Juried Exhibitions

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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The Art Attack Show: Juried Exhibit

Art-Attack-Show-Logo-2014_webPONSHOP is excited to announce The Art Attack Show – a juried exhibit featuring artists that are taking part in the third annual “Art Attack” event taking place on Saturday, September 13 2014 from 10am-4pm on Caroline Street in Fredericksburg’s historic district. “Art Attack” is a grassroots event organized by local artists to encourage the exposure, promotion, and celebration of Fredericksburg’s vibrant art community. The effort of The Art Attack Show is to highlight those artists who have volunteered to participate in the 2014 Art Attack event by exhibiting their work in the PONSHOP Gallery throughout the entire month.

The show will feature artwork from: Amy Bayne, Elena Broach, Collette Caprara, James Clark, Beverly Coates, Carol Coffman, Laura Craig, Mary Lou Cramer, Charles Fromer, Tanya Green, Iryna Hamill, Bill Harris, Newell Jones, Eric May, Judy Lowman, Lorie McCown, Sam McCown, Elizabeth Seaver, and Wendy Atwell-Vasey.  Join us on the “First Friday” of September for the opening reception of The Art Attack Show to view the breadth of work contributed by this year’s Art Attack artists.

May First Friday: The Art of Recovery

For May's First Friday Opening Reception we will be hosting the Rappahannock Area Community Service Board's (RACSB) Seventh Annual "The Art of Recovery" exhibit. The opening reception is on May 6 from 5pm-9pm, though the exhibit will remain up until May 29.

"The Art of Recovery" is organized by members of the Kenmore Club, a psychosocial rehabilitation program operated by the RASCB. The show will feature original artwork of adults with mental illness. There will be approximately 35 pieces in the show in a variety of mediums including drawings, paintings, sculpture, textiles, and mixed media.

May is National Mental Health Month so come show your support and enjoy the great artwork.

Artwork from "Public/Private"

Here is some of the artwork from the "Public/Private" exhibit that is up on the walls of the PONSHOP until April 30.

Long Night's Work Chris Schumacher Glicee on Canvas $250

Aeri - Creekside #1 Chris Schumacher Glicee on Archiva; Paper $250

Atlantis Schematic Thom White Ink, Wash, & Pencil on Ink Jet Print $150

Behind an Ancient Austrian Door Sandy Leigh Skipper Photograph $100

Designs on You Mirinda Reynolds Mixed Media on Wood $75 (Artist Proceeds go to RCDV)

Mi Barrio Ana Rendich Collage $200

Hope Rob Landeck Mixed Media $75

Self Portrait with Shades Ed King Oil $500

The Homeless Man is Ever Present, but Rarely Seen Sidney Mullis & Jeff Gulick Mixed Media $160

Paperazzi Greg Crawford Papercut $325

Personas Jams Bauguess Acrylic on Canvas $222

Just Makin' Out at Steak and Ale Joshua Barber Mixed Media $515

Come in to see these pieces of work along with others on exhibit now.

April First Friday

On Friday April 1st we held our second juried show with the theme "Public/Private," which was a huge success. The artists captured the theme in their unique works that gave a new perspective to where the line is drawn between our public and private lives.

Juror, Kathleen Walsh, gave an informal gallery talk along with co-owner Gabriel Pons to kick off the night. She had the difficult task of selecting three pieces as Merit Winners ($100 cash) and three pieces for Honorable Mention ($25 gift certificates to the PONSHOP). During this talk the awards were presented to the winners.

Luckily, the whether was beautiful as people navigated between the artwork inside and the live performance that could be seen from outside.

"The Undeniably Adjacent" performers

The performers had a large audience gathered outside

One of the performances

A special thanks to all of the participating artists, Kathleen Walsh, "The Undeniably Adjacent" performers, and all of our patrons for coming out and making this such a fun and exciting event.

"Public/Private" Exhibit: Award Winners Announced

Scarlett and I are genuinely excited to host the opening reception of "Public/Private" this Friday, April 1. We wanted to cordially invite you to the opening since it promises to be a fun event: We'll have a brief gallery talk and presentatin of awards, and at 7:30pm, a local improv troupe "The Undeniably Adjacent" will be privately performing in our public storefront. As a means of kicking off the month-long exhibit, these live performances will be based on the theme of the the "Public/Private" Exhibition – exploring the delineation between the public domain and our private space.
We are pleased to announce the results of the "Public/Private" Juried Exhibit at PONSHOP. We've received 33 submissions from 20 artists. Juror Kathleen Walsh selected 25 works for exhibit.
Below are the award winners:

3 Merit Awards ($100 each) will be presented to:

Joshua Barber, “Just Makin' Out at Steak and Ale”

Steve Jeter, “Sacred Heart #1 and #2”

Ed King, “Self Portrait With Shades”


3 Honorable Mentions ($25 PONSHOP Gift Certificates) will be presented to:

Rob Landeck, “Hope”

Ana Rendich, “Mi Barrio”

Sandy Leigh Skipper, “Behind an Ancient Austrian Door”

Congratulations to all the artists that have participated in this month-long exhibit. "Public/Private" features work from:

Laura Allen, Chris Austin, Jams Baugess, Joshua Barber, Jurgen Brat, Greg Crawford, Jeff Gulick, Barbara Taylor Hall, Steve Jeter, Derek Kirkland, Ed King, Rob Landeck, Sidney Mullis, J. Fred Perrine, Ana Rendich, Mirinda Reynolds, Chris Schumacher, Sandy Leigh Skipper, Reuben Strangelove, and Thom White.

