Past Exhibitions

  • May 17 – June 14, 2014
    YoungPayne in Collaboration with Kidz Table Presents COLOR ME COLLABORATIVE

    Opening Reception: Friday, May 16, 6-9pm
    Hours: Thursday & Friday 2-7pm, Saturday 1-6pm
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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.

    April 5 – May 10, 2014
    Stacy Cantrell: LOOPED, curated by Kim Ward
    Opening Reception:
    Saturday, April 5, 4-7pm
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    With a nod to art history and masterpieces made by the greatest artists of the last five hundred years, Stacy Cantrell brings her quirky humor and irreverence for the sacred to Looped, a show of free form macro-crochet.  Exploring the dichotomy between fiber and the materials used in the classics, such as hard unyielding marble, Ms. Cantrell re-imagines and reinterprets these iconic pieces using soft, brightly colored yarn to create a surprising new twist on some of the most famous artworks of the modern age. -Kim Ward, Curator

    Stacy Cantrell was born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1972. She received her BA in Music/Art in 1995 and she is currently working on her MA in History of Decorative Arts with graduation projected in Spring 2014. Stacy learned to crochet at the age of 4 and became an expert at making everything from scarves to custom designed Barbie doll clothing. Over time her style has developed into a free-form exploration, and she’s been creating three-dimensional works in the macro realm. Stacy worked on the Smithsonian Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Exhibition in 2010 as a curatorial intern as well as a featured artist. Stacy has also recently participated in Artisphere’s award winning Yarn Bomb sponsored by the Rosslyn BID. She incorporated her macro, free-form style, decorating the Rosslyn landscape with giant grapes, carrots, bananas and various geometric works. Once again working with Artisphere, she was commission to create forty Andy Warhol inspired crochet bananas as a fundraiser to bring the Andy Warhol exhibition “Silver Clouds” to Rosslyn, VA.

    Kim Ward is an independent arts consultant with deep experience in conceptual planning for projects that integrate public art in both public and private spaces.  She specializes in creating teams of collaborators, including curators, artists and designers, to support site-specific projects connecting greenways, transforming urban corridors, solving urban design issues and providing community engagement. She currently serves as the coordinator for public art and placemaking at the Rosslyn BID.  She has served as a commissioner for the Arlington County Arts Commission and chaired the Arlington County Public Art Committee. Prior to becoming actively involved in her community’s cultural life, Ms. Ward served as Executive Director of the Washington Project for the Arts from 2005 to 2009.

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  • December 6 – 22, 2013
    PRESENT DAY!
    our annual locavore-friendly holiday boutique
    Opening Reception: Friday, December 6 5:30-7:30pm
    Extended Shop Hours!
    Thurs & Fri 2-7pm, Sat 1-6pm, Sun noon-5pm
    PresentDayJoin us for our annual handmade, local arts bazaar. Just in time for the holidays, we stock the shop with lots of small artworks and other ‘giftable’ items. Nothing over $100! and lots in the $1-20 range.Join us for a festive reception on Friday, December 6th from 5:30-7:30pm to kick off the fun!Artists include: Kristina Bilonick, Anthony Dihle, Anne Marie VanTassell, Beth Hansen, Chris Haughery, Martine Workman, Danielle Scruggs, Erica Jane, Cortney Mohring, Rachel Wallach, Chonsee, Project Dispatch, and more!

    November 7 – 30, 2013
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    a solo exhibition by E. Jane

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“From Ode to Elegy” is a solo exhibition by emerging DC-based photographer, E. Jane. Jane will debut an artist book and a series of photographs portraying the Georgia Avenue Corridor. The photographs mirror a feeling of disconnectedness that the artist felt upon moving to DC in 2012. And although they mainly document spots that are either abandoned or in disarray, there is an undertone of Georgia Avenue’s rich history and culture that seeps out through the cracks. There is also a nod to the future of the corridor and its impending gentrification.  A sound installation, created in collaboration with local artist, chukwumaa, will accompany the exhibition.

