Thursday, November 08, 2007
The evening of Thursday, November 8th was opening night for The Narrative Figure: Work by Lee Arts Center Artists, featuring Lisa Clague, Debra Fritts, Carol Owen, Alfredo Ratinoff, Nan Smith and Elizabeth Wolf. Curated by Lee Arts Center Director, Novie Trump, work was chosen by artists who have taught master workshops at the Lee Arts Center.

The Narrative Figure showcases contemporary works in clay and on paper that explore the stories that artists tell with the human form. The range of artistic styles varies from assemblage to terra-cotta sculpture. Some of the pieces utilize deeply personal imagery, while others interpret well-known fictional tales, such as Alfredo Ratinoff’s (right) A Midsummer Night’s Dream series of drawings and plates.

Ellipse Educational Programmer, Lisa-Marie Thalhammer (center), chatting with guests. One of Lisa Clague’s Tattoo Monkeys hangs in the background. Clague’s masked ceramic figures are like citizens of a fantasy world. They challenge the barrier between dreams and reality.

Artist Elizabeth Wolfe (right) and friend, in front of her figurative etchings. Wolfe’s images combine old and new printmaking techniques, along with photographic elements.

Penelope Nunes (left), Director of Educaton of the Arlington Arts Center and guests with Debra Fritts’, Little Bee sculpture in the background. Through sculpture, Fritts uses the female figure to express, “the mysteries and joys of daily life.”

Guests at the buffet table enjoying Toigo Orchard’s fresh apples from the Courthouse Farmer’s Market (which is open year-round!) Carol Owens’ Spirit Houses are displayed behind them. Owen incorporates found objects, special mementos and photographs into each miniature. They are mysterious and charming three-dimensional scrapbooks, which take the viewer back in time.

A view of the gallery through Nan Smith’s porcelain sculpture, Serendipity. Smith creates sentimental vignettes that explore the human consciousness, memories and feminine intuition. She creates timeless statements with poetic themes, where the first piece is as romantic and delicate as the last.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Friday, November 9, 2007 – Saturday, January 19, 2008

Closed the week of Thanksgiving and Christmas
CURATOR: Lee Arts Center Director Novie Trump
ARTISTS: Lisa Clague, North Carolina; Debra Fritts, Georgia; Carol Owen, North Carolina; Alfredo Ratinoff, Maryland; Nan Smith, Florida; Elizabeth Wolf, Maryland

Thursday, November 8, 6–9pm
Parking is free and open late the night of the reception

Nan Smith: Narrative Figures, Molds and Modeling,
January 11, 12, 13 2008, 9–5pm each day
Elizabeth Wolf: The many Ways to Transfer an Image
March 29 & 30 2008
Visit the Lee Arts Center website for updates:

VISUAL ARTS CAREER ROUNDTABLE: On Tuesday, December 4th Arlington County high school students will visit the Ellipse Arts Center for a panel discussion on careers in the visual arts. The students will also have an opportunity to have their portfolios reviewed by our expert panelists.

IN THE PROJECTION ANNEX: Best of Rosebud Film and Video Festival 2007
Friday, November 9, 2007 – Saturday, January 19, 2008
Calls for entries for 2008 are available at the Ellipse


Photo 08 Call for Entries: Deadline - January 29, 2008! Photographers who live in DC, VA, MD or WV are eligible to enter. Photo 08 will run at the Ellipse Arts Center from February 22 – April 12, 2008. Download the call for entries at http://www.arlingtonarts.org/ellipseartscenter.htm#photo

Uncommon Beauty Call for Entries: Deadline - April 18, 2008! The Ellipse Arts Center and the Washington Project for the Arts\Corcoran collaboration will be an exhibition of photo and video based works that explore the relative definition of feminine beauty. Curated by Sarah Tanguy. Download the call for entries at http://www.arlingtonarts.org/ellipseartscenter.htm#uncommon

Metamorphosis Art Space Call for Resident Artists: Alison Christ and Bryanne Dade are starting a new art space in Arlington, with five working studio spaces and two galleries. The studios are located at 3213 Columbia Pike, and will be available starting November 1, 2007. For an application, email Alison Christ at alisonmchrist@yahoo.com. http://www.metartshow.com

The Arlington Commission for the Arts grant applications for FY 2009 (July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009) will be available on the Arlington Arts website mid-November http://www.arlingtonarts.org/cultural_affairs/funding.htm.

About the Ellipse Arts Center

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