Isle of Man Art News – 29 January 2018

It was great to see the Hodgson Loom Gallery buzzing with artists, friends and family on Saturday for the prize presentation of the annual open art competition with the theme of ‘Space’.

There were 118 entries this year, even more than last year, and the quality was out of this world (pun intended). I’ll write a separate post with all of the winners in the different categories soon but for now, here are the overall show winners, Neil Milsom and Greg Barlow who tied for first place! Apologies for the light shining on Greg’s piece – it was tricky to get a decent photo.

The new show opening at The Isle Galley on 4 February is ‘Manx Miniatures’. There will be work by artists Colleen Corlett, Juan Moore, Michael Starkey, Karonlina Pawlowska, Kate Jerry, Vici Blackburn, Colette Gambell, Howard Shimmin, Julie Roberts, Anna Clucas and Lucy Savage – a really great collection of both established and up-and-coming artists. It will be interesting to see how this show is curated as, although the works are all miniature, there are some very diverse styles. If you’re just starting to collect original artwork this will be a great place to pick up some very affordable pieces. Techniques include ceramics, painting and drawing.

The preview of Manx Miniatures – Small and Beautiful is at The Isle Gallery from 2pm – 4.30pm on Sunday the 4th February. You will be greeted with complimentary drinks and light refreshments while you meet and greet the artists. 

Here are some of Karolina’s paintings she’s prepared for the show.

 

The new exhibition opening at the Manx Museum and the Sayle Gallery on 10th February is a highly significant show to start the year. David Gilbert who lived and worked on the island for a number of years passionately believed everyone could be creative and helped many to discover their own creativity. His work ranged from the small and delicate to the large and monumental but always explored the same immense themes of birth, love, death and the rhythms of the land. This major retrospective exhibition contains art from a lifetime of work and completes the artistic journey began with David Gilbert’s last exhibition in the Manx Museum in 1989.

‘Crossing Open Ground, David Gilbert (1928-2016) A Retrospective’ is at the Manx Museum, Douglas and ‘Another Story About How It Is’ at the Sayle Gallery, Douglas
 

 

Photo – The David Gilbert Website: http://www.david-gilbert.co.uk/

 

If, like me, you keep seeing ‘Galentine’s’ and wondering what on earth it is other than a typing error, I’ve just Googled it. Galentine’s Day is February 13th, the day before Valentine’s Day and it stems from the American comedy television series ‘Parks and Recreation’ (which I’ve never even heard of). It originally aired in the United States on February 11, 2010. 

Amy Poehler’s Parks and Recreation character, Leslie Knope, created Galentine’s Day. The idea is that every February 13th, lady friends leave their husbands and boyfriends at home. Basically, it’s like Valentine’s Day, only instead of celebrating the love you have for your significant other, you spend it with your best girlfriends who deserve a holiday all to themselves too. 

So why the reference? Well, the lovely folk of Keird Collective are back with a ‘Galentine’s Weekend’ from Friday the 9th of February to Sunday the 11th, a celebration of creativity and love in all its glorious forms. They are bringing you a weekend full of creative workshops and crafty shopping from their group of talented local artists and makers. Click here to check out all of the details.

Yarny Gráinne

 

News Shorts

Elaine Edge aka Manx Mosaics is running two workshops in Port Erin, 27th and 28th February. The workshop on the 27th has sold out already so if you fancy it get in touch quick! The price is just £40 – telephone 07624 251553 to book.

 

Erica Kermode who runs her Silver Willow studio in Union Mills has posted up her workshop options. She runs these on an ‘as and when’ basis so if you fancy doing a ceramic workshop with Erica you can contact her on 07624 497846. (Click to view in the lightbox).

 

The pictures above are just some of the lovely work you will be able to see at Milntown cafe from 31st January, where members of the Mannin Art Group will be exhibiting. These are by Peter Hepworth.

 

If you are wondering where the Art Gallery has gone that was on Bucks Road, it has relocated to premises you can access via the lane that runs from next to the Wessex Garage through to Selbourne Drive. It’s tucked out of the way but well worth going to see them especially if you pictures need a bit of TLC. 

