Printed Matter Group Show

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Opening Reception: Friday, October 5 (6-9pm)

Exhibition Dates: October 5 – December 31, 2018

PONSHOP Studio and Gallery is excited to showcase art prints contributed from a variety of local and regional artists including: Jenna Andersen (Williamsburg, VA) The Wild Wander (Richmond, VA) Christopher Limbrick (Richmond, VA), Margeaux Ducoing (Fredericksburg, VA), Elliot & Evelyn (Fredericksburg, VA) and PONSHOP owner Gabriel Pons.  The gallery will feature framed and unframed original art prints on circulation throughout the duration of the exhibition.

Elliot & Evelyn

I don't believe art has to convey deep meaning to be valuable. We all enjoy a beautiful face or painting, At the same time, of late, it's the relevance in the stories behind my work that evoke deeper emotion. My illustrations are inspired by stories that resonate with me or with subjects I'm fervently passionate about. Creativity has always been a place of healing and expression for me. I think that's typical for artists. We tell our stories and hope they resonate with others.

Margeaux Ducoing

Margeaux Ducoing is a fine artist, illustrator, and graphic designer who currently resides in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Born in California and raised in Louisiana, Margeaux graduated from the University of Mary Washington with Bachelor’s Degrees in Studio Art and Music with a minor in Museum Studies. Margeaux’s art focuses on her investigations of symbolism using animal imagery. Utilizing a variety of pencil and ink-based mediums, she explores themes like common life experiences, human interactions, relationships, and personal struggles, as depicted through her animal forms.

 Jenna Andersen

Jenna Andersen is an artist, illustrator, and designer from Virginia, USA. She earned her BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2015 with a degree in Communication Arts. She enjoys drawing themes of lush plant life, adventure, and mystery. Her works are evocative of a narrative, but there is never a “right” answer as to what is happening. She hopes that the audience will create their own stories and worlds from her artworks.

The Wild Wander

The Wild Wander creates art prints, paper goods, and gifts featuring the original artwork of Richmond, Virginia based illustrator Clara Cline. Following in the footsteps of early American naturalists, it's inspired by dusty libraries, cluttered studies full of artifacts, and an abiding curiosity for forgotten history and the natural world. She is passionate about preserving the natural beauty we enjoy, and committed to sustainable design. As a maker, she feels an obligation to create products ethically with respect to both people and the environment. Her hope is that the Wild Wander line balances affordability and sustainability with thoughtful design, and inspires folks to explore and cherish the world around them. 

Christopher Limbrick

“Urban City” is my newest collection of composite work that fuses the natural elements with the grit of the streets.  Each work begins with a photograph that captures the essence of day-to-day life in the city. This photograph is then reduced to a monochrome line art drawing with additional elements sometimes added by hand to create distortion or the exaggeration of certain elements. The “urban” image is then overlaid onto a digitized version of an abstract work that was painted by hand.  The painting represents the natural environment focusing on the elements: earth, air, water, and fire. It ignores any linear function while providing the color, the gradients and contrast to the whole image.

Scarlettwares Launches Signature Ceramics on Amazon.com

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Scarlett Pons, co-owner of PONSHOP Studio (Fredericksburg, Virginia) and owner of Scarlettwares, a ceramic design company, has recently launched a line of signature kitchen items on Amazon.com.

For the past year, Scarlett has been collaborating with Edward Weiner of Maryland China Co. based out of Reisterstown, Maryland to bring three of her exclusive ceramic designs into production to sell on a larger commercial platform. The process began with sending a sample and drawings of each piece to Maryland China Co. who then selected an appropriate ceramic manufacturer in Asia with the right expertise to make the item out of stoneware clay.

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The three designs that Scarlett launched are the Single Sponge Holder, Double Sponge Holder and the Sponge and Brush Holder. It took several sample trials and many months to perfect the items. Each piece is a beautifully crafted ceramic form made from a white stoneware clay body and finished with a clear glaze, giving each sponge holder a clean and contemporary look. The sponge holders are a definitive kitchen must have - not only thoughtfully designed by a local artist, but functional as well.  Her first order arrived in Fredericksburg this summer and she officially launched on Amazon.com on August 22.

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Scarlett Pons has worked as a professional potter in Fredericksburg for the past thirteen years, growing her ceramic business out of her and her husband’s store, PONSHOP Studio, in downtown Fredericksburg. She has also been marketing her handmade ceramics online for the past eight years via her Etsy Shop. The popularity of her handmade sponge holders inspired her to take them to a production level.

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Launching on Amazon as an artist and designer with a private label item is a big step and challenge for this local business owner. The success of an item is dependent on those early sales and reviews. It takes a minimum of five reviews of each item to begin to break through the Amazon “ice” and local hometown support is a big help in launching these products.

Direct Link to Scarlettwares on Amazon.com

Amazon Search: ‘scarlettwares sponge holder’

Website www.scarlettwares.com

Wholesale Inquiries Welcome

Remixed 6 Vinyl Album Art Show

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Opening Receptions: First Fridays, August 3 and September 7 (6-9pm)
Exhibition Dates:August 3- September 29, 2018

PONSHOP Studio and Gallery is pleased to announce our 14th community art exhibition in August and September of 2018. “Remixed 6” features original artwork using 12” vinyl record albums. The exhibit includes over thirty participating artists work on this unconventional canvas. The opening reception for September's “Remixed 6” Exhibit will be Friday, September 7 (6-9pm).

*Due to popular response, we've "Held Over" our Call for Artists.  Artists can still participate in September's Exhibit.  Click Here to Register.

