Friday, February 29, 2008
  PHOTO 08 Opening Reception
The evening of Thursday, February 21st was the opening night for this year’s Mid-Atlantic exhibition, PHOTO 08. An annual event at the Ellipse Arts Center, PHOTO 08 features the works of photographers who live or work in Virginia, West Virginia, Washington D.C. and Maryland. Amateurs as well as professionals were welcomed to share their talent and compete for three Juror’s Choice Awards which were hand selected by the exhibition's Juror David Griffin, Director of Photography for National Geographic. Two Arlington Cultural Affairs Purchase Awards were chosen by Arlington’s Public Art Curator, Welmoed Laanstra. Of the 711 photographs submitted by 365 artists, David Griffin selected 72 photos by 63 photographers for exhibit. Three Photographers had all their work accepted.

Above: David Griffin discusses his top selections and National Geographic background with Robert Farr, Cable Executive Producer of the Arlington Virginia Network.

Below: Cynthia Connolly, Ellipse Arts Center Director, announces the three recipients of the Juror’s Choice Awards and the two Arlington Cultural Affairs Purchase Awards.

The Ellipse would like to congratulate Juror’s Choice Award winners, Frank Lavelle for Morocco # 2, an emotional and mysterious image; Min Enghauser for By the Light of the Moon, Number Two, a dreamy night time landscape; and Colin Winterbottom for Nail Factory, Wheeling, WV, a fast-paced image about the relationship between man and machine.

Winners of the Arlington Cultural Affairs Purchase Awards must be Arlington County resident photographers. Their work will be on display in the permanent collection of Arlington Cultural Affairs’ at the offices of 3700 South Four Mile Run. The Ellipse would like to give special congratulations to Angela Costanzo for her charming vision of childhood, Isabella and Nancy Murphree Davis for Ball’s Crossroads, which captures glimpses of downtown Ballston in antique pastel tones.

Above: David Griffin, with his son Kyle, congratulates Min Enghauser and Colin Winterbottom, winners of one the Juror’s Choice Awards.

Below: Frank Lavelle and his Juror’s Choice Award winning photograph, Morocco #2.

Above: Ellipse Arts Center Volunteer Olivia Pullara and Gallery Assistant, Esther Hidalgo greet over 350 guests throughout the evening!

Below: Arlington based photographer, Jason Horowitz; Arlington Arts Center Director of Exhibitions, Jeffry Cudlin; Arlington Cultural Affairs Public Art Administrator, Angela Adams; and PHOTO 08 Juror, David Griffin enjoy each others company during the opening.

Griffin admits that his deep love of landscape painting and visual interest in texture, color and pattern influenced his decision for the Juror’s Choice Awards. Although there were only a few winners, Griffin would congratulate all of the participating artists. “You should be proud to be making photographs,” he says, “for it is a universal communicator, and one that I believe is critical for increasing understanding and empathy for the differing cultures of our shared worlds.”

Above: Lisa Marie Thalhammer, Ellipse Arts Center Educational Programmer and Kristina Bilonick of the Ballston Virginia Square Partnership discuss lively art happenings within the Ballston, Virginia area.

Ellipse Arts Center is a 3,000 square foot visual arts facility managed by Arlington Cultural Affairs, Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resourses. Our mission is to provide a diverse schedule of high quality programs in the visual arts, providing opportunities for visual artists, as well as developing an engaged and appreciative audience.

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