Isle of Man Art News – 5 June 2017

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It’s a bit quiet on the art front this week but I’m quite glad of that for a couple of reasons. The first is that I slipped on the bottom step of the stairs at home early on Saturday morning and have badly twisted my left knee and both ankles so I am struggling to get around the house, let alone further afield and secondly, with us being in the throes of TT it’s actually quite difficult to get anywhere, especially as I live close to the course in Ramsey and get blocked in by all of the bikes waiting for the mountain to open. On the plus side, however, it has given me a chance to tell you about the lovely show, “Catch and Release” that is on at the moment at The Isle Gallery in Tynwald Mills. It’s a joint exhibition of Julie Roberts’ paintings and Nick Barlow’s sculptural pieces and I went along to the opening a couple of weeks ago but didn’t get around to mentioning it in the news last week.

Julie’s lovely work probably needs little introduction. Her distinctive style and colour palette work really well with Nick’s wooden sculptural pieces and the combination has produced a harmonious whole of natural hues and subject matter.

In recent years Julie’s work has been rooted in Manx Folklore with the illustration of traditional tales set here on the Island. The work varies enormously in size, depending on her mood at the time. Also included are some personal pieces and a few of her commissions. I had a chat to Nick Barlow at the opening, who I hadn’t met before, and was quite surprised at how young he is – though I’m not sure why I thought he’d be older. Nick is perhaps best known for his chainsaw sculptures and his large wood carvings such as “Fenella”, “The Groudle Wizard”, “The Storyteller” and “The Happy Hikers”. Originally trained as a tree surgeon he started to work more creatively in 2010, giving tree stumps a new lease of life, the first of which was the large wizard in Sulby Glen. Over the following years his work has included an array of figurative and abstract sculpture, memorial pieces, portraits and functional works on and off island.

It’s a really lovely show so do go along to see it or call in if you happen to be at Tynwald Mills soon.

 

OK, sorry about this Nick, and no disrespect to you whatsoever as I’m really impressed with your work, but being of a certain age the thought of chainsaws trigger some funny memories and for those of you who are old enough to remember I just had to include this video…

 

This time of year one of my favourite local Artist’s, Adam Berry, usually pops up somewhere or other and this year he’s been busy on branding work for Betty Pie and the Manx Cider Company. I don’t know why I particularly associate Adam with TT because he does great work all year round but he does seem to keep quite a low profile most of the time. Do you remember those gorgeous stamps of his that were issued by the Post Office last year? They were lovely and you can still pick them up at the Post Office or order them via the Post Office online. Click on the pics to view these few pics by Adam in the Lightbox.

 

Katy Mitchell has also been doing some branded commission work – check out the bill trays that she’s recently produced for one of my favourite restaurants in Douglas, 14 North. She’s also been working on some larger, 2 kg pieces (the two bowls below) and Katy says she’s been really pleased with how they have turned out.

 

I think it’s interesting that I’m seeing less and less local art posted on Facebook and more and more on Instagram. If you’re looking for, or want to follow, a particular Artist check out if they have an Instagram feed as you might find much more of their work posted there. One local Artist I follow on Instagram who I don’t think posts on Facebook at all is Mary Cousins (maryfcousins) who produces these really cute, quirky little drawings. Mary works at the Family Library which is a great resource and relies on donations and funding. It supplies specialist services for young people, the mobile library and is a literary resource for schools, adults and the wider Island community. I really look forward to seeing her little pics on Instagram and it’s lovely to see her practicing and publishing her work so regularly.

 

Here’s this week’s round up from social media. Enjoy!

 

 

Dates for your Diary

 

1 June for one week only – Stedhead Art at Noa Bakehouse

7 June – Sarah Hendy’s arts show ‘Spotlight’ on Manx Radio, 5.30 – 6.00pm (and every Wednesday)

On now– REM-EMBERS EMBLAZONED – David Maddrell at Studio 42 (and lots of other lovely work – well worth a visit)

On now – Hodgson Loom Gallery – ‘Salty Wheels’ and Fottofinders TT exhibition.