This is the sixth year of the “Remixed” vinyl-themed show and PONSHOP has received an overwhelming response from local artists. As of this press release, the gallery has issued over thirty albums to be adorned by over twenty artists. This community art show has proven to be a great addition to the gallery’s exhibition schedule, involving artists of all backgrounds and also boasting affordable artworks for the home or office ranging from $25-$150. “Remixed 6” is curated by gallery owners Scarlett and Gabriel Pons. 

Call for Artists: Remixed 6 Vinyl Album Art Show

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Deadline for Submissions: Sunday, July 29 (11am-5pm)
Pick Up of Unaccepted Work: Wednesday, August 1 

Opening Reception: Friday, August 3 (6-9pm)
Exhibition Dates: August 3- September 29, 2018
Artwork Retrieval: Sunday, September 30 (11am-5pm)

 PONSHOP Studio is excited to announce our 14th community art exhibition in August and September of 2018. We’ve rescued stacks of old 12” vinyl records, wiped the dust off and, with artists help, will turn them into something that people will continue to enjoy—a fun and original work of art. “Remixed 6” is the sixth annual vinyl album art show at PONSHOP and our most popular annual community exhibit. All ages and skill levels are invited to participate in this two-month show.

Submission Requirements: All artists must use the pre-mounted vinyl albums that we provide and all work must be for sale. Submit your best work! The gallery reserves the right to reject artwork based on quality: uniqueness and creativity, craftsmanship, and execution. Entries must be original creations of the artist – no reproductions of others artwork. 

Entry Conditions: All artwork must be for sale. Artwork cannot have a retail price exceeding $150. PONSHOP retains 50% of all sales on works exhibited throughout the duration of the exhibit. Artists will be reimbursed within 30 days of the exhibition closing. 

Artists are responsible for acquiring insurance on their own artwork. Although PONSHOP will take great care in the hanging and display of artwork, the gallery will not be held responsible for items on exhibit. 

Artwork delivered after Sunday, July 29 will NOT be accepted. Artwork delivered that is not dry, of poor assembly, is incomplete, or exceeds the boundaries of the vinyl record (see diagram below) will NOT be accepted. 

Artwork picked up after Friday, October 5 will incur a storage fee of $10 per day. This will be enforced. Artwork not retrieved by October 10 becomes property of PONSHOP.

Entry Procedure: There’s an entry fee of $18 per vinyl album, with a limit of two submissions per artist. Artists may register online or pay the entry fee at our storefront to receive their ready-to-hang record. The gallery will not ship records to prospective artists. 

Delivery: Artists are to complete the Entry Form and return it with finished artwork by Sunday, July 29. Artwork must have entry tabs securely taped to the back of the corresponding record. Artists are responsible for transporting their work to and from the gallery. 

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Rise: A Showcase of Local Emerging Artists

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Opening Reception:Friday, June 1 2018 (6pm-9pm) 
Exhibition Dates:June 1-July 28 2018

PONSHOP Studio is happy to announce our premiere emerging artists exhibition, “Rise at PONSHOP”. PONSHOP’s thirteenth community show will feature a variety of two-dimensional and three-dimensional art by Virginia’s up-and-coming artists. This new exhibit will shed light on the region’s booming creative population.

“Rise at PONSHOP” showcases work from artists who have been working professionally for less than three years. The artists selected for this show currently pursue a career with the aspirations of making a living working in their respective media. The artwork exhibited demonstrates these artists’ innovations, distinctiveness, and boldness in their individual crafts. Artwork showcased ranges from paintings and drawings to photography and sculpture.

Local artists and PONSHOP colleagues, Margeaux Ducoing and Maddie Huddle, jury the exhibition. Margeaux Ducoing is a fine artist, illustrator, and graphic designer with Bachelor’s Degrees in Studio Art and Music and has a minor in Museum Studies from the University of Mary Washington. Maddie Huddle is a multi-disciplinary artist with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University’s Communication Arts Department.

“Rise at PONSHOP” will be open to the public this summer for two months. The exhibit will run from June 1, 2018 and end on July 28, 2018. 

PONSHOPis a multifaceted storefront: an artist studio/classroom, gallery and retail store.  The vision of the owners, Scarlett and Gabriel Pons, is to provide a place that embodies what they love: art, design, and creative education.

Art For Park at Sunken Well Tavern

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Opening Party: Thursday, May 10 (7pm-9pm)

Exhibition Dates: May10-June 12 2018

PONSHOP Studio is pleased to announce the third installment of “Art for Park”, a skateboard art show held at The Sunken Well Tavern (720 Littlepage Street) to benefit the Fredericksburg Skate Park ProjectAs a follow up to the overwhelming artist response from spring’s “Art for Park” exhibition, PONSHOP owner, Gabriel Pons has organized another exhibit to include an additional roster of artists.  Twenty local artists have transformed the standard street skateboard deck into a work of art for the walls (or for wheels). 

“Art for Park” is a celebration of skateboard art and culture. What better way to rally the community than by having artists give their voice on what has, over the past fifty years, become an iconic symbol of youth culture and recreation. PONSHOP is collaborating with Magic Bullet Records and Skateboards and the Fredericksburg Skate Park Project to build community support for a better place to skate in Fredericksburg.

We have a soft spot for the Saint Clair Brooks Memorial Park - the existing wood and steel ramps and concrete surfaces are dilapidated, weathered, and in desperate need of a renovation. “Art for Park” is a sustained effort to raise awareness of the importance of skateboarding as both art form and recreation and to promote the Fredericksburg Skate Park Project. Initiated in 2013, this organization is dedicated to improving the existing skate spot at Brooks Park and promoting a safe and friendly public park for the entire community.

Five Dollars of every Artist Registration and 20% of all deck sales will benefit the park initiative.  Many artists have also opted to donate their proceeds to the park initiative. As of this press release, “Art for Park” events (including Benny Vitali’s “Dough Raiser”) have raised $2,000 for the park initiative.  All Decks from “Art for Park” events are available for purchase on the PONSHOP Website.

