Friday, September 16, 2011

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Call for Artists: "City Colors" Invitational Exhibit

PONSHOP Studio and Gallery is pleased to host “City Colors” an invitational art exhibition featuring artists participating in the 2011 Via Colori Fredericksburg Event in September of 2011. This exhibit is open to those who have registered as volunteer artists with the 2011 Via Colori Fredericksburg Organization. To register as a volunteer artist with Via Colori, Click Here.

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This exhibit is open to all artists (professional and emerging) in the Virginia Region who have registered as volunteer artists with the 2011 Via Colori Fredericksburg. “Two dimensional” artwork is inclusive of mediums including but not limited to: painting, drawing, mixed media, photography, digital graphics, textiles, screen print and lithography. All artwork must be hand delivered to the gallery. Please note that due to the space restrictions in our gallery, we may edit work to accommodate, however, each participating artist in the exhibit is guaranteed at least one entry in the exhibition.

Submission Requirements

All submitted works are to correspond and conform to the following dimensional restrictions: Frame dimensions ranging in size no smaller than 8” and no larger than 24” in width, no smaller than 10” and no larger than 30” in length (intermediate dimensions are acceptable). All work must be for sale. All entries must be original creations of the artist – no reproductions of others artwork.

Entry Specifications

The theme of “City Colors” is to celebrate the diverse styles and talents of the region’s visual artists taking part in this year’s Via Colori event. There are no thematic requirements in terms of the content of the artwork, although we ask that you submit work that best represents your creative style and vision. Does the work have to correspond to what you’ll be achieving on the streets of the city during the Via Colori festival? Not necessarily. As long as you are proud of the work submitted and you’ve achieved it to the best of your abilities – we’ll be happy to exhibit it.

All pieces are to be framed appropriately for gallery display: no gallery clips or saw tooth hangers (see attachment). Canvas pieces, unless “gallery wrapped” must include a frame. All work must be equipped with hanging wire adequate to support the painting. Textiles intended for wall hanging must include hanging system. Wet or unprofessionally presented artwork will not be accepted.

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.

Entry Procedure

Entry fee: $25 for up to two submissions. Please complete entry form (above) and deliver with artwork.

Delivery: Artists are responsible for transporting their work to and from the gallery. Artwork not retrieved after show closing will incur a storage fee of $10 per day


Deadline for Registering as a volunteer artist with Via Colori® Fredericksburg for eligibility in “City Colors”: Monday, August 15

Deadline for Submissions: Saturday, August 27 (10-6pm) Sunday, August 28 (noon-5pm).

Pick Up of Unincluded Work: Tuesday, August 30 (10-6pm)

Opening Reception: Friday, September 2 (6-10pm) includes brief gallery talk at 7pm.

Exhibition Dates: September 2- October 2

Pick up of Work: Sunday, October 2 (noon-5pm)


People’s Choice Award – Best in Show (Cash Prize) awarded to one artist

People’s Choice Award – Honorable Mentions (PONSHOP Gifts) awarded to two artists

Voting for artwork will commence on the First Friday opening and will continue until the third week of September.

Awards will be announced during the weekend of the Via Colori Festival (September 24-25)

About 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 features a variety of work from artists in the Virginia region. Their studio also doubles as a classroom, providing workshops for students interested in everything from painting, ceramics, and architecture to street art and skateboarding.

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]

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Tailor Made: T-Shirt Showcase

PONSHOP will be hosting the opening reception for “Tailor-Made: T-shirt Showcase” as August’s “First Friday” event. This exhibition will feature new screen-printed shirt designs from PONSHOP, Nightmare Inc., and Icy Grape Incident Clothing. The gallery will also exhibit the original artwork used to produce the clothing graphics.

PONSHOP’s latest art tees for men, women and children feature owner Gabriel Pons’s signature graphics derived from his original paintings.

Nightmare Inc.
is a local clothing brand started in 2008 by Massaponax high school senior Ryan Payne. With inspiration from horror films, Nightmare Inc. incorporates iconic imagery into their unique clothing graphics. Nightmare Inc.’s artist Austin Collins has collaborated with PONSHOP on a special T-shirt graphic to be sold exclusively at PONSHOP.

August marks the one-year anniversary of Icy Grape Incident Clothing Company. Founded by seven-cities artist/designer Tony Sementelli, Icy Grape Incident’s goal is to produce high quality clothing with original graffiti inspired artwork. They will be releasing a new colorway at the show, designed exclusively for the August event and sold only at the PONSHOP.

The evening’s event will include music, refreshments and t-shirt giveaways. Music will be provided by DJ Speed on the turntables spinning classic Hip-Hop.

