Isle of Man Art News – 19 February 2018

Can it really be an 80th anniversary for the Isle of Man Photographic Society? That’s pretty impressive isn’t it? I went along to see the new show at the Hodgson Loom gallery on Saturday afternoon, admittedly a little late in the day. I missed the main buzz and there was only Julia Smyth and Greg Barlow still there when I finally arrived but at least I had an opportunity to catch up with them and to have my own private viewing of this lovely show. The stand-out piece for me has to the amazing ‘Sisters’ by Nigel Owen. Viewed from different directions you get two pictures in one. I really like it, with both portraits shot in black and white it works brilliantly.

There is some really lovely work, far too many great pics to include here, so I just picked a couple to show you. The first one is a door at Crathes Castle by John Phipp, CPAGB and the one with the tree is called ‘Between Flurries’ by Barry Murphy. Also look out for Sue Leeming’s work… lovely.

 

I’m pretty rubbish at taking photographs myself. Despite having a rather nice Nikon camera I’ve never taken the time to learn to use it properly (yet… it’s on my ‘to do’ list). For these news posts I tend to rely on other people whose skills are far superior to mine and I’ve borrowed these lovely pics from The Sayle Gallery’s post this week of the superb David Gilbert exhibition ‘Another Story about how it is’ which is on now, with its sister exhibition ‘Crossing Open Ground’ at the Manx Museum. I’m going to make some time in the next week to re-visit both of these shows because, as usual, I spent a lot of time gassing at the preview and not enough time enjoying the work. I also find that a second visit in peace and quiet gives me the chance to really enjoy the show and time to decide which are my favourite pieces.

Ellen Scott’s work has been developing over the past couple of years and I’ve just updated her page. You may have seen some of her pictures in the weekly gallery but here are a few of her more recent pieces. It’s refreshing I think that our young artists aren’t all focusing on Manx themes and are looking further afield for their inspiration. You can check out Ellen’s page here.

It’s turning out to be a bit of a photography week this week! Phil Kneen posted up his latest blog post, the last of his ‘Holmtown’ project images for now. Phil is off to Iceland to photograph on a Scottish factory trawler… “So 10 days of vomiting..”! Rather you than me Phil. You can see the post here: Six by Seven

 

Hannah Yeowell, who only started her photography career a year ago, is taking some brilliant shots of late. I particularly liked her recent blog post ‘A Day with Mae‘, when she photographed the beautiful and talented singer/songwriter Mae Challis. I thought the colour palette that repeated throughout the series of shots worked really well. Mae will be uploading a short film to her youtube channel about her story so far on 23rd Feb.

 

News Shorts

Date for the diary folks – the Easter Art Exhibition is always worth a visit. Generously sponsored again this year by Moore Stephens.

 

Janet Lees, a lady of considerable talent with both words and camera as well as being just generally delightful, posted up this little video this week. There’s something quite hypnotic about it.

 

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What’s On

 

On now – 5 May – ‘Crossing Open Ground’ – David Gilbert: A Retrospective – at the Manx Museum and The Sayle Gallery

On now – Mannin Art Group Exhibition at Milntown Cafe

On now – Manx Miniatures at The Isle Gallery

On now – 17 March – Hodgson Loom Gallery – Isle of Man Photographic Society 80th Anniversary Exhibition

21 February – Manx Radio 5.30pm-6pm Spotlight with Sarah Hendy

4 March – Exhibition on Screen, Leonardo at the Erin Arts Centre – 3pm – 4.30pm

28 March – 2 April – Isle of Man Art Society Easter Art Exhibition

 

Upcoming Workshops:

 

21 February – Introduction – Mitre and Picture Frame Joints, Tradesman Group – 6.30pm – 9.30pm

23 February Absolute Beginners Evening Course – 7.30pm – 9.30pm – The Isle Gallery – SOLD OUT

24 February – Beginners DSLR Camera & Creative Photography Workshop

26 February – Absolute Beginners in Watercolour Painting – 7pm-9.30pm – The Isle Gallery

27 February – Absolute Beginners in Watercolour Painting – 10am-12.30pm – The Isle Gallery

27 & 28 February – Manx Mosaics by Ellie – Design and Create a Mosaic Heart – Workshop – from 6pm at St. Catherine’s Church Hall, Port Erin

