Gallery Underground’s Focus Gallery Presents Magic of the Ordinary

By Editorial Team on July 26, 2021
Jeanne Garant, No. 2 Pencil, mixed media sculpture.
Opening Reception: Friday, August 6 from 5pm to 7pm

Gallery Underground in August presents, in the Focus Gallery, Magic of the Ordinary, a national juried exhibition of works juried by noted watercolor artist Lois Wolford. The Pop Art Movement challenged traditional fine art values and brought art based on popular culture and everyday items into the mainstream. It is typical that normal scenes and objects are overlooked, as they can be seen as commonplace or dull. However, magic can be found in the ordinary when it is interpreted as art. Artists were invited to look beyond and turn the ordinary into extraordinary, resulting in a compelling exhibition of works submitted from both the DMV area and across the country.

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

These shows also mark the gallery’s return to in-person First Friday opening receptions.

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 https://galleryunderground.org/.

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 https://arlingtonartistsalliance.org/.

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.