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Ventana Handplane Artist Project

The application for our artist project is closed. 

A handplane is used on one hand for bodysurfing! These will be performance works of art ready to slide down wave faces. 

We're selecting ten, United States-based artists and sharing the sales revenue. Selection will be based on a combination of:

  • Your art portfolio

  • Your concept and the degree to which it fits with our brand

  • Whether we think the price point will work for our customers

  • Your social media following/engagement.

Submission deadline was June 30, 2019. We'll let every applicant know of our decision by July 15, 2019. If you are selected, we will send you a handplane with a return shipping label and packaging. You’ll have six weeks to complete your artwork and mail the handplane back to us. We’ll then spend approximately six weeks glassing the handplanes with transparent fiberglass and Entropy Resins bio-based epoxy before putting them on our website for sale. We are going to try to have them ready for sale at the Capitola Art & Wine Festival on Sept 14-15. 
We'll price the handplane with enough mark up to pay you the amount you've requested in the application (question 10) for your work. Payment for your work will happen when your handplane sells...and we'll do whatever we can to sell it. All handplanes will remain on our website until they sell and then will be marked “sold” and remain online as a showcase of your work with links to your website and social media accounts. Depending on the amount of the payment to you, we may be required to send you a 1099 for tax purposes. You will retain ownership of the copyright on any art you create.
As part of your acceptance, you’ll be required to post on all your social media accounts at least three work-in-progress pictures and/or videos and one set of photos and/or videos of the completed handplane. You’ll be required to tag @ventanasurfboards and #ventanahandplanes on all posts. We’ll provide more guidance on post content in your acceptance email. And, of course, we’ll be promoting your progress and your business on all of our social media accounts, as well.
The handplanes are fish shaped and 13” x 8.25” x 3/4”. Notice the placement of the handplane strap and metal hardware, as well.


About Us
  • Ventana Surfboards & Supplies has the highest bars for artisanship and environmental responsibility. We create hollow-framed, reclaimed wooden surfboards; bodysurfing handplanes; eco surf apparel, and sustainable surf supplies that are loved by adventurers everywhere. The Ventana team lives and works in Santa Cruz, California where we test our products on some of the most challenging waves on the planet. Ventana donates at least 5% of profits to ocean conservation.

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  •   We're an online surf shop and wholesaler with occasional pop up shops around California.

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