As if getting in quarantine through the pandemic wasn’t terrible enough, in 2020 Mesa artist Sladjana Ahmetovic tore some ligaments in her foot. Caught in the residence, unable even to travel, she located leisure and enjoyment in portray though consuming hashish.
“My friends started coming about since I couldn’t go to them,” Ahmetovic says. “They’d come and visit and my dining place slowly and gradually turned into way too a lot of people. So when my foot obtained greater, I resolved to test to lease a space and invite like-minded folks to love the exact same working experience.”
The result is Really Dope Paintings, her corporation that offers art lessons modeled after the well-known wine-and-paint structure.
The lessons, which are held on the 2nd Saturday of the month, are open up to folks ages 21 and up. For about 3 hours, attendees will get guided instruction on building a piece of art though smoking cigarettes pot. Foodstuff trucks and other sellers are on-site. There are commonly about 20 people today in the class, and everyone brings their own cannabis.
All talent ranges are welcome, Ahmetovic says.
“You you should not have to be a professional artist to be component of the course, so most of the time [the paintings are] points that can be quickly grasped, factors like landscapes, items that incorporate shapes and this kind of, matters that can be effortlessly replicated. So we are just hanging out, talking, painting, laughing, and of study course, we also smoke during the course.”
Ahmetovic claims that a small weed can assistance the inventive juices move.
“From time to time, men and women occur in kind of anxious, thinking what’s heading to happen, because a whole lot of them have not touched a brush in a prolonged time, or possibly under no circumstances. And then at the stop of it, they’re rather very pleased of by themselves, mainly because a whole lot of them would not feel that they could do anything like that with their individual palms.
“There are plenty of areas in the course of class where it receives a little peaceful. The calming part of cannabis kind of allows you zone in on the task at hand. Clearly, there are a lot of laughs in among, but it is really basically a pretty calming party. I’ve gotten a large amount of folks calling it therapeutic because people today aim in on the portray.”
Puff and paint nights are not the only service Ahmetovic presents. Through her cell artwork studio, she does kids’ artwork courses, non-public functions (with cannabis or without the need of), and general public functions and festivals.
When she’s out at community gatherings, she doesn’t usually listen to optimistic feedback about her hashish-encouraged courses.
“At vendor activities exactly where I discuss about it, I have had folks that have produced responses. I am going to be undertaking live art, and in the meantime, men and women that are passing by, I will talk to them about my courses and possibly present them a flyer, and I’ve undoubtedly experienced people today that ended up [anti-cannabis] strike up discussions about how they truly feel.
“A good deal of men and women seem to be to consider that persons who use hashish are lazy people today, that laziness comes with that. So for me, it was crucial for me to showcase other rewards you can get from hashish.”
For Ahmetovic, one particular of the gains of cannabis (and by extension, Quite Dope Paintings) is the way it connects her with many others.
“My target was to carry jointly folks that are like-minded,” she says. “So it does not make a difference the place we occur from, what we have to do right after that, or what we did right before that. For those a few hrs, we’re all there for the exact reason, taking pleasure in the exact same issues. … I appreciate what I have been ready to make, and the men and women who participate truly assistance me continue on on this path. I’m so thankful.”
The up coming Fairly Dope Paintings course will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, at 1817 South Horne, #1, in Mesa. Expense is $35. Go to prettydopepaintings.com, or locate the business on Fb and Instagram.