Sunken Well Tavern is open daily Mon-Friday 11-9pm, Saturday-Sunday 9am-9pm

14th Annual The Art of Recovery Exhibition Announced

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Fredericksburg, Virginia–Recovery is messy, and it looks different to each person. When substance abuse and mental health therapists ask individuals to paint their journey to recovery, some use a bright palette to create a vision of hope. Others sketch their demons. For each, art offers a way to express the struggles that accompany mental illness.

Each year, Rappahannock Area Community Services Board honors the role creativity plays in mental wellness by holding the Art of Recovery exhibit. The 14th annual art show will open May 4 at PONSHOP Studio and Gallery in Fredericksburg. A “First Friday” opening night event will be held Friday, May 4, from 5-9 p.m. A reception featuring live music, poetry, and readings will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the gallery’s courtyard.

The show is organized by members of Kenmore Club, a psychosocial rehabilitation program operated by RACSB. The exhibit coincides with National Mental Health Month and will be on display through May 27.  

The Art of Recovery will feature 45 pieces from 40 artists. Artwork includes original drawings, acrylic and oil paintings on canvas, as well as mixed media and ceramics. All of the pieces will be available for purchase.

The Art of Recovery provides a forum for artists living with mental illness to gain confidence in their abilities, address misconceptions surrounding mental illness, and experience community support.

“Art can be so healing,” said John Butler, coordinator of RACSB’s crisis stabilization services. “Art is a method of journaling, to share life experiences. It provides a safe haven for expression of feelings, hopes and dreams. Although art can be judged, art doesn’t judge. The Art of Recovery helps society in general to look at people beyond their disability and for folks with disabilities to not be defined by those disabilities.”

Rise at PONSHOP: A Showcase for Local Emerging Artists

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Exhibition Calendar

Submissions Deadline/Close: EXTENDED to Saturday, May 5 or at 75 Applicants

Artists will be notified by: Tuesday, May 15

Artwork Delivery:

Hand-Delivered: Friday, May 25 – Sunday, May 27

            Shipped: Monday, May 21 – Sunday, May 27

Opening Receptions: June 1 (6-9pm) & July 6 (6-9pm)

Exhibition dates: Friday, June 1 – Saturday, July 28

Artwork pickup: Sunday, July 29 – Tuesday, July 31

PONSHOP Studio and Gallery is seeking artists to participate in our premiere emerging artists exhibition, “Rise at PONSHOP.” Our aim is to feature a wide breadth of works by Virginia’s up-and-coming artists and to shed light on the region’s booming creative population. This will be PONSHOP’s 13th community art show, and the most selective art show to date. What are we looking for? Artists who have been working professionally for less than three years that exhibit innovation, distinctiveness, and boldness in their craft.

Submissions are open until Tuesday, May 1 and we encourage all artists to attend the First Friday Opening Reception on Friday, June 1 from 6-9pm. PONSHOP wants to recognize as many artists as possible for this juried exhibition however, there will not be any prizes or placements as we’re jurying due to space limitations. Evaluation will be determined by quality of execution and integrity of artwork’s form and content. We look forward to seeing what you have to offer!

The Jurors

Margeaux Ducoing is a fine artist, illustrator, and graphic designer who currently resides in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Born in California and raised in Louisiana, Margeaux graduated from the University of Mary Washington with Bachelor’s Degrees in Studio Art and Music with a minor in Museum Studies. Margeaux’s art focuses on her investigations of symbolism using animal imagery. Utilizing a variety of pencil and ink-based mediums, she explores themes like common life experiences, human interactions, relationships, and personal struggles, as depicted through her animal forms.

Maddie Huddle is a multi-disciplinary artist from Fredericksburg, Virginia with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University’s Communication Arts Department. Maddie has been working professionally as a fine artist for over a year and has roughly four years experience in the art gallery industry. Her work transforms the familiar into the fragmented, inviting viewers to both reevaluate their perceptions of fine art as well as their perceptions of the world around them.

Eligibility

‘Rise at PONSHOP’ is open to Virginia residents at least 18 years old and who have been making art professionally for less than 3 years. ”Professionally” meaning artists pursuing a career with the aspirations of making a living working in their respective media. Artists who have taken on client commissions, are members of a Co-Op Gallery and/or have applied for juried shows in the past are eligible.

Works will be juried in two categories: 2-D and 3-D works. 2-D art includes, but is not limited to: paintings, drawings, mixed media, and photography. There is no limit to what materials are used. In fact, the more innovative, the better! 3-D works include, but are not limited to: ceramics, sculpture, and textiles. Again, there are no restrictions to materials used.

Submission Requirements

2-D artwork must be able to hang on the gallery walls and must be framed or have a finished edge. Artwork must be fitted with a wire suitable for hanging (Reference Gallery Requirements Here, saw tooth hangers will not be permitted). 2-D works cannot exceed 26”x26” (including frame).

At this time, the only 3-D artwork we can accept to be hung on the walls is textile art; hanging textile art cannot exceed 26x26”.

3-D works must be able to rest securely on a flat, level surface without danger of tipping over. 3-D works cannot exceed the dimensions of 10”x10” (we know this is relatively small, however we have a modest gallery space and want to include as many submissions as possible).

Entry Conditions

Submit your best work! The gallery reserves the right to reject artwork based on quality: uniqueness and creativity, craftsmanship, and execution. Entries must be original creations of the artist - no reproductions of others artwork.

All artwork must be for sale. PONSHOP retains 50% of all sales on works exhibited throughout the duration of the exhibit. Artists will be reimbursed within 30 days of the exhibition closing.

