Gallery Underground Presents Kate Trygstad Water of Life

By Editorial Team on April 4, 2023

Mon, April 3 2023 — Fri, April 28 2023

Kate Trygstad, Golden, oil
Opening Reception: Friday, April 7 from 5pm to 7pm

The Focus Gallery of Gallery Underground will present Waters Of Life a solo show by Gallery member Kate Trygstad. Waters Of Life explores this life-giving force through paintings, in scenes both personal and universal. Trygstad explained her theme: “Having always lived near water, I have long felt its call and recognized the power it holds for me. The wonderful lakes of Minnesota and the Mississippi River running through my home town of Minneapolis remain foundational to who I am.  Other residences and many travels have found bodies of water featured as an important element.  They touch me deeply.  And physically, large bodies of water call to the water in our bodies, our largest component. Water is fundamental to life, we must consume it, and is essential to clean and healthful living. Water is a precious gift. How do we honor that gift? Water is water is water. I explore the impact of water in styles inspired by several subjects.  My work is primarily impressionistic and expressionistic.  The viewers, as second artists, are invited to bring their own experiences and responses to the work. What does water mean to you? To us?”

Additionally, their Main Gallery features new works by 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.

Gallery Underground is sponsored by the Arlington Artists Alliance. For more information about the gallery:

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

Gallery Hours:

  • Monday–Friday, 10am-6pm

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.

Gallery Underground is located at The Shops at 2100 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA.