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Isle of Man Art News – 26 February 2018


I’ve been a bit under the weather this week, but putting the weekly art news together certainly does help to lift the spirits especially when there is so much amazing stuff going on. 

Because I haven’t been out and about, I’ve decided to launch my drawing challenge this week. This came about from conversation I had with Roger Dean (of Yes and Uriah Heap album cover fame, as well as much, much more). I happened to be talking to him the night I went to the Isle of Man Drawing Club life drawing event last year and was laughing telling him about it and how hopeless I expected to be. He said to me that it takes around 16 hours of application, at whatever you choose to do, to attain a level of competence. So if, for example, you learn to drive, the idea is in 16 hours you should see a noticeable improvement.

I decided to put this to the test. Regular readers of this blog will know that I am a complete novice at anything arty, the only things I have drawn since leaving school being the stick figures I drew with Beth and Christy on my first visit to Women Today, a workshop I did at the Isle Gallery so I could say with conviction what I thought about it, a miniature painting for the Manx Cancer Help project last year and the life drawing I just mentioned – again done with the intention that I could write about it in the news.

To keep myself motivated and challenged for this experiment, I decided to do an A to Z, choosing a subject beginning with each letter of the alphabet, figuring that if I spent around an hour on each picture, by the time I got to ‘P’ I should have put in 16 hours or more. This is my first picture, A for Anime.

I’m going to pin it to the top of the Facebook page tomorrow and invite anyone, especially absolute beginners like me, to do a picture of a subject beginning with ‘A’ and add it into the comments. If there are enough I’ll start a gallery page we can look back at. Please put what your ‘A’ is for (A for Apple, A for Arctic, A for Anteater…). Next week I’ll put up ‘B’ and so on. Please do join in – you don’t have to do one every week but I think it will be fun to see what different ideas and styles there are and to see how we progress. I started out with a sketch book and some coloured pencils so you don’t need to invest massive sums of money to have a go. Let’s see what happens 🙂

 

Milen Stankov, who had an exhibition at Ramsey Town Hall back in April 2016, has been working on another social documentary project. His new photographic exhibition “Island Voices – Journeys to the Isle of Man” has been organized by One World Centre and opens at the Manx Museum from 26 February until 17 March. 

 

Rebecca Odessa, whose work I love not only because of its exquisite execution but also for the thought and inspiration behind her work, has produced a lovely new piece called ‘The Garden’, based on the idealised theory that there once existed in old Europe a matriarchal society that worshiped the divine feminine (or Great Goddess) – a time when peace and wisdom prevailed. I haven’t asked her about her intention with the piece but for me the harmony in the use of colour I think very successfully conveys balance and wisdom.

 

I’m delighted this week to welcome Patricia Tutt to the Directory. Patricia sent me quite a few of her fabulous photographs for me to choose from for her Directory entry and I’ve included three here which don’t appear on her page (which you can check out here).  I think I like her work so much because I’m a bit of an architecture fan, which is the subject of some of her most wonderful photographs. She says she has always taken images of street photography, landscape, wildlife, flora and anything that lets her tell a story or make some form of social commentary and she particularly likes to create mood and atmosphere with form, texture, space and the play of light – whether with architectural subjects or natural scenes. Patricia is an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society. Her work has been exhibited in the Isle of Man, the UK, and Malawi.

 

Bruno Cavellec posted up his latest work, of which he said “A couple of years ago, I was approached by Tom Mulchinock, a musician who was looking for an image to illustrate his first album, a collection of deeply personal songs written during the last 10 years. I was immediately touched by Tom’s honesty and his turbulent journey which he shared very openly with me. At that point, I knew that I wanted to be part of his project, it’s wasn’t just about the music, there was a strong human dimension, a sense of vulnerability and recovery which, for personal reasons, appealed to me very much. Constant communication, freedom and trust allowed us to come up with this image which I am very proud to reveal today. I can’t thank Tom enough for having given me this fantastic opportunity to be creative without a list of rules and restrictions. Creativity is free flowing and if you restrict the process, you are in the risk of killing it.
“This Wooden Ship” from Tom Mulchinock Music is now available on Amazon, Spotify, iTunes and Apple Music.”

 

News Shorts

 

Elaine Edge (Manx Mosaics by Elli) has been preparing for her upcoming workshop. Look at all those sweeties she’s got for you to play with!

