Wednesday, January 14, 2009
  Crossing Glances Opens at the Ellipse Arts Center
Arlington Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Office of the City of Reims, France are pleased to present:


Arlington & Reims : Sister Cities

Friday, January 23 - Saturday, March 28, 2009

Photographers: John Babineau of Arlington, Virginia and Cécile Bethléem of Reims, France

Image of Reims, France by John Babineau

Image of Arlington, Virginia by Cécile Bethléem

Location: Ellipse Arts Center, one block West of the Ballston metro.
4350 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, Virginia 22203

Exhibition book author Didier Rousselet writes, "Two cities glance at each other, or rather each city invites one of its artists to serve as its eye on the other. A photographer comes from Reims to glance at Arlington; another comes from Arlington to do the same in Reims. And each of them returns home with his or her rich crop of photographs revealing overlooked features and hidden truths."

Thursday, January 22, 6-9pm; exhibition remarks begin at 6:30PM

This event is an Art Eyes program and ASL interpreters will be present. Art Eyes is designed to create dialogue, art critique among peers and interpretation of artworks. Their mission is to empower the deaf community to become move involved in the visual arts. Targeted audiences include all artists, art lovers and art-curious.

Copyright Basics for Professional Artists with John D. Mason of Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts:
Thursday, February 5, 7-9pm

Presented by Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts, this workshop will cover the basic legalities of copyrights, trademarks and contracts for visual artists. John D. Mason is a Washington DC / Maryland based art and entertainment and intellectual property attorney. His practice focuses on copyright and trademark matters, litigation, contracts and commercial matters. He works with writers, artists and creative people and companies to protect and exploit their work and is also a literary agent. He sits on the Board of Directors of the Washington Lawyers for the Arts. The website for his new firm, The Intellectual Property Group, PLLC, is

Book Signing and Discussion with Photographer John Babineau and Exhibition Catalogue Author Didier Rousselet: Thursday, March 5, 7-9pm

Didier Rousselet
is an actor, stage director and writer. He holds a doctoral degree in theatrical studies. He founded and directed LE NEON French-American Theatre in Arlington for 17 years. Since 2004, Mr. Rousselet, who has taught history and geography, has been combining travels and writing projects.

John Babineau
, is a fine art photographer specializing in street photography and a resident of Arlington, Virginia. After a three-year enlistment in the US Army in the late 1960s, John attended the New England School of Photography and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, graduating with a degree in photography and art education. He has taught photography to various age groups and skill levels. John has also exhibited in a variety of photographic venues including the Atlanta, Boston, New York and Washington, DC areas.


Individual Artist Spotlight Grant Program For Visual, Media, Literary and Performing Artists
: FY 2010 Grant Deadline: Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 9:00PM

Spotlight Grants are intended to encourage Arlington-based visual, media, literary and performing artists to develop and present innovative new arts projects or programs that benefit Arlington County and its residents, increase access to an involvement in arts experiences for Arlington residents and to respond to diverse community needs.

Eligibility and Basic Guidelines for Spotlight Grants:
For legal residents of Arlington County, aged 18 or older.

For performing, literary, visual and media artists.

Total funding is $15,000, offering three grants for $5,000.

At least one public presentation is required during the 12-month grant period.

January 27th, 2009 is also the FY 2010 deadline for Challenge Grants (for small- and mid-sized arts organizations) and Festivals, Performances and Community Events Support.

For more information on Arlington Commission for the Arts and Arlington Cultural Affairs grant opportunities please visit


4350 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, Virginia 22203

One block West of the Ballston metro
Phone: 703.228.7710 TTY: 703.228.1855

Gallery hours: Wednesday-Friday 11am-7pm, Saturday 11am-2pm.

Garage parking: weekdays $3 with validation.

Garage parking is free & open late during evening events.
All events are free and open to the public.

Ellipse Arts Center
is a 3,000 square foot visual arts facility managed by Arlington Cultural Affairs. Our mission is to provide a diverse schedule of high quality programs in the visual arts, provide opportunities for visual artists and develop an engaged and appreciative audience. The Ellipse Arts Center will make accommodations for individuals with disabilities upon request (two weeks prior to the start of the program) and is accessible to people in wheelchairs.

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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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