September 28 – October 26, 2013
The Crier- Edited by Natalie Campbell, Bryan Minnich, and Martine Workman
An exhibition and collaboratively-generated local newspaper
Opening Reception & Issue Release Party: Saturday, September 28th 4-7pm
Hours: Thursday & Friday 2-7pm, Saturday 1-6pm

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Half artist mag, half local rag, The Crier is a new DIY local newspaper edited by Natalie Campbell, Bryan Minnich, and Martine Workman, featuring contributions from Katlyn D’Angelo, Elizabeth Graeber, Josh Kramer, Sarah McDermott, Liz Zanis and many more!  Drawing on historical sources, commercial graphic design conventions and folklore, we invite artists to explode the idea of “community news.” Each issue functions like an artist residency in print: a different lead artist-editor will create “assignments” and determine how content is solicited.

Issue #1 will launch on September 28th, 4-7 PM, in conjunction with an installation at Pleasant Plains Workshop. The Crier invites interested parties to take a peek inside its press room with an exhibition on view through October 26.

Like The Crier on Facebook>>

October 4 – 7, 2013
(e)merge art fair
Capitol Skyline Hotel
10 ‘I’ Street SW DC
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Pleasant Plains Workshop presented works by our resident artists alongside programming in our ‘mobile workshop’. Click image to learn more about the fair.

June 15 – July 27, 2013
Larry Cook- Americana
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 15, 6-9pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, July 20th, 3pm
Gallery Hours: Thurs & Fri 2-7pm, Sat 1-6pm Larry_Cook_Americana_Press_Image

Pleasant Plains Workshop presents Americana- a solo exhibition by DC-based artist, and 2013 Sondheim Finalist, Larry Cook. Cook will utilize photography, video and and an interactive web platform to create a multi-media installation that reflects on black culture and American identity. In anticipation for the show, Cook invites viewers to contribute to his ongoing blog ‘Sag My Pants’- a lighthearted exploration of why ‘the young folk’ choose to participate in this trend, and whether they are aware of its cultural roots.
check out the blog and/or contribute here>>
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Larry Cook, a 2012 MFA graduate of The George Washington University (GWU), is a photographer and video artist who has been featured in exhibitions in several galleries in the Washington, DC and Maryland areas, including those at The Corcoran Gallery of Art, the University of Maryland, the Brentwood Arts Exchange, Hillyer Art Space, the Smithsonian and Gallery 102 at GWU.  He is an adjunct professor of photography at GWU and a proud teacher for Project Create, a non-profit organization that provides art education for children experiencing poverty and homelessness.

May 4 – June 8, 2013

Works by Pleasant Plains Workshop Resident Artists
Opening Reception & open studios: Saturday, May 4, 4-7pm
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Featuring works by: Ken Ashton (Courtesy of Civilian Art Projects), Kristina Bilonick, Anthony Dihle, Bethany Hansen, Chris Haughery, Rujunko Pugh, Champneys Taylor, and Ann-Marie VanTassell.
Pleasant Plains Workshop is an incubator space for 8 resident artists working in a variety of mediums. Through their connection to the workshop, they have access to the print studio and often incorporate printmaking in their works. See pieces from each artist, and explore the studio spaces in our new building expansion.
(image credit: works L to R by Champneys Taylor, Rujunko Pugh, Kristina Bilonick)

March 23 – April 20, 2013
Josh Dihle- Outside
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 23, 6-9pm

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Outside, comprises a selection of seven paintings and three drawings by Josh Dihle. Each work is a dense, modestly scaled depiction of plants and animals made through a variety of painterly approaches. The exhibition would be accompanied by the release of a series of prints and drawings made in collaboration with Pleasant Plains Workshp resident artist, Anthony Dihle.

December 1, 2012 – Jan 31, 2013


Back for a second time, we bring you Present Day- a locally sourced holiday gift shop featuring small artworks and handmade gifts by local local artists. Items range in price from $5-100 with lots of items at the $20 price point. Shop for friends and loved ones, and sneak in some items for yourself!

