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Isle of Man Art News – 28 August 2017

I’ve got some really great news to report this week. A group of local artists, namely Vici Blackburn, Anna Clucas, Colette Gambell, Eileen Schaer, Kate Jerry, Jeremy Paul, Graham Rider, and Shelby Sandyford Sykes, are exhibiting at the Bristol Affordable Art Fair from 7th – 10th September. I’m absolutely delighted that they have got together as ‘Isle Contemporary’ for the show and huge congratulations to them – it’s quite difficult to get in as there is a vetting process to ensure the quality of work is of a high enough standard to be exhibited. It’s the first time Artists from the Isle of Man have been represented at the Affordable Art Fair and it is hoped this will be the first of many opportunities to take Art off the Isle of Man to be shown to a large, international audience. I went along last year to scope it out and it was really busy with plenty of work being bought so fingers crossed for a really successful event.

Here’s a little taster of some of the pieces going to the show which will be exhibited on stand D9. Kate and Colette will be representing the group throughout and Shelby will be there for part of the time.

 The fabulous Nicola Dixon, who has been immersed in projects over recent months including her fantastic stamp issue, was delighted this week to announce that Celtic Gold in Peel now has her Dunoon mugs in stock. She says that she’s delighted so see these finally happen and is very grateful to Celtic Gold for initiating it. I think these will sell really well and will make lovely gifts – or indeed why not go through your cupboard, chuck out all the old chipped ones and brighten up your kitchen? 🙂

 Bruno Cavellec has returned from a recent trip to Finistère where he says he saw three very inspiring exhibitions which reignited his love of oil painting. He said in his Facebook post – “It also reminded me that, as long as I have a soul and a strong desire to paint, I should go back to the roots and perfect relentlessly the art of landscape through which I am able to express so much of myself. “Beloved land”, my new piece [on the left], speaks of truth, eternal love and inner peace. A glimpse of heaven? perhaps. A source of hope, definitely.” Beautiful, I’m sure you’ll agree.

Janet Lees has such a wonderful eye for photography – here are a couple of her latest pictures which particularly caught my eye for their captivating colours. Janet has had good news this week too…  one of her poems has been selected by Brian Patten for the Milestones anthology, as a shortlistee in the Write Out Loud poetry prize. Well done Janet!

I’m delighted that Janet has agreed to let me publish the poem once the prize results have been announced, so keep an eye out for that, coming soon…

There’s a lovely new show opening soon at The Hodgson Loom Gallery. “Views, Vistas & Studies” is the work of Max Aitken, Ronnie Doyle and John Caley. I particularly like visiting this gallery as not only is Julia Smyth a very talented Artist, she is also a fabulous curator, and every show I have been to see without exception has been beautifully presented. Whilst I’ve not yet had the pleasure of meeting Max Aitken, I do know Ronnie and John and their work so I can confidently say that it’s a show worth going to see before it’s even been hung! The show opens on 9th September from 2.00pm to 4.30pm – all welcome.

Dates for your Diary

On now until 3 September – “Tabula Rasa” at The Sayle Gallery

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

On now until 23 September – “At The Edge of The World” at The Isle Gallery

On now at the Hodgson Loom Gallery – The FoTTofinders Bikesport Archives Exhibition

30 August – Frida Kahlo Inspired Self Portrait – Children’s art workshop – The Isle Gallery

9 September – Views, Vistas & Studies at the Hodgson Loom Gallery – opening 2.00pm – 4.30pm (then runs until 30th September)

27 September – Isle of Man Drawing Club: Curvy Life Drawing! – 7pm at the Embassy Rooms, The British Hotel

Here’s this week’s round up of images from Social Media.

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Have a great week!

Jane x

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Isle of Man Art News – 21 August 2017

Hola! I’m back from my travels, rejuvenated, refreshed, reinvigorated and raring to go, keeping you updated with all the great arty stuff that happens all year round here on the wonderful Isle of Man. All sorts of things happened while I was away so I have been running around for the last week trying to do some catching up, so without further ado……

Julie Collins’ exhibition “At the Edge of the World” was one of the shows that opened while I was away on holiday so unfortunately I missed catching up with her. I popped into the gallery for a look yesterday but apart from bumping into Graham and Jackie Hall (Graham is based at Grenaby as Artforms from Nature) it was pretty quiet, as was the whole of Tynwald Mills for some reason. As always, I do recommend going along to previews if you can make it. Everyone is always made very welcome and there’s invariably a lovely convivial atmosphere as you will no doubt pick up from the video interview by Paul Moulton that I’ve included here for you.