On now until 10 September –  “This is Summer” exhibition at the House of Manannan

On now and throughout the TT period –  ‘Thirty-Seven and Three Quarters’ – photographic exhibition by James Marvin at The Sayle Gallery; and
24 May – 15 June Roger Dean’s paintings at The Sayle

On now – ‘Catch and Release’ at the Isle Gallery – Nick Barlow and Julie Roberts

15 June – First Meeting of the Isle of Man Drawing Club, 6.30 pm at the British Hotel, North Quay, Douglas

15 June – Start of Paul Parker’s Water Colour Landscape Painting Course at Thie Ellyn

21 June – The Isle Gallery: Lino Block Printmaking One Day Adult Art Workshop, 10.00am – 4.00pm

 

That’s it for this week. Keep safe and fingers crossed for some good weather for the racing and our visitors.

Jane x

 

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A CALL TO ARTISTS: Art in the Park and Artists/Artisans Fair Villa Marina Gardens

Fri 4th, Sat 5th, Sun 6th  Aug 2017

Calling all local artists and artisans.

The Sayle Gallery will be running its annual Art in the Park again this year, but for 2017 we hope to make it bigger and better. We are inviting local artists to join in and help create a summery, creative, festival atmosphere in the beautiful gardens at the Villa.

 There are two ways in which artists are invited to get involved:

1.  We are looking for people who are prepared to spend the whole weekend inspiring children (and their adults) to engage with creative activity through workshops/try outs/demonstrations. The emphasis is on inspiring visitors to join in and have a go at creating themselves. It is a busy weekend, involving hard work but can be very rewarding working with appreciative children in a cooperative atmosphere. In the past we have had wood carving, communal large scale painting, stained glass, ceramics etc. We are open to any ideas you might have to extend the range from large mural painting through to miniature jewellery or model making. We will be seeking sponsorship so that any artists taking part in this way can expect to be paid for their time and materials. Artists involved with providing practical activities will be invited to take part in a group show within the gallery where you can display a body of work (for sale if you wish, normal gallery commission would apply). Alongside this exhibition of the contributing artists, we will create a small, short-term show of work produced over the weekend by visitors to the park. Please get in touch on 674557 or at info@sale.gallery if you are able and willing to join in.

 2. We are offering pitches to anyone who would like to book a spot to have their own stall to display, and offer for sale, a range of their own work. You would have to supply your own gazebo (recommended as the weather cannot be guaranteed, although there are undercover areas which could offer a retreat) but tables can be borrowed from the Villa. You would be responsible for manning your own pitch but there will be plenty of people around to cover each other for tea or comfort breaks. Each pitch is £120 for the three days with no commission to pay. Your work could be securely stored in the gallery overnight (space permitting) to save transporting stuff backwards and forwards over the weekend.

If you are interested in taking part, please get in touch as soon as possible (we need to know the numbers and materials we are fundraising for). We will be setting up a planning meeting as soon after TT as possible. You can phone us on 674557 or email us at info@sayle.gallery

 

Isle of Man Art News – 29 May 2017

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Gosh it’s all so busy at the moment! Last week the amazing Roger Dean opened his new show at The Sayle Gallery on Tuesday evening with a private viewing which went extremely well, followed on Wednesday by the fabulous Islexpo event with the Pecha Kucha’s kicking off the evening followed by Roger talking about his architecture in the Garden Hub. Unfortunately I missed the Pecha Kucha’s being otherwise engaged but I’m delighted to report that they were filmed and are going to be loaded up on to the Douglas page on the Pecha Kucha website shortly which you can find HERE. I’m really looking forward to seeing them. 

Private Viewing at The Sayle Gallery last Tuesday – with thanks to Dave Armstrong for the photos.

Roger’s ‘fireside chat’ with two times BAFTA winner and long time friend, Dave Mousley, centered on his architectural designs which are currently being considered for Knebworth and the Peak District. They’ll be absolutely amazing if/when they go ahead and real holiday and short break ‘destinations’. It would be fantastic to have something like that here don’t you think? There was a really good turnout and I heard a number of people saying that this was the first they knew about this aspect of his work so I think the different content went down very well. There were plenty of questions from the audience at any rate. The only thing missing was the ‘fireside’ and being dressed for the day rather than the evening having set out from the house in the sunshine earlier that morning I was nearly blue with cold by the time I was ready for home! Roger fortunately managed to escape Manannan’s cloak on Thursday morning to head back to the UK and I then spent a very relaxed few hours enjoying the second day of Islexpo, going from one extreme to the other with the sun soon burning through the clouds and leaving me with a rather pink schnozzle and a roasted left arm.

