Intriguing is the first word that comes to mind as Gallery Underground appears in Crystal City formerly known as Northern Virginia Art Center. Having just been opened as a gallery a year ago, now it appears with a new name.
There is a lot more behind it than a simple name change. Vornado, the lead commercial developer for Crystal City urban renewal has a more visible role.
Here is the bottom line. Artists attract a sophisticated audience of considerable size. Artists need more support in marketing and advertising to attract a larger audience for their work.
Arlington artists represent a community of very talented artists whose credentials are as good or better than most places in the nation. The question is, how many people living in the Arlington and greater DC Metro community are art consumers, collectors and investors?
It takes a large and cultured community to sustain the artists who in turn contribute significantly to the quality of life. My reporting interest is focused on individual artists.
“Launch Party and Opening Reception at Gallery Underground
Dates: March 16, 2013 6pm-10pm
Gallery Underground will celebrate our name change and the launch of our Studios Underground as part of the Art Underground Open House. This event will be an opportunity for the public to get a taste of the new arts destination, Art Underground, which Gallery Underground is proud to be a part of. There will be food, drinks, music, a “sip and paint” event by ArtJamz, and open studios.
Exhibit: Real and Imagined
Dates: March 4 through April 5, 2013
Works in this exhibit runs the gamut from painters Dennis Crayon’s and George Bowles’ photo realistic work, to the abstracts of Bud Hensgen and Linda Maldonado. Artists may work in a tradition of “realism”, or they may create works entirely from their imagination. Some artists work with “real” materials… such as potters using leaves impressed into their damp clay. Even for artists who work in a realistic mode, imagination is key. Each individual work of art is processed through the imagination of the artist, whose stamp is forever on it.
Knife, Vase and Goblet by George Bowles
White Spot by Bud Hensgen
Ancient Wall by Linda Maldonado
Located in the Crystal City Shops @ 2100 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202, this visual arts venue is sponsored by the Arlington Artists Alliance (AAA), in partnership with the Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID) and Vornado/Charles E. Smith to showcase the work of established and emerging regional artists. Over 40 artists exhibit paintings, drawings, sculpture, glass work, ceramics and jewelry. Gallery Hours: M-F 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Saturday 10:00am – 2:00 pm. Metro accessible. Parking is available in metered spots on nearby streets and in public garages which are free all day Saturdays and after 4:00 on weekdays.”
For more information please check www.galleryunderground.org or call 571-483-0652.
Gallery Underground (formerly Northern Virginia ART Center)
Crystal City Shops @ 2100 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202