April First Friday: Public/Private Opening Reception

For April's First Friday event we are holding an exhibit juried by Kathleen Walsh. The theme of the event is Public/Private where artists explore the relationship between the public and private realms of our lives and how those associations manifest themselves in in our everyday environment.

On Friday, April 1st from 6pm-10pm we will hold the opening reception. At 7pm there will be a presentation of awards (cash prizes) and an informal gallery talk.

Also, at the opening reception there will be a performance by "The Undeniably Adjacent" improv comedy troupe from the University of Mary Washington. From 7:30-9:30 the actors will perform skits in our storefront window. The storefront window will be transformed into a stage only visible from outside the store. The performances will correspond to the theme of Public/Private and will act as a literal "window" into the actors' private lives.

"The Undeniably Adjacent"

Participating actors in the event will be:

Rachael Wonderlin

Kyle Dratwa

Mattson Fields

Annie Blaine

Elsa Lee

Come out on April 1st to see this exciting new exhibit and enjoy a collaboration of art work and live performances.

Call For Artists: Public/Private Juried Exhibit

PONSHOP Studio and Gallery will be hosting its second juried art exhibition in April of 2011. Juried by Kathleen Walsh, “Public/Private” will challenge participating artists to explore the relationship between the public and private realms of our lives and how those associations manifest themselves in our everyday environment. PONSHOP invites artists working in all two-dimensional media to participate in this month-long regional juried exhibition.

Eligibility This exhibit is open to all artists (professional and emerging) in the Virginia Region. “Two dimensional” artwork is inclusive of mediums including but not limited to: painting, drawing, mixed media, photography, digital graphics, textiles, ceramics, screen printing and lithography.

Deadline for Submissions Hand Deliver to PONSHOP Saturday, March 26 (10-6pm) and Sunday, March 27 (noon-5pm)

View the Complete Prospectus Below:

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Theme: Our Public and Private Lives

What delineates the public domain from our personal space? Is it the manifestation of a physical threshold such as a wall, door, or curtain? Or can it be something much less tangible or even invisible? This exhibit seeks to examine how cultures around the globe acknowledge publicity and privacy in their environment and how the two worlds can be blurred. One example of this can be found “online”. Today more than ever, our world is getting more connected and we are able to share (or not share) our daily lives through digital social networks, cell phones, and other media. How does this hyper connectivity affect our personal relationships? Where is the boundary between intimacy and the public stage?

If you have any questions regarding this show or would like to be included on the mailing list for notice of future exhibition opportunities, please contact us at event[at]ponshopstudio.com

"Square City" Opening Night

PONSHOP Studio and Gallery premiered its first juried art exhibition on Friday night, September 3, 2010. The “Square City” show invited artists to submit work inspired by the city within the restrictions of a two-dimensional 12”x12” to 24”x24” square. By limiting the artists to these dimensions, owners Scarlett Suhy-Pons and Gabriel Pons were able to arrange the artwork to imitate the pattern of city blocks in the gallery, so that not only the artwork, but also its presentation reflected the theme.

The juror, Bob Worthy, selected 32 pieces by 28 different artists that he felt captured and showed new ways of looking at “the city.” The pieces selected ranged over a variety of media to reflect the diversity and richness of an urban environment. During the opening, an informal gallery talk was given where the PONSHOP owners thanked the artists and patrons and introduced Bob Worthy. Worthy congratulated the artists for their work, praised their creativity, and spoke on what “Square City” meant to him. He admitted how hard it was to choose three pieces for the Merit Awards and three pieces for Honorable Mentions because of the impressive level of work that was submitted.

There were three Merit Award Winners. Each received an $80 cash prize. Below are the Merit Award Winners:

"Alley" by Crystal Rodrigue, image collage on copper leaf, 20" x 20"

“City Lights” by Reuben Strangelove, fiberboard and LED illumination, 12" x 12"

“Lonesome Ave” by Robert Landeck, mixed media collage on canvas, 20" x 20"

Three artists received Honorable Mentions and were each awarded $25 PONSHOP gift certificates. Below are the Honorable Mention Winners:

“Where I Came From” by Ana Rendich, oil, 15" x 15"

“Stairway to Heaven” by Michelle Pierson, photography, 15" x 15"

“Shellshock, Livestock, This is No Oasis” by Nicholas A. Candela, mixed media, 13" x 13"

Below are some selections from "Square City":

"City" by Patte Ormsby, mixed media, 24" x 24"

"Downtown City Square" by Becky Hubbard, textile, 16" x 16"

"Night Light" by Bill Firestone, acrylic on canvas, 22" x 22"

"What Lies Beneath" by Leslie Brier, mixed media,12" x 12"

In addition to these works, other featured artists include: John Earl, Bonnie Butler, Mary Mogee, Mirinda Reynolds, N.D. Jones, David Chance, Itty Bitty Press, Karen Julihn, Shannon Chance, J. Fred Perrine, Jennie Thomas, Linda Keefer, Milvi Gill, Joyce Leatherwood, Erin Kidd, Cathy Herndon, Pat Knock, and Jeff Gulick.