Artists are responsible for acquiring insurance on their own artwork. Although PONSHOP will take great care in the hanging and display of artwork, the gallery will not be held responsible for items on exhibit.

Artwork delivered after Sunday, May 27 will NOT be accepted. Artwork delivered that is not dry, of poor assembly, is incomplete, or exceeds the maximum dimensions allowed (see ‘Submission Requirements’ above) will NOT be accepted.

Entry Procedure

There’s a non-refundable entry fee of $20 and each artist can submit up to 3 artworks. Artists must fill out the Online Entry Form where you will provide registration information and submit JPEG or PDF images of your work (multiple angle shots are allowed). After submitting the entry form, you will be directed to the gallery’s website to submit the entry fee payment. Registration is not complete until the entry payment is made.

All entries must be submitted by Tuesday, May 1 to be considered in the jurying process. Once submissions are closed, the jurors will review all submissions and email all registrants by Tuesday, May 15 whether or not they were accepted into the show and which pieces submitted were accepted.

Image Files (JPEG or PDF) must be labeled in this format:

Last Name_First Name_Title of Piece_Dimensions (inches) Length X Width

Example: Smith_Elena_Poplife_24x12

Image Resolution at 1080 Pixels (Width)

Artwork Acceptance

Hand-delivered Work: must be delivered between Friday, May 25 – Sunday, May 27 unless permission given by a PONSHOP Gallery employee.

Shipped Work: must be delivered between Monday, May 21 – Sunday, May 27. Shipped work must include a return shipping label or you will be contacted for shipping reimbursement if your artwork does not sell by the end of the exhibition.

End of Exhibition

Hand-delivered unsold work must be picked up between Sunday, July 29 – Tuesday, July 31. Artwork that is not picked up by Thursday, August 2 will incur a storage fee of $10 per day, unless PONSHOP Gallery allows an exception. This will be enforced.

Unsold shipped artwork will be shipped back to the artist at the artist’s expense within a week of the show closing. Artists who do not provide a return shipping label will be contacted for shipping reimbursement and their work will not be returned until shipping is paid.

All artists will be notified via email by Saturday, July 28 regarding artwork sales.

Applications close on May 5 or at 75 applicants.

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April's Art for Park Event

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PONSHOP Studio is excited to announce the second month of “Art for Park” – a skateboard art show to benefit the Fredericksburg Skate Park Project. Over fifty local and national artists have transformed the standard street skateboard deck into a work of art for the walls (or for wheels).  To usher in April’s First Friday opening reception, PONSHOP is teaming up with Richmond-based non-profit, Studio Two Three, who will be offering screen-printing activities via their mobile print truck stationed in front of the gallery.  Our neighbors at Benny Vitali’s (722 Caroline St.) are contributing to the community effort by throwing a “Dough Raiser” on Thursday, April 5 (11am-11pm) contributing up to 20% of their proceeds towards the Fredericksburg Skate Park Project.

“Art for Park” is a celebration of skateboard art and culture. What better way to rally the community than by having artists give their voice on what has, over the past fifty years, become an iconic symbol of youth culture and recreation.  This is PONSHOP’s eleventh community art exhibit and we are collaborating with Magic Bullet Records and Skateboards and the Fredericksburg Skate Park Project to build community support for a better place to skate in Fredericksburg. We have a soft spot for the Saint Clair Brooks Memorial Park - the existing wood and steel ramps and concrete surfaces are dilapidated, weathered, and in desperate need of a renovation. “Art for Park” is the beginning of a sustained effort to raise awareness of the importance of skateboarding as both art form and recreation and to promote the Fredericksburg Skate Park Project. Initiated in 2013, this organization is dedicated to improving the existing skate spot at Brooks Park and promoting a safe and friendly public park for the entire community.

Five Dollars of every Artist Registration and 20% of all deck sales will benefit the park initiative.  As of this press release, “Art for Park” has raised $350 for the park initiative.

April Exhibition Events

Dough Raiser at Benny Vitali’s: Thursday, April 5 (11am-11pm)

First Friday Opening Reception with Studio Two Three: Friday, April 6 (6pm-9pm)

Exhibition Dates: April 6-29

Call for Artists: "Art for Park at Sunken Well" Benefit Exhibiton

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By Popular Demand, “Art for Park at Sunken Well” is the second skateboard art fundraising event for the Fredericksburg Skate Park Project.  Artists are charged with adorning a standard street skateboard provided by PONSHOP for a one-month Exhibit at Sunken Well Tavern (720 Littlepage Street, FXBG)

The Cause: “Art for Park at Sunken Well” celebrates skateboard art and culture, with a portion of artwork sales towards the Fredericksburg Skate Park Project. Initiated in 2013, this organization is dedicated to improving the existing skate spot at St. Claire Brooks Memorial Park and promoting a safe and friendly public park for the entire community. We have a soft spot for Brooks Park, but the existing wood and steel ramps are outdated, weathered, and in desperate need of a renovation. With the "Art for Park" exhibition series, we hope to raise awareness of the importance of skateboarding as both art form and recreation and promote the Fredericksburg Skate Park Project.

May-June Exhibition

Deadline for Submissions: Monday, May 7 (10am-6pm) Deliver to PONSHOP

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 10 (7-9pm) at Sunken Well Tavern

Exhibition Dates: May 10 – June 12, 2018

Artwork Retrieval: June 13-16 at PONSHOP

Submission Requirements: All artists must use the blank skateboard decks that PONSHOP provides at registration and all work must be for sale. Submit your best work! The gallery reserves the right to reject artwork based on quality: uniqueness and creativity, craftsmanship, and execution. Entries must be original creations of the artist – no reproductions of others artwork.  Upon receipt of completed artwork, PONSHOP will equip each deck with a fishing line through the truck holes for wall hanging. The “underside” (or convex side) of the skateboard deck is typically the side to be adorned.  All submissions must be intended to hang on the gallery walls (please refer to additional illustrations).

