By heck it’s cold! I’ve been to the Isle Gallery today (Sunday) to the Preview of the “Nancy Corkish, David Byrne and Friends” exhibition which is the last exhibition of the year and a fantastic finalé to what has been a very successful year for the Artreach Studios team. There is some lovely new art on display and, in a departure from her wonderful watercolours, Nancy has produced two large pastel works with an intensity of colour that you wouldn’t normally associate with her work. There are also some lovely pieces by David Byrne of course and the ‘Friends’, including Petrina Kent, Sally Black, Nicola Dixon, Bruno Cavellec, Juan Moore and Jimmy Duggan to name but a few.
Jimmy arrived at the preview ‘en peint’ – ie, it was pretty obvious he’d been painting as he still had paint on his hands not to mention his jacket! It turns out that he’s been crafting a new mural in Guttery Gable which is the footpath next to TK Maxx in Douglas that leads through to Market Street. I’ve included one of Nancy’s pictures from the Preview for you – but it’s far better to see it in person of course – and also a sneak preview of Jimmy’s latest mural. If you’re passing, take a selfie with the robin and tag Jimmy into your post!
The exhibition at the Isle Gallery runs until Sunday 8th January so there’s still plenty of time to see great work produced by some of the Island’s best known and favourite Artists. Gallery opening hours are 10am – 5pm Monday – Saturday and Sunday 1pm – 5pm
While you’re out at Tynwald Mills, don’t forget to check out the Christmas Market. Because I was on a mission to see the Preview I completely missed it as I headed straight for the gallery but knowing it was there somewhere I went on a hunt for it and eventually tracked it down in a marquee near the main car park (out through the foodie bit or, if turning into the car park using the entrance nearest the shops, directly ahead of you). The Artisan shed, which is just one of a number of ‘market stalls’, is full of the most lovely goodies for Christmas. It’s open Wednesdays for late night opening 6-9pm and weekends on Saturday 10am – 5.30pm and Sunday 1pm – 5.30pm right up to Christmas.
When I got there it was being manned by a very chilly looking Claire Pearse who has some of her gorgeous hand-crafted ethical silver jewellery for sale. If you’re having difficulty in deciding what to get for Christmas for the lovely lady in your life you won’t go far wrong with something from Element.isle! (That’s a BIG hint my darling husband). There’s also a great selection of prints and some small original works on sale plus lots of other goodies to choose from. Here are three things I particularly like 🙂 What’s the betting I get a hair dryer…..?
Aspects of Man, Paul Parker’s exhibition, is on at The Sayle Gallery until Christmas. I’ve been a fan of Paul’s water colours for a long time and this exhibition doesn’t disappoint. His subject matter includes not only local scenes but also Scotland and the Isle of Skye. Taught by Norman Sayle it’s still possible to see his influence in some of Paul’s work, though as Paul says, not so much so nowadays.
There is a Gallery sale on in the run up to Christmas to help clear the way for a fresh start next year. All stock is offered at a 10% discount and some items have a much larger discount of up to 25%. The Sayle will close on 23rd December and won’t re-open until 20th January as they are having some refurbishment work done. The first show of the New Year will be Ruth Blindell and Laura Espinosa which will run from 20th January to 19th February.
If you were in town on Saturday you might have spotted Darren Jackson’s ice sculpture. Here’s a video of him at work. Darren will be on Manx Radio with me on Friday at 2.00pm so tune in to hear all about it. Thanks to Douglas Town Centre Management for posting the video.
Phil Kneen, a regular in my news posts, bravely battled off sea sickness this weekend to go out on one of the local fishing boats to shoot his latest project on the Isle of Man Fishing industry on film. I’m not sure my choice of sustenance for such an epic voyage would have been Pot Noodles – in fact I’m quite sure it wouldn’t have been – but each to their own.
Phil says the project was an idea that he began working on a couple of years ago but had to stop because he suffered from the most horrendous sea sickness. He said that he recently discovered a few new and different remedies, so the project was back on, however, a later selfie taken taken on board evidenced that said remedies obviously hadn’t worked. Personally, I think eating a Pot Noodle on land would most likely have that effect on me. Rubber bands with chicken flavoured water…. yum. Here’s a picture Phil took on his phone. If this is what he can do with a phone then I’m really looking forward to seeing his film shots.
Dates for your Diary
On now to 23 December – Paul Parker – Aspects of Man at The Sayle Gallery
On now to 23 December – Christmas Shop at The Sayle Gallery
On now through December – Studio 42’s Christmas Show
Last Chance to see Creature Cornucopia at the Hodgson Loom Gallery – show closes tomorrow, Tuesday 6 December
3 – 7 December – handing in – Hodgson Loom Open Art Competition (show dates tbc but probably from 14 December)
9 December, 2pm – Women Today on Manx Radio with me and Darren Jackson talking about his ice sculpture
9 January – 24 February – Bob Hitchin’s Digi-rama at the Erin Arts Centre
20 January – 19 Febuary – Ruth Blindell and Laura Espinosa at The Sayle Gallery
Look out for B43D’s graphic novel which I mentioned in last week’s news! It’s published and will be available imminently. I’ll give you an update next week to let you know where you can buy it.
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