It’s the last week of the Manx Cancer Help Art Project fundraising exhibition at the Hodgson Loom Gallery this week. If you haven’t been along to see the show yet and purchase your favourite(s) then you only have until Saturday!

Whilst this is a great community based show I think it’s really important to emphasise that all of the effort that has gone into organising, creating, curating, administering and advertising these fantastic mini artworks is to raise funds for the charity. So far just over £3,000 has been raised, £1,700 from priced sales and £1,400 from the silent bid auction. If you check back on my blog post about the works which are up for auction you will be able to see pictures of the works available in the auction and what the current bids are. If you can’t make it to the gallery, you can still bid by sending an email to Julia at the gallery: Please put the artist number, name and your bid all in the subject line to make it easy to administer.

Even if you know you won’t get to the gallery this week you can still help by sharing this post to ensure that as many people as possible know about the art project and have the opportunity to buy a canvas to support the charity. They make great gifts, with the ones done by the very young making lovely presents to buy for grandparents and other family members. Julia mentioned that not many parents had been in to see their children’s work so again, please let people know about this as the message may not have reached them yet that the pictures are on display. It would be really fantastic if we can get the figure up to £5,000 and I think it’s certainly achievable if everyone gets behind it this week and buys a canvas. From today, all of the priced pictures are for sale from £5 and minimum bids on the auction canvases are for any amount you would like to donate.

Congratulations to Frances Boyd! Frances, who is a very accomplished surface pattern designer and illustrator has had her work featured in the August issue of House Beautiful magazine. Frances said that she received an email from them saying they had come across her work and they thought it ‘matched the aesthetics of the magazine’. I couldn’t agree more. Frances has also just opened an Etsy shop selling prints which she says is still a work in progress, so do keep checking back as she has some lovely designs which are very reasonably priced.

Jade Boylan is a very impressive young lady and I take my hat off to her for doing such a fantastic job of establishing her ‘Candy Club’ brand so successfully. She produces enamel pins, sew on patches, stickers, iron on patches and tote bags and offers them for sale on her website: If you haven’t seen Jade’s work before do go and take a look – she has targeted a segment of the market and knows exactly what her audience will like. Kudos.

Katy Mitchell along with other local artisans has been busy recently. Here is a picture of her at Tynwald Fair last week and of course on Saturday from 12 noon until 5pm the Corrin Hall in Peel will be the setting for the Celtfest artisan craft fair with artisans including: Alice Rose Fayle Design; Alice Quayle; Apple Orphanage; Artforms from Nature (Graham Hall); Breeze Candles; ElementIsle; GetGlitFaced!; Katy Mitchell Ceramics; Little Tree Soaps; Manai (Henna and Body Art); Manx Mohair; Nicola Dixon; Reap What You Sew; Stixx; Sweet Ginger Emporium; Taylor Made Cakes; and Yarny Grainne. I did quite a bit of my Christmas shopping last year so intend to stock up ready for this year!

Look out from today for Juan Moore’s new webpage “” which is dedicated to making you feel better about your current situation in life by posting a new illustration every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. An artist and illustrator, Juan aims to produce 3 illustrations a week to lift the spirits of the viewer with images designed to show in a comedic, surreal or even fantastical way that things could be worse. I’m really looking forward to seeing what might evolve here.

Svetlana Cameron has been busy creating more beautiful work – this time the portrait is of Natalia Osipova, a Principal of the Royal Ballet in London. The painting will be part of a money-cannot-buy experience lot which will be auctioned at a charity evening in aid of Gift of Life on 5 October in London. All proceeds from the auction will be used to provide medical treatment to children battling cancer. In addition to the portrait, a lucky winner will be treated to 2 premium tickets for one of Natalia’s performances and a backstage tour of Royal Opera House in London in the 2017/2018 theatre season – a rare chance to meet Natalia in person. To make it extra special and absolutely unbeatable, Natalia kindly offers attending one of her rehearsals or a private ballet lesson. Bidding is open to all ballet lovers around the globe. To place advance bids you can email Telephone bidding will also be available on 5 October.

Portrait of Natalia Osipova, a Principal of the Royal Ballet, London. Conte and pastel on paper, 70×50 cm inside mount (100×80 cm including a beautiful hand made Frinton frame), 2017. ©Svetlana Cameron.

Dates for your Diary

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

On now – 15 July – Manx Cancer Help’s Art Project at the Hodgson Loom Gallery – don’t miss it…. Click Here for more..

On now – 24 July “A Happy Medium” at The Sayle Gallery – Eloise White

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

On now until 31 July – Isle of Architecture #ilovethisbuilding exhibition at Noa Bakehouse

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

15 July -The Gathering, Artisan Fair and Family Day, The Corrin Hall, Peel, 12 noon – 5pm

17 July – Watercolour Mandalas at The Isle Gallery

And finally, here’s this week’s round up of images from Social Media.

Have a great week!

Jane x

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Isle of Man Art News – 10 July 2017

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