Gallery Underground Presents Ambient Light: Real and Imagined

By Editorial Team on February 22, 2021

Mon, 01 March 2021 - Fri, 26 March 2021

Currents, Acrylic by Elise Ritter.
On View: March 1 – March 26, 2021

Gallery Underground presents, in our Focus Gallery, Ambient Light: Real and Imagined, a show of work by Elisabeth Hudgins, Kat Jamieson, Linda Maldonado, Elise Ritter and Deborah Taylor as the members of Studio 10, a collaborative of five local artists who create and celebrate community-based art. Painters are captivated by the nature of light and the creative expression of its many moods. One aspect is capturing the “ambient” light that surrounds and illuminates any environment, whether real or imagined. Interpretations can vary widely from landscapes in dazzling natural light to radiant abstracts that reveal a strong mood or belief. These painters interpret this compelling theme through their own lens and filters, as well as their medium of choice: watercolor, oil, acrylic, collage, and ink. Along the way, they discover that ambient light can be physical or spiritual; external or internal; real or imagined. With unique style and vision, each uses creative inspiration as a guide out of darkness into the light.

Gallery Underground has been named our region’s “Best Art Gallery” in Northern Virginia Magazine’s 2019 reader survey.  Located in the Crystal City Shops at 2100 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202, this visual arts venue showcases the work of established and emerging regional artists.

Each month the gallery changes its entire exhibit and presents a new show from its talented members in many forms: mixed media, paintings, sculpture, wood, glass, and ceramic work.  Gallery Underground anchors the visual arts component of Crystal City’s Art Underground, and on First Fridays (first Friday of every month), it hosts an opening reception free and open to all from 5-7pm (Note: receptions will resume when larger gatherings are deemed safe). 

In addition to monthly rotating exhibitions, Gallery Underground hosts a variety of community events, like lunchtime paint-ins and dance and musical performances.  Gallery Underground is sponsored by the Arlington Artists Alliance (AAA), in partnership with the National Landing Business Improvement District (BID), and JBG Smith. Gallery Underground and the Arlington Artists Alliance are supported in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, National Landing BID, and JBG Smith.  For more information about Gallery events, visit the gallery website at

The Arlington Artists Alliance is a vital, energetic, creative force for visual art in Arlington County.  The organization encourages and supports both established and emerging artists who work in all forms of visual art, without partiality toward style or trend.  Its 150 members also exhibit year-round at a variety of Arlington community local government offices, businesses, restaurants, and cafes.  For more information about Arlington Artists Alliance members, exhibits, and programs, visit the Alliance website at

Gallery Hours:

  • Monday-Friday: 10am – 6pm
  • or by appointment.

Gallery Underground is an Arlington Artists Alliance Gallery located at Crystal City Shops @ 2100 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA.