Past Programs & Events

      • The 2014 Georgia Avenue Window Walk Launches on November 9th! Join us for the reception and Art Walk.SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2014 2-5PM
        2pm: Reception at Pleasant Plains Workshop -2608 Georgia Ave NW DC
        3pm: Walking tour with Artists and Business Owners starts at Pleasant Plains Workshop.Washington, DC – 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.

        OCT 2 – 5, 2014
        (e)merge art fair
        Capital Skyline Hotel- 10 ‘i’ Street SW DC
        Fri/ Sat noon-7pm, Sun noon-5pm
        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:
        THURSDAY, OCT 2, 7-9PM






        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>>

        FRIDAY, OCT 3, 5-7PM
        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>>)


        SATURDAY, OCT 4, 1-3PM
        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.


        SATURDAY, OCT 4 @ 4PM
        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.



        Saturday, August 9, 2014 noon-3pm
        OPEN HOUSE @ PPW’s Edgewood Studios

        703 Edgewoood St NE DC (metro: Brookland/CUA, bus D8, or take Metropolitan Branch Trail)
        Join us in celebrating our new studio/classroom location in Edgewood. Come see our resident artists shared workspace, check out our print sale, and watch print demonstrations. As a bonus, we’re located right across the street from Chocolate City Brewing Company, and they’ll be having open hours with beer tastings, growler fills, and food trucks.
        Find us by taking Metro to Brookland/CUA, walk through the Monroe Street Market, cross Monroe, and continue on 8th Street till you hit Edgewood St. Or hop on a bikeshare at Rhode Island Ave Metro Station, and go for a short ride on the Metropolitan Branch Trail which end right at our studio building (docks nearby).

        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 move ‘COCKTAIL”.. and ALL TIPS from the evening go to PPW! 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).  The bar also has great food and old fashioned sodas. Come one, come all!

        Monday, June 23rd, 6-8pm
        Thomas Foolery
        2029 P Street NW DC (Dupont Metro, West on P St)
        FACEBOOK INVITE>>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!)

        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.

        SUGGESTED READING (inaugural session)– a visual arts-focused book club with a tie to area exhibitions
        March – April 2014
        Book: Interaction of Color, by Joseph Albers, 1963
        Exhibition: Gravity’s Edge at the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden (7th St & Independence Ave SW DC)
        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.

        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)
        (image credit: By Jay Phagan , CC-BY-2.0 via Wikimedia Commons)Friday, December 13, 7-10pm

        WINTRY MIX! (ticketed event)

        Start at Pleasant Plains Workshop at 7pm with warm beverages, popcorn and chex mix. We’ll warm up our vocal cords and make our way up Georgia Avenue stopping at 2-3 locations where we will sing a few winter-themed carols (singing optional for those of you who are shy!)The caroling ends at the home of one of our supporters where we will continue the merriment with a fire pit where we can roast weenies, marshmallows, chestnuts and anything else we can hold over the fire. More warm beverages will be served and we can sing and be merry throughout the evening.**bonus points to those who don an ugly sweater- there will be a prize for the ugliest!**Ticket includes all food and drink, and a screen printed coozie! Arrive at PPW by 8:00 to ensure you don’t miss the boat to the next location!

        Saturday, September 14, 1-3pm
        Linda Hesh: Kissing Booth


      Local Artist Linda Hesh is looking for people to pose for her upcoming project “Kissing Booth.” She is creating a red and white checked pattern that includes tiny 1” x 1” photos of two men kissing and two women kissing. If you pose for her kissing the friend/lover/spouse of your choice, your portrait will show up on her Kissing booth, an interactive artwork that will be part of the Emerge Art Fair in Washington DC Oct. 3-6. Your photo might also appear on, a site where you can talk about how you feel when you see two guys, or two women kiss. To pose show up at Pleasant Plains Saturday Sept. 14 at 1pm.

      Thursday, September 19, 7-9pm
      Free Workshop: How To Be A Professional Amateur Instructor: Paul Shortt

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    Are you tired of your buttoned-down job on Capitol Hill? Do you secretly yearn to start a new career and pursue your dream? Afraid of taking out school loans? Then taking a free Professional Amateur Workshop at Pleasant Plains Workshop is exactly what you need!Professional Artist and Amateur Paul Shortt will lead participants through discussions and playful exercises about how to be a Professional Amateur. You will get to design your own business cards, try on various professional roles and gain the confidence and skills to be competent and qualified in any field

    Friday, May 17, 2013, 5:30-7:30pm
    PPW Cash Mob Flyer
    May 11, 2013 -11-5pm
    DC Craft Mafia’s Spring Thing!
    St.Luke’s Episcopal Church Parking Lot
    15th and P Streets, NW DC
    PPW is thrilled to be a part of this  year’s DC Craft Mafia Spring Thing! Come by our booth for a screen printing demo and shop wares made by DC artists from our shop!
    May 4, 2013, 4-7pm
    2606-2608 Georgia Ave NW & Euclid Street Studios
    Resident Artists Exhibition & Open Studios!
    Euclid Street Studios will be open from 3-5pm so start there and make your way over to PPW 2.0!
    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)

    Josh Dihle: Outside
    Opening Reception: March 23, 2013 6-9pm
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    ‘Outside’, comprises a selection of paintings, drawings, – each a dense, modestly scaled depiction of plants and animals made through a variety of painterly approaches. The exhibition is accompanied by the release of a series of prints and drawings made in collaboration with Pleasant Plains Workshop Resident Artist (and brother) Anthony Dihle. An artist book by Josh Dihle will also be available at the exhibition. Together, the exhibition utilizes creatures and forms found in the outdoors to give voice to interior moods.

