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BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | East End Arts gallery director Jane Kirkwood hanging the annual 'Members Show' Thursday morning in the East End Arts gallery.
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | East End Arts gallery director Jane Kirkwood hanging the annual ‘Members Show’ Thursday morning in the East End Arts gallery.

Now in its 42nd year, East End Arts’ Annual Members Show theme is “The Muse” this year.

All 1,200 members, artists and art lovers were allowed to submit one piece of work no larger than 14 inches wide, including the frame. More than 100 works were entered. The opening reception for the show is Friday, Jan. 24 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  in the three gallery rooms at 133 East Main Street. The show will be on display until March 7.

Gallery director Jane Kirkwood explained the theme.

“The ‘muse’ is the experience of inspiration that propels the creative process,” she said. “Some artists think of ‘her’ as a ‘woman.’ Sometimes she is an actual woman — as in Picasso’s various wives. But mostly it’s just the spirit that feels present when the artist creates effortlessly and that seems to be missing when they are creatively ‘stuck.'”

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | East Quogue artist Jonathan Pearlman's sculpture titled "Spring," made from found objects.
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | East Quogue artist Jonathan Pearlman’s sculpture titled “Spring,” made from found objects.
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