Gallery Underground is an Arlington Artists Alliance gallery promoting the works of established and emerging regional artists. Our mission is to make regional fine art accessible to the public through monthly exhibits, special events, and art workshops.
The Arlington Artists Alliance is a non-profit established in 2000 to serve and support visual arts in Arlington County. The Alliance seeks to provide professional development activities for local artists and to serve the community through exhibits, instruction, scholarships, mentoring, and outreach projects. The Alliance also provides a support network to members, allowing regional artists to share ideas. The Arlington Artists Alliance is supported in part by the Arlington Cultural Affairs Division of Arlington Economic Development and the Arlington Commission for the Arts and in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
To see artworks and previous exhibitions by our Gallery Underground Artist Members please visit our Gallery Underground Facebook and Instagram pages:
Monday – Friday: 10 AM – 6 PM
Saturday & Sunday: Closed
Parking & Metro Directions
Parking is available in metered spots on nearby streets and in public garages with free parking after 4:00 on weekdays.
*Please note: the parking garage near the gallery at 220 20th St. is temporarily closed due to construction. Park in the next nearest lot by going around the corner to Crystal Drive, and take the parking garage ramp located right next to Ted's Montana Grill. Go to your left at the bottom of the ramp and there are plenty of open spaces. The nearby elevators will bring you up right next to the Crystal Framing shop; make a right at the stairway and we are just down the hall. You can also enter this same garage via 223 23rd St.
Take Metro to Crystal City (Blue Line) Go through fare gate. After ascending ONE escalator, take a left at the entry “Crystal City Shops @2100”. Pass Synetic Theatre. Keep walking straight. Descend two sets of 5 steps. At end of the hall when you see a wall with multi-colored vertical stripes, take left (you have no choice!) Go through doorway with “Crystal City Shops @2100”, and take a right (you’ll see arrow pointing towards 23rd St.). Walk a short ways and Gallery Underground is on right.*
*Please note: the Crystal City Underground walkway is temporarily closed off due to construction - to reach the gallery from the Metro, please walk outside from the Crystal City stop. Cross 18th St. to Bell Street, walk to the end Bell St. where it intersects with 20th St. Turn left onto 20th St. and the entrance to the shops will be on your right at 220 20th St. Walk down the hallway inside the shops until you reach the gallery on the right.
For a clear map of the Crystal City Shops with our location please click here.
Current Show at Gallery Underground:
An Exploration of Light on Water,
Paintings by Jean Offutt Lewis
Dates: May 2 -27, 2022
Opening Reception: Friday, May 6, 2022, 5-7 p.m.
Jean Offutt Lewis’ exploration of light on water was inspired after her move to the Northern Neck of Virginia. There, at a certain time of year, dependent on the Earth’s relationship to the Sun,“Dancing Diamonds” appear; single points of light, each a tiny reflection of the sun or the full moon, create kinetic light shows atop windswept water. Using acrylics, a water-based medium, Offutt Lewis reduces this natural phenomenon into an interplay of color, line, and circles in a series of abstracted waterscape paintings.
Upcoming Show at Gallery Underground:
Arlington Career Center Student Show
Dates: May 31 -June 24, 2022
Opening Reception: Friday, June 3, 2022, 5-7 p.m.
This exhibition dives into the minds of high school students from the Arlington Career Center to understand what destruction means to them. They explore this theme through the mediums of photography, painting, and collage.