Entry Conditions: All artwork must be for sale. Artwork cannot have a retail price exceeding $300; artwork listed above $300 will automatically be decreased to $300. PONSHOP retains 40% of all sales, with another 20% going to the Fredericksburg Skate Park Project. Should your skateboard sell, artists retain 40%, which will be disbursed within 30 days of the exhibition closing (June 12). This exhibit is limited to 50 artist entries.

Artists are responsible for acquiring insurance on their own artwork. Although PONSHOP will take great care in the hanging and display of artwork at Sunken Well Tavern, the gallery will not be held responsible for items on exhibit.

Artwork delivered that is not dry, of poor assembly, or is incomplete will NOT be accepted.

Entry Procedure: There’s an entry fee of $40, which includes one blank skateboard and a donation to the Fredericksburg Skate Park Project. Entries are limited to one skateboard per artist. Artists must register and pay the entry fee on our website and choose whether you’d like your blank board to be shipped or to leave at PONSHOP’s storefront for free pick-up. Keep in mind that shipping to and from the gallery is the responsibility of the artist; if you ship your art to us, you must include a return shipping label or we will contact you after the exhibition to collect the shipping cost from you.

Delivery: Artwork must be delivered before Monday, May 7 to be included in the exhibition. Work delivered outside of these time windows will not be accepted, unless shipping is delayed or you are given permission to deliver late or early by gallery staff. Artwork must include a label with the title, medium, artist name as you’d like it to be displayed, and the retail price for the art. Retail Price is the price the art will be listed for sale as, the artist receives 40% Consignment after the conclusion of the exhibit.

Artwork Pick-Up: Hand-delivered unsold artwork must be picked up between Thursday, June 14 and Saturday, June 16. Skateboards shipped to the gallery must include a return shipping label or you will be contacted for shipping reimbursement. Artwork picked up after Saturday, June 16 will incur a storage fee of $10 per day. This will be enforced! All Artists will be notified via email on or before June 12 regarding the status of artwork sales.

1 Deck per Artist Entry

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Call for Artists: The Art of Recovery

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Deadline for Entries: Monday, April 2

Opening Reception: Friday, May 4

Exhibition Dates: May 4–May 27, 2018

Fredericksburg, Virginia – Rappahannock Area Community Services Board seeks entries for the 14th Annual “The Art of Recovery” exhibit. The art show features original artwork by adults with mental health challenges. The show is organized by members of Kenmore Club, RACSB’s psychosocial clubhouse for adults with severe and persistent mental illness. The exhibit will open Friday, May 4 at PONSHOP Studio and Gallery on Caroline Street in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The opening corresponds with ‘First Fridays.’ The exhibit runs through May 27 and coincides with National Mental Health Month.

The Art of Recovery provides a forum for artists living with mental illness to gain confidence in their abilities, address misconceptions surrounding mental illness and experience community support.

“Although art can be judged, art doesn’t judge,” said John Butler, Crisis Stabilization Coordinator for RACSB. “It’s so approachable and accessible that anyone is invited to take part and can take part. The Art of Recovery helps society in general to look at people beyond their disability—and for folks with disabilities to not be defined by their disability.”

The RACSB is accepting original drawings, paintings, sculpture, textiles, prints, mixed media, and ceramics. Artwork should be submitted by April 2. Visit rappahannockareacsb.org for an entry form and display instructions. Entries must be accompanied by a completed entry form with the following requested information: name of the artist; year of completion (if known); locale of the artist; dimensions; medium; and sale price. PONSHOP will apply a reasonable commission on all artwork sold.

For details or to submit artwork, contact Amy Jindra at 540-373-7737 or artofrecovery@rappahannockareacsb.org. Submissions may also be mailed to RACSB, Attn: Art of Recovery, 600 Jackson St., Fredericksburg, VA 22401.

Founded in 1970, the Rappahannock Area Community Services Board (RACSB) provides public mental health, developmental disability, substance abuse and prevention/early intervention services to the residents of the City of Fredericksburg and the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford. To learn more, visit www.rappahannockareacsb.org.

March's Art for Park Event

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Art for Park: Art Benefit for a New Fredericksburg Skate Park

PONSHOP Studio is pleased to host “Art for Park” – a skateboard art show to benefit the Fredericksburg Skate Park Project.  For this two-month community art exhibit, over fifty local and national artists will transform the standard street skateboard deck into a work of art for the walls (or for wheels).

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“Art for Park” is a celebration of skateboard art and culture. What better way to rally the community than by having artists give their voice on what has, over the past thirty years, become an iconic symbol of youth culture and recreation.  This is PONSHOP’s eleventh community art exhibit and we are collaborating with Magic Bullet Records and Skateboards and the Fredericksburg Skate Park Project to rally community support for a better place to skate in the city.

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We have a soft spot for the Saint Clair Brooks Memorial Park - the existing wood and steel ramps and concrete surfaces are dilapidated, weathered, and in desperate need of a renovation. “Art for Park” is the beginning of a sustained effort to raise awareness of the importance of skateboarding as both art form and recreation and to promote the Fredericksburg Skate Park Project. Initiated in 2013, this organization is dedicated to improving the existing skate spot at Brooks Park and promoting a safe and friendly public park for the entire community.

March’s exhibit will feature over a dozen custom-painted decks by local and national artists.  April’s show will include over fifty submissions from emerging and professional artists. Five Dollars of every Artist Registration and 20% of all deck sales will benefit the park initiative.