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What’s On

 

On now – Hodgson Loom – Open Art Competition ‘Space’

31 January – Manx Radio 5.30pm-6pm Spotlight with Sarah Hendy

31 January – Mannin Art Group Exhibition at Milntown Cafe

4 February – 2pm – Opening of Manx Miniatures at The Isle Gallery

9th February – Isle of Man Arts Council Funding Deadline

10 February – 5 May – ‘Crossing Open Ground’ – David Gilbert: A Retrospective

 

Upcoming Workshops:

 

10 February – Beginners’ Modern Calligraphy Workshop, Laxey Pavillion, Oh My Pen & Press 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm

12 February – The Hobbit – Journey to Middle Earth – 9.30am-12.30pm – The Isle Gallery

12 February – Action Jackson (Jackson Pollock) for kids – 2.30pm-5pm – The Isle Gallery 

13 February – Monster Pots – Who can make the best worst pot – Age 5+ 10am-12.3pm – The Isle Gallery

15 February – Isle of Man Drawing Club Nude Life Drawing – 7pm-9pm at Noa Bakehouse

26 February – Absolute Beginners in Watercolour Painting – 7pm-9.30pm – The Isle Gallery

27 February – Absolute Beginners in Watercolour Painting – 10am-12.30pm – The Isle Gallery

27 & 28 February – Manx Mosaics by Ellie – Design and Create a Mosaic Heart – Workshop – from 6pm at St. Catherine’s Church Hall, Port Erin

1 March – Printmaking for Beginners and Improvers – 7pm-9.30pm – The Isle Gallery

2 March – Printmaking for Beginners and Improvers – 10am-12.30pm – The Isle Gallery

2 March – An Evening of Urban Screen Printing – 7pm-9.30pm – The Isle Gallery

3 March – Art for the Heart – Vizualise the Change you want to See – 10am-4pm – Ramsey

18 March – DIY Mothers Day Crafts – Mum & Me for adults – 1pm-4pm – The Isle Gallery

 

If you’ve got a workshop or class coming up that you would like me to share please just drop me an email: graceandhall@gmail.com or get in touch via Facebook/Messenger.

 

Here’s this week’s round up of images from Social Media. Click on the pictures to view in the lightbox.

 

 

Have a great week!

Jane x

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Isle of Man Art News – 22 January 2018

It’s a pretty quiet time of year for exhibitions while the galleries take stock, do renovation work and prepare for the year ahead. There is one gallery, however, the Hodgson Loom in Laxey, which uses this time of year to show its annual open art exhibition. This year the theme is ‘Space’ and there is a wondrous variety of work on show. Judging has been taking place over the last week and next Saturday, 27th January at 3.00pm there will be a gathering of artists, friends, family and anyone else who would like to go along to the prize giving ceremony.

As ever, it’s a great opportunity to meet the artists in person and I do recommend that you go along if you can.  Here are a few of the entries.

 

I’m very excited to show you at long last the logo Adam Berry has created for The Engine Ltd. More information to follow as we are currently busy getting ready to rock….. watch this space as there’s lots of exciting stuff coming soon! We’re delighted with the logo – thanks Adam!

 

Brook Wassall published a second Dark Skies post on Gef the Mongoose, this time covering some of the equipment and settings he uses to capture his amazing night time images. Gef the Mongoose is worth a visit any time as they publish all kinds of fun local articles, but it’s particularly great to see them supporting the arts. Keep up the great work Gef!

 

Manx Pets in Pencil artist, Chrissie Moss, is busy working towards an Exhibition at the Erin Arts Centre for the 44th Mananan International Festival of Music and the Arts which is this summer, 16th-30th June 2018. The exhibition, “Characters, Things and Places” will be in the Sir James Mellon Gallery and is sponsored by Port Erin Commissioners. The show is on throughout June and the gallery is open Tuesdays to Fridays from 10:30am to 4:30pm and during events.

Andy Noble, aka NEB Comics, posted up his latest cartoon with a very Manx theme. Do you say hello to the fairies? I ALWAYS do 🙂

The Isle of Man Drawing Club had a full house again for its first event of the year held at Noa Bakehouse. I did’t go along this time but here are some of the pics that Kim shared from the evening. I love the variety of styles, it’s so interesting to see how different people approach the same subject.

 

What’s On

 

On now until 27 January 2018; Manx Tholtans at the Manx Museum – Ray Kelly and Niamh Kelly

On now – Hodgson Loom – Open Art Competition ‘Space’

24 January – Manx Radio 5.30pm-6pm Spotlight with Sarah Hendy

26 January – Photographer’s Meeting Place – The Sayle Gallery – 6pm-8pm(ish)

27 January – Prize Giving Ceremony – Hodgson Loom Gallery Open Art Competition, 3pm

28 January – Exhibition on Screen – Cezanne – 3pm-4pm Erin Arts Centre

 

Upcoming Workshops:

 

 

10 February – Beginners’ Modern Calligraphy Workshop, Laxey Pavillion, Oh My Pen & Press 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm

12 February – The Hobbit – Journey to Middle Earth – 9.30am-12.30pm – The Isle Gallery

12 February – Action Jackson (Jackson Pollock) for kids – 2.30pm-5pm – The Isle Gallery 

13 February – Monster Pots – Who can make the best worst pot – Age 5+ 10am-12.3pm – The Isle Gallery

26 February – Absolute Beginners in Watercolour Painting – 7pm-9.30pm – The Isle Gallery

27 February – Absolute Beginners in Watercolour Painting – 10am-12.30pm – The Isle Gallery

1 March – Printmaking for Beginners and Improvers – 7pm-9.30pm – The Isle Gallery

2 March – Printmaking for Beginners and Improvers – 10am-12.30pm – The Isle Gallery

2 March – An Evening of Urban Screen Printing – 7pm-9.30pm – The Isle Gallery

3 March – Art for the Heart – Vizualise the Change you want to See – 10am-4pm – Ramsey

18 March – DIY Mothers Day Crafts – Mum & Me for adults – 1pm-4pm – The Isle Gallery

 

If you’ve got a workshop or class coming up that you would like me to share please just drop me an email: graceandhall@gmail.com or get in touch via Facebook/Messenger.

 

Here’s this week’s round up of images from Social Media. Click on the pictures to view in the lightbox.

 

 

Have a great week!

Jane x

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Isle of Man Art News – 15 January 2018

I was one of the lucky ones last week, who managed to get a ticket for the event at Noa Bakehouse about plastic in Manx waters. It was a sell-out event with over 100 people attending and over 100 more who tried to get tickets. It seems like at last people are waking up to the problems of plastic waste and the damage it is doing to wildlife and the environment.

Bill Dale, founder of Beach Buddies, is doing absolutely amazing work and his message and the example he has set of engaging 8,000+ people, that’s 10% of the Island’s population, to be involved in beach cleaning is now being used to raise awareness internationally. 

I know you are thinking, ‘what has this got to do with art?’, so I will include at this point Alice Quayle’s rather brilliant poster for raising awareness that wipes shouldn’t be flushed down the loo as they don’t biodegrade.

That’s pretty much the only arty link I have to this topic to be honest but I think it’s such an important issue that it deserves to be spoken about and publicised as much as possible. Alice is happy for you to share this image far and wide and asks that you simply credit her with the image if you do choose to use it.

It’s truly horrendous just how much plastic is used everywhere and in particular, single use plastics such as plastic water cups, coffee cups (which have a plastic lining), take away cartons – the styrofoam is actually really bad for you as contact with hot substances causes it to melt and drip into your food and gives off toxins – it’s incredible that it is allowed to be used at all. Also things like plastic straws which are served in your drink even if  you don’t ask for them, plastic bags of course, all of the plastic around fruit and vegetables – I mean seriously, 4 potatoes on a plastic tray covered in plastic wrap? It’s madness, and supermarkets need to lead the way in making a change but this will only happen if the public put pressure on them to do so. I drove from London to Liverpool on Friday with my husband and there was rubbish and plastic lining the motorways the entire route. It’s heartbreaking.

Apologies for the rant. I could go on at great length and indeed I have just edited this post and deleted several more paragraphs as I’m sure you get the gist of it. It’s up to us, each and every one of us, to help clean up our oceans and the environment so please do your bit in whatever way you can. Thank you.

Back now to arty topics! The Sayle Gallery’s first exhibition of the year will open to the public in February. It’s a retrospective show of David Gilbert’s work which will be exhibited over two locations, the Sayle Gallery and the Manx Museum and is kindly supported by the Isle of Man Arts Council. David was an art teacher and lived on the Island for a number of years. He designed the 3D relief work in the frieze around the new part of the Museum and the glass panels in the Museum doors. He also ran a farm retreat, where troubled youngsters could learn about farming and creative practice. This will be the first major exhibition of David’s work since he passed away last year. More details to follow when dates are announced.

