It’s been an incredible week for the Directory this week. In case you didn’t spot it already (the large logo above is a clue…), the Isle of Man Arts Council has kindly agreed to sponsor these news updates which is very much appreciated. The other amazing news is that the Directory has been short-listed as a finalist in the Isle of Man Awards for Excellence competition in the Innovation & Independent Thinking category sponsored by Derivco. This is fantastic for the visual arts and all of the Artists listed on the Directory. The competition, as you will most likely know, is a very high profile event and the publicity will be brilliant for raising awareness of the website. The Directory wouldn’t be what it is today without all of the help and co-operation of the Artists, Galleries and organisations who have been so generous and welcoming of the Directory initiative so it is with huge thanks to them that the website is competition-worthy. Thank you to everyone who has been so supportive – in particular my husband, Martin, who has put up with me spending countless hours at the computer and supplied bucket loads of tea!
Staying with the Directory for a minute, do please let all your Arty and Crafty friends about the Christmas page – it’s open to all small Artisan businesses and makers and also to other bigger organisations supporting our Arty and Crafty friends. The more people who list the more useful it will be and the more chance our Artists and Artisan makers will have of selling their work, so let’s think local and buy local this Christmas. I’ll be promoting the page through FB until Christmas so it’s really great value for money in maximising your store’s visibility. Click here if you would like a link to your shop, website or FB page.
Roger Dean, whose fabulous exhibition is still on at the Manx Museum until 19 November, was on ITV news recently to promote his new exhibition in Sussex – check out this link if you missed it. If you haven’t been to ‘Islands and Bridges’ yet I do urge you to go – it’s such a rare opportunity to see this wonderful collection of work and it doesn’t disappoint. For those of you interested in his design and architecture you can also read my interview with him here on the Directory.
Colleen Corlett’s solo show ‘Answering the Need to Create’ opened on Friday at the Sayle Gallery after a very successful private view on Thursday evening. I had a chat to Colleen on Wednesday afternoon and sent the voice recording through to Manx Radio where the very lovely and talented Christy DeHaven tarted it up and put a bit of music around it. It sounds pretty good now if I don’t say so myself! If you missed it on Women Today you can have a listen here and I’ve also added it to Colleen’s page on the Directory. Colleen’s show is on until 20 November and it’s a real crowd pleaser with something for everyone. Colleen works with lots of different mediums, whatever she is working with being her favourite of the moment, so if ceramics is your thing you can tick that box, and if it’s glass you can tick that box too… and the list goes on. Whatever she turns her hand to she seems to excel at but I think I still like her watercolours best. Or her pastels. And her tapestry is pretty good…. Oh heck – just go and take a look and you’ll see what I mean!
Inspired by Colleen’s show, the Sayle Gallery is running some workshops: ‘Layered Landscapes’ on Wednesday 26th October 10am – 3pm and ‘Ceramic Giftware’ on Saturday 12th and Saturday 19th November. Click on the pic below to see more details and the number to book.
Sally Black’s solo show at Noa Bakehouse is on now – pop along for a coffee and check out her lovely work. Sally has a very distinctive style and very different subject matter! The picture of her pomegranates is just one lovely example – what’s not to like?!
Professional teaching artists, Kate Jerry and Colette Gambell from Artreach Studios, will be exploring the Viking Realms of Valhalla at the House of Manannan this October half-term. Click on the picture below to view the details. Suitable for ages 6-16 years.
Svetlana Cameron expressed how grateful she is to her sponsors, Knox Private Office, for organising a beautiful, exclusive reception to mark her first solo exhibition in London. She said that she was extremely honoured to welcome more than 100 VIP guests that included Knox Group of Companies’ management team and their guests: senior politicians, representatives of Russian and English business elite, distinguished artists and art connoisseurs. As if that wasn’t enough her work is on the front page of the Art Renewal Centre this week and she rounded off the week with a Gala dinner at the Houses of Parliament! Well done Svetlana – it’s so great to see your hard work and talent being rewarded as it should be.
Just a reminder about the Hodgson Loom’s open art competition here – handing in 3rd – 7th December – the theme is ‘Time’.
Bruno Cavellec’s solo exhibition ‘Lifted’ is still on at the Isle Gallery for another couple of weeks. Suzy Holland published an interesting article in this month’s Gallery Magazine (p32) about Bruno and his inspirations and, now that the exhibtion has been launched, he’s been posting up some of his gorgeous pictures on FB. Lots of them are available as limited edition prints which you can either buy at the Isle Gallery or via Bruno directly. Here are a few of his oil paintings to give you a taster.
Some of the Isle of Man Arts Council’s loan collection is going to be on display in Port Erin during the coming month including works by Juan Moore and Peter Hearsey. The exhibition will be open to the public from 18 October. The Sir James Mellon gallery at the Erin Arts Centre is open 10am to 4.30pm weekdays.
Dates for your Diary:
On now – Autumnal Show – Sheena Graham-George at Studio 42
On now to 30 October – Bruno Cavellec – Solo show ‘Lifted’ at The Isle Gallery
On now to 5 November – Elemental at the Hodgson Loom Gallery
On now through to 19 November – Manx Museum – ‘Islands and Bridges’ The Art of Roger Dean
On now to 2 November – Sally Black at Noa Bakehouse
On now to 20 November – Colleen Corlett “Answering the Need to Create” at the Sayle Gallery
On now to 28 October – Svetlana Cameron – Solo Exhibition – 37 Kensington High Street, London
18 October through November – IOM Arts Council Loan Collection at the Erin Arts Centre
20 October – Creative Industries Public Meeting No. 6 at Noa Bakehouse, 6pm
22 October – Mannin Art Group – Meet the Artist 10am – 5pm at St. Paul’s Hall, Ramsey
24 to 28 October – Valhalla Doorways at the House of Manannan 2pm – 4pm
25 October – Make your own Breakfast Bowl and Spoon – The Isle Gallery, 10am
25 October – Ceramic Hands Family Art Workshop – The Isle Gallery, 2pm
26 October – Layered Landscapes Family Workshop at The Sayle Gallery – 10am -3pm
26 October – The Book of Life Art Workshop- The Isle Gallery – 10am
26 October – Teens & Tweens Art Masterclass, Collage Landscape – The Isle Gallery – 6pm
….. and that’s just October! Check out the ‘What’s On’ page HERE to see the Calendar.
Finally, here is my usual round up of images found on social media this week. Enjoy.
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Have a great week!