Well it was nigh on a miracle that I made it to Bruno Cavellec’s preview this afternoon (Sunday). I’ve been looking forward to it for months with huge anticipation but there was the small matter of my 50th birthday on Saturday. I didn’t have any big plans for the day and my husband said he had booked a table for us a Jean-Pierre’s in Ramsey, so I was looking forward to a nice meal then home early and curling up in bed and watching a film. Martin though, unbeknownst to me, had arranged for all of the family to be there as well so it was a huge surprise and turned out to be a really wonderful evening. I was thoroughly spoilt by everyone and received masses of good wishes, flowers and pressies, so thank you all for your cards and messages. I know I’m a lightweight these days when it comes to drinking but I thought I had been pretty restrained – two glasses of wine and a glass of champagne you wouldn’t think was excessive would you? Come one o’clock this afternoon, however, I was still feeling ‘rather poorly’.
After walking the dog around Ramsey for a good hour or more (until she gave me the ‘Really mum, are we going home now’ look) I finally felt up to tidying myself up and driving to St. John’s. When I arrived the preview was in full swing with live music, throngs of people, a fabulous selection of cakes and a wonderful vibe. Bruno’s pictures, as expected, were indeed ‘absolument magnifique’. The four main themes for his show ‘LIFTED’ are the sea, women, freedom and music and include oils on canvas, digital and dry point work. It was good to see that the majority of pieces were sold by the time I arrived but fortunately many of them are available as limited edition prints.
I haven’t seen Bruno in ages as he’s been tucked away in his studio producing his work for the show but he did emerge last week when he was on Manx Radio’s ‘Women Today’ programme with Christy DeHaven. I thought it was an extremely good show as it covered Bruno’s early years including his relationship with his parents and his years in the forces, then moved onto an interview in his studio, a hallowed place that no one is allowed to go into unless invited – including his wife Jill – and then moved onto another chat with Bruno in person about the show. You can still hear it again for a few days by checking out the ‘Women Today’ page – it’s well worth a listen.
I had a chat to Jill and asked her which pictures she liked best; like me there was more than one but she actually said she hadn’t had a chance to have a proper look at some of them yet, only having seen them a few hours before the opening of the show and bringing a few last pieces with her on the way! It’s clear that she has huge respect for her husband’s work and, going back to the Manx Radio interview, Bruno says that it was Jill that gave him the opportunity to practice his art and the space to do it, so thank you Jill as your vision has given the Island one of its best Artists.
The show is on now at The Isle Gallery until 30th October and as we are now in the last quarter of the year I think I can safely say ‘Christmas’ without receiving too much abuse, so do go along and pick up some prints as Christmas gifts – they are a great idea especially if you are looking for a lightweight, local present that is easy to post.
Alice Quayle has a mini/micro-exhibition in the Sayle Gallery little window up until Sunday 9th October. It’s some ideas for beautifying Douglas in the form of ‘before and after’ photoshopped photos, mostly involving paint, flags and signage to try and make the town look a bit better, work a little better and help visitors find their way around. Alice is hoping with a few fresh faces after the election it might be a good time for a few new suggestions and if anyone wants to do their own ideas for lovely-fying Douglas all you need to do is tag ‘Alice’s Illustrations’ on Facebook or the Sayle Gallery – they are very welcome – and the ideas can then be shared. Here is a link to the album with some ideas on and Alice says she is sure people could come up with other ideas, so don’t be shy and please do get in touch: Alice’s Illustrations.
To mark the ending of the moving exhibition, ‘Simon Buttimore – A Man Apart’, the Sayle Gallery is inviting his fellow artists and friends to an informal gathering at the gallery on Saturday 8th October, 6.00pm to 10.00pm. You’re invited along for a glass of wine, impromptu live music and a celebratory vibe.
Some of you will know Janet Lees, a lady best known for her literary endeavours, but she can also take a pretty good photo don’t you think? I love these and thought you might do too…. As with all the images in these posts you can click them to view in the Lightbox.
Svetlana Cameron posted up another two recently finished pictures, the first of “Sara Hackman, Mayor of Douglas 2015-16”, 60×50 cm, conte and pastel on paper. Started in spring during Sara’s time in office, this portrait got delayed due to various circumstances, and was finally completed this month. It will be on display in London as part of the upcoming solo exhibition. She also finished “Emilia”, 45×35 cm, conte on paper. Commissioned by the family of a Russian diplomat working in London Svetlana says she believes this portrait will do some travelling around the world before eventually moving to its permanent home in Russia.
There are lots of exhibition openings and events coming up. In particular do go along to ‘Elemental’ at the Hodgson Loom Gallery in Laxey this week, Friday 7th from 6.00pm. It promises to be a good one and I’m really looking forward to seeing more of Julia Ashby-Smyth’s work. Neil Milson also produces some lovely pieces of tactile work and is fascinated by pre-history. I’m not familiar yet with Elizabeth Cowin’s work but there is a sneak peek in the images below.
Also opening soon (13 October) is Colleen Corlett’s exhibition at the Sayle Gallery. Colleen will be on Manx Radio on Friday afternoon from 2.00pm on the ‘Women Today’ programme with me. An extraordinarily talented lady across lots of different mediums the exhibition will showcase her many skills and will include information leaflets about how she produces her work. Colleen worked for the Post Office for about 15 years and her stamp designs have travelled the world. It should be a great programme so put a reminder in your diary to tune in.
Sally Black’s exhibition at Noa also opens on 13 October – I’ll give you an update on that one very soon.
Dates for your Diary:
On now to 9 October – ‘A Man Apart’ The Life and Work of Simon Buttimore at The Sayle Gallery
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 through to 19 November – Manx Museum – ‘Islands and Bridges’ The Art of Roger Dean
7 October – Me and Colleen Corlett on Manx Radio’s Women Today Programme 2.00pm
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.
8 October – ‘A Celebration of Simon’ (Buttimore) at the Sayle Gallery – 6.00pm -10.00pm
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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