 

I had lots of fun on Manx Radio this week on Women Today with Beth Espey, Christy DeHaven, Janet Lees (author and poet from the Hub, Port Erin) and the amazing singer-songwriter, Mae Challis. It was Beth’s birthday and she didn’t even know who the guests were as Christy kept it all top secret. Beth tried her hand at a bit of artwork herself as Christy bought her a ‘design your own mug’ as a gift (a picture of her masterpiece below).  If you missed it you can listen again here for the next couple of days: http://www.manxradio.com/

News Shorts

 

Paul Parker posted up 2 new little oil paintings he’s recently finished.

 

James Duggan has recently finished this fab commission at the Cherry Orchard.

 

Phil Kneen shared his latest blog post documenting life on the Genesis fishing boat : coffee, cigarette, repeat. It all looks a bit ‘Deadliest Catch’ to me and I’m sure Phil would argue the weather is equally ferocious, not being the best of sailors.

 

Karolina Pawlowska is currently showing some of her work at Castletown Town Hall – on now until the end of the month.

 

If you’re looking for something arty to do today, Mannnin Art Group is holdinga workshop at St. Paul’s Church Hall in Ramsey this morning starting at 10.00am. It’s likely to be a lot of fun and it will get you looking at art differently. Daphne says that Jan’s workshops are always an exciting experience and regular attendees say they never know what the end result will be, but she is such a talented artist the results are always excellent. The workshop is for any age and Mannin Art Group are happy for people to go along and try them out for one session, whether there be a workshop or not, but thereafter membership is £25 a year. Everyone is very welcome to go along. They are a friendly group of people, and as one of their members said a while ago “art is a leveler”, it doesn’t matter who you are or what you do, everyone is the same at the art group. 

What’s On

 

On now at Studio 42, Port St. Mary – ‘A Place Known’ by Daniel Price

On now until 27 January 2018; Manx Tholtans at the Manx Museum – Ray Kelly and Niamh Kelly

On now – Courtyard Artists’ Christmas Exhibition – The Isle Gallery

On now – Hodgson Loom – Open Art Competition ‘Space’

17 January – Manx Radio 5.30pm-6pm Spotlight with Sarah Hendy

 

Upcoming Workshops:

 

15 January – Mannin Art Group Workshop, St. Paul’s Church Hall Ramsey 10am-1pm

15 January – Teens Masterclass (5 week course, age 13+) 6pm-8.30pm – The Isle Gallery

16 January – Winter Sunset in Oils (3 part workshop) / 23 Jan / 30 Jan – click the link for full details – Anna Clucas – The Isle Gallery

18 January – IOM Drawing Club – January Life Drawing at Noa Bakehouse 7pm-9pm – Kim Gee Studio

20 January – Photography Workshop with Brook Wassall – Ballakermeen Studio Theatre 2pm-4pm 

26 January – Photographer’s Meeting Place – The Sayle Gallery – 6pm-8pm(ish)

28 January – Exhibition on Screen – Cezanne – 3pm-4pm Erin Arts Centre

10 February – Beginners’ Modern Calligraphy Workshop, Laxey Pavillion, Oh My Pen & Press 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm

12 February – The Hobbit – Journey to Middle Earth – 9.30am-12.30pm – The Isle Gallery

12 February – Action Jackson (Jackson Pollock) for kids – 2.30pm-5pm – The Isle Gallery 

13 February – Monster Pots – Who can make the best worst pot – Age 5+ 10am-12.3pm – The Isle Gallery

If you’ve got a workshop or class coming up that you would like me to share please just drop me an email: graceandhall@gmail.com or get in touch via Facebook/Messenger.

 

Here’s this week’s round up of images from Social Media. Click on the pictures to view in the lightbox.

 

There are also some amazing photographs posted on the Peel Online Facebook page, the finalists in this year’s photo competition. Here are just 3 of the 36 shortlisted. Apologies that I cannot credit the following photos with the names of the photographers as they aren’t listed on the post, but do check them out as they are stunning.

 

Have a great week!

Jane x

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