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Release Date: Oct 8, 2013

Crystal City’s Art Underground Gets More Colorful

For Immediate Release: October 10, 2013
Contact:Maureen Higgins,, w. 202-695-8226 c. 443-631-5090

Crystal City’s Art Underground Gets More Colorful

Creativity Incubator Adds Violet to the Palette

CRYSTAL CITY, VA — Autumn brings fall leaves and yet another colorful Studio to Crystal City’s Art Underground. On November 8, the Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID), in partnership with Vornado/Charles E. Smith and the Arlington Artists Alliance (AAA), is hosting an Open House featuring an opening reception for the Gallery Underground’s latest exhibition, open studio hours, and the official launch of the newest addition to the Art Underground - Synetic Theater’s Studio Violet.

After a successful fundraising campaign, Synetic Theater is excited to expand their artistic footprint in Crystal City. Designed as a rehearsal hall, classroom and event space, Studio Violet finalizes Synetic Theater’s operations consolidation into Crystal City – an effort that began with the relocation of their main stage productions to Crystal City in 2010.

“We could not be more thrilled to open this space in Crystal City’s Art Underground,” said Synetic Theater's Founding Artistic Director Paata Tsikurishvili. “Being part of this creative community inspires our work on stage and helps us grow our audience, operations, and impact.”

Studio Violet continues Art Underground’s transformation of five blocks of Crystal City’s interior retail space into a vibrant arts and cultural destination. Featuring the Gallery Underground, FotoWalk Underground, Synetic Theater’s main stage, and the Studios Underground - Studios Red, Blue, Cyan, and now Studio Violet – the Art Underground serves as a powerful incubator for creativity that activates and supports Crystal City businesses and retail by attracting additional exposure, visitation, business and opportunities.

Celebrate the Art Underground expansion on Friday, November 8th from 5 PM to 8 PM with an Open House featuring tours of the new Studio Violet and other Studio Underground spaces as well as an opening reception for November’s Gallery Underground exhibition featuring the works of Catherine Powers. Enjoy refreshments and music while you peruse the art and experience the offerings of the Art Underground.

What: Art Underground Open House
When: November 8, 2013, 5p.m. – 8p.m.
Where: Art Underground, 2100 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202
Press Contact: Maureen Higgins,, w.: (202) 695.8226, c.: (443) 631-5090


About the Crystal City Business Improvement District
The Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID) is a public-private partnership established in April 2006 to promote the vibrant Crystal City business, retail, restaurant and residential community. The BID is committed to showcasing the area as a world-class destination for visitors, employees and residents. Crystal City is ACTIVE, ARTFUL, ACCESSIBLE, and GREEN. For more information, visit