Gallery Underground’s Focus Gallery Presents Barry Barnett Keith Water

By Editorial Team on September 27, 2021

Fri, 01 October 2021 - Fri, 29 October 2021

The Rice Farmers, acrylic by Barry Barnett Keith; Barry Barnett Keith
Opening Reception: Friday, October 1 from 5pm to 7pm

Focus Gallery presents Water, a solo show of large-scale acrylics by artist Barry Barnett Keith. Says Keith about his show: “Water is the theme I chose because not only do many of the paintings contain water, but also water is a symbol for me of striving for constant production and creativity, of living and breathing art for as long as possible. Producing art allows an artist to exist in a world away from the mundane, away from hatred and bigotry.”

Keith is a native of Alexandria, VA and a product of Alexandria City Public Schools. He began drawing Marvel and DC comics superheroes at a very early age for friends in grade school. After graduating from TC Williams High School in 1978, Keith went on to the University of Delaware art school, where he majored in Painting, Drawing and English. Keith developed a drawing style over the years by producing portraits for local patrons, but landscapes are his first and continuing love. Keith’s goal in landscape painting is to translate what he sees and have the painting be indicative of the medium, rather than a photographic picture with brushes. Keith has taught the arts in the Prince Georges County Maryland Public School system for the past 15 years. He is presently Lead Art Teacher at Mattaponi Elementary School in Upper Marlboro Maryland and Rose Valley Elementary School in Fort Washington, MD.

In the Main Gallery are new works by our members in all themes, in media including oil, acrylic, pastel, watermedia, sculpture, glass, ceramics, wood and metalwork.

For more information about Gallery Underground:

Gallery Underground 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, 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 both 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, 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.

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.