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Isle of Man Art News – 30 October 2017

Happy Hop tu naa! Well, close enough I guess. That’s Halloween to non-Manx people. We have a few different traditions over here including singing about Jinny the Witch and carving turnips instead of pumpkins (use of a drill is highly recommended). There’s all sorts of stuff around the internet of course but check out my post from last year for all the spooky stuff and also Culture Vannin, Manx National Heritage, As Manx as the Hills and The Talking Mongoose. All good turnipy fun.

News of the week though, from an arty point of view, has to be the installation of Nicola Dixon’s awesome panels in Peel. It’s a commission she’s been working on for some months and I’m sure she is hugely relieved to receive such positive feedback on the completion of this major installation. The inspiration for the work is 10 lines from St Patrick’s Breastplate/Deers Cry in 12 screens:

I arise today
Through strength of Heaven,
Light of Sun,
Radiance of Moon, 
Splendour of Fire,
Speed of Lightening,
Swiftness of Wind,
Depth of the Sea,
Stability of Earth,
Firmness of Rock.


Vision of Steve and Jane Prescott of Prescott Associates (Landscape Architects), Stainless Steel by Gallas Foundry Ltd. Translation from sketch to computer language Samuel J Peppers.

Here are a few pictures to keep you going until you get a chance to see it in person (me included). It looks amazing doesn’t it? Click to view in the lightbox.

Meriel Burden, otherwise known as ‘The Dog Artist’ posted up this gorgeous picture of a snow leopard this week, completed in pastels on velour paper. It’s named “King of the Mountain”, albeit a different King of the Mountain to the one TT enthusiasts will be familar with. The original unsurprisingly sold immediately although limited edition giclee prints (strictly limited to 50 copies) are still available to purchase from her website. 10% of any purchase will be donated to the SNOW LEOPARD TRUST to go towards their conservation work. Just click this link to head to her shop page.

Erika Kermode runs some great workshops from her Silver Willow Studio in Union Mills. Check out this lovely African wild dog sculpture made on a one day workshop by Lindy Louren.

If you fancy releasing your creativity you can have a go at pottery or ceramic sculpture in a lovely woodland setting. Erika’s autumn ceramics workshops are booking up quickly but there are still some spaces in November and December for up to 4 students. For a full day “Zero to Hero” complete beginners workshop it is £150 and for 1:1 tuition, £75 pp for a shared workshop. Half day workshops can be arranged. For the more experienced she also has some spaces on her un-tutored 3 hour studio sessions. Now available at weekends due to popular demand! £20 per session (firing extra). Call 07624 497846 for more details and to book.

Grenaby Studios announced they will this year be holding their very first Christmas Artisan Market and Festival. The event will be starting with the opportunity for a little late night shopping between 5pm and 9pm on Thursday 30th November, and then on Saturday 2nd December between 10am and 5pm, featuring quality, locally made contemporary art and crafts.

There will be an opportunity to meet the makers, including resident artisans Claire (Elementisle Jewellery), Graham (Artforms from Nature) and Rosie (Ballalona Arts), as well as visiting artists Nicola Dixon, Sara from Willing Heart Wool, Tanya from Lovely Greens and others to be announced in the next couple of weeks!

The fabulously festive ‘Flo the Coffee Van’ will be there serving up a delicious array of bakes, cakes and wintry warming drinks, so why not pop along and enjoy a little festive fun.

Make sure you have this one in the diary as it’s going to be amazing – just the thing to get you in the Christmas spirit!

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Colleen Corlett is exhibiting with Kathryn Cain at the Hodgson Loom Gallery from next week. Opening on 4th November through to 2nd December a trip to Laxey will enable you to tick lots of gifts off your Christmas shopping list in one go.

If you haven’t entered the Directory’s Christmas card competition yet, I’m giving away 4 packs of Jeremy Paul’s lovely cards again this year. It’s a Facebook competition so head to the Directory page where the post is pinned to the top. To enter, just tag in a friend who you think might not know about the Directory – and if they live off-island then that is even better (but not a factor in relation to whether or not you win). So just tag a friend (or a few) and you’re in. I’ll draw a winner on 1 November.  Good luck!