March Exhibition

First Friday Opening Reception: Friday, March 2 (6-9pm)
Exhibition Dates: March 2 – April 29

April Exhibition
First Friday Opening Reception: Friday, April 6 (6pm-9pm)
Exhibition Dates: April 6-29
Artwork Retrieval: Monday, April 30 – Tuesday, May 1

Call for Artists: "Art for Park" Benefit for a Skatepark for Fredericksburg

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PONSHOP Studio is pleased to announce our eleventh community art exhibition in March and April of 2018. We’ve hosted community art shows before, but never like this. “Art for Park” will be PONSHOP’s first skateboard art exhibit and our first community show to run for two months. But we need artists to make it happen! Artists are charged with adorning a standard street skateboard provided by PONSHOP and we encourage all participating artists to join us for the opening receptions on March 2 and again on April 6.

The Cause: Not only will “Art for Park” be a feast for the eyes, but a portion of artwork sales are going to support the Fredericksburg Skate Park Project. Initiated in 2014, this organization is dedicated to improving the existing skate spot at St. Claire Brooks Memorial Park and promoting a safe and friendly public park for the entire community. We have a soft spot for Brooks Park, but the existing wood and steel ramps are outdated, weathered, and in desperate need of a renovation. With this exhibition, we hope to raise awareness of the importance of skateboarding as both art form and recreation and promote the Fredericksburg Skate Park Project.

UPDATE: Registration for "Art for Park" is Full! We have 50 Artists contributing to the show.

March Exhibit

Deadline for Submissions: Sunday, February 25 (11am-5pm)

First Friday Opening Reception: Friday, March 2 (6-9pm)

Exhibition Dates: March 2 – April 29

Artwork Retrieval: Monday, April 30 – Tuesday, May 1

April Exhibit

Deadline for Submissions: Monday, April 2 (10am-6pm)

First Friday Opening Reception: Friday, April 6 (6pm-9pm)

Exhibition Dates: April 6-29

Artwork Retrieval: Monday, April 30 – Tuesday, May 1

Submission Requirements: All artists must use the blank skateboard decks that PONSHOP provides at registration and all work must be for sale. Submit your best work! The gallery reserves the right to reject artwork based on quality: uniqueness and creativity, craftsmanship, and execution. Entries must be original creations of the artist – no reproductions of others artwork.  Upon receipt of completed artwork, PONSHOP will equip each deck with a fishing line through the truck holes for wall hanging. The “underside” (or convex side) of the skateboard deck is typically the side to be adorned.  All submissions must be intended to hang on the gallery walls (please refer to additional illustrations).

Entry Conditions: All artwork must be for sale. Artwork cannot have a retail price exceeding $300; artwork listed above $300 will automatically be decreased to $300. PONSHOP retains 40% of all sales, with another 20% going to the Fredericksburg Skate Park Project. Should your skateboard sell, artists retain 40%, which will be disbursed within 30 days of the exhibition closing (April 30). This exhibit is limited to 50 artist entries.

Artists are responsible for acquiring insurance on their own artwork. Although PONSHOP will take great care in the hanging and display of artwork, the gallery will not be held responsible for items on exhibit.

Since “Art for Park” runs for two months, we will have two submission deadlines for artists to choose from. This way, if you’re unable to finish your deck in time for the March portion of the exhibition, you can still participate for the second half in April. Because of this, the gallery must strictly enforce the submission deadlines, see “Delivery” section below.

Artwork delivered that is not dry, of poor assembly, or is incomplete will NOT be accepted.

Entry Procedure: There’s an entry fee of $40, which includes one blank skateboard and a donation to the Fredericksburg Skate Park Project. Entries are limited to one skateboard per artist. Artists must register and pay the entry fee on our website and choose whether you’d like your blank board to be shipped or to leave at PONSHOP’s storefront for free pick-up. Keep in mind that shipping to and from the gallery is the responsibility of the artist; if you ship your art to us, you must include a return shipping label or we will contact you after the exhibition to collect the shipping cost from you.

Delivery: Artwork must be delivered between Thursday, February 22 - Sunday, February 25 to be included in the full exhibition for March & April. Artwork for the April exhibition must be delivered between Thursday, March 29 – Monday, April 2. Work delivered outside of these time windows will not be accepted, unless shipping is delayed or you are given permission to deliver late or early by gallery staff. Artwork must include a label with the title, medium, artist name as you’d like it to be displayed, and the retail price for the art. Retail Price is the price the art will be listed for sale, not the 40% consignment that you will receive after the conclusion of the exhibition.

Artwork Pick-Up: Hand-delivered unsold artwork must be picked up between Monday, April 30 and Tuesday, May 1. Skateboards shipped to the gallery must include a return shipping label or you will be contacted for shipping reimbursement. Artwork picked up after Saturday, May 5 will incur a storage fee of $10 per day. This will be enforced. All Artists will be notified via email by April 29 regarding artwork sales.

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Celebrating a Love Story: Renwick Bell Ornament Release

 
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Opening Reception:  Friday, February 2, 6-9pm
Exhibition Dates: February 2-February 28

Join PONSHOP as they unveil the release in the second of their "Fredericksburg Bell Series" Ornaments on “First Friday” of February. Designed by Print Jazz (Pete Morelewicz) and produced by Craftwork Studios (301 Lafayette Blvd.), PONSHOP is excited to showcase this collaborative series. The Renwick Bell is rendered on a 3" diameter ceramic ornament with a custom commemorative illustration.

In the 1820s, Silas Wood fell in love and married Julia Ann Chew, a native of Fredericksburg. In 1828, as a token of his love and since he considered the city as a place where he spent “the happiest days of [his] life,” he presented the city of Fredericksburg with a “suitable bell for the public use.” Since Miss Chew—a southern belle—was leaving the city, Silas felt compelled to gift the city with another bell.