1 March – Printmaking for Beginners and Improvers – 7pm-9.30pm – The Isle Gallery

2 March – Printmaking for Beginners and Improvers – 10am-12.30pm – The Isle Gallery

2 March – An Evening of Urban Screen Printing – 7pm-9.30pm – The Isle Gallery

3 March – Art for the Heart – Perfect Harmony – 10am-4pm – Ramsey

10 March – Beginners Creative Photography Workshop (Saturday, 10th Mar / 7th Apr 2018)

18 March – DIY Mothers Day Crafts – Mum & Me for adults – 1pm-4pm – The Isle Gallery

26 April – Absolute Beginners in Ceramics – Night Time course – 7pm -9.30pm 

If you’ve got a workshop or class coming up that you would like me to share please just drop me an email: graceandhall@gmail.com or get in touch via Facebook/Messenger.

 

Here’s this week’s round up of images from Social Media. Click on the pictures to view in the lightbox.

 

Have a great week!

Jane x

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Isle of Man Art News – 12 February 2018

It’s always a pleasure to attend show openings and this week I was super delighted to be invited to the launch of the new David Gilbert exhibition, ‘Crossing Open Ground’, on Friday evening. It’s a wonderful show, the Manx Museum exhibits having been curated by Yvonne Cresswell and the Sayle exhibits by Carola Rush and Christian Hardman. It’s been quite a labour of love getting the exhbition ready with the majority of the pieces having been shipped from Liverpool but it is beautifully put together and a tactile delight as well as a feast for the eyes. I took some photos but I think this video posted up by Manx National Heritage does it far better justice than my amateur snaps.

 

Nicola Dixon spent much time with the Gilberts while she was growing up and there is a photo of her aged 15 at work making art included in the show. She said in a recent post “The Gilberts were a large part of the magic of my childhood and I am sure there were many influences that I am aware of, and not. It has been quite a trip revisiting it in flashes.. in conversations, objects, voices, memories. This show is in 2 parts, at the Museum and the Sayle Gallery, and I have some new and old work that is close to me in a annex of the Sayle, alongside that of Simon Buttimore and Greg Joughin. We were all visitors to Bishops Demesne Farm in our young days where the Gilberts lived, along with several others who now play a part in Manx cultural life.”

Nicola is also featured in the Spring edition of LandLove Magazine. Such a busy lady. With so much going on she told me that the recent pieces she has painted for the David Gilbert exhibition have been an indulgence for her, setting aside the pressure of commissions for a short while to produce these very personal pieces for the exhibition. 

 

Alice Quayle has been getting herself in the news this week. Her illustration of Sophia Goulden and her famous suffragette daughter, Emmeline Pankhurst, was featured on BBC North West this week as the UK celebrated the centenary of giving some women the vote in 1918. As well as that, the Creative Network gave her work a big plug recently and the Arts Council is currently producing some great artist interviews – you can read all about Alice and her contribution to the Island’s Biosphere status with her quirky maps here

 

I am sure will have noticed that I’ve had a link to Beach Buddies at the top of the post the last couple of weeks. I’ve decided to support Beach Buddies this year as they are doing inspirational and incredibly important work in cleaning our beaches and raising awareness of the global issue of plastic waste. We all need to do our bit and encourage everyone to reduce their use of plastic and generally clean up our act. Gef the Mongoose published a great post this week titled ‘Plastic Surgery‘ with a range of ways in which we can all do our bit to contribute to cutting down on plastic waste.

Frauke Watson updated her page on the Directory this week with some photographs of work she has produced using beach waste, perhaps not most of us will do with the rubbish we pick up, but fascinating non the less.

The Flower Studio is also doing their bit on recycling.  I loved this post from them about how they are tackling the problem:

* recycle – we recycle ALL of our green waste back to compost as well as recycling card and paper waste locally 🌳

* re-use – we love to turn rubbish into something beautiful and items such as our Blooming Cantastic designs do just this! 🌺

* reduce – we searched high and low to find an alternative to the polypropylene sheets we use for aqua packs on our bouquets, but unfortunately, there isn’t a suitable (i.e. waterproof!) one. So we have redesigned our packaging to reduce the use of plastics by over two thirds and we would encourage customers to try and re-use the polypropylene before eventually recycling it. 🌍