It was great to see so many people at the Villa and the sunshine was really helpful in showcasing the Island at its best. It was evident from a show of hands during one of the presentations that there were a good number of people who had traveled to the island especially for the event. I spoke to a lawyer from Liverpool who was thinking of relocating his back office here and an HR agent from Dublin who was hoping to be able to provide candidates to island businesses to give just a couple of examples. Inward investment, diversification and increasing our population with skilled workers into areas such as art, music and media will be key to the success of the Island as the changes on the horizon draw ever closer and challenge our status quo. Events like Islexpo are great for bringing out the local business community to help sell the benefits of island life so I think congratulations to Sam Jones, Kate Brier, Alex Wilson and loads of others at DED for putting on such a great conference are well deserved. 

I’ve kept back a few of the Yes logo’s which went into the delegate bags. If you’d like to win a set autographed by Roger, head over to the Directory’s Facebook page and Share the Event pinned to the top of the page and leave a comment (such as Yes!) so that I know you’re in it to win it. I’ll pick the winner at random on Senior Race Day.

As well as dashing around arranging private viewings and Islexpo doings I was also delighted to be invited to Ramsey Grammar School’s arts evening and was not at all surprised to see the quality of the work there, as we really do have some great talent here on the Island. I did mention RGS in last week’s post but ran out of time to do it justice, so here are a few of my photos from the evening. It was nice to see that Annette Baker, the headteacher, had also participated! Well done to all, it was a really good display of work. You can click on any of the pictures in these news posts to see them in the lightbox.

The very talented Sally Black has recently posted up some pictures of her new work which I absolutely love! They are really quirky and I can see these doing really well as fabric designs. I don’t know what plans she has for them but don’t forget that you can find Sally and lots of other Artists’ contact details through the Directory pages.

Juan Moore has devised a short survey about his work and where to take it. You’d be really helping him out if you could kindly spend a minute or two to complete it and you might even win one of his prints. Any excuse to post up one of Juan’s pics 😉   Click here for the link to the Survey.

There’s a new show on at the Hodgson Loom Gallery including a land speed record holding motorbike (goodness only knows how Julia managed to get it up there – she said it involved men and planks). It’s a show designed to delight our TT visitors with photos and artwork around the TT event (actually that’s a point, am I actually allowed to mention the TT or do I have to apply for permission to use it in my news?). After this show there’s the Manx Cancer Help event – if you haven’t got your canvas in already please deliver it asap to MCH headquarters in Tromode, the Sayle Gallery, Celtic Gold in Peel or the Hodgson Loom Gallery. More details to follow on that one.

On the subject of the TT, I don’t normally dip into media but I thought it worth mentioning ‘3 Wheeling’ which has been produced by Santon based Chris Beauman. It was filmed during last year’s TT and the clue is in the title – it’s about the sidecars rather than the bikes. Whilst I haven’t been to see it yet I’ve heard it’s superb and will get your adrenaline racing. It’s on twice daily at the Broadway Cinema at 12:00 noon and 21:30 through until 8th June.

Here’s this week’s round up of images from Social Media – enjoy!

 

Dates for your Diary

 

31 May – Sarah Hendy’s arts show ‘Spotlight’ on Manx Radio, 5.30 – 6.00pm (and every Wednesday)

On now– REM-EMBERS EMBLAZONED – David Maddrell at Studio 42 (and lots of other lovely work too…)

On now – Hodgson Loom Gallery – ‘Salty Wheels’ and Fottofinders TT exhibition.

On now until 10 September –  “This is Summer” exhibition at the House of Manannan

On now and throughout the TT period –  ‘Thirty-Seven and Three Quarters’ – photographic exhibition by James Marvin at The Sayle Gallery; and
24 May – 15 June Roger Dean’s paintings at The Sayle

On now – ‘Catch and Release’ at the Isle Gallery – Nick Barlow and Julie Roberts

15 June – First Meeting of the Isle of Man Drawing Club, 6.30 pm at the British Hotel, North Quay, Douglas

15 June – Start of Paul Parker’s Water Colour Landscape Painting Course at Thie Ellyn

21 June – The Isle Gallery: Lino Block Printmaking One Day Adult Art Workshop, 10.00am – 4.00pm

 

That’s it for this week folks. Have a great and safe Practice Week and TT!

Jane x

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