To create the Renwick Bell Ornament design, the owners of PONSHOP, Gabriel and Scarlett Pons, visited the former Fredericksburg Courthouse (805 Princess Anne St.) to photograph, measure, and sketch the historic bell. They collaborated with local illustrator Pete Morelewicz and Craftworks Studio to fabricate the limited edition pieces.  Join PONSHOP in celebrating Fredericksburg’s love story this month.

PONSHOP is a multifaceted storefront: an artist studio, gallery, retail store, and classroom.  The vision of the owners, Scarlett and Gabriel Pons, is to provide a place that embodies what they love: art, design, and creative education.  The gallery/shop features a variety of work from artists both near and far.  PONSHOP provides workshops for students interested in everything from painting, ceramics, and architecture to street art and skateboarding.  “We Don’t Buy Gold or Guns, We Sell Art.” 

 

Seventh Annual Jewelry Show

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Opening Reception:  Friday, November 3, 6-9pm
Exhibition Dates: November 3 – 30, 2016

PONSHOP Studio and Gallery is pleased to announce our seventh annual jewelry show for the month of November showcasing the work of ten jewelry artists.  The opening reception will be Friday, November 3 from 6-9pm.  To celebrate the show, PONSHOP is offering a gift raffle during the opening reception.  Customers will receive a raffle ticket for each item purchased, eligible to win gifts at the end of the night.

Each artist brings their own unique style to the mix at PONSHOP, using materials such as semi-precious stones, wood & resin, copper, sterling silver & gold, found objects, stainless steel, and enamel.

Our jewelry exhibition features latest pieces from our favorite local jewelers: Leslie Brier, Terresa Buelow, Lisa Latendress, and Trish Schornagel. In addition, the show includes regional and national artists Elaine B, Daphne Olive, Lauren Pratt, Rare Bird Designs, Karen Smith, and Vanucci, Ltd.

PONSHOP is a multifaceted storefront: an artist studio, gallery, retail store, and classroom.  The vision of the owners, Scarlett and Gabriel Pons, is to provide a place that embodies what they love: art, design, and creative education.  The gallery/shop features a variety of work from artists both near and far.  Their studio also doubles as a classroom, providing workshops for students interested in everything from painting, ceramics, and architecture to street art and skateboarding.  “We Don’t Buy Gold or Guns, We Sell Art.” 

Fur-Ever Friends Exhibition

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Opening Reception: Friday, September 1 (6-9pm)
Exhibition Dates: September 1- October 29, 2017

Companionship, Loyalty, Unconditional Love – those are just a few aspects of why we choose to share our lives caring for (and being cared by) our pets.  PONSHOP Studio and Gallery is excited to collaborate with Shred Asylum in hosting “Fur-Ever Friends”, an exhibition celebrating the love we share with the animals in our lives.  The exhibit features contributions from eight participating artists all centered on this theme with artworks ranging in a variety of media.  The opening reception of “Fur-Ever Friends” will be Friday, September 1 (6-9pm).

Participating Artists include: Conrad Coe, Maddie Huddle, Anna Martin, Shannon Wang, Leah Emerald, Ben Morse, James Walker and Gabriel Pons.

Shred Asylum’s mission is to encourage individuals’ freedom, expression and to inspire creativity within communities around the world.  Find out more at www.shredasylum.com.

PONSHOP is a multifaceted storefront: an artist studio, gallery, retail store, and classroom.  The vision of the owners, Scarlett and Gabriel Pons, is to provide a place that embodies what they love: art, design, and creative education.  The gallery/shop features a variety of work from artists both near and far.  Their studio also doubles as a classroom, providing workshops for students interested in everything from painting, ceramics, and architecture to street art and skateboarding.

 

Remixed 5 Vinyl Album Art Show

Opening Reception: Friday, August 4 (6-9pm)
Exhibition Dates: August 4-26, 2017

PONSHOP Studio and Gallery is pleased to announce their tenth community art exhibition in August of 2017. “Remixed 5” features original artwork using 12” vinyl record albums. The exhibit includes over fifty participating artists work on this unconventional canvas. The opening reception for “Remixed 5” will be Friday, August 4 (6-9pm).

This is the fifth year of the “Remixed” vinyl-themed show and PONSHOP has received an overwhelming response from local artists. As of this press release, the gallery has issued over seventy albums to be adorned by over thirty-five artists. This community art show has proven to be a great addition to the gallery’s exhibition schedule, involving artists of all backgrounds and also boasting affordable artworks for the home or office ranging from $25-$150. “Remixed 5” will be curated by gallery owners Scarlett and Gabriel Pons.

The First Friday Reception will include “Vintage DJ” services by Raven Hi-Fi, spinning tunes using a classic turntable setup.   PONSHOP’s garden space will boast an outdoor pop-up Listening Booth by The Record Mann Archive.  All are invited to celebrate in the art of vinyl.

Featured artists include Jenna Andersen (Williamsburg, VA), Anna Martin, James Walker (Leesburg, VA), Samantha Brodek (Richmond, VA), Maddie Huddle (Fredericksburg, VA), and Martin Reamy (Richmond, VA).

 

PONSHOP is a multifaceted storefront: an artist studio, gallery, retail store, and classroom.  The vision of the owners, Scarlett and Gabriel Pons, is to provide a place that embodies what they love: art, design, and creative education.  The gallery/shop features a variety of work from artists both near and far.  Their studio also doubles as a classroom, providing workshops for students interested in everything from painting, ceramics, and architecture to street art and skateboarding.