* provenance – we care where every stem has come from that we use in The Flower Studio. Most of our greenery is grown just down the road from us and during the Summer months, we have a beautiful supply of locally grown flowers. But for the rest of our blooms, we carefully choose growers further afield that operate under labels such as MPS and FFP where we can be guaranteed that they are ethically and environmentally sound. 👍

* educate – this is where you lovely lot come in… Each design that we send out from The Flower Studio from now on will come with an advice slip (printed on recycled paper obvs!) to let you know which items can be recycled or re-used. And to give you a little incentive, there are certain things that we will swap with you for cold hard cash if you bring them back to us in excellent condition! 💷😎

Well done The Flower Studio! Let’s hope that inspires others to look at what they can do in their own businesses. The Flower Studio is also participating in the #sharetheloveheart project instigated by Yarny Grianne that I mentioned last week. Look out for gorgeous creations like these…

I also mentioned last week that Paul Parker was going to have a bit of change of direction and he posted up these fabulous pen and wash pictures this week. He said in his post “Pen and wash paintings are good, they make you draw, and it breaks things down into two parts. Drawing, then painting. It is a lot easier than pure watercolor. I use a stick or sharpen the handle of a small brush. It gives a line, not unlike charcoal of a graphite pencil, and when applied to a rough watercolor paper gives a lovely broken line.

You need a more tonal pallet to hold up against the black ink. Pen and wash are a little out of fashion these days, but in the right hands, it is an excellent starting point to learn watercolor. Or indeed to do paintings.”

Can paintings this good really be out of fashion? Surely not.

News Shorts

The new show at the Hodgson Loom Gallery opens on Saturday. Pop along from 2pm for drinks, nibbles, conviviality and photographic eye-candy.

 

Photographer Mark Boyd who is based at Grenaby Studios now has a page on the Directory. Check it out here.

 

Photo by Sam Maiden

Regular readers of this blog will know that I am a supporter of the Queens Pier Restoration Trust and they have now launched their ‘Sponsor a Plank’ campaign. I think it’s a great idea and prices are very reasonable with prices starting from just £10 for ‘child planks’ and ‘souvenir planks’ and £40 for Bay 3 planks. Head on over to their website to purchase: http://www.qprt.im/

 

Kate Jerry posted up this video – I love the colours she’s using. A moment or two of calm. Enjoy!

 

What’s On

 

On now – 5 May – ‘Crossing Open Ground’ – David Gilbert: A Retrospective – at the Manx Museum and The Sayle Gallery

On now – Mannin Art Group Exhibition at Milntown Cafe

On now – Manx Miniatures at The Isle Gallery

14 February – Manx Radio 5.30pm-6pm Spotlight with Sarah Hendy

17 February – 17 March – Hodgson Loom Gallery – Isle of Man Photographic Society 80th Anniversary Exhibition

4 March – Exhibition on Screen, Leonardo at the Erin Arts Centre – 3pm – 4.30pm

 

Upcoming Workshops:

 

12 February – The Hobbit – Journey to Middle Earth – 9.30am-12.30pm – The Isle Gallery

12 February – Action Jackson (Jackson Pollock) for kids – 2.30pm-5pm – The Isle Gallery 

13 February – Monster Pots – Who can make the best worst pot – Age 5+ 10am-12.3pm – The Isle Gallery

15 February – Isle of Man Drawing Club Nude Life Drawing – 7pm-9pm at Noa Bakehouse

26 February – Absolute Beginners in Watercolour Painting – 7pm-9.30pm – The Isle Gallery

27 February – Absolute Beginners in Watercolour Painting – 10am-12.30pm – The Isle Gallery

27 & 28 February – Manx Mosaics by Ellie – Design and Create a Mosaic Heart – Workshop – from 6pm at St. Catherine’s Church Hall, Port Erin

1 March – Printmaking for Beginners and Improvers – 7pm-9.30pm – The Isle Gallery

2 March – Printmaking for Beginners and Improvers – 10am-12.30pm – The Isle Gallery

2 March – An Evening of Urban Screen Printing – 7pm-9.30pm – The Isle Gallery

3 March – Art for the Heart – Vizualise the Change you want to See – 10am-4pm – Ramsey

18 March – DIY Mothers Day Crafts – Mum & Me for adults – 1pm-4pm – The Isle Gallery

 

If you’ve got a workshop or class coming up that you would like me to share please just drop me an email: graceandhall@gmail.com or get in touch via Facebook/Messenger.

