The exhibitions may have changed in content over the years to reflect changing artistic trends and preferences, but one thing that hasn’t changed in almost 80 years is Harrow Art Society’s love of art.
Established in 1934, the society has held demonstrations, lectures, exhibitions and workshops almost continually, with the exception of during the war years, since then.
This month sees their latest Spring Exhibition, held at Stanmore Library - a display of the members’ paintings, pottery, sculpture and mixed media.
Margaret Mountstephens, exhibition organiser and the society’s programme manager, has been a member for more than 30 years and has seen a lot of changes in that time.
"The exhibitions have changed over the years," she says. "At one time they were mostly made up of landscapes with a few flowers and portraits. Now we have such diversity within the society, so many subjects are painted now."
The society meets once or twice a month at Harrow Arts Centre on Saturday afternoons from October to July, and holds two exhibitions a year, the other one in the autumn.
To get Harrow in the mood for art, a number of shops have let members display their artwork in their windows. Keep an eye out at Sarah’s Flowers, Minkx or Natural Health Options in The Broadway, Dave’s Opticians or Eye Care in Junction Street, or Blue Rose lingerie shop.
Harrow Art Society’s Spring Exhibition is at Stanmore Library, Stanmore Hill from February 20 to March 2 during the library’s usual opening hours. The exhibition will be officially opened on February 21 at 7.30pm. Details: contact Margaret Mountstephens on 07986 487 615, www.harrowartsociety.co.uk