Nicola Dixon this week paid tribute to David Gilbert, sculptor and former resident of the Island who passed away earlier in July aged 87. Although I never had the privilege to meet him, Nicola’s wonderful memories which she shared via Facebook the day before his funeral were very moving and evocative of magical childhood days. I can’t possibly attempt to do either Nicola’s memories or David’s work justice here so I would simply say, read Nicola’s post (you may need to scroll to July 28th) and visit David’s website. A great loss to the Art community but what a wonderful legacy he has left us. RIP.
I’ve been to the Isle Gallery this afternoon (Sunday) for the opening of Juan Moore’s new show, ‘Odd Days’. What a great afternoon! I highly recommend that you try to go to openings of shows as not only is it a great opportunity to get hold of the piece of work you want before it gets sold, it’s also a great chance to meet a whole host of artists as the Art community is a massively supportive network and many of them go along see what their contemporaries have been up to, catch up with old friends and often buy each other’s work.
If you weren’t there today you missed the chance to meet Juan Moore, host for the day, Nicola Dixon, Sally Black, Bruno Cavellec, Graham Hall, Stephanie Quayle, Darren Jackson, Kirsti Penzes, Petrina Kent and Howard Shimmin and that’s to mention but a few. It’s a really great chance to catch up with people, bounce around ideas and hear artists’ opinions. After a couple of very enjoyable hours I looked around the gallery to see many red dots! (Red dots, in case you don’t know, denote that the piece is sold). So well done Juan! A brilliant show and I sincerely hope that it isn’t going to be your last ‘for a very long time, or possibly ever‘ as you suggested on the radio on Friday.
If you saw Juan’s paintings without seeing the title you could be forgiven for being confused or even disturbed by his art, however, see it with its title and it makes perfect sense. I thought Juan’s metaphor for teaching was particularly apt (a drowning man with little chickens on his head which I have used as the featured image for this post). I’ll bet lots of teachers will be able to relate to that one.
There were a few unsold when I left so you still have an opportunity to make a start on your Juan Moore collection. My guess though is that it will be a sell-out show.
Some people may wonder why I’m including information and helping to promote the Isle of Architecture, which is a year long celebration of the built environment on the Isle of Man. There are a couple of reasons, the first being that I’ve always been a fan of architecture. One of my most favourite things to do is look at buildings, particularly when travelling, but also here on the Island. I sometimes ask Martin (my husband) to take me out for a drive with no particular purpose other than to enjoy the vista and all the different architecture we have around us. The second reason is that architecture is not just construction – it’s also Art. Architects are tasked with coming up with buildings and other constructions which not only work but are aesthetically pleasing, which is really, really important when you consider that the majority of them will outlive us and possibly also our children. What we build now is our legacy to future generations.
The Isle of Architecture is inviting anyone to make a short video (like the one below) about your favourite building. Simply visit your chosen building and record a short video (less than 1 minute is best) saying why you love it. You can do this yourself using a camera, phone or tablet or maybe get a friend to help. Share it with the Isle of Architecture’s Facebook page and they’ll add it to the Isle of Architecture website.
If it was still around, I would have chosen the Palace Lido. It still breaks my heart that it was demolished. We’ve lost so many important buildings. I sincerely hope that the Castle Mona is not the next one on the list.
I haven’t mentioned Petrina Kent much of late, although I have posted up some of her lovely photographs of Port Erin and the roses in her garden. Petrina has been busy painting a series entitled ‘Gem of God’s Earth’. If you think you can’t afford quality original artwork, then think again. These gorgeous little paintings – there will be 40 of them in total – are oil on silk and mahogany with gold leaf, are 9cm x 9cm and are boxed so they are absolutely perfect to give as a gift or a great way to start a collection. You can buy them directly from the shop page for just £55. Here are a few pictures so you can see how lovely they are.
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There are 12 ready at present with the others still ‘work in progress’ but don’t hang around to buy as I expect these will get snapped up pretty handily. I’ll keep in touch with Petrina too and let you know when the next ones are available.
The Isle of Man Arts Council has appointed its first patrons.
Recently retired President of Tynwald Clare Christian OBE and renowned artist Michael Sandle, a member of the prestigious Royal Academy of Arts, have accepted invitations to be patrons of the body.
During Island of Culture 2014, Mrs Christian was instrumental in the installation of Michael Sandle’s maquette of Godred Croven for display in the Legislative Buildings and led on work involving the Archibald Knox Society. She said: ‘I am honoured to accept the invitation to be an Arts Council patron. I recognise the breadth and depth of the arts offering in the Island and I am delighted to lend support to all the people and organisations who embrace and nurture the arts in all their aspects in our community.’
Michael Sandle grew up in the Island and attended the Douglas School of Art and Technology before becoming one of the world’s most acclaimed sculptors and painters. He is one of only two artists from the Isle of Man to hold Royal Academician status. Just 80 artists at a time have the title. His Viking sculpture at the Erin Arts Centre and Memorial to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution in the sunken gardens in Douglas were Arts Council commissions.
‘I am passionate about the Manx arts and cultural scene and am thrilled to accept this invitation to be a patron of the Arts Council,’ Mr Sandle said. ‘Public investment in the arts remains vital if opportunities are to exist for all and the role of the Arts Council is key to that. Supporting that role is something I look forward to.’
In September 2016, the Sayle Gallery is planning to hold a month long exhibition between 8 September – 7 October, celebrating the life and work of the late and much missed artist Simon Buttimore. The gallery is on a hunt for his artworks spanning his 40 year career, including paintings, drawings, wood carvings, music, films, his caravans and carts or any of his installations or writings. Photographers are willing to travel to any location on the island to record any of Simon’s work in situ, for example Simon carved dragons in beams in cottages; he made house signs, statues and intricate porches and bedsteads with weeping monks, fonts from tree stumps and so much more. Everything loaned will be treated with the greatest of respect, the owner will get full accreditation and the item will be safely returned once the exhibition is over. Please call Carola Rush at the Sayle on 674557 if you can help.
There are lots of ‘Arty’ events coming up in the next couple of weeks. Don’t forget about ‘Art in the Park’ being organised by the Sayle Gallery which is on 5, 6 and 7 August in the Villa Marina Gardens (admission is free) and MakeMarket which is a series of Creative Network events at Douglas Market Hall over the summer months. Check out the calendar as this will be updated regularly with details of what’s on. Katy Mitchell and Faye Christian will be ‘potters in residence’ next week – you’ll be able to see them at work and Faye will be doing some workshops.
Dates for your Diary:
On now – Saturday 6th August – Mannin Art Group’s 67th Annual Exhibition – St. Paul’s Hall, Ramsey
Wednesday 3rd – Sunday 7th August – Katy Mitchell – Potter-in-Residence at the Market Hall
Thursday 4th August, 6.30pm-8.30pm, Summer Show preview at Studio 42, Port St. Mary
Weekend of 5th, 6th, 7th August, 10am-4pm, Art in the Park, Villa Marina Gardens
Tuesday 9th August – Children’s Workshop at the Isle Gallery – The Jungle Book
Here are a few images I’ve saved from social media over the past week. Click on the pictures to open in the Lightbox. Enjoy.
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Have a great week!