Category: events

Upcoming Exhibition: Chris Haughery, ‘Making Gains’ opens 1/29

Join us on January 29th for the opening of our next exhibition, Making Gains, a solo exhibition by resident printmaker, Chris Haughery:


Opening Reception: Friday, January 29th, 7-9pm (facebook invite>>). Exhibitions at Curator’s Office & Isham/Willis Studios will also be open during our event!
Location: 703 Edgewood St NE #2 (Edgewood St Studios, above Mess Hall, across from Dew Drop Inn)
Getting here:  Short walk from Rhode Island Ave or Brookland Metro, H8 Bus, hop off the Metropolitan bike trail at 8th St, or plenty of street parking along Edgewood St. NE

Making Gains is an exploration of gradient and process that pushes the traditional boundaries of screen printing. It is part of an ongoing examination of techniques that Haughery has been developing in the studio that both harnesses unexpected outcomes and creates specific directions for blended colors and forms. Come see this latest series of prints, and as a bonus, view Chris’ process and outtakes from the exhibition in his workspace, also housed at Pleasant Plains Workshop!

Chris Haughery is a resident artist at Pleasant Plains Workshop whose screen printed work examines themes of process and memory. His work has been exhibited in the Philadelphia area at lowercase gallery, Indoor Rooftop Studios, Parlor Gallery, and more recently in Washington D.C. at Hole in the Sky.

Exhibition runs through February and is open on evenings and weekends by appointment (contact us).

Upcoming Fall Exhibition: ‘The Crier’

PPW is pleased to present this fun, collaborative, hybrid project in our space here this September… ‘The Crier’, a project by Natalie Campbell, Bryan Minnich, and Martine Workman opens Saturday 9/28. Join us!

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

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>>

Artist Talk Saturday, 7/20 at 3pm

Please join us for a conversation with our current solo exhibition artist, Larry Cook, led by artist, professor, and curator, Jose Ruiz. We will be discussing the works in Cook’s show ‘Americana’ in relation to his past work, and also where his work fits within the realm of contemporary art that deals with culture and identity. Artist and Moderator bios are below:

Larry Cook, a 2012 MFA graduate of The George Washington University (GWU) and 2013 Sondheim Prize Finalist, 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.José Ruiz is a Peruvian-born artist and curator. He received his MFA in 2004 from the San Francisco Art Institute’s New Genres program. During the past 10 years, he has shown his work in US cities such as New York, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC and internationally in countries such as Egypt, Ireland, Mexico, Japan, Slovakia, Germany, Hungary, South Africa, South Korea, and the Netherlands. His projects have been featured in museums such as El Museo del Barrio, Queens Museum of Art, Bronx Museum of the Arts, El Museo de Arte de El Salvador, and the Van Abbe Museum. Ruiz’s practice has been the subject of various publications, including the New York Times, The New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, ARTnews, Arte al Dia, Artnet, and the Washington Post. He currently serves as an adjunct professor at George Washington University and Moore College of Art & Design. Additionally, he is the founder of Furthermore—a production and presentation space in Washington, DC—and a co-founder of Present Company—an exhibition space in Brooklyn, NY.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments served.

Larry Cook: ‘Americana’ opens Sat. 6/15:

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
Join us for the opening of 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>>

For more information about the artist and the exhibition click here>>

Join us on Friday, March 2, 6-9pm for the opening of ‘Ordinary Glory’: works by Jimmy Miracle

Join us this Friday, March 2nd between 6-9pm for an opening reception for our latest exhibition, Ordinary Glory.

Ordinary Glory – a solo exhibition by artist, Jimmy Miracle
Opening Reception: Friday, March 2nd  6-9pm
Artist Talk: Thursday, April 5 @ 7pm
Hours: Thursday & Friday 2-7pm, Saturday 1-6pm, Sunday noon-5pm

(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.)

For the month of March, we’ll be featuring a selection of works along with a site-specific installation by artist, Jimmy Miracle. Miracle is a recent transplant from New York who works with every-day objects and materials to create meditative works and installations.

On view will be a selection of documentary photographs from a series of installations the artist produced during a self-imposed residncy, creating in-situ installations using only found items along the Rockaways waterfont in Queens, New York. In addition to these documentations, the artist will present a series of intimate sculptures and a new installation for our window box which will be visible from the street 24-7 throughout the exhibition.
For more information click here >>

Last day of Trash Cat Collective Sat 2/25- swap your hearts out!

SAT. Feb 25th 1-5pm

Join us for the last day of Trash Cat Collective collaboration with Pleasant Plains Workshop. We will be having a blow out Swap-O-Rama sale. You can bring UP TO FIVE seasonal vintage or current trend pieces to swap for up to five pieces currently in our store..Barter-style! we will look through your items and give you a voucher for the number of pieces you can take away based on how many we want to keep for the shop.. you can of course also purchase additional items at the ticketed price when you’re done swappin…

You do not need to bring swap’ables to come by and enjoy the festivities
Treats and bubbly will be served!!

Meet the Trashkittens on Refinery29:

We’ve had a blast working with the Trash Cat Collective this month. Each one of them brings their own stylings to the shop. Learn more about how they started working together and what each of them are on the hunt for at thrift stores here in this article by Frances Kupersmith on Refinery29 (click image to read article)>>

Upcoming Exhibition: Trash Cat Collective @ PPW!

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 February – transforming it into a wonderland of vintage & preloved threads (for men and women), accesories, housewares, 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!

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

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 28
Closing Day Swap-o-rama!!: Saturday, February 25
Hours: Thursdays & Fridays 2-7pm, Saturdays 1-6pm and Sundays noon-5pm
more info here>>

Happy Thanksgiving! holiday hours & small biz saturday :

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! We here at Pleasant Plains Workshop are thankful for all of the new friends we’ve made this year- all of the artists, visitors, customers, neighbors, and other business owners that have made our first  year of being open here on Georgia Avenue a magical experience!

Holiday Hours:
We will be closed on Thursday and Friday (Nov 24-25) for the Thanksgiving holiday, but will reopen on Saturday during our usual business hours 1-6pm and Sunday noon-5pm. 

We’ll also be participating in Small Business Saturday a day focused on shopping local and supporting small independent retailers.

For Small Business Saturday on 11/26, we’ll be offering a 10% discount on all artwork and merchandise. We’ll also have refreshments and a gift-making demo at 3pm. Please join us!

They’re BAAACK.. TSV hosts another crit session here on 11/15

PPW is excited to team up with The Studio Visit to hold another night of critique and conversation here at Pleasant Plains Workshop on Tuesday, November 15th with guest moderator, Cynthia Connolly (artist and visual art curator at Artisphere)

For our November session, we will have a focus on photography and photo-based work. If you are interested in presenting your work, send an email with images or a link to your web site to:

If you’d like to attend and join the discussion, please also send an email to the same address with RSVP in the subject. You must RSVP to attend because space is limited. Treats will be served (including crit power food of choice- donuts!!)

images from past crits here with TSV! (#fun, #nerdout)