As many of you will know, I’ve been busy busy of late which is why there hasn’t been much in the way of news updates. That’s not to say there’s nothing going on because of course there is. Current shows on at the local galleries are ‘Africa’ at the Hodgson Loom Gallery in Laxey, a kaleidoscope of colour, which opened on 23rd March and Graham Rider’s beautiful ‘Hinterland’ exhibition at Isle Contemporary, Tynwald Mills.

One of the main reasons for putting together a quick news post this week though is to let you know about the Isle of Man Art Society’s Spring Show (it’s usually called the Easter show) sponsored by Moore Stephens. This year the show is in a new venue, St. Ninian’s lower school, and having visited for the first time on the preview night and then again for a more leisurly walk around earlier today, I have to say it is a great improvement with a lovely high ceiling giving the feeling of plenty of space.

The show is open to the public from 10am to 5pm daily and closes on Wednesday, so you have a limited opportunity to see it. There’s a huge variety of work on show with 422 exhibits, most of them very affordably priced. Here’s another little walk around video I did just to give you a bit of a taster.

Mother T’s in Laxey is doing a fantastic job of supporting Artists and currently has a show on by Graham Joughin “The Earth Does Not Move”. I haven’t had a chance to go and see it yet but it’s on until the end of April so there’s a bit of time yet.

Coming up at The Engine House we have the Preview of our Art Festival show on 2nd May. If you’d like to come along please reserve your free ticket via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/

It should be a great show and all being well, we will have better lighting installed by then to show the work off to its best. The Preview is from 6.30pm and all are welcome but please do book as numbers will be capped.

In other news, the fabulous Stephanie Quayle is in Japan with husband Darren Jackson at present preparing for a new show. Here are a couple of Darren’s photos of work in progress….. Looks amazing doesn’t it?

Super busy Julia Ashby Smyth has been chosen to represent the Island this year at the annual Festival Interceltique de Lorient. A fabulous choice but seriously, how this lady manages to fit everything in I have no idea!

Isle of Man ABC creator, Gemma Hjerth, who’s book ‘M is for Manx Cat’ is pictured here in Bridge Bookshop. It’s so great to see collaborations abounding on the island – the illustrations are by Kim Gee Studio, with the book a wonderful celebration of all things Manx.

Staying with books, Bruno Cavellec has illustrated the cover of a new Manx songbook. ‘A Quiet Way’ is a collection of songs which represents a musical direction not often travelled by Manx composers. Culture Vannin posted “It is brilliant to celebrate and encourage the great breadth and diversity of music on the Isle of Man in all its forms”.

Here’s this week’s gallery.

That’s it for the next couple of weeks. If you’d like to get the news delivered to your inbox so you don’t miss it now that’s it’s not every week just fill in the form in the sidebar.

Jane x

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Isle of Man Art News – 15 April 2019

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