 

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Jane x

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Isle of Man Art News – 5 February 2018

Spring is officially sprung. The snowdrops are bobbing their beautiful brilliant white bells along the hedgerows in the wintry sunshine and the creative sap is rising, unfurling new shoots with vigor and the promise of flower in the shape of two rather wonderful art collaborations. 

I am talking of course, firstly, of the new ‘Longhouse Collective’ based at the Grenaby Studios. Founded by Claire Pearse (Elementisle), Nicola Dixon and Graham Hall, their desire is to create a like-minded artistic community with an emphasis on creating quality bodies of innovative work with a professional ethic, both individually and collaboratively. As an evolving long term project they will be showcasing their art and contemporary craft and that of other Manx makers both locally and overseas. There are some fabulous plans in progress for more Longhouse spaces and Nicola Dixon will be the next to take delivery of hers around the end of the month. She’s planning to spend time working from both Grenaby and her studio at home in Peel. 

Other artists and artisans with their work at the Longhouse are Little Tree Soaps, Breeze Candles, Mark Boyd (who is shortlisted for ‘Outdoor Photographer of the Year 2017), Julia Ashby Smyth, Laxey Woollen Mills, Jeremy Paul and … I’m sure I’ve missed somebody out…!

Saturday saw the opening of the redesigned shop space and when I called in to say hello early afternoon, the place was buzzing. I did however, manage to get a chance to say hello to all of the artists, get the low down on some exciting plans for the future- in particular this year’s IOM Art Festival early May should be amazing – and stock up with birthday cards and a present for my niece. Open Fridays and Saturdays, if you haven’t sampled the loveliness of Grenaby yet then I highly recommend you head out soon with the purpose of tracking it down. Tucked away in Ballabeg, once you know where it is (just two turns off the main road) you’ll wonder why you ever thought it was hard to find. 

 

The second rather wonderful art collaboration is all a-happening in Onchan. Kierd Collective is the new generation of Manx art and currently comprises of Kim Graziano, Alice Fayle, Reap what you Sew, Flamingo, Scandi Interiors by Maja and Yarny Gráinne.

The shop space looks amazing from what I have seen on social media and when I visited over Christmas it had a really young and vibrant feel to it. I didn’t get a chance to call in and see them at the weekend but was really delighted to see Claire and Nicola at Grenaby sporting gorgeous little crocheted hearts inspired by Yarny Gráinne’s #sharetheloveheart project  – a lovely crossover of these two initiatives.

Claire’s crocheted heart and one of her gorgeous droplet collection necklaces.

Gráinne last year invited people to help her knit/crochet/sew/make a heart with a kind message attached to leave in a public place over Valentine’s week. This year it’s on again but for the whole of February.

She says on her Facebook page: “Giving or receiving a positive and uplifting message can make the world of difference to someone and brighten anyone’s day so let’s get as many hearts as we can out there over February! Here we can post inspiration, patterns for making hearts and pictures of where we leave them or find them over the next few weeks! Please invite anyone who you think might be interested so that we can share the love! Everyone is welcome!” To get involved follow the link above.

The opening of Manx Miniatures at the Isle Gallery on Sunday did not disappoint. I had a really interesting conversation with Juan Moore who asked me which was my favourite out of the whole show. I walked around each artist’s section of the exhibition, picking out the ones I particularly liked but when it came down to which one I would buy I really struggled to choose. Colleen Corlett’s execution is exquisite; Kate Jerry’s colour palette really floats my boat; the meanings behind Juan’s pieces and how he executes them make them really interesting and appealing; Mike Starkey’s bold style is somehow classic; Colette Gambell’s latest work is exciting; Anna Clucas’s work is fascinating; Howard Shimmin’s use of colour is energising; Julie Roberts achieved the most amazing work on the tiniest of scales and Julie Collins’ watercolours are something pretty special. Katerina Pawlowksa, in her first exhibition at a local gallery has a lot to be proud of and Vici Blackburn’s beautiful little ceramics and Lucy Savage’s glass pieces are eminently collectible.

It’s been quite a challenge for some of them to work on this scale. Although Juan’s work is not normally large, these pieces are around a quarter of the size of his smallest work. I won’t quote exactly what he said but let’s just say he found it hard! 

