Category: events

‘We Are Monsters!’ opens this Friday 5/6:

We Are Monsters
organized by PPW resident artist, Anthony Dihle

On view: May 6 – June 4, 2011
Opening Reception THIS Friday, May 6, 7-9pm

We Are Monsters is a group show which will explore and celebrate everything MONSTERS.

Participating artists include:Carolyn Belefski, Rich Bernett, Kristina Bilonick, Marc Crisafulli, Anthony Dihle, Josh Dihle, Adam Dwight, John Foster, Tim Gibbon, Allison Glancy, Elizabeth Graeber, Steven Ioya, Evan Keeling, Stephanie Kwak, Dana Maier, Mike O’Brien, Antoio Peters, Greg PIzzoli, Melinda Rainsberger, and Catherine Smith .

Note: We will be closed during the day on Friday, May 6th for installation and will open at 7pm for our opening reception. Please join us!

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Upcoming Event: The Studio Visit art critique 4/27

THE STUDIO VISIT hosts an art critique and open forum at PPW on Wednesday, April 27th from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Moderated by Karyn Miller, Director of Visual Arts at Cultural Development Corporation (CuDC)

The Studio Visit is a blog that takes readers inside the studios of artists in DC, nationally, and abroad. They also host a monthly art critique and forum featuring local artists in a wide range of mediums and in different stages of their career. The monthly sessions are held in different spaces around the city, and Pleasant Plains Workshop is excited to co-host in April.

There are two slots left for
artists to present their work to the group and partake in a discussion led by Karyn Miller.

Artists interested in presenting work should email with images and/or a link to their web site by April 13th. Selected artists can bring in physical works (or works in progress) or they can bring images or video clips on a disk. Presenting artists will receive a gift card to Utrecht.

Space is limited, so those interested in attending should also email to reserve a spot (there is no fee to present or attend)

Opening April 2nd…

A New Window Installation by: Elizabeth Greaber
On view: April 2 – April 30, 2011
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 2, 3-6pm

Artist, Elizabeth Greaber, will be creating a new window installation for the month of April. 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.

Join us for a window unveiling celebration and trunk show on Saturday, April 2nd from 3-6pm. There will be refreshments, and Elizabeth will be selling her original artworks, note cards and books inside the gallery.

Introducing…MESH SESH’!

a monthly screen-printing show-and-tell held the last Sunday of every Month –
launching this Sunday, March 27, 2011 from 4-6pm

Mesh Sesh’ is a chance for screen-printers to get together and share knowledge. Each month a few presenters will share new techniques, tricks, software, tools/gadgets and the like. Presenters can also pose a question to the group if they are having a particular challenge they need help with. It’s also a chance to network with other screen printers and ‘talk shop’. To launch the first discussion , PPW resident artists Kristina Bilonick and Anthony Dihle will explore some non-computer based methods of creating screen imagery such as painting with screen filler and making photo-grams using every-day objects.

Novices welcome. Space is limited, so if you’re interested in presenting or to just attend, email: is no fee to attend or present).

Saturdays at the Plains

Most days of the week, Anthony and I are tinkering away in the studio- working on new projects, doing custom jobs, and experimenting with new materials.. On Saturdays, we open our doors to the public so you can see what we’ve been up to and so you can scope out our wares! Posters, tee shirts, original artworks, vintage clothing, and more..

Also on Saturdays we sometimes have guest artists perform, host trunk shows or have drawing sessions.. each week is different. Stay tuned for our upcoming event calendar. To receive emails about our events, sign up by emailing:

here are some snapshots from Saturdays of yore:

Anthony and his friend Kate print posters for local band, Riverbreaks

visitors check out the show, ‘Flurry’ by Project Dispatch

Karyn shops the racks!

Mystery Snax are served!

Diane finds a new top!

Jon Lee and Chajana den Harder perform ‘Feed Me’

Adam comes over to draw 🙂

Stefanie and Marianne plan their ‘put an egg on it’ tee shirt

Pictures from ‘Flurry’

here are some snapshots from the opening of our current show, ‘FLURRY’. The exhibition features works by member artists of Project Dispatch and resident artists, Kristina Bilonick and Fire Studio. ‘Flurry’ closes this Saturday so come by for one last look! (Sat hours: 1-6pm)

Faith Flanagan, Jon Lee and others warm it up

Artist, Bridget Sue Lambert and I sipping cider 🙂

crowd shot!

Fire Studio’s Anthony Dihle, Matt Smith & my buddy and WPA colleague, Eleanor Smitherman
fun times! stay tuned for info for upcoming events at ‘the plains’

Announcing… December Hours, and a Holiday Art Event!

We are excited to announce that we will be open on Saturdays starting this weekend! Our December hours will be Saturdays, December 4, 11, and 18 from 1-6pm.

Also, join us for an exciting collaboration with the local art group, Project Dispatch, on Saturday, December 18th from 7-10pm. Make your way to ‘the plains’ for an art sale and holiday soiree featuring works by Project Dispatch Members and PPW resident artists, Anthony Dihle (Fire Studio) and Kristina Bilonick.

There will be a lot of small, original works available for that budding art-collector on your shopping list. Project Dispatch also offers nifty artist subscriptions so that you or your loved ones can receive works of art by mail!

Hope to see you there!

Grand Opening Celebration 11.21.10 1-4pm

Please join us for a Grand Opening celebration this Sunday, November 21st from 1-4pm.

Come by ‘the Plains’ on Sunday, November 21st between 1-4pm and see the new digs, try your hand at screen printing, enjoy some refreshments and check out our wares.

We’ll also be unveiling our first art-window installation by DC artist and designer, Billy Colbert.

We highly recommend having brunch at Soul Vegetarian Cafe next door to our shop beforehand (their brunch runs from 11am-3pm and is TDF!).