; Hard-Pressed Blue Star Plans Retail-Friendly Makeover

After twenty years as a mainstay of San Antonio’s Blue Star Art Complex, Joan Grona has announced that she will be closing her bricks and mortar gallery at the end of the month. Grona will stay in the art game, doing consulting, and will do some art herself. Steve Bennett of the San Antonio Express News reports that slow traffic at the venerable arts complex has caused owner James Lifshutz to rethink his business model; he plans to revamping back-alley art jungle into a retail-friendly “streetscape with a small market, a bakery and a coffee house,” although he said that “art will remain the primary component of the area.”

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