 

Call for Artists: Remixed 5 Vinyl Album Art Show

Deadline for Submissions: Sunday, July 30 (noon-5pm)

Pick Up of Unaccepted Work: Wednesday, August 2

Opening Reception: Friday, August 4 (6-9pm)

Exhibition Dates: August 4-26, 2017

Artwork Retrieval: Sunday, August 27 (noon-5pm)

PONSHOP Studio is pleased to announce our tenth community art exhibition in August of 2017.  We’ve rescued stacks of old 12” vinyl records, wiped the dust off and, with your help, will turn them into something that people will continue to enjoy—a fun and original work of art. “Remixed 5” is the fifth annual vinyl album art show at PONSHOP. All ages and skill levels are invited to participate. We encourage all participating artists to join us for the opening reception on August 4.

Submission Requirements: All artists must use the pre-mounted vinyl albums that we provide and all work must be for sale. Submit your best work! The gallery reserves the right to reject artwork based on quality: uniqueness and creativity, craftsmanship, and execution. Entries must be original creations of the artist – no reproductions of others artwork.

Entry Conditions: All artwork must be for sale. Artwork cannot have a retail price exceeding $150. PONSHOP retains 40% of all sales on works exhibited throughout the duration of the exhibit. Artists will be reimbursed within 30 days of the exhibition closing.

Artists are responsible for acquiring insurance on their own artwork. Although PONSHOP will take great care in the hanging and display of artwork, the gallery will not be held responsible for items on exhibit.

Artwork delivered after Sunday, July 30 will NOT be accepted. Artwork delivered that is not dry, of poor assembly, is incomplete, or exceeds the boundaries of the vinyl record (see diagram below) will NOT be accepted.

Artwork Parameters

Artwork picked up after Friday, September 1st will incur a storage fee of $10 per day. This will be enforced.

Entry Procedure: There’s an entry fee of $15 per vinyl album, or $40 for three albums with a limit of three submissions per artist. Artists must pay the entry fee at our storefront and receive ready-to-hang records at PONSHOP at time of purchase. The gallery will not ship records to prospective artists.

Delivery: Artists are to complete the Entry Form and return it with artwork by Sunday, July 30. Artwork must have entry tabs securely taped to the back of the corresponding record. Artists are responsible for transporting their work to and from the gallery.

PONSHOP is a multifaceted storefront: an artist studio, gallery, retail store, and classroom.  The vision of the owners, Scarlett and Gabriel Pons, is to provide a place that embodies what they love: art, design, and creative education.  The gallery/shop features a variety of work from artists both near and far.  Their studio also doubles as a classroom, providing workshops for students interested in everything from painting, ceramics, and architecture to street art and skateboarding. 

Currents

Opening Reception:  Friday, June 2, 6-9pm
Exhibition Dates: June 2-July 30, 2017

In this fish-themed exhibition, fine artist Joan Limbrick and ceramicist Scarlett Pons commemorate the form and grace of our fresh-water finned friends in their respective mediums of paint and clay.

Joan’s lush and colorful paintings are exemplary of her personality – joyful and celebratory.  Her signature work combines sensual forms with an expressive, existential, and imaginative style.

Scarlett balances formal beauty with functionality by creating ceramic pieces inspired by nature.  Her latest serving plate series boasts vibrant color and patterns with smooth arching shapes derived from fish silhouettes.

Join us in ushering in the summer with this exciting show featuring complimentary work from two of the city’s most prolific and dedicated artists.

The Art of Recovery

Opening Reception: Friday, May 5 from 5-9pm
Exhibition Dates: May 5-29, 2017

 Fredericksburg, Virginia –A flower reaching for the sun, a bucolic landscape, a colorful tapestry. For people with mental illness, recovery is a very personal experience. Art allows individuals to create a path to recovery and capture what recovery means to them, and each year the Rappahannock Area Community Services Board showcases these visions of healing during its Art of Recovery exhibit.

This year, RACSB will hold the 13th annual Art of Recovery exhibit May 5 through May 29 at PONSHOP Studio and Gallery in Fredericksburg and will coincide with National Mental Health Month. The opening reception for the exhibit will be held Friday, May 5, from 5-9 p.m., featuring live music, poetry readings, and performance art in the gallery’s courtyard. The “Art, Expression, Light” portion of the exhibit will take place at 7:30pm during the First Friday reception.

The Art of Recovery exhibit is organized by members of the Kenmore Club, a psychosocial rehabilitation program operated by the RACSB. The exhibit will feature over 30 pieces from artists working in a variety of art mediums. Artwork includes original drawings on paper, acrylic and oil paintings on canvas, as well as mixed media and video.  All of the pieces will be available for purchase.

The Art of Recovery provides a forum for artists living with mental illness to gain confidence in their abilities, address misconceptions surrounding mental illness, and experience community support.

“One gentleman told me that he had gotten out of the hospital a few weeks ago and was contemplating taking his own life,” said Amy Jindra, program manager of Kenmore Club.  “But then he saw the paperwork for the Art of Recovery and decided it was a new opportunity.” 

PONSHOP Studio and Gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

For details, contact Helen Conley at 540/373-7737 or artofrecovery@rappahannockareacsb.org.  Or learn more online at www.rappahannockareacsb.org.

 

Founded in 1970, the Rappahannock Area Community Services Board provides public mental health, developmental disability, substance abuse and prevention/early intervention services to the residents of the City of Fredericksburg and the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford. RACSB provides  individual, group and family therapy; specialized counseling and case management services; psychological assessment; 24-hour crisis intervention; medication management services; residential services; crisis stabilization respite care; day support for adults with developmental disabilities; and medication-assisted treatment for opioid addictions. .Programs of RACSB include Kenmore Club, Rappahannock Adult Activities, Inc., Project LINK, Program for Teen Parents, Rappahannock Area Kids on the Block, DARE To Be You – Rappahannock Area, Second Step, Too Good for Drugs, Healthy Families – Rappahannock Area, and Mental Health First Aid. To learn more, visit www.rappahannockareacsb.org.