Mike Starkey, such a generous artist with his time and skills, told me he was off to Jurby school this week to spend time doing art classes using recycled materials. He was walking around with the white insert you find under the biscuit tin lid as I was talking to him and said he was planning on using pizza bases (the plasticy things, not the pizza dough!) to show the children that you can paint on just about anything. Perhaps most inspiring though is that Mike regularly does this kind of work for free or just in return for a bite of lunch.

It’s a lovely show and the prices are very reasonable, so if you are thinking about starting a collection of original local artwork you’d be making a very good start investing in a piece of artwork from this show. As I said earlier, there are lots of lovely pieces and I’m sure something will catch your fancy.

 

News Shorts

 

A Happy Medium from Eloise White (EloKJ) on Vimeo.

Eloise White posted up this video from her very successful ‘A Happy Medium’ exhibition last year at The Sayle Gallery.

 

Phil Kneen shared his latest blog post on his long-term photo essay. Dare I say he’s beginning to like being at sea?

Paul Parker posted up this lovely little 10 x 8 acrylic painting of Apple Cross in Scotland – his first acrylic in a long while. He says he’s going to paint whatever takes his fancy for a while so look out for some of his new work in this interesting change of direction.

I was delighted to read this week that the Isle of Man Arts Council has purchased 3 of Rob Jones’s fabulous sculptures for their loan collection – you can read the full article here.

I spotted some of Barbara Glassey-Cole’s work on the Manx Paintings Facebook page. Barbara and I used to work together many moons ago so it was lovely to be back in touch. These are four pictures she currently has for sale (get int touch for details).

And finally, although not really art, more artisan, I just wanted to share the fantastic news that Noa Bakehouse has been awarded Britain’s Favorite Food Producer and Apple Orphanage, Britain’s Favourite Drinks Producer by LandLove Magazine. Filbey’s Restaurant came second as Britain’s favourite place to eat. Huge congratulations to all of them!

 

What’s On

 

On now – Mannin Art Group Exhibition at Milntown Cafe

On now – Manx Miniatures at The Isle Gallery

7 February – Manx Radio 5.30pm-6pm Spotlight with Sarah Hendy

9th February – Isle of Man Arts Council Funding Deadline

10 February – 5 May – ‘Crossing Open Ground’ – David Gilbert: A Retrospective

 

Upcoming Workshops:

 

9 February – Isle of Man Drawing Club – Vintage Fashion, 7pm-9pm – at Keird Collective, Village Walk, Onchan

10 February – Beginners’ Modern Calligraphy Workshop, Laxey Pavillion, Oh My Pen & Press 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm

12 February – The Hobbit – Journey to Middle Earth – 9.30am-12.30pm – The Isle Gallery

12 February – Action Jackson (Jackson Pollock) for kids – 2.30pm-5pm – The Isle Gallery 

13 February – Monster Pots – Who can make the best worst pot – Age 5+ 10am-12.3pm – The Isle Gallery

15 February – Isle of Man Drawing Club Nude Life Drawing – 7pm-9pm at Noa Bakehouse

26 February – Absolute Beginners in Watercolour Painting – 7pm-9.30pm – The Isle Gallery

27 February – Absolute Beginners in Watercolour Painting – 10am-12.30pm – The Isle Gallery

27 & 28 February – Manx Mosaics by Ellie – Design and Create a Mosaic Heart – Workshop – from 6pm at St. Catherine’s Church Hall, Port Erin

1 March – Printmaking for Beginners and Improvers – 7pm-9.30pm – The Isle Gallery

2 March – Printmaking for Beginners and Improvers – 10am-12.30pm – The Isle Gallery

2 March – An Evening of Urban Screen Printing – 7pm-9.30pm – The Isle Gallery

3 March – Art for the Heart – Vizualise the Change you want to See – 10am-4pm – Ramsey

18 March – DIY Mothers Day Crafts – Mum & Me for adults – 1pm-4pm – The Isle Gallery

 

If you’ve got a workshop or class coming up that you would like me to share please just drop me an email: graceandhall@gmail.com or get in touch via Facebook/Messenger.

 

Here’s this week’s round up of images from Social Media. Click on the pictures to view in the lightbox.

 

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Jane x

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