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 http://www.nomadicdivision.org.

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.

Gallery & Shop closed in August for Summer Break

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We’ll be adding a fresh coat of paint to the walls, rotating inventory, and getting a little R & R as we prepare for an AMAZING Fall Lineup

Also, don’t forget to join us at the launch / open house event at our new Edgewood location on Saturday, August 9th from noon-3pm (info here>>)(facebook invite here>>)

The Gallery and Shop will re-open on Thursday, September 4th. Be sure to come by and check out what’s new!

The PPW crew

Handwriting Workshop with Danielle Scruggs on 7/26

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 3-5pm
Text Before Texting- exercises in handwriting with Resident Artist, Danielle Scruggs
Location: PPW gallery/shop: 2608 Georgia Ave NW
cost: FREE, but please RSVP  to attend
contact us through our contact page to RSVP
Do you find it hard to write when it comes to writing a hand written note, sign, or even a simple grocery list? In this day and age, we find ourselves typing more than practicing our handwriting.  In an effort to celebrate the art of the hand-written page, we invite you to join us for an informal workshop hosted by Resident Artist, Danielle Scruggs who has been implementing handwriting in her latest artwork.

Bring along a favorite passage of text, a poem, or a letter or note you’d like to transcribe. Also bring a notebook and some special papers or pens and we can all share (We’ll have some materials provided as well). Snacks will be on hand and feel free to bring along snacks/treats to share with the group!

(Fun)draiser Happy Hour for PPW on Monday 6/23

Join us on Monday, June 23rd for a Cocktail-themed happy hour. Proceeds go towards our participation in this year’s (e)merge art fair. Deets Below! YOU SHOULD COME!
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Monday, June 23, 2014, 6-8pm
Happy Hour Fundraiser at Thomas Foolery

Thomas Foolery
2029 P Street NW DC (Dupont Metro, West on P St)
Free (cash bar)

Join us at Thomas Foolery for a tropical happy hour, and help us raise funds for our exhibition at this year’s (e)merge art fair!

The Deets: Resident Artists, Anthony Dihle and Ann-Marie Van Tassel will be tending bar, drawing all sorts of inspiration from the movie ‘COCKTAIL”.. and ALL TIPS from the evening go to PPW! Also, if you order your drink doing your best Tom Cruise imitation (from any movie) you get $1 off! So bring lots of friends and join in the fun! We will have garlands and paper umbrellas on hand to adorn you (and your drinks) and limited-edition resident artist designed coasters for $2/each. The bar also has great food and old fashioned sodas. Come one, come all!

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‘Color Me Collaborative’ opens 5/16

Join us for the opening reception of a playful,  interactive installation presented by emerging artist due, YOUNGPAYNE!

Friday, May 16, 2014 from 6-9pm @PPW

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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.

Exhibition Runs through June 14th
Gallery hours: Thurs-Fri 2-7pm, Sat 1-6pm
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Upcoming Events:

Be sure to come out for these events coming up in May:

Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 3pm
Artist Talk and stitching circle with LOOPED exhibition artist, Stacy Cantrell

Join us for a conversation with Stacy Cantrell in conjunction with her solo exhibition, “LOOPED”. Bring some knitting needles or crochet hooks if you want to stitch while we chat (yarn provided…refreshments too!)
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Friday, May 16, 2014, 6-9pm
Opening Reception for ‘Color me Collaborative’ presented by YOUNGPAYNE & the Kidz Table
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.
Facebook invite>>

LOOPED opens Saturday 4/5!

April 5 – May 10, 2014
Stacy Cantrell: LOOPED, curated by Kim Ward
Opening Reception:
Saturday, April 5, 4-7pm
Exhibition Hours: Thursday & Friday 2-7pm, Saturday 1-6pm








With a nod to art history and masterpieces made by the greatest artists of the last couple millennia, 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

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Join PPW’s new book club: ‘Suggested Reading’!

Pleasant Plains Workshop is pleased to announce a new program:
– a visual arts-focused book club with a tie to area exhibitions

Here is you suggested reading for March – April 2014:
Interaction of Color, by Joseph Albers, 1963
Gravity’s Edge at the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden (7th St & Independence Ave SW DC)

Read the book, see the exhibition, and we will have a discussion Group:
Sunday, April 27, 2014 @ 3pm at the Reading Room at Petworth Citizen
829 Upshur Street NW DC (Petworth Metro Station, Green Line)

We are thrilled to launch a new program that pairs arts writing with current exhibitions on view in the area. We hope this program enriches the museum and gallery-going experience. In turn, artists, arts appreciators, and arts novices can all connect by reading the same book and gathering for an informal discussion group.Our SUGGESTED READING for March-April is Interaction of Color, by Joseph Albers, 1963, and we will tie this reading to the exhibition, Gravity’s Edge at the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden.

Art Book Swap @ the Reading Room at Petworth Citizen 3/17

Join us! Monday, March 17, 2014 6-8pm
ART BOOK SWAP! @ the Reading Room at Petworth Citizen
829 Upshur Street NW DC (Petworth Metro Station, Green Line)
Join us in the Reading Room at Petworth Citizen for an Art Book Swap & Happy Hour! Bring a book or two (or more) to swap with others. Remaining titles will be donated to the Reading Room’s ongoing Free Library shelves.
What to bring: coffee table books, exhibition catalogs, art instruction books, indie publications, zines,  and bring a friend!
Enjoy happy hour and St. Paddy’s Day specials in the restaurant & bar (Petworth Citizen opens at 5pm on the 17th)
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(image credit: By Jay Phagan , CC-BY-2.0 via Wikimedia Commons)