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‘Lower Moments’ Artists Revealed! Opening Reception on 3/28

Lower Moments

Thanks to everyone who submitted works to our open call! We are thrilled to present the list of participating artists in this year’s Low(er) Moments show:

Artists bearing their soul include: Frank Adams, Randon Billings Noble, Kristina Bilonick, Buck Downs, Rachel England, Beth Hansen, Lisa Helfert, Chandi Kelley, Dana Maier, Mark Pagan, Lisa Rosenstein, and Arianna Valle

Join us for the opening reception on Saturday, March 28th from 6-8pm, and view a collection of failed art projects, art career mishaps, and other woeful artifacts submitted by these local artists.

We will be serving low moment-y snacks and cheer..bring a friend!
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Call for Entries – ‘Lower Moments’

CALL FOR ENTRIES! Deadline: Monday, March 9, 2015
Lower Moments

In 2012, Pleasant Plains Workshop and Outer Space presented the exhibition, Low  Moments, to embrace the humor of our artistic failures. While the exhibition was everything that we hoped it would be, we feel that our work is not quite done. We are pleased to present Lower Moments, and encourage you to submit your most embarrassing artwork, art moment, curatorial disaster, embarrassing artist statement, or awkward art story to our upcoming exhibition!

Deadline for Submissions:  March 9, 2015
Notification: March 13, 2015
Delivery of Work:  March 20-22, 2015
Exhibition dates:  March 28 – April 26, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 28, 2015 6:00-8:00pm
Storytelling Party: Friday, April 17, 2015 at Petworth Citizen

Request for submissions:

Everyone has an embarrassing art tale (or two)… Like an incredibly hideous piece that you once thought was your Magnus Opus. Or that time you applied to some residency only to reread your application later and see how it was full of typos and grammatical errors.  Did you ever embarrass yourself while talking to an art dealer or collector? Or damage an artwork at a gallery opening?

We’re looking to showcase a series of disasters in an effort to provide ‘group therapy’ for all artists in the Metropolitan Area, and offer some humanity and humor to the process of making and presenting art. What better way to move on from painful moments than to share them with others and have a laugh?

click here for full call for entries>>


‘From the Permanent Collection’ opens on 2/15

Join us on Sunday, February 15th between 3-5pm for the opening of our Resident Artist group show, From the Permanent Collection.

The Exhibition features a collection of prints owned by our resident print-makers. Alongside each print will be a story of where the print came from, how it inspires the artist, and any other fun facts about the work.

The works on view are not for sale, but each artist will be adding a new print to our inventory which will be available in multiples at the shop.

Join us for some cookies and bubbly, a day after Valentines day, for the love of PRINT!
(facebook invite>>)

Exhibition will run through March 22nd
Gallery Hours: Friday 2-7pm, Sat 1-6pm, Sun 12-5pm
(2608 Georgia Ave Location)

‘Print Exchange’ at Upshur Street Books Opens 1/16

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>>)

Join us for Wintry Mix II – Friday, December 12th @ 7pm

Untitled-1Join us on 12/12 for PPW’s annual ‘Wintry Mix’ Georgia Avenue Caroling Party (Tickets>>)

Join us for our second annual Wintry Mix Caroling Event!

This event is not to be missed! Proceeds go to benefit Pleasant Plains Workshop’s arts programming. Join us for an evening of warm/wintry fun! 

7-8pm: Start with warm beverages and snacks Pleasant Plains Workshop (2608 Georgia Ave NW) while we rehearse our non-denominational wintery carols. We’ll have a few instruments on hand. If you happen to play an instrument feel free to bring it along!

8-9pm: Caroling down the avenue! We will surprise business owners and customers at restaurants, barber shops, cafes and stores along Georgia Avenue

9pm-??: We land at the home of one PPWs supporters (near Georgia and Kenyon) for drinks, food, dessert, and roasted chestnuts and s’mores over the fire pit out back!

Tickets Here>>
Facebook Invite Here>>

The 2014 Georgia Avenue Window Walk Launches on 11/9!

2pm: Reception at Pleasant Plains Workshop -2608 Georgia Ave NW DC
3pm: Walking tour with Artists and Business Owners starts at Pleasant Plains Workshop.

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.

