GALLERY EVENT OF THE WEEK

Group exhibitions work best when there’s a larger theme to be illuminated by shining a light on it from different angles. But those shows aren’t necessarily great for the individual artists, whose work can get lost in the big picture.

That’s what I like about the Arlington Arts Center, which twice a year — in the spring and fall — selects a handful of artists to showcase in a little greater depth.

On Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. there will be a reception for “Fall Solos.”

The current crop of artists, each of whom gets his or her own room, includes Barbara Bernstein, Warren Craghead, Nancy Daly, Naomi J. Falk, Laura Hudson, Timothy Thompson and Richard Vosseller.

Michael O’Sullivan

Through Dec. 23 at 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington (Metro: Virginia Square). 703-248-6800. www.arlingtonartscenter.org . Free.