Isle of Man Art News – 18 September 2017

Thursday evening last week saw a meeting of the Creative Network at The Sayle Gallery with an update about the organisation and venues for next year’s Isle of Man Art Festival, which will again take place over the early May bank holiday weekend. It’s been a fabulous event in recent years with an increase in the number of locations and their geographical reach now extending island-wide. One of the things the Creative Network are looking for is feedback on the printed programmes – are they useful or should they just be available online? Last year the different locations for the festival were in one section with a separate Artist directory booklet printed with the intention that it would have a longer shelf life than the festival guide itself. Please feel free to leave any comments on this post about any aspect of the festival which you feel would be useful. If you are reading this post and you think your company would be interested in sponsoring the festival, you can email me at graceandhall@gmail.com and I will be very happy to put you in touch with the right people. 

Bruno Cavellec who was in my news post a couple of weeks ago with his beautiful oil paintings inspired by Finistère has been busy creating more wonderful pieces for us to enjoy. I absolutely love the colour palette in the latest in his ‘Monk’ series commission – this one is called ‘The Quest’. He’s also produced a new book cover for Martin Davies, who he met 12 years ago when he was the manager of singer/songwriter Scott Matthews. Their shared passion for music has led to this exciting collaboration. The Million Pound Drop is the bitter-sweet story of a working class boy lifted by art, and daring to transcend his background by aiming for the stars and is available now on Amazon.

Svetlana Cameron was a solo guest on Manx Radio on Friday with Christy DeHaven in a Conister Rocks Special.  Do have a listen if you missed it by following the link.

Also coming up soon is the auction of her beautiful painting of Natalia Osipova, a Principal of the Royal Ballet, London. The portrait is part of a money-cannot-buy experience lot which will be auctioned at the charity evening in aid of Gift of Life on 5 October in London. All proceeds from the auction with be used to provide medical treatment to children battling cancer. In addition to the portrait, the winner will be treated to 2 premium tickets for one of Natalia’s performances and a backstage tour of Royal Opera House in London in 2017/2018 theatre season. To make it extra special and absolutely unbeatable, Natalia kindly offers attending one of her rehearsals or a private ballet lesson. Bidding is open to all ballet lovers around the globe. To place advance bids email Marina@giftoflife.eu. Telephone bidding will also be available on 5 October.

Colleen Corlett has recently finished this beautiful gourd. The pictures are different angles of the same piece – I can hardly believe she managed to fit so much onto it! She also made herself rather poorly in the process as she was unaware that she should wear a mask but I’m glad to report that she is now on the mend. Very best wishes for a full and speedy recovery Colleen.

The Isle of Man Drawing Club is proving to be so popular that Kim has had to find a bigger venue! She’s not yet announced where it’s to be but it will be available for the October and November drawing club meetings. The next meeting which is this Thursday, 21st September is still at The British in the Embassy Room but please remember that seating is first come first served (and it’s been really busy so get there early!). 

Janet Lees, whose photography work regularly features in these news posts, is the most fabulous writer and poet. I felt very privileged to publish one of her poems accompanied by some of her photographs last week. It had a huge response – and deservedly so – it’s absolutely, stunningly wonderful. If you missed it click here to take a couple of minutes to immerse yourself in its beauty. 

Feeling rather inspired by the poetry post and also ‘The Bones of Time’ series I published last year, which was a collaboration between Usha Kishore and Carola Colley, I’m planning on making poetry posts a regular feature and would like to invite any poets and artists who would like to share their work to get in touch. Please email me in the first instance: graceandhall@gmail.com.

News Shorts

 

Congratulations to Katy Mitchell who is celebrating 2 years as a full time potter!
Sally Black posted up this little beauty – the fish head is a painting of a ceramic piece made by her husband, Steve.
Ongky Wijana – Art in Stone , who made the Labyrinth in Peel Cathedral grounds, is creating a new Labyrinth in Padi organic restaurant in Ubud.
Nicola Dixon’s Green Mann Manx Land Triskel mugs were on sale at the Isle Of Man Food and Drink Festival at the weekend.
Bryan Moore continues his fab work on a new graphic novel.

Dates for your Diary

 

On now until 8 October – Isle of Man Society of Architects at The Sayle Gallery

On now until 23 September – “At The Edge of The World” by Julie Collins at The Isle Gallery

On now until 30 September – “Views, Vistas & Studies” at the Hodgson Loom Gallery

Opening 25 September – ‘Painted Dreams’ by Eileen Schaer a the House of Manannan, Peel

 

21 September – Isle of Man Drawing Club: Curvy Life Drawing! – 7pm at the Embassy Rooms, The British Hotel 

7 October – 27 January 2018 – Manx Tholtans at the Manx Museum – Ray Kelly and Niamh Kelly

7 – 28 October – All things Loaghtan at the Hodgson Loom Gallery in conjunction with the 7th North Atlantic Sheep Conference

13 October – Arts, Craft and Demonstration Fayre at The Working Men’s Institute in Laxey – 11.00am – 9.00pm

 

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

 

 

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Have a great week!

Jane x

 

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Last night we were undressed by the wind – Janet Lees

Last night we were undressed by the wind

 

It took our shoes first;

we watched them rise like odd dense birds

into the indigo sky.