August’s exhibit also includes works by a collection of many local fine artists including Rob Landeck, Adam Desio, Nathan Webster and Nicholas Candela. In addition, the gallery will include works from featured PONSHOP artists Katy Wiedemann (Providence, RI), Joshua Barber (Richmond,VA) and Ginger Huebner (Asheville, NC). PONSHOP’s gallery exhibits over thirty artists making all handmade items from jewelry and clothing to artisan soaps and accessories.

Exhibition Dates: August 5-28, 2011

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Urban Decay 2: Opening Night

Outdoor Demo panel by Gregg Deal
June 4, 2011. It's been a "one-two" punch over the past two months working for these back to back shows (G40 & Urban Decay 2) and Saturday Night's Opening Reception for Urban Decay 2 was just the right thing to celebrate all that hard work. Below are some pics from the show. Thanks to Deb Yarrington of The Workhouse Arts Center for organizing a great exhibit. Urban Decay 2 runs through June 26.

Outdoor Demo Panel by Jorge Guillen

Spaghetti Project had a nice spread of vinyl toys for the collectors

The Osedax kicked the night off

Scissor List came on second and rocked the crowd

Jeremy Gann

Bellflur wrapped up the night with their performance.

Gregg Deal

These were my Demo pieces from the evening...

My most recent work at Urban Decay 2

Herberth Oneeightyone

Sylvia Ortiz rock the house

Friday, May 27, 2011

"Art of Recovery" Opening Reception: May 2011

May 6 2011 was the opening night for the seventh annual "Art of Recovery" Exhibit at PONSHOP. Below are pics from the evening. Scarlett and I would like to thank the Rappahannock Area Community Services Board, The Kenmore Club, and all participating organizations for their hard work. A special thanks to all of the fifty artists that have participated - congratulations. PONSHOP is proud to host such a worthwhile cause and effort for our community.

The exhibit features over sixty pieces of art from fifty adults in the Virginia region. (From the RACSB) : "The Art of Recovery provides a forum for artists living with mental illness to gain confidence in their abilities, challenge mental health stigma, and experience community support."
Tracy Ringquist "For One, Many" textile 36"x48"

"The Art of Recovery" exhibit runs through May 30.

Scarlett with Doris Buffet of the Sunshine Lady Foundation.

The Kenmore Club Murals

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

G40 2011 - Part 2 "Ai Wei Wei: 21st Century Revolutionary"

"Ai Wei Wei: 21st Century Revolutionary" installation by Gabriel Pons at 2011 G40 show in Washington DC

I'm excited to finally post some photos of the installation I completed for the 2011 G40 show. I was invited by microWave project, a collective of site-specific installation artists. Below is some more info about my piece:

The installation piece, "Ai Weiwei: 21st Century Revolutionary" is intended to inform viewers of the contemporary Chinese artist/activist Ai Weiwei, who has been detained by Chinese Authorities since April 3, 2011. The work brings to question “what is criminal?” considering the fact that Ai has been the target of camera surveillance, physical abuse and the demolition of his artist studio in Shanghai by the hands of Chinese officials. In late April, the website, which has been petitioning for Ai’s release came under a cyber attack from within China. Ai Weiwei’s vehement criticism of the Chinese government has resulted in his detention, which has led many human rights activists around the world to ask “Who’s afraid of Ai Wiewei?

The four panels are mixed media (collage, wheat paste, spray paint/stencil) paintings which comprise an 8-foot by 4-foot composition. I incorporated printed material from websites that published articles on Ai Weiwei's situation. As of today, May 24 2011 - the latest news is the Chinese government is accusing Mr. Ai of tax evasion. Four associates of Ai Weiwei are also reported missing.

The background text is a mix of news reporting on the missing artists as well as some relevant lyrics from Public Enemy's "Hazy Shade of Criminal" and "Public Enemy #1" songs.

Scarlett had contributed to the effort by making over 50 ceramic forms which I hand painted with either chinese characters (like "Justice" and "Civillity") and other text corresponding to Ai's circumstances.

The 2011 G40 Show runs until June 17. It is located at 2213 14th Street NW (corner of 14th & Florida)

Saturday, May 21, 2011

G40 2011 Uncapped Live Opening Party - Part 1

Below are some photos from the 2011 G40 Show Opening night Thursday May 19. Thanks again to microWave project, Art Whino, and the folks at Vitamin Water for organizing such a fun event. A big Thank You to all my family and friends for their help. Sorry about the lack of captions folks - I just wanna get these up...

(Above) This got buffed after the Vitamin Water Opening on Thursday Night...

Standing in front of "Ai Weiwei: 21st Century Revolutionary" installation piece.
James Walker
Lisa Schumaier
Pam Rogers

Space and Flow

Thanks to Allison Nance and Mary Cook of microWave project.
Ben Graham-Putter

Herberth and Dan with friends...

Imani K Brown
Aniekan Udofia