Watford’s own Summer Exhibition

WAAF 2011 ExhibitionIt’s not the Royal Academy, but the setting for Watford’s own Summer Exhibition, the airy gallery at the top of The Harlequin, is still an impressive frame for an increasingly impressive show.

The WAAF Summer Exhibition has established itself as a firm highlight in Watford’s arts calendar and as shows go it ticks all the same boxes as the world famous show in London.

WAAF 2011 ExhibitionThe exhibition is open to all local artists and displays a wide range of new work by established, unknown and emerging artists.

When the Mayor of Watford, Dorothy Thornhill, opened this year’s show it was with an enthusiastic appreciation of the way Watford Area Arts Forum have succeeded in creating a platform for both established artists and young students from Watford Grammar School for Girls, whose work can be both amazing and challenging.

WAAF 2011 ExhibitionThe show’s popularity was also reflected in the way nearly 300 visitors took time out to visit the gallery on the opening day – a sunny Sunday in July – and appeared in no hurry to disappear back into the sunshine or the shopping Mecca below.

WAAF chairman, Jaffer Bhimji, took the opportunity to propose a toast and congratulate the Mayor on being awarded an MBE. He also remarked on the size and quality of the show, which by the end of the week proved a big success on all fronts.

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