Artist Lineup includes:
Blu Grn Design, Bookish Lady, Chimera Plushies, Cynthia Connolly, Fire Studio,  Elizabeth Graeber, Jamal Hardy, Rose Jaffe, Becca Kallem, Kristina Bilonick, Dana Maier, Magpie ala Mode, Robin Moore, Orange Tabby Press, Martine Workman, Tattly,and more!!!

October 25 – November 18, 2012

Presented by Pleasant Plains Workshop &  Outer Space
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 25, 6-8pm

Low Moments will be a showcase of artistic failures presented in an effort to provide ‘group therapy’ for all artists in the Metropolitan Area. What better way to move on from painful moments than to share them with others and have a laugh? This exhibition will function as a light-hearted analysis of  lower points in our artistic careers that will aid us as we move forward in pursuing our artistic goals.

Cultivated from an open call, the work displayed will include: Embarrassing artworks, school work, charming artist statements, heart-wrenching rejection notification letters, break up art, not-so-successful self portraits, and more!

Featured artists include: Frank Adams, Eames Armstrong, Kristina Bilonick, Amy Braden, Ruben Breslar, David Camero, Anthony Dihle, Joe Hale, Mariah Johnson, Becca Kallem, Chandi Kelley, Jon Lee, Kathryn McDonnell, Lisa Rosenstein, Miki Saito, Dafna Steinberg

We’ll also be hosting  a storytelling event on September 28th! info here>>

September 23 – October  20, 2012

We will have works on display from the two newest additions to the Georgia Avenue Window Walk: Dana Jeri Maier and Elizabeth Stewart
Join us for a reception and art walk on Sunday, September 24th starting at 4pm  (tour starts at 5:30pm) more info>>

May 18 – June 30, 2012

In Our ‘Hood- 
a community-sourced exhibition surrounding themes of gentrification and community presented at Pleasant Plains Workshop and Artspace DC

Opening Reception:
Friday, May 25 , 2012
6-8pm at Artspace (614 S Street NW),
7-9pm at Pleasant Plains Workshop
(2608 Georgia Ave NW)


Pleasant Plains Workshop is partnering with Artspace DC (located in the Shaw Neighborhood) to present a group exhibition and community dialogue surrounding ideas of gentrificiation. In Our ‘Hood  consists of  visual art exhibitions at PPW and Artspace DC matched with programming, performances, talks,  and screenings at other venues in the community. See below for additional information on the artists and events.

Artists: Albus Cavus, DECOY, Chanan Delivuk & Alberto Gaitán, Rachel Dickerson, Tiffany Drayton,  Billy FriebeleMichael Iacovone, Jamal Hardy, Cannon Hersey, Minda Merinsky, Kendra Rubifield, Jenn Verrier, Helen Warren, Michelle ‘Huggie’ Williams
Events:
Saturday, June 9, 3:30-5:30pm
Panel Discussion: Gentrification: Good? Bad? Indifferent?

presented as part of Transformer’s Framework Panel series.
Location:
Wardman Court Gateway Community Center, 1350 Clifton Street, NW DC
Click here for the full Press Release >>


March 2 – April 7, 2012

Ordinary Glory – a solo exhibition by artist, Jimmy Miracle
Opening Reception:
Friday, March 2nd  6-9pm
Artist Talk:
Thursday, April 5 @ 7pm

(left to right: from the Rockaways series, Ascension, 2010, c print, 22 x 30 in., ed. of 3; Hiding Place, 2010, cabinet and filament, 24 x 12 x 12 in.)

January 28 – February 25, 2012
Trash Cat Collective @ Pleasant Plains Workshop

Opening Reception:Saturday, January 28, 4-8pm
Fashion Show / Brunch @ Mama Chuy DC: Sunday, February 12, 12-3pm
Fashion Nerd Nite! @ Looking Glass Lounge: Sunday, February 19 @ 8pm
Closing Day Swap-o-rama!!: Saturday, February 25 12-5pm


Join us for a month of vintage fashion appreciation! We are thrilled to have the DC collective, Trash Cat take over our shop for the month of Feb – transforming it into a wonderland of vintage & preloved threads (for men and women), accesories, and other treasures! We’ll also be hosting a series of events including panel discussions, a fashion show, and closing day swap-o-rama blowout sale!