    Refreshments will be served, and sneak a peek at the progress in our space next door!

    Sunday, November 11, 2012 3-6pm SWAP/MEET swapping social @ Studio 1469  w/DJ Baby Alcatraz
    1469 Harvard Street NW (rear)
    FREE* with an optional VIP package for $20
    *please bring a bag of clothes and some snacks or refreshments to share!
    register to attend or purchase vip tickets>>
    Join us at Studio 1469(1469 Harvard Street NW- rear) for a clothing swap & meetup! Bring a bag of used clothing  in good condition (all seasons) and take away as many items as you can fit in your bag (no suitcases, please!)
    Please bring some snacks or refreshments to share with the group (potluck style!) We’ll also have music by DJ Baby Alcatraz setting the mood.  Join us at no admission price between 3-6pm at  1469 Harvard St.  for swapping clothing, shoes, and bags.
    VIP admission includes the event at 1469 Harvard plus a second event starting at 6:30 at a house in Park View for swapping accessories, jewelry, and unopened makeup and beauty products (limited to 25 tickets). There will be a specialty cocktail, hors d’oeuvres and swag bags from Sephora at the second location, and the address will be emailed to you once you purchase the ticket.What a great excuse to clean out your closets! Invite a friend and/or make new friends during the event!
    Register and purchase tickets>>
    Note: For this first swap event, we are doing Women’s clothing only.
    Saturday, October 20, 9am – 11am
    Howard Homecoming Parade Viewing Party!!

    Pleasant Plains Workshop is a great spot along Georgia Avenue to catch the legendary Howard Homecoming Parade!
    We will have our doors open, chairs out front,  and coffee on hand. Pick up breakfast at Howard Deli next door and bring it on over.As an added treat this year, PPW resident artist, Kristina Bilonick’s DC Cheer! squad will be participating in the parade. Help cheer them on as they make their debut at Howard Homecoming and spread the love for Arts in DC!!

    (photograph by E. Brady Robinson)
    Thursday, October 25, 6-8pm
    Opening Reception for Low Moments
    Join us in celebrating the artwork and artists featured in our Fall exhibition, Low Moments, which explores the not-so-successful moments we artists all endure on our paths to greatness 😉
    If you’re up for it, hop on the karaoke mic and create a low moment of your own! More information on the exhibition here>>

    Sunday, October 28, 6-8pm
    Tales From the Crypt– a potluck night of storytelling
    Time to dust off your skeletons in the closet and tell us your depest darkest art stories! We will have flashlights on hand for ‘upshadowing’ your face while you weave your tales of low moments or funny stories from your artistic careers.

    Sunday, September 23, 4-7pm

    reception and art walk starting here at the shop on Sunday, September 23rd from 4-7pm in collaboration with the Georgia Avenue Business Association:

    This event was an art4all DC event sponsored by Cultural Tourism DC.

    Friday, July 20, 2012, 6:30-8:30pm
    PPW and Pink Line Project present:

  • Closing Day Cypher @ Artspace DC
    June 30th, 1-4 pm at Artspace DC, 614 S Street NW
    Join us on the last day of the In Our ‘Hood exhibition for a potluck cypher held at Artspace DC. Bring something to share! Food, artwork, poetry, dance, performance.. We will be providing sodas by IZZE who has graciously sponsored the event.
  • Opening Reception: June 23, 6-9pm
    curated by Kristina Bilonick and Julie Chae
    Arlington Arts Center: 3550 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA
    PPW’s Kristina Bilonick co-curated a printmaking exhibition at Arlington Arts Center that featured over 20 regional and national artists
  • Saturday, June 9th 3:30-5:30pm
    Gentrification: Good? Bad? Indifferent?
    a Transformer FRAMEWORK Panel
    Developed & presented by Transformer in collaboration with Artspace DC and Pleasant Plains Workshop in tandem with the exhibitions In Our ‘Hood and Sean Lynch: Bandits in the Ruins.
    Gateway Center at Wardman Court
    14th & Clifton Street, NW DC (use 14th Street Entrance)
    Sean Lynch, Latoon, Digital Betacam video transferred to DVD,  participating panelists – Lydia DePillis, journalist, reporter behind Washington City Paper’s Housing Complex blog; Cannon Hersey, photographer, writer, and producer, featured in In Our ‘Hood; Sean Lynch, visual artist; Sylvia Robinson, Executive Director of the Emergence Community Arts Collective (ECAC) – will discuss the shifting cultural histories & value systems that gentrification affects at local, national, and international levels.
  • Friday, May 25, 2012, 6-9pm
    (6-8pm at Artspace DC- 614 S St. NW DC, 7-9pm at PPW)
    Opening Reception for, In Our ‘Hood- a collaborative exhibition presented with Artspace DC
  • Tuesday, May 8, 2012, 6:30-8:30pm
    Georgia Avenue Window Walk Fundraiser  at DC Reynolds: 3628 Georgia Ave NWJoin us for  drink specials and door prizes from nearby businesses such as Sankofa, Everlasting Life, Pleasant Plains Workshop, and Mama Chuy! Enjoy  live music by local band, Stoney Lonesome!plus-Bring a tee and print your own ‘Georgia Avenue is for Lovers Tee for $5
  • Tuesday, May 1, 2012, 6-9pm
    Darnell’s Bar, 944 Florida Ave NW DC
    Edition Launch for America’s Backyard Museum by Simon Vega- a print produced by Furthermore, LLC and Pleasant Plains Workshop
    (detail, America’s Backyard Museum, 2012, Simon Vega)
    Join us for a Happy Hour with the artist, Simon Vega,  who is in town from El Salvador while we wrap up this collaborative print edition! (cash bar)
  • Thursday, April 5, 2012 6-8pm (talk at 7pm)
    Artist talk with Jimmy Miracle for his exhibition,  Ordinary Glory
  • Sunday, April 1, 2012 3-6pm
    Black Peppermint / Wounded City– An afternoon of poetry with Buck Downs & Jamal Hardy
  • Wednesday, March 21st, 7:00pm
    class: Is that a printing press in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?

