Skateboard Parks

Second Annual Art for Park Exhibit Announced


PONSHOP Studio is excited to announce the second annual “Art for Park” exhibit – a skateboard art show to benefit the Fredericksburg Skate Park Project. Up to fifty local and national 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 our community than by having artists give their voice on what has, over the past sixty years, become an iconic symbol of youth culture, recreation and rebellion. The annual “Art for Park” exhibition series is a sustained effort to raise awareness of the importance of skateboarding as both an 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. Recently, the Fredericksburg Skate Park Project launched a community survey for the public to help in this process:

Five Dollars of every Artist Registration and 20% of all deck sales will benefit the park initiative.  Since 2018, the “Art for Park” art exhibition series has raised over $1,000 for the park initiative.

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

Exhibition Dates: April 5-28

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


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 We have a soft spot for Brooks Park, but the existing wood and steel ramps are outdated, weathered, and in desperate need of a renovation.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.


Brooks Park: Dude with a Video Camera

Thursday, July 31: Brooks Park was packed with the youth of today shredding their hearts out in anticipation of the Natural Koncept skateboard team's demo. It'll be a while until I get some video footage online from that day, but these stills taken before the demo show some of the "personalities" of the Fredericksburg skate scene. Shout out to Mark Eyestone of Fred Skates for hosting the event and DJ Bredren for bringing some reggae beats for the summer session.

Teddy back from the other side of the planet...
Patiently waiting for the Natural Koncept van to roll through.

B-Fiddy - 'Nuff Said...Mark holds down the fort as the NK guys hit the ramps
DJ Bredren Soundsystem in effectSmithson holds his own and drops hammers all dayKinda like the lineup from The Usual Suspects if Kevin Spacey wore more clothes.

Wilmington, North Carolina

We celebrated the marriage of our good friends, Kasandra and Jay over the memorial day weekend. Their event was wonderful and brought together a number of close friends from our college days at Virginia Tech. Below are some pics from our tour:Wedding Site: Orton Plantation, North CarolinaCongratulations to Kasandra and JayBlacksburg Crew 1992-todayGreenfield Skate Park, Wilmington, NC.Jason strikes a pose at the park - A Shout Out to the boys at Doublewide Skate and Surf!On the way back from North Carolina, we stopped in Portsmouth, Virginia to visit the White Family and more friends. Thom is my digital arch enemy, except we're bros.
J.D., Marissa, and Mike watch the kids play in the garden...

PONSHOP in Portland

Portland, Oregon is a really great city. Scarlett described it best as a "Kinder, Cleaner, and Gentler Brooklyn." Below are some photos from our trip. To view more pics from our art show, click here.
A special shout out goes to our hosts and The Life Gallery owners, Damon Ayers and Tessie Word. They, of course, showed us a great time in Portland and we had a blast with their friends...

some snapshots right before the gallery opened...

Scarlett's helmet series enthralled everyone

Everett Station Lofts early on the first Thursday Art OpeningsArtist Keith Rosson in front of the galleryCool old signage downtown
Voodoo Doughnuts to finish off the night
Glenhaven Skatepark is 20 yards from a high schoolNewberg Skatepark (above and below)
Portland has a lot of bikers
....and thus a lot of bikes

Diego loved the kids' park in Old Town
Skateboard antics in the gallery
Scarlett and Diego at the riverside carnival

Double Trouble
Street StickersTessie and Damon
Portland construction is booming...check the cantelever.
Green Building: Eco Roof
One of many bridges in Portland