Most plugged-in art aficionados already know there's visual culture outside the city, exemplified by such artsy hot spots as the Arlington Arts Center, Artisphere and the Torpedo Factory Art Center.

But the suburban gallery scene extends well beyond Arlington and Alexandria. Check out Friday's Weekend section, and the gallery above, for a guide to 10 cool art spaces — five in Maryland and five in Virginia  — that are worth a trip, whether you live downtown or just down the road.