She’s also making the most amazing flower decorations – ‘Wonderwalls by Elli’. Gorgeous!

 

Adam Berry has been sharing some of the images that graced a set of our local stamps last year. I absolutely love these and make no apology for putting them in the news again.

 

Culture Vannin, whose remit is to support, promote and celebrate the culture of the Isle of Man, does so to some extent via grant awards which are open to everyone. Their grants support not only events, publications, research & creativity relating to Manx culture, but also everything from Manx music, literature and language through to heritage transport, ecology, history and architecture. The next funding deadline is 6th March. Forms and information are available from their grants page: https://www.culturevannin.im/page_286028.html

 

Phil Kneen took this great shot of singer songwriter Mae Challis. You can find out some more about her journey to date on the latest blog and vlog post by the Isle of Man Arts Council.  http://www.iomarts.com/news/article/mae-/

 

Coming up Sunday, Keird Collective are having a pop-up at the Old Fire Station in Castletown – an ideal place to pick up something lovely for Mother’s Day on the 11th (hint hint my darlings). 

 

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What’s On

 

On now – 5 May – ‘Crossing Open Ground’ – David Gilbert: A Retrospective – at the Manx Museum and The Sayle Gallery

On now – Mannin Art Group Exhibition at Milntown Cafe

On now – Manx Miniatures at The Isle Gallery

On now – 17 March – Hodgson Loom Gallery – Isle of Man Photographic Society 80th Anniversary Exhibition

26 February – 17 March – “Island Voices- Journeys to the Isle of Man” by Milen Stankov at the Manx Museum

28 February – Manx Radio 5.30pm-6pm Spotlight with Sarah Hendy

4 March – Keird Collective 10am – 4pm – The Old Fire Station, Castletown

4 March – Exhibition on Screen, Leonardo at the Erin Arts Centre – 3pm – 4.30pm

28 March – 2 April – Isle of Man Art Society Easter Art Exhibition

 

Upcoming Workshops:

 

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 – Perfect Harmony – 10am-4pm – Ramsey

10 March – Beginners Creative Photography Workshop (Saturday, 10th Mar / 7th Apr 2018)

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

17 April – Silk Painting with Jean Buck 10am-4pm – IOM Art Society

26 April – Absolute Beginners in Ceramics – Night Time course – 7pm -9.30pm 

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 – 19 February 2018

Can it really be an 80th anniversary for the Isle of Man Photographic Society? That’s pretty impressive isn’t it? I went along to see the new show at the Hodgson Loom gallery on Saturday afternoon, admittedly a little late in the day. I missed the main buzz and there was only Julia Smyth and Greg Barlow still there when I finally arrived but at least I had an opportunity to catch up with them and to have my own private viewing of this lovely show. The stand-out piece for me has to the amazing ‘Sisters’ by Nigel Owen. Viewed from different directions you get two pictures in one. I really like it, with both portraits shot in black and white it works brilliantly.

There is some really lovely work, far too many great pics to include here, so I just picked a couple to show you. The first one is a door at Crathes Castle by John Phipp, CPAGB and the one with the tree is called ‘Between Flurries’ by Barry Murphy. Also look out for Sue Leeming’s work… lovely.

 

I’m pretty rubbish at taking photographs myself. Despite having a rather nice Nikon camera I’ve never taken the time to learn to use it properly (yet… it’s on my ‘to do’ list). For these news posts I tend to rely on other people whose skills are far superior to mine and I’ve borrowed these lovely pics from The Sayle Gallery’s post this week of the superb David Gilbert exhibition ‘Another Story about how it is’ which is on now, with its sister exhibition ‘Crossing Open Ground’ at the Manx Museum. I’m going to make some time in the next week to re-visit both of these shows because, as usual, I spent a lot of time gassing at the preview and not enough time enjoying the work. I also find that a second visit in peace and quiet gives me the chance to really enjoy the show and time to decide which are my favourite pieces.

Ellen Scott’s work has been developing over the past couple of years and I’ve just updated her page. You may have seen some of her pictures in the weekly gallery but here are a few of her more recent pieces. It’s refreshing I think that our young artists aren’t all focusing on Manx themes and are looking further afield for their inspiration. You can check out Ellen’s page here.