The shop also features original paintings by, Rebecca Kallem, and jewelry by Megin Sherry. Lots of amazing one-of-a-kind finds!

Click here to read the Washingtonian’s coverage of the show>

November 18 – December 21, 2011
Present Day – a locally sourced holiday gift shop

Artists:Keli Anaya, Kristina Bilonick, Bookish Lady, Megan Blafas, Judy Byron, Cynthia Connolly, Buck Downs, Fire Studio, Elizabeth GraeberJohn Grunwell, Highway to Hill, Becca Kallem, Bridget Sue Lambert, Dana Maier, Melissa Matthews, Orange Tabby Press, Project Dispatch, Sarah Cecelia Jewelry, Brooke Seidelman, Emily Sloat Shaw and more!!

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October 7 – November 12, 2011
Human Mansprings – a solo exhibition by Steven Frost

Opening Reception: Friday, October 7, 6-9pm, Performance at 8pm
Artist Talk: Saturday October 8, 4pm

Steven Frost is a a formerly DC-based artist who lived on Georgia Avenue and worked at the Corcoran College of Art + Design during his time here. Frost left DC in 2009 to pursue a Masters in Fine Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Having just received his MFA from the Fiber Department, Steve is currently living and working in Chicago, and showing at a variety of galleries and alternative spaces across the country.
His new work stretches the definitions of masculinity using materials common in the world of male-dominated sports to create new forms and installations that are tactile, decorative and provocative.

read the full exhibition statement here>>
see photos from the open reception here>>

July 29 – September 3, 2011
Greetings from Paradise- prints & installation by Annie Albagli

Annie Albagli was a Teaching Artist in Residence at Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center, where she produced a series of multi-layered, unique screen prints combining images from nature and symbols, and employing a multitude of techniques and materials.

With Greetings From Paradise, Albagli explored ideas of personal ‘paradise’ with a site-specific window installation and an array of large and small-scale screen prints. Viewers also contributed to the series by participating in interviews on what ‘paradise’ is to them. For more information on the artist visit: http://www.anniealbagli.com

June 18 – July 23, 2011
WIRED by Amber Robles-Gordon

Pleasant Plains Workshop is pleased to present a solo project, Wired, by artist, Amber Robles-Gordon. Robles-Gordon recently received her MFA from Howard University and works in mixed media, textile, photography, and painting.

For this exhibition, Robles-Gordon transformed found objects with ribbons, gimp, fabric, wire and other materials to create exciting wall works that explore patterns, color and material. The works also speak to her cultural identity which is influenced by Caribbean, Latin-American, and African-American cultures.
For more informatiion on the artist visit: www.amberroblesgordon.com
click here to read the curator’s statement>>

May 6 – June 11, 2011
We Are Monsters- organized by PPW resident artist, Anthony Dihle


featuring works by: Carolyn Belefski, Rich Bernett, Kristina Bilonick, Marc Crisafulli, Anthony Dihle, Josh Dihle, Adam Dwight, John Foster, Tim Gibbons, Allison Glancy, Elizabeth Graeber, Steven Loya, Evan Keeling, Stephanie Kwak, Dana Maier, Mike O’Brien, Antonio Peters, Greg Pizzoli, Melinda Rainsberger, and Catherine Smith

April 2 – April 30, 2011
Works by Elizabeth Graeber

Elizabeth is an artist and illustrator who graduated from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2007. You can find her works in area shops and galleries such as Art Spring in Silver Spring, Atomic Books in Baltimore, and Ginger Roots on U street. For more information on Elizabeth’s art, check out her web site.

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December 18, 2010 – January 20, 2010
FLURRY featuring works by the artists of Project Dispatch

November 20 - December 15, 2010
Grand Opening Celebration / Open House
Featuring works by PPW resident artists, Kristina Bilonick & Anthony Dihle