Just a reminder that Jeremy Paul, whose current exhibition ‘Wildlife – an Artist’s View’ is on at the Isle Gallery, is giving a talk and slideshow presentation on Thursday November 2nd at The Isle Gallery, Tynwald Mills. The talk will cover trips to Costa Rica, India and Madagascar to obtain reference material for paintings including sloths, tigers and lemurs.

Niamh Kelly has been busy making Christmassy ceramics – do go and check out her lovely work at the museum at the Manx Tholtans exhibition (with Ray Kelly).

Dates for your Diary

On now until 12 November; ‘Wildlife – an Artist’s View” – Jeremy Paul at The Isle Gallery

On now until 12 November; ‘BC20 FK17’ at The Sayle Gallery

On now until 19 November;  ‘Painted Dreams’ by Eileen Schaer a the House of Manannan, Peel

Opening 4 November until 2 December – Colleen Corlett and Kathryn Cain are exhibiting at the Hodgson Loom Gallery

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

31 October – ‘Book of Life’ – Clay Mask Children’s Art Workshop run by Artreach Studios at The Isle Gallery

16 November – IOM Drawing Club – Pregnant Life Drawing at Noa Bakehouse, 7pm-9pm

24 November – IOM Drawing Club – Fashion Illustration, 7pm – 8pm

30 November – 2 December – Artisan Market at Grenaby

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

Please remember to Share this post via your social media to help get the word out about our fabulous local Artists.

Have a great week!

Jane x

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Isle of Man Art News – 23 October 2017

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I had a great evening last Thursday when I was invited to give a talk and presentation at the Creative Industries’ 10th public meeting, along with digital marketing guru Dyana Carrins and local entrepreneur and artist, Jade Boylan. I can hardly believe I’ve managed to get through my working career to date without having to give a presentation, but indeed ’tis so. I’m glad to report that having got over an initial panic it wasn’t as awful as it might have been and I actually really enjoyed sharing a few tips on Facebook that I thought people might not know about (mainly around creating lists, saving posts and sharing events). Dyana got us all thinking and talking in groups about our own businesses which was very interesting and Jade showcased her Instagram and Pinterest accounts. Jade has absolutely nailed her target market and has over 30,000 followers around the world. Pretty awe-inspiring stuff. Anyway, the feedback on the evening seemed to be quite positive and if anyone would like a copy of my presentation just drop me a note and I will be happy to forward it on: graceandhall@gmail.com.

Jade Boylan’s great artwork produced as pins and patches which she sells worldwide using her Instagram account.

Jeremy Paul, whose current exhibition ‘Wildlife – an Artist’s View’ is on at the Isle Gallery, is giving a talk and slideshow presentation on Thursday November 2nd at The Isle Gallery, Tynwald Mills. The talk will cover trips to Costa Rica, India and Madagascar to obtain reference material for paintings including sloths, tigers and lemurs. It will also include ‘step by step’ images showing the painting process of a couple of paintings included in the exhibition. All proceeds will be donated to David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation. Contact the gallery (801751) to reserve a place or follow the link:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/travels-of-a-wildlife-artist…

The fabulous Bruno Cavellec has produced another great book cover for his friend, author Graham Hamer. I’m copying in the book synopsis that Graham has posted on his Facebook page as it’s too good not to share:

“Picasso’s Secret’ is now available in eBook format (paperback soon to follow). This is my 9th book in The Island Connection series. With another brilliant cover by the talented Bruno Cavellec Art.

A valuable painting has disappeared and Penny Chakyar, a slightly-built, dusky young detective is tasked by her chief constable with finding it. Penny is teamed with Josh, a tall, well-proportioned constable with a washboard stomach and abs you could grate cheese on. Josh is not all he seems to be, as Penny soon discovers. Meanwhile, twins Brian and Sue Hodgetts are increasingly unhappy with their court-appointed guardians. But nowhere near as unhappy as the two guys who roll a van loaded with stolen goods and find themselves in jail awaiting trial. Meanwhile, Maddi and Jason are caught in a compromising position by Boris, who has taken incriminating photos on his cell phone. While he’s doing that, Daisy Norwood has a few too many vodka and tonics for breakfast and sets fire to her house, exposing the secrets in her cellar. It’s just another tale of life on ‘The Island’ where the loose ends come together at the end and Josh gets exactly what he deserves.” 

