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It’s been a desperately sad week in the art world. Last weekend you will no doubt have heard about the tragic loss of Roger Leece at the Chasms which has shocked and saddened many. Roger was engaged to ceramicist Celine Appleyard. A few days later, Claire McMahon’s husband, Donal, passed away having been suffering from a terminal illness. Our deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers are with Celine, Claire and their families and loved ones at this sad time.

This beautiful photograph is of a rose from Petrina Kent’s garden – I’m sure she won’t mind me sharing it here in memory of Roger and Donal.

A new exhibition has opened at the Manx Museum celebrating the life of Sophia Morrison as 14th January marked the 100th anniversary of her death. The Mannin branches of the Celtic Congress and the Celtic League and Mec Vannin organised a day of celebrations last weekend but if you are interested in learning more about her then there is a good page of information on Wikipedia. From an visual arts perspective perhaps the most relevant connection to my mentioning it here is that the 1929 second edition of her book, Manx Fairy Tales, was illustrated by Archibald Knox. The exhibition at the Museum is on until 6th May, which is just as well as I haven’t seen it yet!

Amy Bannister, a former student at St. Ninian’s High School, has been awarded a £1,000 bursary from the Isle of Man Decorative and Fine Arts Society (IoMDFAS) to support her continued studies in her final year at Loughborough University where she is studying innovation and design in textiles. She designs and weaves her own fabrics from materials such as silk, paper, bamboo, fine wool and even wire. Read the full story on IOM Today.

Jelena Benson has made a productive start to the New Year and posted up this pic which is just a snippit and says she likes the macro micro effect in it. “You are not quite sure if it is a view from a perspective which is zoomed in or out..”. Looks interesting – hopefully we will see the whole thing soon!

And here’s a little bit of something lovely from Bruno Cavellec.

“Will they still follow me
if I hide in the moon
could you please let them know
I ain’t coming back so soon”
Hide in the moon (January 2017)

I mentioned in a news post last year that Graham Hall (Grenaby Studios, Ballabeg) does wood turning classes and this week he’s posted up a bit more information:

 Turning lessons are normally on a one to one basis and cover the following subjects:-

Health and Safety.
A bit about wood and how it works..its quite a wonderful material that we often take for granted.
An introduction to the Lathe and the turning tools.
Cutting wood safely and easily.
What is a good form…what looks good.
Finishing and sanding…making what you have made look really good.

In a normal day lesson you’ll make two items which are yours to take home with you. Gift tokens are available from the Grenaby Studio shop or by post at £165 for a full day – and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Graham has been busy working on a fabulous project this week – Bronze Age axes and swords which have been cast from originals in the Manx Museum’s collection. He says the swords are “divinely designed” and that the makers really understood balance and shape. Claire Pearse (Element.isle) who also has her workshop and studio at Grenaby has been helping research how the leather bindings would have been wound to secure the axe heads and said “When you look at incredible pieces like this I can’t help to wonder just how ‘far’ we think we’ve come on in a couple of thousand years. Their understanding of materials was amazing, especially without modern tooling and technology.”.

Claire is back in full swing making her beautiful silver jewellery out of ethically sourced silver – and noted yesterday that it’s only a month to Valentine’s Day! Her current order time is approx 1-2 weeks, but will soon be 2-3 weeks (apart from items already made and in stock at the studio), so please place your orders early to avoid disappointment! Claire makes a gorgeous selection of items including her organic design rings, heart necklaces and statement cuffs, so get your orders in quick to make sure you don’t miss out on a getting something special for your loved one this Valentines Day!

I was really delighted to hear that Islexpo is back this year and will be held over 2 days, 24th and 25th May. I thought it was a great event last year and I’m very hopeful that there will be more Arts related talks and workshops added to the mix this year as it’s a great opportunity to help bridge the gap between our talented Artists and the local business community.

The website is and the sponsorship packages are available to view and download. If you have anything you’d like to input to the planning of this event then sooner rather than later is always a good idea! Contact Alex Wilson, Jane Jelski or Zoe Guilford at the Department of Economic Development 01624 687186 (for Alex). I’ve added it to the Calendar too (and you can save it from there to your own Calendar). I’ve also put all the school holidays into the Calendar for this year as I thought it might be useful 🙂

Directory News: Look out for Guest Posts, coming soon and if you haven’t yet done the two Surveys I’d be grateful if you could spend a couple of minutes of your time – the more responses I get the more accurate the overview will be. I plan to do a specific blog post on the results of this survey, which is about what exhibitions you went to last year, and the one I did a few weeks ago which you can find HERE.

Also, if you have any art related news please just let me know as I can let people know about it in these news updates!

Dates for your Diary

On now to the beginning of February – Hodgson Loom Open Art Competition show

19 January – 2.00pm Art Round up on Manx Radio’s ‘Women Today’ programme with me, Christy deHaven, and Beth Davies

28 January – Prize Giving – Hodgson Loom Open Art Competition (time tbc)

9 January – 24 February – Bob Hitchin’s Digi-rama at the Erin Arts Centre

20 January – 19 February – Ruth Blindell and Laura Espinosa at The Sayle Gallery

4 February – Manx Landscapes and Seascapes at The Isle Gallery (Group Show)

9 February – Noa Bakehouse at 6pm – IOM Arts Council Pitch for Funding

21 February – Draw Folks, Fairies & Themselves with Juan Moore at the Manx Museum (ages 8 -16 years)

23 February – Draw Victorious Vikings in Valhalla with Juan Moore at the House of Manannan (ages 8 -16 years)

Here’s this week’s round up of images from Social Media. Enjoy.

Jane x

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Isle of Man Art News – 16 January 2017

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