 

 

It undid buttons, habits, words;

twirled away the shadows on your face,

the lines engraved on mine.

 

 

It freed the magpie in your ribcage,

unzipped each one of my muttering scars,

opened our heads to the blazing dark.

 

 

And then there was only bright skin

And then we were

just air

 

 

Last night we were undressed

by the wind. This morning

we woke in our clothes.

 

 

 

Janet Lees

First published in the Milestones anthology by Write Out Loud

 

 

Isle of Man Art News – 11 September 2017

Regular readers of this blog may well remember the ‘dog and stairs’ incident just before TT week, when I missed the last step of the stairs and injured my left knee and both ankles. Having decided that I was now not sufficiently injured to warrant not doing any exercise, and as the scales are currently saying ‘one at a time please’, I’ve finally made a decision and joined the gym. Seriously though, I did the fitness test on the cross trainer and it said ‘well below average’. No surprise really but not exactly heartening!

Anyway, I made my first foray to the gym on Friday night after work to fill in the time before heading over to the Sayle Gallery for the opening of their new show – the first by the Isle of Man Society of Architects (SofA). I was really delighted to see such a great turn out and lots of new faces which will hopefully help to bring a new audience to the gallery on a more regular basis. Here’s a video of the opening address by Martyn Thomas.

 

 

As well as the show of various projects there are the best photographs from the #ilovethisbuilding competition and some of Patricia Tutt’s fabulous photographs. Patricia has a lovely selection of photographic prints available for sale and they really are stunning.

I caught up with a few people including Gavin Carter who has a mini exhibition on at the Sayle and I’m glad to report that he has decided to stay on the island for the foreseeable future. Gavin has participated in the last two summer workshop days with the Sayle (both of which I’ve missed due to taking holidays in August!). Here is the lovely carving he made with the children and another of his pieces from the show.

It was a full-on arty weekend, as Saturday saw the opening of “Views, Vistas & Studies” at the Hodgson Loom Gallery. John Caley and Ronnie Doyle were both there in person but unfortunately Max Aitken wasn’t, which I was disappointed about especially on seeing his work. Hopefully I will be able to catch up with him soon.

As expected, Julia had done a lovely job of curating the show and if you’re looking for some original artwork to grace your walls presently you’ll be spoilt for choice with this gorgeous collection. Max’s work is mainly acrylic and is bold and vibrant; Ronnie’s work in water colours is striking and compelling and John’s work is exquisite and serene. Here are a few pics to whet your appetite.

 

I mentioned last week that Eileen Schaer has an upcoming exhibition “Painted Dreams” at the House of Manannan and I’m delighted to be able to share a couple of her gorgeous pictures with you this week. The exhibition is covered on page 44 of this month’s Gallery magazine in a lovely article written by Suzy Holland. The show opens to the public on Monday 25th September and I am sure this will be one of the highlight shows of the year. 

It was the last day of the Affordable Art Fair in Bristol yesterday and I got an update report from Kate Jerry who is there with her own work as well as representing a number of Artists (Vici Blackburn, Anna Clucas, Colette Gambell, Eileen Schaer, Jeremy Paul, Graham Rider, and Shelby Sandyford Sykesas) as “Isle Contemporary”. Kate said “It’s all going well, particularly as it’s our first fair. We have been rushed off our feet. Excellent exposure for our Manx Artists, and the stand has also attracted lots of people with Island connections, we have been promoting on many levels to a large audience, so it’s got to be good for tourism too!”. I’m really delighted for them and let’s hope this is the first of many.

 

 

News Shorts:

And finally, but certainly not least, Hannah Yeowell. Hannah took up photography earlier this year and I think you’ll agree she’s already producing some fabulous work. She has a good teacher mind you – one of my regulars in these news posts – Phil Kneen. I can see his tuition reflected in these photos. She also has a blog ‘Hannalogue‘ where you can check out some more of her work – take a look at ‘Ray of Light‘, ‘Gone Pickin’‘ and ‘Hello Lomo!‘ where her personal style can be seen coming to the fore…. great work Hannah – keep it up!

 

Dates for your Diary

 

On now until 8 October – Isle of Man Society of Architects at The Sayle Gallery

On now until 23 September – “At The Edge of The World” by Julie Collins at The Isle Gallery

On now until 30 September – “Views, Vistas & Studies” at the Hodgson Loom Gallery

Opening 25 September – ‘Painted Dreams’ by Eileen Schaer a the House of Manannan, Peel

14 September – Printmaking for Beginners and Improvers (Adult class) – The Isle Gallery

15 September – Printmaking for Beginners and Improvers (Friday morning Adult Class) – The Isle Gallery

27 September – Isle of Man Drawing Club: Curvy Life Drawing! – 7pm at the Embassy Rooms, The British Hotel 

7 October – 27 January 2018 – Manx Tholtans at the Manx Museum – Ray Kelly and Niamh Kelly

7 – 28 October – All things Loaghtan at the Hodgson Loom Gallery

 

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

 

 

Please remember to Share this post via your social media to help get the word out about our fabulous local Artists.

Have a great week!

Jane x

 

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