    Instructor: Anthony Dihle
    Presented for FREE in conjunction with Knowledge Commons DC
  • Friday, March 2, 2012, 6-9pm- Opening Reception for Jimmy Miracle: Ordinary Glory
  • Sunday, February 19, 2012 @ 8pm
    A Fashion-themed Nerd Night!! at Looking Glass Lounge3634 Georgia Avenue, NW DC (no cover, 21+, cash bar)

    Join us at Looking Glass Lounge (3634 Georgia Ave) for an evening  short presentations on a variety of fashion topics, given by local fashion experts, analysts, stylists and artists.panelists include:

    • Annie Strother, writer and production assistant at PBS News Hour, presents: “Kate in Slacks:  Katharine Hepburn on the middle road.”
    • Lauren Friedman, freelance fashion illustrator, stylist, and photographer, creator of the website My Closet in Sketches and regular contributor for Lucky Magazine, present: “How to turn your passion into your vocation”
    • Molly Finegan, freelance writer, presents: “The Uniform”
  • Sunday, February 12, 11am-3pm

  • Pleasant Plains Workshop, Trash Cat Collective, and Mama Chuy DC present a Valentine’s Day Brunch Fashion Show!
  • Saturday, January 28, 2012, 4-8pm
    Opening Reception: Trash Cat Collective @ PPW
  • Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 7-9m
    The fourth in an ongoing series of art critique session co-presented with  with presentations by 3 local artists, followed by a discussion moderated by American University Art Department Professor, Tom Bunnel.


  • December 20, 2011 from 6:30-9pm
    a final celebration of our ‘Present Day show’- a locally sourced gift shop featuring handmade items and artworks by DC artists- all priced between $5-100. Refreshments, special discounts, and as an added bonus,  an assortment of bites from our new neighbors, Mama Chuy DC!
  • December 3, 2011 7-10pmAn Evening with Lines and Stars
    Issue release party and reading for the local poetry and short prose journal, Lines and Stars. Copies of their ‘Best of 2010-2011’ annual for sale, and 4 writers featured read for us and signed copies.
  • November 26, 2011 1-6pm
    Small Business Saturday (in conjunction with DC’s ‘Think Local First‘) 10% off all merchandise, refreshments, and a gift-making demonstration at 3pm
  • Sunday, November 20, 2011, 3-6pm
    One year anniversary celebration and shopper social for our ‘Present Day’ gift show.
  • Tuesday, November 15, 2011,  7-9pm
    The Studio Visit
    and Pleasant Plains Workshop  co-presented a third Critique Session here at PPW with Guest Moderator: CYNTHIA CONNOLLY, photographer, artist and Visual Arts Curator of Artisphere.
  • August 18, 2011, 7-9pm
    Artist Talk with Annie Albagli for ‘Greetings From Paradise’
  • July 15, 2011, 6:30-8:30pm
    Artist Talk with Amber Robles Gordon for ‘WIRED’
  • July 13, 2011, 6:30-9pm
    Art Critique Session presented with The Studio Visit, moderated by Randall Scott of Randall Scott Projects
  • June 21, 2011
    Sticky Fingers – intro to wheatpasting class led by PPW resident artist, Anthony Dihle
  • April 27, 2011, 6:30-9pm
    Art Critique Session presented with The Studio Visit, moderated by Karyn Miller of Flashpoint Gallery in DC
  • March 27, 2011,  4-6pm
    Mesh Sesh– a hang session and learning exchange for screen printers
  • January 16, 2011
    Performance of ‘Feed Me’ by Jon Lee


  • November 20, 2010
    Grand Opening Celebration & Open House