It’s turning out to be a bit of a photography week this week! Phil Kneen posted up his latest blog post, the last of his ‘Holmtown’ project images for now. Phil is off to Iceland to photograph on a Scottish factory trawler… “So 10 days of vomiting..”! Rather you than me Phil. You can see the post here: Six by Seven

 

Hannah Yeowell, who only started her photography career a year ago, is taking some brilliant shots of late. I particularly liked her recent blog post ‘A Day with Mae‘, when she photographed the beautiful and talented singer/songwriter Mae Challis. I thought the colour palette that repeated throughout the series of shots worked really well. Mae will be uploading a short film to her youtube channel about her story so far on 23rd Feb.

 

News Shorts

Date for the diary folks – the Easter Art Exhibition is always worth a visit. Generously sponsored again this year by Moore Stephens.

 

Janet Lees, a lady of considerable talent with both words and camera as well as being just generally delightful, posted up this little video this week. There’s something quite hypnotic about it.

 

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What’s On

 

On now – 5 May – ‘Crossing Open Ground’ – David Gilbert: A Retrospective – at the Manx Museum and The Sayle Gallery

On now – Mannin Art Group Exhibition at Milntown Cafe

On now – Manx Miniatures at The Isle Gallery

On now – 17 March – Hodgson Loom Gallery – Isle of Man Photographic Society 80th Anniversary Exhibition

21 February – Manx Radio 5.30pm-6pm Spotlight with Sarah Hendy

4 March – Exhibition on Screen, Leonardo at the Erin Arts Centre – 3pm – 4.30pm

28 March – 2 April – Isle of Man Art Society Easter Art Exhibition

 

Upcoming Workshops:

 

21 February – Introduction – Mitre and Picture Frame Joints, Tradesman Group – 6.30pm – 9.30pm

23 February Absolute Beginners Evening Course – 7.30pm – 9.30pm – The Isle Gallery – SOLD OUT

24 February – Beginners DSLR Camera & Creative Photography Workshop

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 – Perfect Harmony – 10am-4pm – Ramsey

10 March – Beginners Creative Photography Workshop (Saturday, 10th Mar / 7th Apr 2018)

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

26 April – Absolute Beginners in Ceramics – Night Time course – 7pm -9.30pm 

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 – 12 February 2018

It’s always a pleasure to attend show openings and this week I was super delighted to be invited to the launch of the new David Gilbert exhibition, ‘Crossing Open Ground’, on Friday evening. It’s a wonderful show, the Manx Museum exhibits having been curated by Yvonne Cresswell and the Sayle exhibits by Carola Rush and Christian Hardman. It’s been quite a labour of love getting the exhbition ready with the majority of the pieces having been shipped from Liverpool but it is beautifully put together and a tactile delight as well as a feast for the eyes. I took some photos but I think this video posted up by Manx National Heritage does it far better justice than my amateur snaps.

 

Nicola Dixon spent much time with the Gilberts while she was growing up and there is a photo of her aged 15 at work making art included in the show. She said in a recent post “The Gilberts were a large part of the magic of my childhood and I am sure there were many influences that I am aware of, and not. It has been quite a trip revisiting it in flashes.. in conversations, objects, voices, memories. This show is in 2 parts, at the Museum and the Sayle Gallery, and I have some new and old work that is close to me in a annex of the Sayle, alongside that of Simon Buttimore and Greg Joughin. We were all visitors to Bishops Demesne Farm in our young days where the Gilberts lived, along with several others who now play a part in Manx cultural life.”

Nicola is also featured in the Spring edition of LandLove Magazine. Such a busy lady. With so much going on she told me that the recent pieces she has painted for the David Gilbert exhibition have been an indulgence for her, setting aside the pressure of commissions for a short while to produce these very personal pieces for the exhibition. 

 

Alice Quayle has been getting herself in the news this week. Her illustration of Sophia Goulden and her famous suffragette daughter, Emmeline Pankhurst, was featured on BBC North West this week as the UK celebrated the centenary of giving some women the vote in 1918. As well as that, the Creative Network gave her work a big plug recently and the Arts Council is currently producing some great artist interviews – you can read all about Alice and her contribution to the Island’s Biosphere status with her quirky maps here

 

I am sure will have noticed that I’ve had a link to Beach Buddies at the top of the post the last couple of weeks. I’ve decided to support Beach Buddies this year as they are doing inspirational and incredibly important work in cleaning our beaches and raising awareness of the global issue of plastic waste. We all need to do our bit and encourage everyone to reduce their use of plastic and generally clean up our act. Gef the Mongoose published a great post this week titled ‘Plastic Surgery‘ with a range of ways in which we can all do our bit to contribute to cutting down on plastic waste.