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Roger Dean this week changed the cover photo on his Facebook page for a new work of his that I had the privilege to see in person when I visited his home a couple of months or so ago and I thought you might like to see it too. Roger was recently invited to attend the International Moon Base Summit which was held in Hawaii at the beginning of this month and when I last saw him he was also working on a picture he had been commissioned to do of what the International Moon Base might look like – it was awesome. I hope he might be able to share it in the not too distant future. To give you some idea of what the summit was about, here are a few words I’ve copied over that describe the purpose of the event:

This summit brought together leaders from industry, academia, government and the student community to refine the vision and lay the groundwork for the world’s first permanent settlement on the Moon.  Apollo astronaut, Buzz Aldrin, attended the summit and in his address he encouraged the development of the International Moon Base as a valuable gateway to Mars.

“Because of its geography, geology and culture, Hawaii is the perfect place to build a moon base prototype. We will build a moon base within the next decade. Moon base Mahini Lani (Moon Heaven) is the key to long term sustainable life on our fragile blue planet.”

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Svetlana Cameron this week shared an extract from her recent interview for a professional art magazine. “…I approach commissioned portraits exactly the same way as I would approach other types of painting. The most important aspect is design, which includes things like composition, abstract shapes, lines leading the eye, height/width ratio, negative space, etc. The next most important thing is value pattern – distribution of light and shadow masses and transitions between them, degree of contrast, and the effect called ‘counterchange’ (when the edge of the same object changes from light-against-dark to dark-against-light). Then goes colour scheme – choice of complementary colours, warm/cool colour relationships, muted colours vs bright colour accents, etc. And, finally, things like soft/hard edges, accurate likeness to please the client, and fine details to add visual interest and hold the viewer’s attention. The technical approach is always the same regardless of the subject of the painting.”

Of the picture below, which is a detail of an official portrait she is working on, Svetlana comment that it ‘needs softer edges, more colour adjustments, and some missing details, but will be finished soon.’

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Darren Jackson’s loaghtan ram which was installed on Douglas Head earlier this year took a beating from Storm Ophelia and the local constabulary tweeted: “Looks like the giant Ram on Douglas head has done one! Let us know if you see him! #MissingRamIOM”

Kim Graziano has announced two upcoming dates in November for the next IOM Drawing Club meetings. The first is on 16 November at Noa Bakehouse, 7pm – 9pm and is ‘Pregnant Life Drawing’ and the second at the Village Walk in Onchan is Fashion Illustration. These are hugely popular events so make sure you book early!

There are loads of great classes coming up at The Isle Gallery run by the lovely ArtReach ladies. Check out their Facebook page for lots of ideas (and they make great gifts for Christmas too).

Castletown Harbour by artist Flaxney Stowell

If you’re interested in older local paintings there are plenty to be found on this lovely Facebook Page, Manx Paintings, administered by Fenella Collister.

I’m giving away 4 packs of Jeremy Paul’s lovely Christmas cards again this year. It’s a Facebook competition so head to the Directory page where the post is pinned to the top. To enter, just tag in a friend who you think might not know about the Directory – and if they live off-island then that is even better (but not a factor in relation to whether or not you win). So just tag a friend (or a few) and you’re in. I’ll draw a winner on 1 November.  Good luck!

Dates for your Diary

On now until 19 November;  ‘Painted Dreams’ by Eileen Schaer a the House of Manannan, Peel

On now until 12 November; ‘Wildlife – an Artist’s View” – Jeremy Paul at The Isle Gallery

On now until 12 November; ‘BC20 FK17’ at The Sayle Gallery

On now until 28 October – All things Loaghtan at the Hodgson Loom Gallery

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

31 October – ‘Book of Life’ – Clay Mask Children’s Art Workshop run by Artreach Studios at The Isle Gallery

16 November – IOM Drawing Club – Pregnant Life Drawing at Noa Bakehouse, 7pm-9pm

24 November – IOM Drawing Club – Fashion Illustration, 7pm – 8pm

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

Please remember to Share this post via your social media to help get the word out about our fabulous local Artists.

Have a great week!

Jane x