“Tabula Rasa” opened at The Sayle Gallery on the 29th of July (when I was in Amsterdam, so I missed that one too) and will run though until the end of the month. This show is a collaboration of five of this year’s graduates from University College Isle of Man, exhibiting together for the first time since becoming trained and qualified artists. Daniel Price, Erin Dimelow, Margaret Buchanan, Rebekah Corlett and Sharon Beedell’s work comes together to showcase some of the best work from this year’s crop of talented new artists.

Also at The Sayle the results of the children’s open day are presently being exhibited and I was very impressed by the quality of the pieces produced by these young people. Nestled between Gavin Carter’s beautiful wooden sculptural works it’s a wonderfully colourful and vibrant display of artwork made by the children. As always there is lots to see so do call in as I’m sure there will be something that lights up your senses. Check out Rebekah Corlett’s work by peeping into the letterboxes for example.

There’s a wonderful exhibition on at Noa Bakehouse at the moment – ‘Cornucopia’ by Chrissie Moss, who is on Facebook as Manx Pets in Pencil. It’s only on until the end of August – which is creeping up remarkably quickly – so make sure you get down there for a coffee asap as these paintings and drawings are absolutely gorgeous. I’m just finalising a page for Chrissie here on the Directory and will let you know as soon as it goes live.

There was much excitement last week as Laurence Llewelyn Bowen visited the Island’s lovely little arts hub in Ballabeg, Grenaby Studios. He’s been filming two room makeovers for his programme ‘Laurence of Suburbia’. Claire Pearse (ElementIsle) reported that they had a great time filming with him, discussing the importance of arts & crafts, triskels and Archibald Knox. Testament to Claire’s skill and craftsmanship, he purchased some of her ‘Droplet’ collection of jewellery and also a candle made by Breeze Candles – and they all drank tea from Katy Mitchell Ceramics mugs. Here are a few of the pictures from the day – Left to right are Graham Hall, Nicola Dixon, LLB himself, Claire Pearse, new recruit to ElementIsle, Shona, and on the far right Ruth Keggin. I’ll let you know when I hear about the date for the programme to be aired.

The incredibly talented Sally Black has embarked on a new series of pictures, this time of the crustacean variety. They look good enough to eat don’t they? There are going to be 10 different crab paintings in oil using several crabs in various styles, sizes and poses. Five are completed and the sixth is almost done. Number seven is going to be on linen 30″ x 40″.  If these are anything to go by then I’m looking forward to the next course already!

Juan Moore’s ‘Worserthings’ project has me smiling on a regular basis. If you aren’t following him yet here is a link to the website: https://worserthings.com/, “Illustrations to make you feel better about your current situation in life”. Juan post 3 times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and you can also catch him on Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram.

Dates for your Diary

On now until 31 August at Studio 42, Port St. Mary – Ellie Baker’s “Still the Breeze”

On now until 3 September – “Tabula Rasa” at The Sayle Gallery

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

On now until 23 September – “At The Edge of The World” at The Isle Gallery

On now at the Hodgson Loom Gallery – The FoTTofinders Bikesport Archives Exhibition

22 August – You, Me and The Sea – sparkling canvas children’s workshop at The Isle Gallery

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

27 August – Summer Acrylic Mandala & Sacred Geometry – Mindful Adult Art Workshop – The Isle Gallery

29 August – World Art Tour – India: Children’s bright acrylic Mandala workshop – The Isle Gallery

29 August – Farm Yard Animal Faux Taxidermy art workshop (tongue in cheek!!) at the Neb Cafe, Peel (check the Isle Gallery site to book)

30 August – Frida Kahlo Inspired Self Portrait – Children’s art workshop – The Isle Gallery

Here’s this week’s round up of images from Social Media.

Have a great week!

Jane x

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