“Divine Light” Show in April at Gallery Underground

During April, Gallery Underground features the fascinating art of Laura Clerici in “Divine Light,” a solo show of devotional icons. In her luminous, deeply saturated and colorful paintings, Laura employs the Orthodox tradition of “writing” an icon with gold leaf gilding and tempera paints handmade with egg yolk, wine and dry pigments such as cinnabar, indigo and ocher.  Her color is then applied in multiple layers on a wooden board, which has been carefully prepared with cloth and gesso.

The artist will give three talks about this work at Gallery Underground on Monday, April 17, from 4:15-5pm; Saturday, April 22, from 12-1pm;  and Thursday, April 27, from 4:15-5pm.

In addition to a new all-media Members Show, our featured artist is Debbie Taylor, a local painter whose lovely, loose style focuses on landscape and nature subjects. The artist says, “Painting guides me in looking at the world with intention… my style could be described as impressionistic, and at times semi-abstract, and this changes as I grow as an artist.”

Gallery Underground anchors the visual arts component of Crystal City’s Art Underground, and serves as the main gallery space for the 150-member Arlington Artists Alliance. In addition to its monthly rotating exhibitions, Gallery Underground hosts a variety of community events, like lunchtime paint-ins, monthly Painting Uncorked classes, and dance and musical performances. The gallery has been voted “Best Art Gallery” in Arlington Magazine’s “Best of Arlington” survey, and was selected “Best Gallery, Crystal City” by Washingtonian Magazine.

 Gallery Underground’s monthly opening receptions are part of Crystal City’s Art Underground “First Friday” events where you can also jam at ArtJamz Underground, take a stroll along the Fotowalk, see what’s happening at TechShop, and catch Synetic Theater’s current show, The Taming of the Shrew (through April 19). 

For more information about Gallery events, visit www.galleryunderground.org. 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. It is sponsored by the Arlington Artists Alliance (AAA), in partnership with the Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID), and Vornado/Charles E. Smith.

Gallery Hours:  M-F 10am – 6pm, Saturday 10am – 2pm. Metro accessible. Parking is available in metered spots on nearby streets and in public garages, which are free all day Saturdays and after 4pm on weekdays. 


The Arlington Artists Alliance Gallery

Crystal City Shops @ 2100 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202




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