Happy Chinese New Year! Saturday marked the start of the year of the Fire Rooster. Apparently, ‘gong hei fat choy’ is the Cantonese way of saying the phrase and in Mandarin Chinese, it’s ‘gong xi fa cai’ (pronounced gong she fa tsai) but although the greeting is frequently offered at this time of the year, it actually delivers a wish for prosperity. Happy Chinese New Year is ‘xin nian kuai le’ in Mandarin, and it’s pronounced shin nee-an kwai. Useful stuff eh? I don’t have much to offer by way of local art to celebrate this event but I tracked down a couple of dragon pictures by Ellen Scott from a few years ago which are kind of Chinese.
I think 2017 must be the ‘Year of the Blog’ rather than the year of the Rooster because everyone is blogging. Grenaby Studios, Elöise White, Petrina Kent, Kirsten Penzes, Phil Kneen – and me of course – we’re all at it! Petrina and Phil are both established bloggers. Phil is doing some great work at present and in between going out on the fishing boat to document life at sea – which for most of the time he says he spends vomiting – he’s done some great land-based work. Here are a couple of his latest photos.
Whilst my favourite of the group is the one above of Tony Weir outside Noa Bakehouse – the colours, light and composition come together to create a sublime image – the one below is striking for a different reason. I think Phil is quite right to praise the skills of his makeup artist: “I think this image pays testament to Kimberley Berridge’s skills as a makeup artist – the brief was ‘Dishevelled Chic’ with a hint of substance/domestic abuse.” Model – Stephanie Bee, Makeup – Kimberley Berridge, Assistant/wardrobe – Hannah Yeowell.
On Friday I met up with Gareth Nicholson from Manx Cancer Help to talk about their new fundraising event which he hopes will appeal to your creative side. Most Fundraising events are based around extreme sports – running, walking and personal challenges etc., but Manx Cancer Help recognise that these events don’t appeal to everyone. With so much artistic talent on the island they have decided to opt for a more creative fundraising path. CuPlas has very kindly sponsored the purchase of a thousand 5″x 5″ canvases and all they need now are professional artists, amateur artists, forgotten sketchers and future talents to take them away and create a mini masterpiece for Charity.
There are so many talented people on this Island who love painting but life has got in the way and the brushes have not seen light of day for many a long year. They need you to dig them out and get involved. If you, a family member, friend or work colleague would like to get involved please contact email@example.com for a free canvas pack. You can paint it, stitch it, stick it or otherwise decorate it anyway you like. When your art work is complete you can contact Gareth on 679544 who will either collect it from you or arrange for a location for you to drop it off. If you would like to keep track of your art work, they will be setting up a gallery on their website for all the pictures to be displayed. Finally, if you would like to write a small description of your piece to accompany the online version and also to go with the piece when it’s on display, it would be really appreciated.
The message they would like you to portray comes from CEO Andrea Chambers – “Everyone is born as a Blank Canvas, paint us a picture of your passion and inspiration through life”.
Here are a few that have already been completed to give you a flavour of what you can do.
The official start date is from 1st January 2017 and the mini artworks are going to be displayed in the M&S (IOM) cafe before then selling them in an exhibition with the proceeds going to Manx Cancer Help. It’s hoped that established artists will also contribute a canvas and if there are enough these will be auctioned.
Check out this lovely video of Gavin Carter at work….
Saturday saw the prize-giving ceremony of the Hodgson Loom open art competition and it was a great turn out with, as ever, lovely folk to talk to and plenty of drinks and nibbles for sustenance. I apologise for the quality of the photos – I just dashed around with my phone and took some (not very good) snaps, but at least it will give you an idea of the winners. And you still have another week to go and take a look at the show in person of course.
The winners and runners up were:-
Children and teens Winner: Time by Niamh Milsom
Runners up. Hickory dickory dock by Sophie Wood; Land before time by Joseph Wood; Feeding Time by Lucas Atkinson, T.A.R.D.I.S. by Cedric Heywood Lucas
Dates for your Diary
Last few days – Hodgson Loom Open Art Competition show
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
4 February – Manx Landscapes and Seascapes at The Isle Gallery (Group Show)
9 February – Noa Bakehouse at 6pm – IOM Arts Council Pitch for Funding (tbc)
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!