Sunday, August 22, 2010

Work in Progress for "Chain Reaction" Show

I've been working on this drawing/painting for a while now. First it was simply going to be a stencil, then an intricate screen print, now it's gonna be what it's gonna be...

This portrait is inspired by the character Ophelia in Shakespeare's "Hamlet". Ophelia met her end by (presumably) drowning and even though many artists have painted her in the past, I've always been interested in portraying her character visually. Below is a pic of the finished piece.

“Ophelia, Daughter of Polonius”, Mixed Media on Wood, 24”x24”

This painting will be part of the "Chain Reaction" show opening up in September at Liberty Town Arts Workshop in Fredericksburg, Virginia. It's a neat format. LibertyTown Founder, Dan Finnegan, selected three artists, those three artists selected three artists, and finally an exponential wave of 27 more artists gets added to the list. "Chain Reaction" hopes to be a great cross section of our creativity in our region. The opening reception is Friday September 3 from 6-9pm.

The Matrix of artists on exhibit next month at LibertyTown: 916 Liberty Street Fredericksburg, Virginia.
(click to enlarge)

Friday, August 20, 2010

PONSHOP Art Tees (Men's) - Fall 2010

August 2010: The racks are packed with new PONSHOP art tees for guys and girls. I promise to post pics of the women's tees, but I'm still trying to find a model. Our summer intern Kelly shot these pics of Daniel wearing the men's tees. All shirts are professionally screen printed on American Apparel tees ($22 each). Men's sizes: xs,sm,msd,lg,xl.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Through an Architect's Eyes: July 2010

In "Through an Architect's Eyes", we explored Downtown Fredericksburg's Structures while talking about the fundamentals of architectural design. My student, Gretchen, kept a sketchbook throughout the workshop and below are some drawings she worked on.

We studied the facade of a local church.

My student drew a section through one of the floors of the new parking structure.

We also had some fun sketching the skyline of Fredericksburg.

PONSHOP offers classes in Ceramics, Mixed Media, Street Art, Architecture, and Skateboard Design for children as well as Ceramics and Drawing for adults. Our classes run throughout the summer and through the fall. For a current class schedule, Click Here.

Street Art Workshop: July 2010

July, 2010. My student, Marielle, took a 3-session workshop with me and we worked on taking her drawings (above) to the next level. Below is a sequence of those classes. Good Work!

We enlarged her drawing by 400% and she worked with the print, cutting out and painting it.

She collaged on a 2-foot by 4-foot panel and then used wheatpaste to glue her paper print on. After hitting it with some spray paint and acrylic paint (below), she was done.


PONSHOP offers classes in Ceramics, Mixed Media, Street Art, Architecture, and Skateboard Design for children as well as Ceramics and Drawing for adults. Our classes run throughout the summer and through the fall. For a current class schedule, Click Here.

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
For a Complete Prospectus Click Here

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.