Wanted: marijuana art exhibits for Penticton Art Gallery
Gallery puts out call for 'cannabis-infused art' submissions for March marijuana show, Grassland
The Penticton Art Gallery has put out a call for submissions for its upcoming Grassland exhibit, exploring the impact of marijuana on modern culture.
The exhibition opens on March 17 and will showcase "cannabis-infused art" from all over the world.
Gallery curator Paul Crawford said he first got the idea for such an exhibit about 10 years ago, while he was living in Grand Forks, B.C.
"Living there on the fringe of the Kootenays, just the whole marijuana, pot, cannabis culture thing was so prevalent," said Crawford.
"It was such a large part of the community and culture. It was something that really fascinated me."
'The right time to explore this'
"It just seems to me it's the right time to explore this. I thought I'd throw it out there to see what the reaction would be."
He has already secured a number of pieces, including art by an American artist who creates works out of rolling papers. The exhibit will also feature political cartoons and a glass blower who creates art out of bongs.
Crawford said he wants to highlight the politics of the issue and the creativity that comes out of cannabis culture.
"There's a guy in the States who is hired by Snoop Dog for $10,000 a month to roll joints in the shapes of helicopters and guns, but they're actually sculptures that are smokable."
"Regardless of what your opinion is, I want you to come out and say, wow, I had no idea."
The gallery also plans to host weekly marijuana forums with speakers, including police officers and health officials.
There is currently a public call for submissions — artists can submit up to four works for consideration by March 3 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grassland opens March 17 with an Alice in Wonderland-themed party and runs until May 14.
With files from Adrian Nieoczym.