Frauke Watson updated her page on the Directory this week with some photographs of work she has produced using beach waste, perhaps not most of us will do with the rubbish we pick up, but fascinating non the less.

The Flower Studio is also doing their bit on recycling.  I loved this post from them about how they are tackling the problem:

* recycle – we recycle ALL of our green waste back to compost as well as recycling card and paper waste locally 🌳

* re-use – we love to turn rubbish into something beautiful and items such as our Blooming Cantastic designs do just this! 🌺

* reduce – we searched high and low to find an alternative to the polypropylene sheets we use for aqua packs on our bouquets, but unfortunately, there isn’t a suitable (i.e. waterproof!) one. So we have redesigned our packaging to reduce the use of plastics by over two thirds and we would encourage customers to try and re-use the polypropylene before eventually recycling it. 🌍

* provenance – we care where every stem has come from that we use in The Flower Studio. Most of our greenery is grown just down the road from us and during the Summer months, we have a beautiful supply of locally grown flowers. But for the rest of our blooms, we carefully choose growers further afield that operate under labels such as MPS and FFP where we can be guaranteed that they are ethically and environmentally sound. 👍

* educate – this is where you lovely lot come in… Each design that we send out from The Flower Studio from now on will come with an advice slip (printed on recycled paper obvs!) to let you know which items can be recycled or re-used. And to give you a little incentive, there are certain things that we will swap with you for cold hard cash if you bring them back to us in excellent condition! 💷😎

Well done The Flower Studio! Let’s hope that inspires others to look at what they can do in their own businesses. The Flower Studio is also participating in the #sharetheloveheart project instigated by Yarny Grianne that I mentioned last week. Look out for gorgeous creations like these…

I also mentioned last week that Paul Parker was going to have a bit of change of direction and he posted up these fabulous pen and wash pictures this week. He said in his post “Pen and wash paintings are good, they make you draw, and it breaks things down into two parts. Drawing, then painting. It is a lot easier than pure watercolor. I use a stick or sharpen the handle of a small brush. It gives a line, not unlike charcoal of a graphite pencil, and when applied to a rough watercolor paper gives a lovely broken line.

You need a more tonal pallet to hold up against the black ink. Pen and wash are a little out of fashion these days, but in the right hands, it is an excellent starting point to learn watercolor. Or indeed to do paintings.”

Can paintings this good really be out of fashion? Surely not.

News Shorts

The new show at the Hodgson Loom Gallery opens on Saturday. Pop along from 2pm for drinks, nibbles, conviviality and photographic eye-candy.

 

Photographer Mark Boyd who is based at Grenaby Studios now has a page on the Directory. Check it out here.

 

Photo by Sam Maiden

Regular readers of this blog will know that I am a supporter of the Queens Pier Restoration Trust and they have now launched their ‘Sponsor a Plank’ campaign. I think it’s a great idea and prices are very reasonable with prices starting from just £10 for ‘child planks’ and ‘souvenir planks’ and £40 for Bay 3 planks. Head on over to their website to purchase: http://www.qprt.im/

 

Kate Jerry posted up this video – I love the colours she’s using. A moment or two of calm. Enjoy!

 

What’s On

 

On now – 5 May – ‘Crossing Open Ground’ – David Gilbert: A Retrospective – at the Manx Museum and The Sayle Gallery

On now – Mannin Art Group Exhibition at Milntown Cafe

On now – Manx Miniatures at The Isle Gallery

14 February – Manx Radio 5.30pm-6pm Spotlight with Sarah Hendy

17 February – 17 March – Hodgson Loom Gallery – Isle of Man Photographic Society 80th Anniversary Exhibition

4 March – Exhibition on Screen, Leonardo at the Erin Arts Centre – 3pm – 4.30pm

 

Upcoming Workshops:

 

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.

 

 

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Have a great week!

Jane x

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