There was lots on this weekend and I had a diary clash between the opening of the new Hodgson Loom exhibition and the inaugural Marshall Cubbon Lecture at the Manx Museum. I couldn’t really be late for the lecture so I decided to be early for the Isle of Man Photograhic Society’s opening at the Gallery instead. I’ve mentioned before that I’m quite a fan of photography as an artistic medium and the show didn’t disappoint, with some lovely photographs by Chris Blyth, Sue Blythe, Jeremy Broome-Smith, Bill Callow, Tony Curtis and Sue Leeming. I really must learn to use my camera. The show is on until 11th March which is just as well as I really didn’t have a chance to take it in properly, so I will definitely be heading back for a second look.
The Marshall Cubbon lecture entitled ‘The Fight for Beauty’ by Dame Fiona Reynolds DBE was very interesting and I really enjoyed it so it was a shame that the lecture theatre was only around half full. A former Director General of the National Trust, Director of the Council for the Protection of Rural England and Secretary to the Council for National Parks, Dame Fiona spoke very eloquently about how beauty has been embraced through the last century and a half, the importance of influencers such as John Ruskin and Octavia Hill and some of the challenges faced by the National Trust, noting how ‘beauty’ has been relegated to the back seat by the all-consuming political obsession for ‘economic growth’. I didn’t think to ask if it was being recorded but I do hope so. I’ll check this week to find out if it was and if so, whether I can share it with you.
Sunday saw me take a rather wintery drive to The Isle Gallery for the opening of their new show with a collection including some of the Island’s best Artists – in no particular order – Nancy Corkish, David Byrne, Bruno Cavellec, Petrina Kent, Anna Clucas, Colleen Corlett, and Howard Shimmin to name but a few.
It’s a very nice collection of work and, as always at show openings, a number of Artists were there in person. I had a lovely catch up with Howard Shimmin and his wife Sue and also Colleen and David Corlett. I also had a chat to John Caley and his wife who introduced me to Yvonne Cresswell, curator of Social History at the Manx Museum. All in all it was worth braving the weather. Here is a little taster for you.
Of course it’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow, so it would be very remiss of me not to include a couple of pics as a nod to local artistic endeavours in this area. Skimming through the list of Artists most likely to have produced this kind of imagery, two jumped out immediately – Juan Moore who quite often draws people’s innards and Adam Berry for his gorgeous girls and uplifting style. Sure enough, they didn’t disappoint and I managed to find some hearts to share. I think Juan’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ is particularly lovely which is why I’ve used it as this week’s featured image.
Adam’s ‘With Love & Kisses’ T-Shirts are unisex, super soft grey with retro red print and are also available with a dark grey print on a charcoal tee – both available from his website shop – cost £25.
I was super-chuffed a couple of weeks ago that Phil Kneen picked my daughter, Ellen, to model for him (he didn’t realise that Ellen was my daughter as we have different surnames). Needless to say, I’ll be keeping these ones!
The Creative Network has published some key dates for your Diary. I’ve put them in the Directory calendar and if you go and find them on there you can save them to your own Google calendar. In particular, do note that there is a Social Evening this week and, not to be missed, the Isle of Man Art Festival will be again be held over the May bank holiday weekend. It was absolutely ace last year and I really enjoyed trying to get to all of the venues. I think making it my mission to call in to as many venues as possible made it all the more fun, planning out the most efficient route in advance and taking account of Artists who were only showing on certain days. The planning was executed with military-like precision and much tea and cake was consumed along the way. My friend Sarah, who I commandeered into accompanying me last year, enjoyed herself so much that she was very excited to hear about this year’s event and has already put it in her diary.
Social Evening – 16th February 6-8pm at The Sayle Gallery
Website Update Cutoff – 28th February
IOM Art Festival Entries Cutoff – 31st March
IOM Art Festival Launch – 20th April – Noa Bakehouse
IOM Art Festival 2017 – 29th April – 1st May
Dates for your Diary
On now – Western Photographic Society Exhibition at the Manx Museum
On now – 24 February – Bob Hitchin’s Digi-rama at the Erin Arts Centre
On now – 19 February – ‘4 Years On’ and ‘Thalloo as Keayn’ (Land and Sea) at The Sayle Gallery
On now – Hodgson Loom Photographic Exhibition
On now – Manx Landscapes and Seascapes at The Isle Gallery (Group Show)
16 February, 6pm – 8pm at The Sayle Gallery – Creative Network Social Evening
21 February – Draw Folks, Fairies & Themselves with Juan Moore at the Manx Museum (ages 8 -16 years)
23 February – Draw Victorious Vikings in Valhalla with Juan Moore at the House of Manannan (ages 8 -16 years)
Here’s this week’s round up of images from Social Media. Enjoy.
Have a great week!