First Friday Opening Reception: Friday, July 1 from 5pm to 7pm
Gallery Underground’s Focus Gallery in July presents Four Seasons, a solo show by Jane McElvany Coonce. When the pandemic started and we entered lock down, McElvany Coonce decided to make the best of it. She painted every day and began teaching her art classes over Zoom. This daily practice of painting and teaching from home turned a bad situation into a positive experience for McElvany Coonce. However, as the pandemic dragged on and galleries were closed McElvany Coonce had nowhere to display her work. This gave her the idea for a solo show, paintings of every season during the pandemic. McElvany Coonce says about her show “I know that the lockdown period was not easy for most people, but for me it was a growing period for me as an artist.” See her positive interpretation of the pandemic in Four Seasons at Gallery Underground.
Additionally, our Main Gallery features new works by our gallery members, in media including oil, acrylic, pastel, watermedia, sculpture, glass, and ceramics.
Gallery Underground, the juried gallery of the Arlington Artists Alliance, has been named our region’s “Best Art Gallery” in Northern Virginia Magazine’s 2021 reader survey and has received a 2021 “Arlie” as one of Arlington’s “Best Shops” from the readers of ARLNow. Located in the Crystal City Shops at 2100 Crystal Drive, Arlington, Virginia, this visual arts venue showcases the work of established and emerging regional artists.
Each month the gallery changes its entire exhibit and presents a special solo, group or juried show in the Focus gallery and a new show from its talented members in the Main gallery, in many forms: mixed media, paintings, sculpture, glass, and ceramic art. 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.
Gallery Underground is sponsored by the Arlington Artists Alliance, in partnership with the National Landing Business Improvement District, Amazon, and JBG Smith. For more information about the gallery: https://www.arlingtonartistsalliance.org/gallery-underground
Metro accessible, Blue Line, Crystal City stop. Public garages in the Crystal City shops offer unlimited free parking after 4pm and both gallery and garages are fully handicapped accessible.
More Information about Arlington Artists Alliance:
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. The Arlington Artists Alliance is supported in part by Arlington County through Arlington Cultural Affairs and by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, JBG Smith, and Amazon. For more information about Arlington Artists Alliance members, exhibits, and programs, visit the Alliance website at https://www.arlingtonartistsalliance.org/
- Monday–Friday, 10am-6pm
- or by appointment.
Gallery Underground is located at The Shops at 2100 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA.