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Isle of Man Art News – 30th July 2018

I was in the south of the island on Saturday, doing a bit of cleaning and organising at The Engine House, and had every intention of going to the Southern Show. The weather, however, was particularly nasty for such escapades and I know the Keird Collective for one couldn’t manage to get set up in the challenging conditions and regrettably decided to pack up and go home. I decided after 4 hours of cleaning (it’s a big old space) that enough was enough and decided on a gentler way to round up the day, so headed to Port St Mary to see how Petrina Kent was enjoying being artist in residence at Studio 42 for a few weeks.

Petrina was in great form and I was delighted to see a few of her gorgeous pics with ‘sold’ dots on them. Unfortunately – or indeed fortunately depending on how you look at it, I didn’t get much chance to chat as the gallery filled up with people wanting to buy things. I left her to it but took a couple of photos to share with you before wending my weary way back to Ramsey. To his credit my lovely hubby had dinner ready for me when I got back, so all in all a pretty good day I’d say, despite not making it to the show.

 

I get asked to do all kinds of interesting things and last week I got a very nice email from author Susie Heckles, asking if I would like to review her new book “Ffynlo, Patch and a Magical Manx Half Term”. Of course I said yes, and spent a delightful half hour or so reading the story and looking at Julie Roberts’s lovely illustrations.

The story is about two children who come to visit their great uncle during their half term holidays. It’s full of faeries and magical goings on as well as real life things to do for people visiting the Island, a lovely mix which should fire up the imagination of many young people I would think. The story tells how the children become friends with Ffynlo, a Loaghtan sheep, and Patch, a friendly farm dog. With the stories and information Ffynlo tells the children their visit to the Isle of Man becomes all the more special. My copy of the book arrived with its very own rosette and a book mark. Here are a few pictures. The book costs £9.95 and is available at Culture Vannin, The Manx Wildlife Trust Shop, the Lexicon and The Bridge Bookshops in Port Erin and Ramsey.

 

Good luck to Janet Lees, not that such a talented lady needs it. She’s off to represent the Island at Lorient and is sharing the space with the artist from Scotland. Janet told me she has 22 art photography pieces, each paired with a poem, plus a reel of her poetry films showing on an LCD screen with headphones. She will also be hosting the creation of a collaborative poem, along the same lines as the one she did at the Art Festival three years ago where people write a single memory on a strip of paper, starting with the words ‘I remember’ or ‘Je me Souviens’ (or any other language they would like to use), and so end up with a multicultural collaborative poem of memories. Here are a few of Janet’s beautiful photos I have stashed in my library. I’ve picked a couple of older ones as it’s always nice I think to pick out ones you’ve forgotten about.

 

Artreach Studios at the Isle Gallery is hosting a collection of new paintings by the fabulous Ellie Baker. Ellie is a landscape artist with a distinct style that draws the viewer in, sets the imagination to work and calls for detailed inspection. She works mainly from memory and imagination, combining remembered elements from the Island’s land and seascapes. I find her choice of colour and the way she expresses her style to be captivating and I certainly rate her among some of the best artists on the Island.

The preview is on Sunday 5th August from 2.00pm to 4.30pm, where you can meet Ellie and discuss the journey of her creations. It will be a fabulous show I am sure so do go to the preview as I think her work will be very well received. 

 

I spotted these lovely pictures by Dawn Kennaugh this week. Dawn is preparing for the Royal Show, 10th and 11th August where you will be able to see and buy more of her work. You can follow Dawn’s art page here.

 

Phil Kneen reported that he’s just picked up a nice commision from Huck Magazine – shooting ‘gritty, honest portraits of travelling surfers in South-west France’.

However, he says that what he knows about surfing could be written on the back of a postage stamp, so if anyone has contacts on the Atlantic coast between Bordeaux and San Sebastian he would really appreciate a hook-up. He will be there for a couple of weeks in early October. Here’s one of his recent ‘watery’ images that rather caught my eye.

 

Ongky Wijana is incredibly talented. Whilst he’s based out in Bali he is linked to the Island via his work on the beautiful labyrinth in the grounds of Peel Cathedral. Here is some of his latest work. I saw the mandala first and had no concept of its size – then I saw the second photo of it a bit later and was blown away by the scale of it. Oh and just a stone Komodo dragon too….. it’s so life-like! Awesome work.

 

Dates for your Diary

 

On now at the Hodgson Loom Gallery – ‘The Eyes of the House & Other Pictures’ by David Swinton

On now until 7 October at the Grosvenor Museum, Chester – ‘Monumental Rage’ – Michael Sandle, RA

On now at Studio 42 – ‘The Manx Landscape Afresh’ by Petrina Kent – Artist in Residence

On now until 5 August – ‘Have I Got News for Yessir’ by Phil Woodford at the House of Manannan

July – Year of Our Island: Culture Month

7 July – 2 September – Williamson Art Gallery and Museum (Birkenhead) – Tom Wood and Cian Quayle

Opening 4 August – Chinese artist Li Jianxun at The Sayle Gallery – sponsored by Manninvest

Opening 5 August to 16 September – Ellie Baker’s “Light Confection” at The Isle Gallery

 

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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Chinese artist Li Jianxun at The Sayle Gallery

Manninvest is delighted to sponsor this event in conjunction with the joint curators Tang Biao from Pixel Space Culture and Art Co. Ltd and Gary Bennett from the Sayle Gallery. 

Li Jianxun, who is a member of the Chinese Artists Association, has had six solo and 34 joint exhibitions in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the USA. His artwork has been collected by seven museums, including the China National Art Museum. 

LI Jianxun has been awarded many prizes in China for his watercolour and oil painting artworks, including the 3rd prize/Bronze at the 10th China National Art Exhibition. 
He is a graduate with a Master’s Degree from Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts and is an art lecturer in the Art Institute of Sichuan Normal University. 

The exhibition runs from August 4-26, 2018.

 

 

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Isle of Man Art New – 16 July 2018

It’s been very busy but a lot of fun the last couple of weeks. I was asked some time ago to help judge an underwater photography competition organised by Discover Diving (based in Port St. Mary) and the Saturday before last was competition day with the prize giving ceremony in the evening accompanied by a most excellent fish and chip supper. My fellow judges, both former divers, were wildlife artist Jeremy Paul and Jackie Hall (no relation). I was the non-diver of the group so had to rely on Jeremy and Jackie for their superior knowledge…. I’m delighted to say I now know what a nudebranch looks like. We spent a very interesting and animated hour or so going through all of the entries and choosing our favourites, with consideration to focus, colour, composition and whether if fulfilled the criteria of the category to name but a few of the aspects we discussed. In the end, these were some of the winners. Well done to all involved. 

 

On Saturday just gone, I arrived late to the opening of David Swinton’s new exhibition ‘The Eyes of the House & Other Places’ at the Hodgson Loom Gallery (having been at The Engine House for Elaine Edge’s mosaic workshop for a class of fourteen which went extremely well but wasn’t finally wrapped up until early evening).

I have to say Mr Swinton looks very well indeed. I remember him from art lessons at school when I was at St. Ninians, many moons ago. I obviously wasn’t very good at art even then as he didn’t remember me 🙂  But this isn’t about me…. it’s about this beautiful exhibition of watercolours, full of detail in the interesting subject matter, expertly executed. Do go along as it’s well worth a visit.

 

 

Studio 42 has a new show opening this Wednesday 18th July from 6.30pm – ‘The Manx Landscape Afresh’ by Petrina Kent. There are very few of Petrina’s pieces I don’t like so I will definitely be heading to this show. Gallery owner, Eben, also posted up that Daniel Price has some new work on display – a couple of his lovely monoprints here to give you a taster. Also big congratulations to Daniel and his new wife Amy – they got married at the weekend. Very best wishes to you both for a long and happy marriage.

 

 

The Western Photographic Society is currently having an Exhibition at the Erin Arts Centre. ‘The World of the Western’ at the James Mellon Gallery which will continue until 30th July, open Wednesday to Friday each week between 10.30am and 4.30pm, and on evenings when there is an event in the Theatre. Amongst the exhibits is this one by Patricia Tutt – a fabulous image don’t you think?

 

It’s a bit of a short one this week folks. To be honest it’s a struggle at the moment to do this on a weekly basis due to my commitment to The Engine House but I know lots of you like the news posts so I shall endeavour to carry on with them at least every other week for now. Hopefully when I’m not doing 3 jobs I might have a bit more time again to get the diary up to date and do some more focused posts. If anyone would like to contribute or help to keep this website up to date I’d love to hear from you!

 

Dates for your Diary

 

On now at the Hodgson Loom Gallery – ‘The Eyes of the House & Other Pictures’ by David Swinton

On now at the Isle Gallery – ‘Dare the Moon’ a solo show by Bruno Cavellec

On now at the Sayle Gallery ’25 Years’ – Isle of Man Arts Council Loan Collection

On now at the Grosvenor Museum, Chester – ‘Monumental Rage’ – Michael Sandle, RA

Opening Wednesday at Studio 42 – ‘The Manx Landscape Afresh’ by Petrina Kent

5 May – 5 August – ‘Have I Got News for Yessir’ by Phil Woodford at the House of Manannan

July – Year of Our Island: Culture Month

7 July – 2 September – Williamson Art Gallery and Museum (Birkenhead) – Tom Wood and Cian Quayle

 

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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