Harlow Open exhibition grand opening

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THE GIBBERD Gallery is showcasing the work for this year’s Harlow Open exhibition.

The Harlow Open is possibly the town’s most anticipated event of the year for artists and art fans, and the works on display were admired by all visitors.

Chair of the Harlow Arts Trust Chris Snoe said: “It really is almost a tonic, to come here in January and enjoy the show.

“The Open is the most fun event we have in the year and I think we can all agree it has been put beautifully together.

“There is a real variety of work, so much colour and an eclectic mix of different mediums.”

Corinna Dunlea welcomed everyone to The Gibberd Gallery and praised the volunteers who had helped make the evenings events possible.

She said: “This wouldn’t have happened as quickly and smoothly and with as much fun as it has done I love you very much thank you.”

Harlow Open 18 will be hosted at the Gibberd Gallery

Amanda Westbury, manager of the youth curators team, handed out certificates to the young artists.

She said: “This is the fourth year of young curators and we are so proud.

“We had 11 young curators with us last year and eight of them attained the silver arts award, which is a level 2 qualification and is equivalent to a GCSE. Tonight is their celebration night.”

Artists exhibiting at the Open were also presented with certificates and commendations

Judges awarded Best in Show to artist Mike Cook for his Indian ink and watercolour piece ‘Its all got to come down’.

Mike said: “I’ve been an artist all my life, I even manned the art room at Mark Hall when the Queen visited in 1957, although I’ll admit I couldn’t bring myself to lift my head the whole time she was there.

“I’m so happy to have won today. I’ve entered every year since the Open started and I’ve been commended the last four years so the win really means a lot.”

Sue Livings, chair of Harlow Council, told visitors: “I’d like to speak on behalf of everyone here and say thank you to Corinna and the Harlow Art Trust for such a wonderful display this year and for putting together such a wonderful evening for us.

“I would also like to thank the artists and want to encourage people to buy the art as this is the simplest way to support local artists.”

The work entered into the Harlow Open will be exhibited at The Gibberd Gallery until April 7, alongside pieces from Sir Frederick Gibberd’s personal collection.

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