East End Arts to host cannabis-inspired art exhibition

Artistic paraphernalia by Long Island Glass. (Courtesy photo)

If you’re going to host a spring art show where every piece is inspired by Cannabis, it makes sense that it should last through 4/20.

That’s the plan for East End Arts, which is calling for creative individuals who can express the green, leafy (mostly illegal) substance through art for an upcoming exhibition: Cannabis Herb of the Hour. 

Artists can submit entries for the juried show from March 1 to 3, and it will run from March 9 to April 20.

“We’ve never done anything like this before,” said Jane Kirkwood, EEA’s gallery director. “It’s going to be unusual, that’s for sure.”

All exhibitions have a theme to them and Kirkwood said they wanted to explore something more edgy. She said public feelings about marijuana use are changing in today’s society and they would like to start a dialogue about it.

“It’s not that we’re taking a position, but we want our artists to let us know what they think and do it through art,” she said. 

The guest juror for the show is Mary Cantone, owner and director of the William Ris Gallery in Jamesport. Ms. Cantone has been the guest juror on shows in the past. She will select all of the pieces that will be displayed for the show.

Kirkwood said she hopes the entries will go beyond just photographs or drawings of cannabis and that artists will think outside the box. This could mean any negative or positive interpretation of the substance. For example, Long Island Glass, which makes intricate paraphernalia, will be contributing to the show.

All forms of media are accepted, including paintings, drawings, photography, mixed media, and sculptures. Up to three pieces can be submitted per artist.

“I see that feelings about marijuana are changing very rapidly,” Kirkwood said. “I’d like to see both sides of that argument have a dialogue and I’d like to see it done through art.  What better way?”

All entries must be dropped off in person at EEA on:

Thursday, March 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday, March 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, March 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

An opening reception will be held on Friday, March 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. where guests will have the opportunity to meet the artists.