The opening night was a great success with a large turnout of both artists and fans. DJ Bredren rocked out on his turn tables, setting the mood for the exhibit with funky reggae music. In addition, Karma Fire performed fire eating and fire dancing in front of the shop throughout the night. She attracted huge interest with her flaming torches, something never before seen on the streets of Fredericksburg.

We would like to thank the following for their hard work in making Square City such a success: guest juror Bob Worthy, PONSHOP summer intern Kelly Penick (graphics and promotion), DJ Bredren, all of the artists that submitted work, as well as all participating artists. For more information about upcoming PONSHOP events, please email event@ponshopstudio.com. "Square City" runs until September 26.

Press Release: September "Square City" juried exhibit

A Regional Juried Exhibition

PONSHOP Studio and Gallery 712 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401

Opening Reception: Friday September 3, 6-10pm, Informal Gallery Talk at 7pm
Exhibition Dates: September 3-26

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PONSHOP Studio and Gallery is hosting its first juried art exhibition in September of 2010. Titled “Square City”, the show challenges participating artists to contribute two- dimensional artwork limited to square dimensions (between 12”x12” to 24”x24”) that incorporate the theme of the city for their inspiration. Juried by Bob Worthy, the show promises to celebrate the richness, diversity, and life that emerge from the urban environment.

“Why the Square?” Gallery owner Gabriel Pons placed this limit on the format of the work so that he can arrange the artwork in a city grid on the gallery walls. The presentation of the work will be reflective of the city itself – dense diverse networks of space that invite exploration and discovery. The theme of the city is something that Pons has explored in his own work throughout the years. With a background in architecture and having lived in New York City from 1999-2005, his work has been both inspired by and influenced by his experiences. He deliberately kept the “city” theme broad to invite a range of interpretation. Artists could reflect on cities of the past, present, and future – both real and imaginary. The gallery will award three merit awards (cash prizes) and three honorable mentions (gift certificates) to selected artists.

Bob Worthy is an active participant in the Fredericksburg Arts community. A member of the Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, he holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University where he is now an adjunct professor. Mr. Worthy exhibits his award winning artwork throughout the mid-Atlantic region. In October of 2000, Worthy was recognized at the Fredericksburg Virginia Regional Arts Awards, as an individual artist, for outstanding achievements and contributions to the cultural life of the greater Fredericksburg region. He also received a Certificate of Recognition from the Virginia Governor's Awards for the Arts during the same month.

PONSHOP is a multifaceted storefront: an artist studio, gallery, retail store, and classroom. The vision of the owners, Gabriel Pons and Scarlett Suhy-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. PONSHOP is excited to present the work of “Square City” to the public in September.

Square City

In September 2010, PONSHOP will transform their gallery walls to reflect the richness, diversity, and life emerging from cities of the past, present, and future. PONSHOP invites artists working in all two-dimensional media to participate in “Square City”, a regional juried exhibition. Below are the two page of the entry form for artists interested in participating.

This exhibit is open to all artists (professional and emerging) in the Northern Virginia Region. “Two dimensional” artwork is inclusive of mediums including but not limited to: painting, drawing, mixed media, photography, ceramics, and mosaics. All artwork must be hand delivered to the gallery.

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The City as the Theme
City: (noun) A center of population, commerce, and culture; a town of significant size and importance.
What does the city evoke in you? Is it merely the streets and structures, or is it the people and culture that inspire? This exhibition challenges artists to explore all dimensions of the city - both real and imaginary, near and far, with the intention of celebrating the epicenters of civililzation.
If you have any questions regarding this show or would like to be included on the mailing list for notice of future exhibition opportunities, please contact us at event[at]ponshopstudio.com

Upcoming Show: "FRESH"

I'm excited to announce that one of my paintings will be part of a group show at the Target Gallery in May. "Fresh" An Exhibition of Urban Contemporary Art will include 29 paintings selected from a national/international pool of artists.

The Target Gallery is one of the feature exhibition spaces in the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia. I'll be heading up for the reception on May 14. Hope to see you there! - G

FRESH: An Exhibition of Urban Contemporary Art
May 6-31, 2009 Reception: May 14, 6-8pm Gallery Talk: 7pm
Target Gallery, 105 N. Union Street., Alexandria, VA 22314