Join us for the opening of ‘Essentially Qualified’ on 9/18:

Paul Shortt: Essentially Qualified
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 18th 6-8pm (Facebook Invite)
Exhibition Dates: September 12 – October 18, 2014
Artist Talk: Saturday, October 18th at 1pm
Gallery Hours: Thurs & Fri 2-7pm, Sat 1-6pm
In Essentially Qualified the artist Paul Shortt explores the contradictions inherent in being qualified for employment without the hands­ on experience necessary to land a job. Through video, sculpture, and a re-imagining of the standard resume format, the artist attempts to play, antagonize and reflect on what it means to enter the labor force.

Highlights of this exhibition will be Please Congratulate Me, an enlarged sculpture of a graduation tassel that will be hung from the building and Intern as Art, a performance piece in the form of a hired an intern who is paid  to gallery sit, search for more permanent employment online, and enthusiastically engage with gallery visitors about  works in the show.

PPW and the 5×5 Public Art Project

Pleasant Plains Workshop is thrilled to be a Community Partner for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities public art festival, 5×5! We’ve been teamed up with the Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND) and are helping promote their public art projects and programs.

Join us on Saturday, September 6th from 5-8pm for the Opening Reception of Alter/Abolish/Address
200 Tingey Street SE (Navy Yard Metro)
Free / open to the public (facebook invite>>)

Please join LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division) for the opening reception of Alter/Abolish/Address: 5 site-specific commissioned projects throughout Washington, D.C. as part of 5×5:2014, a District-wide program of 25 contemporary, temporary public art projects dedicated to exploring new perspectives on the city through the lens of 5 curators, presented by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities.The exhibition opens to the public on Saturday, September 6, 2014 with bus tours to all 25 projects throughout D.C., followed by LAND’s opening reception at artist Glenn Kaino’s installation at Naval Building 170, 200 Tingey Street SE, Washington, D.C. 20003 from 5 to 8pm.

For additional information on each artist’s installation, as well as a map of the locations, please visit

Various programs and activations will take place throughout the course of the exhibition in Washington, D.C. in collaboration with Pleasant Plains Workshop.

This project is funded by the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, 5×5 Temporary Public Art Project.

Gallery & Shop closed in August for Summer Break$T2eC16J,!)8E9s4l5+1(BRHvkfTtL!~~60_35.JPGHeads up! The Gallery & Shop on Georgia Avenue will be closed in August for our annual August ‘Reboot’ .

We’ll be adding a fresh coat of paint to the walls, rotating inventory, and getting a little R & R as we prepare for an AMAZING Fall Lineup

Also, don’t forget to join us at the launch / open house event at our new Edgewood location on Saturday, August 9th from noon-3pm (info here>>)(facebook invite here>>)

The Gallery and Shop will re-open on Thursday, September 4th. Be sure to come by and check out what’s new!

The PPW crew

Handwriting Workshop with Danielle Scruggs on 7/26

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 3-5pm
Text Before Texting- exercises in handwriting with Resident Artist, Danielle Scruggs
Location: PPW gallery/shop: 2608 Georgia Ave NW
cost: FREE, but please RSVP  to attend
contact us through our contact page to RSVP
Do you find it hard to write when it comes to writing a hand written note, sign, or even a simple grocery list? In this day and age, we find ourselves typing more than practicing our handwriting.  In an effort to celebrate the art of the hand-written page, we invite you to join us for an informal workshop hosted by Resident Artist, Danielle Scruggs who has been implementing handwriting in her latest artwork.

Bring along a favorite passage of text, a poem, or a letter or note you’d like to transcribe. Also bring a notebook and some special papers or pens and we can all share (We’ll have some materials provided as well). Snacks will be on hand and feel free to bring along snacks/treats to share with the group!

(Fun)draiser Happy Hour for PPW on Monday 6/23

Join us on Monday, June 23rd for a Cocktail-themed happy hour. Proceeds go towards our participation in this year’s (e)merge art fair. Deets Below! YOU SHOULD COME!
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Monday, June 23, 2014, 6-8pm
Happy Hour Fundraiser at Thomas Foolery

Thomas Foolery
2029 P Street NW DC (Dupont Metro, West on P St)
Free (cash bar)

Join us at Thomas Foolery for a tropical happy hour, and help us raise funds for our exhibition at this year’s (e)merge art fair!

The Deets: Resident Artists, Anthony Dihle and Ann-Marie Van Tassel will be tending bar, drawing all sorts of inspiration from the movie ‘COCKTAIL”.. and ALL TIPS from the evening go to PPW! Also, if you order your drink doing your best Tom Cruise imitation (from any movie) you get $1 off! So bring lots of friends and join in the fun! We will have garlands and paper umbrellas on hand to adorn you (and your drinks) and limited-edition resident artist designed coasters for $2/each. The bar also has great food and old fashioned sodas. Come one, come all!

Facebook invite>>
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‘Color Me Collaborative’ opens 5/16

Join us for the opening reception of a playful,  interactive installation presented by emerging artist due, YOUNGPAYNE!

Friday, May 16, 2014 from 6-9pm @PPW

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Georgiana Payne and Julia Young (aka- ‘YoungPayne’) present an interactive installation in our project space. COLOR ME COLLABORATIVE is a playful look at the DC arts community featuring coloring page portraits of key players, and other interactive activities.

Exhibition Runs through June 14th
Gallery hours: Thurs-Fri 2-7pm, Sat 1-6pm
Facebook invite>>