Emerging Artwork

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.


‘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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"Remixed": Opening Reception, June 7 2013

Remixed_Opening26_web “Remixed” was PONSHOP’s fourth community art exhibition featuring original artwork using vinyl albums as a canvas. The exhibit included thirty-six local and regional artists all working in this non-traditional medium. Remixed runs through June 30, 2013.

Gallery owner Gabriel Pons has been using 12” vinyl records as his canvas for three years. When a friend offered him a crate of old records, he saw the potential of using the standardized discs in an art show where each participant “repurposes” the old albums and turns them into art.  A Call for artists was issued in April and interested artists from students to professionals registered and received their albums to adorn.  The opening reception included musical entertainment from DJ Climax, spinning on the turntables.  Thanks to all of our artists who participated for this exhibition and thanks to our fans and friends who came out to see the show.

Featured Artists for the “Remixed” Show are: Gregg Deal, Matt Corrado, Rob Landeck, Adam Desio, Stephen Graham, Jack Labadie, Julie Maida, Nick Candela, Crystal Rodrigue, Jeff Gulick and Nina Angelini.

Participating Artists include: Sue Henderson, Stacey Schultze, Sandy Skipper, Lois Skipper, Alex Rudenshiold, Guerin Wolf , Jayden Gilhousen, Zakk Davis, Amina Shafi, Nina Jot Prakashkaur, Cameron Limbrick, Toy Fowler, Ronald Jackson, Mirinda Reynolds, Erin Stephens, Sidney Mullis, Joshua K Rama, Mark Eyestone, Kelly Penick, Mark Manjarrez, Sean Woodard, Elizabeth Carter, Frank Woodley, Josie Yorgeson, Ed King, and Malik Malek.