Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

Exhitbitions are at Pleasant Plains Workshop’s Georgia Avenue location, unless otherwise noted

Print Exchange at Upshur Street Books
Jan 16 – Mar 29, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, January 16th 7pm-close
827 Upshur Street NW DC (Green Line Metro: Petworth Station)
Exhibition hours concurrent with shop hours Tuesdays-Sundays
Pleasant Plains Workshop is pleased to help kick-off a series of print-focused art exhibitions at Upshur Street Books! Print Exchange will feature prints and other 2-D works in partnership with area arts organizations. For this first iteration, Pleasant Plains Workshop will be displaying hand-pulled prints by PPW resident artists. Multiples will be available for purchase in the shop through the end of March. Join us for a reception with the artists on Friday, January 16th at 7pm and enjoy refreshments and in-store specials. (Facebook Invite>>)


ON VIEW THROUGH 1/31 IN THE PPW GALLERY:
Danielle Scruggs: Collective Memory
Dec 11, 2014 – Jan 31, 2015
Gallery Hours: Fri 2-7pm, Sat 1-6pm

In the gallery through January 31st: ‘Collective Memory’ is a project by PPW resident artist, Danielle Scruggs that began in 2012. The artist has created a series of traced portraits of men, women, and youth of color who have been victims of police brutality. Their images come from newspaper articles and other media, and their individual spirits are highlighted by the artist who carefully outlines their features onto paper and transcribes their names directly onto the gallery wall.When I first began this series, these kind of stories did not often garner much media attention and I wanted to raise awareness. And depending on who the victim is (i.e., a Black woman, or Black transgender person), these stories still are often ignored in favor of more easily digestible news and narratives. For every Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Aiyana Stanley-Jones, and Eric Garner, there are dozens and dozens of stories that go underreported, if they are reported at all. 

By placing these fragile pieces together, I want to bring these stories to the forefront of people’s minds, to show that these were people, not just statistics. I want to raise questions about who killed these people and why, and what that does to society as a whole.    -D.S.

 

GAWW_id_8.29.11November 9 – March 30, 2014: Georgia Avenue Window Walk
a temporary public art project along the lower Georgia Avenue Corridor (various locations

 

Washington, DC - Pleasant Plains Workshop is pleased to announce the third installation of its public art project, the Georgia Avenue Window Walk.The Georgia Avenue Window Walk is a temporary public art project that engages residents, businesses and visitors to the community by placing art installations in storefront spaces along the lower Georgia Avenue Corridor.

The project is a collaboration between  Pleasant Plains Workshop, the Georgia Avenue Community Development Task Force,  and a group of Pleasant Plains resident-volunteers. This year’s exhibition features five artist installations that connect to the history and current culture of Georgia Avenue.
2014 PARTICIPATING BUSINESSES & ARTISTS:
Mama Chuy DC 
2610 Georgia Ave NW
Artist: Tsedaye Makonnen

From The Core Studios & ElectiCity DC
3111 Georgia Ave NW
Artist: Luke Atkinson

Morgan’s Seafood
Georgia Ave & Kenyon St NW
Artist: Jane Claire Remick

Yoga Heights
3506 Georgia Ave NW
Artist: Zsudayka Nzinga

Eats Place
3607 Georgia Ave NW
Artist: Elizabeth Graeber

MORE ABOUT THE ARTISTS AND BUSINESSES:

Tsedaye Makonnen is an Ethiopian-American self-taught visual and performance artist who grew up on Georgia Avenue and was born at Howard University Hospital. One theme that weaves through her work is exploring the harmony and cacophony between her two cultures and identities. Mama Chuy DC  which opened in 2011 is a Mexican eatery serving authentic fare from te Jalisco region of Mexico, including sopes, tortas, and tacos.

Luke Atkinson was born in Saint John, New Brunswick. He studied painting and drawing at Winthrop University, the Washington Studio School, the Torpedo Factory, and the New York Academy of Art. From The Core Studios is a new Boutique fitness studio offering a variety of fitness classes, a dedicated pilates equipment room, and personal training. ElectriCity DC is an electrical contracting business that specializes in electrical contracting, fire alarm systems, generators, and closed circuit television (CCTV) for commercial, government, and residential clients.

Jane Claire Remick‘s artistic mediums shift from project to project and are often collaborative, spanning, and combine video, new media, performance, and scenography/installation. Morgan’s Seafood is a neighborhood staple and the longest running business on ‘the avenue’. Open for over 80 years, it is currently operated by Romeo Morgan who is also the president of the Georgia Avenue Business Association

Zsudayka Nzinga is a visual and performance artist from Denver, Colorado. She paints women and political surrealist messages. Nzinga also leads fashion and cooking workshops around the city encouraging self love.  Yoga Heights –is a recently-opened studio that offersyoga, pilates and nutrition to create balanced wellness for every body, at every level and every budget.

Elizabeth Graeber is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and an illustrator living and working in DC. Her illustrations have been featured in The Washington Post and Wall Street Journal, and her book, An Illustrated Guide to Cocktails was recently published by Penguin Press. Eats Place is a neighborhood restaurant and bar that’s a food incubator featuring a commercial kitchen and marketplace with dining space to host pop-up restaurants and guest chef residencies.

Join us for the launch celebration and art walk on Sunday, November 9, starting at Pleasant Plains Workshop at 2pm. At 3pm, we will walk by each installation and hear from the artists and site owners. There will be a chance to mingle and chat at our final stop, Eats Place. (Facebook invite>>)

This event is free and open to the public.

The Georgia Avenue Window Walk is funded by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Public Art Building Communities Grant Program.

For Additional Information and to request high resolution images contact:
Beth Ferraro, Progam Manager: GeorgiaAvenueWindowWalk@gmail.com