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



Opening Friday, Oct 24th in the Gallery: DDAY Collective

Join us for the on Friday October 24th from  6-8pm for the Opening Reception of our next gallery exhibition featuring members of the local arts collective, DDAY (David Ibata, Danielle Scruggs, Alice Wonder, and Yodith Dammlash)
‘Portrait of an Artist’ explores the nature of visual work as a reflective surface, one that gives insight into artists’ processes, practices, influences and distinct personalities. Within this exhibit, each artist evokes their working space (internal/external) by placing physical items and ephemera around the completed work, to provide the audience context into personal influences that inform their craft, helping to complete a “portrait” of the person who created it.

Exhibition Hours: Thurs & Fri 2-7pm, Sat 1-6pm (thru Nov 29)

PPW at (e)merge art fair Oct 2-5 art fair
Capital Skyline Hotel- 10 ‘i’ Street SW DC
Fri/ Sat noon-7pm, Sun noon-5pm(tickets)

We are excited to present at the (e)merge art fair again this year! Like last year, our booth will host an exhibition of Pleasant Plains Workshop Resident Artists. This year’s exhibition features: Anthony Dihle, Kristina Bilonick, Chris Haughery, Beth Hansen, Danielle Scruggs, Martine Workman, and Ann-Marie Van Tassell.

We’ll also be hosting an eclectic mix of artist-run programming all weekend long – including some guest spots and off-site events in collaboration with groups like Playback the Tape, and  LAND via the 5×5 projectSee below for the full rundown:


During opening night festivities, Resident Artists, Beth Hansen and Ann-Marie VanTassell will be producing a varied-edition screen print on site based on imagery of the Capital Skyline Pool. Prints will be available for purchase right off the wall (once they’re dry!). get opening night tickets here>>

Playback the Tape VHS video screening / Happy Hour

Join us for two hours of short-length vhs happy hour surprises presented by Playback the Tape! Stay for a minute or for the full show, as we present a curated collection of vault favorites and rarities. Buy a shirt, or take a sticker and find out more about what we do and how you can play a part in creating future vhs archaeological events! (facebook invite>>)

Text Before Texting – a drop in handwriting workshop

Join Resident Artists, Danielle Scruggs and Martine Workman for a drop-in workshop that reminds us to appreciate the written word! Supplies will be on hand and feel free to bring in a favorite quote, note, or lyric to transcribe. We’ll have some source materials for you to peruse for inspiration.

Discussion with Artist Diana Al-Hadid
in collaboration with LAND and  the 5×5 project
Please join artist Diana Al-Hadid and LAND’s Director and Curator, Shamim M. Momin, for a conversation about Al-Hadid’s installation, Interior Sketch, as part of Alter/Abolish/Address.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 4, 6-9PM (off-site)
Opening Reception and Performances for Rock512Devil, Our Union: the Second Iteration of Brendan Fowler’s Walls at St. Elizabeth’s

St. Elizabeth’s East Gateway Pavilion
2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE
Presented by  LAND in conjunction with  the 5×5 project
Artist Brendan Fowler hands off the second curatorial iteration of his six freestanding wall sculptures to Baltimore-based collective, Rock512Devil, as the sculptural walls become a platform for their artist selection and a series of performances, music, and screenings.  Participating artists and performers include Peggy Chiang, Bryan Collins, Max Eilbacher, Amanda Horowitz, Kelley Mcnutt, Sexoesthetic, and Marisa Takal.SUNDAY 10/5, 1-3PM
Drop-in Letterpress Demo with Chris Haughery
Produce your own take-away print with Resident Artist, Chris Haughery!SUNDAY 10/5 @3PM (off site)
3pm: Dan Colen’s Performance, Livin’ and Dyin’

Garfield Circle
90 Maryland Avenue SW
Presented by  LAND in conjunction with  the 5×5 project

Please join us for Livin’ and Dyin’, a performance by artist Dan Colen that takes the form of both monologue and dialogue simultaneously.  The audience is invited to follow Colen, Roger Rabbit, the Kool-Aid Man, and Wile E. Coyote as they walk throughout the National Mall testing the power of clichés and other pop cultural referents in much the same way that one would test a battery or an apparently unresponsive body for signs of life.

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.