I had the very great pleasure on Saturday morning of meeting Colleen Corlett and her husband, David, at their lovely home in Onchan. If I had had any doubts about whether or not I was at the right house all the guesswork was taken out of it on arriving at the front door which Colleen has transformed using her fabulous skills in producing stained glass windows and panels. Stepping into her hallway you’re surrounded by the most harmonious and colourful feast for the eyes – the internal door panels have also been replaced with Colleen’s glass creations and her artwork graces the walls.
We had coffee in her studio which is neat and organised and at present full of all sorts of goodies ready for her show which opens at The Sayle Gallery in October. One of the first things I spotted was the gorgeous illuminated scroll that she did for Hector Duff when he was awarded the Honorary Freedom of Douglas. Colleen has borrowed it back for the exhibition and was telling me about meeting with Hector and talking to him a great length to ensure that she incorporated the right elements into the design. It really is a beautiful piece of work and just one of many such works that she has produced – including two which have been gifted to the Queen!
Colleen works in many different mediums. She originally trained as a graphic designer but says that she just loves learning new things. She went to a glass cutting workshop once, realised she could do it and has gone on to produce stained glass windows which, as she says, will be around long after she has gone (and all the rest of us and our children too, for sure). She’s also re-interpreted some of her pastel works as tapestries (seriously, this lady has the patience of a saint) and says that she has enjoyed doing that as she can work in the living room and keep David company. As well as the tapestries there is also the embroidery and the sand blasted glass work and the pastels – and let’s not forget the watercolours with such detail I’m in awe. Oh, and did I mention ceramics? No…? It’s not unusual for her to work 10 hour plus days, but she says she just loves doing it and I get that. The saying ‘doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun?’ certainly applies to Mrs Corlett.
The exhibition “Answering the Need to Create” which opens on 13th October is going to be great. There was so much to look at in her studio I could happily have stayed there all day – it was lucky for Colleen that I had an appointment to get to otherwise she would probably have had to evict me! Here are a few snaps to give you an idea of what you can expect to see.
I’ve been doing lots of talking to Artists this week as I also called in to see Nicola Dixon at her home in Peel. Nicola’s studio is also chocka with all sorts of loveliness. She’s presently busy working on a couple of commissions but never fear – she has a good stock of work available and, like the majority of the Artists here on the Island, she is wonderfully friendly and approachable so if your walls are crying out for some of Nicola’s work or you want to buy it as a gift you can get in touch with her directly – check out her page on the Directory for her contact details.
For those of you that work in the Creative sector on the Island, Jane Jelski (Department of Economic Development) has devised a short survey which will provide some useful feedback on the creative sector. If you have any questions or would like to discuss any ideas further Jane can be contacted by phone on 682380 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Another exhibition coming up very soon is ‘Elemental’ at the Hodgson Loom Gallery with work by Julia Ashby Smyth, Neil Milsom and Elizabeth Cowin. If the poster for it is anything to go by then I think we are in for a treat. The Preview is on Friday 7th October, 6.00pm to 8.30pm and I really do urge you to go; there is a real buzz at Previews with lots of Artists and other interesting people attending. They are lovely, social events AND you get to see great Art AND meet the Artists who will talk to you about their work. It’s the perfect time to buy too, otherwise you’ll get there a week later and fall in love with a piece that has already been sold! Put it in your diary – in fact put them all in your diary! There’s a handy list further down this post.
It would be very remiss of me while I’m bleating on about going to Previews and Exhibitions if I didn’t mention Bruno Cavellec’s forthcoming show ‘Lifted’ which opens at the Isle Gallery on 2 October (Preview 2.00pm). It’s going to be ‘absolument magnifique’ I am sure. I tried to persuade Bruno to let me have a sneak pic to share with you that will preview at the show but he’s being very secretive, so we will just have to wait and see. He’ll be on Manx Radio on 28th September at 2.00pm, talking about his work and the show to Christy DeHaven. I’ll have to plug my ear phones in at the day job and pretend I’m working for that one!
You may remember a few weeks ago I showed you progress on the table which Graham Hall and Simon Capelen were so beautifully crafting at Grenaby Studios. I forgot to include a picture of the oiled table the following week so here it is. Look at the colours! It’s absolutely gorgeous isn’t it? Click the picture to view it in the Lightbox to get the full effect.
So many of our wonderful artists are multi-talented and Rebecca Odessa is certainly one of them. Rebecca writes for an American website called The Wisdom Daily. Whilst it doesn’t strictly fit the bill for the Manx Art Directory, I’m making an exception here as Rebecca is a local artist and she is writing about art, even though in this case it’s not local, so if you fancy reading something a bit different and seeing some fab photography you can follow the link below.
Dates for your Diary:
On now to 25 September – The Isle Gallery – Black & White, contemporary Art and Print
On now to 1 October – Hodgson Loom Gallery – Chinese Whispers
On now to 9 October – ‘A Man Apart’ The Life and Work of Simon Buttimore at The Sayle Gallery
On now through to 19 November – Manx Museum – ‘Islands and Bridges’ The Art of Roger Dean
22 September – Preview Night of Studio 42’s Autumnal Show – Sheena Graham-George, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
23 September – 12 November Autumnal Show at Studio 42
28 September – Women Today – Bruno Cavellec talking about his solo show, ‘Lifted’
2 October to 30 October – Bruno Cavellec – Solo show ‘Lifted’ at The Isle Gallery – opens at 2.00pm on Sunday 2nd October, all welcome.
7 October – Paul Parker at the Braaid Hall – Watercolour Painting (5 days on light and tone over 5 weeks)
7 October – Elemental Preview at the Hodgson Loom Gallery 6.00pm – 8.30pm – all welcome.
13 October – 2 November – Sally Black at Noa Bakehouse
13 October – 20 November – Colleen Corlett “Answering the Need to Create” at the Sayle Gallery
14 October – 28 October – Svetlana Cameron – Solo Exhibition – 37 Kensington High Street, London
And finally, here is my round-up of images chosen from social media this week – enjoy!
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