Is it me or is this year flying by far too fast? I can hardly believe we are half way through October already – well, apart from the weather of course which is fairly typical for this time of year. For me personally, I like to get past one calendar event before starting to think about the next, so find it particularly vexing that the shops are filling up with – let’s call it ‘seasonal’ – paraphernalia before we’ve got Hop tu naa out of the way (that’s Halloween to anyone reading this from further afield). Still, I have found it helpful in recent years to be more organised for that end of year event earlier so look out later this week for my seasonal greetings card giveaway!

BC20 FK17 opened at the Sayle Gallery on Saturday night. Curated by Helen Fox, the show comprises of her ‘She Sells Sea Shells’ installation. That’s even hard to type, let alone to say.  There are also photographs by Phil Kneen; some stunningly lovely ceramics by Vici Blackburn and fascinating mixed media pieces by Ian Coulson which I will have to go back and study further because, as ever at the preview, I was so busy chatting to people I didn’t really take time to look at those pieces in detail. They certainly look worthy of further scrutiny. To read a bit more about this show check out the press release here.

The Isle of Man Drawing Club featured on The Talking Mongoose blog last week. If you haven’t see their page yet do go and check it out, it’s great – really vibrant and en point. The Drawing Club last week tested out a new venue as the Embassy Room at the British was full to bursting but I’m not sure that Noa Bakehouse is big enough either as the evening drew in (sorry about that) nearly 70 people! Kim’s going to have to hire the Villa Marina at this rate 🙂 My daughter, Ellen, went along for the first time on Thursday and said that she really enjoyed it. I might have to give it a go myself soon. Well, I should really try to flesh out my stick people some time or other and this would seem to be the opportune type of event at which to give it a go.

OK, I know, I know. I featured Phil Kneen’s work in last week’s news but I couldn’t let this one go by. I’m loving seeing Phil shooting his trademark portrait shots again and his latest blog posts featuring artist Rob Smith are well worth a visit. Do take a couple of minutes to read ‘Be a Cat’ in particular.

The Sovereign Art Foundation Students’ Prize is currently being exhibited at The Sayle Gallery. There are 12 finalists for the first Isle of Man Students’ Prize and the impressive artworks have been carefully shortlisted by the judging panel. Now it’s up to the public to decide who the top 3 prize winners will be. The exhibition opened to the public on Saturday and will run until 12 November. If you would like to see and vote for your favourite in person pop into the gallery where there are voting slips available. If you can’t make it to the gallery you can cast your vote online on the Facebook poll page ( or SAF webpage ( Here are just 4 of the fab works, selected at random.

News Shorts

Bruno Cavellec says it’s been really great leaving the four walls of his studio for a little while and experiencing painting en plein air using his travel kit of Van Gogh oil colours. He reports that this totally different approach has also led him to try a new way of applying paint on the canvas while getting a true feel of the scene in front of him, in this case, the picturesque village of Maguez in Lanzarote.

Adam Berry has released another of his popular Jinny the Witch prints which are now available on his website. They’re a limited edition of Unlucky 13 and “once she’s gone, she’s gone gone”. She’s also very reasonably priced so don’t hesitate because these will be snapped up quickly!

Colleen Corlett – seriously – what a talented lady! I just don’t know how she does it. She seems to make every medium she touches look so effortless to master. Look out for her show coming up soon at the Hodgson Loom Gallery.

Nicola Dixon (her gorgeous mugs shown above) was just one of the artists at the Craft and Art Demonstration Day which was held at the Working Men’s Institute in Laxey which was extremely successful. It was held in conjunction with the 7th North Atlantic Sheep and Wool Conference and you can still see the fabulous ‘All things Loaghtan’ exhibition at the Hodgson Loom Gallery until 28th October.

Petrina Kent has been producing some lovely new work; the one on the left is watercolour and the one of the right, which I think is gorgeous, is in oils. Very ‘seasonal’ don’t you think?

And yes, that time of year is almost upon us. Check out these lovely stamps for the 2017 festive season designed by Catherine Rowe. Yay – I’ve managed a whole blog post without saying the ‘C’ word!

Dates for your Diary

On now ‘Painted Dreams’ by Eileen Schaer a the House of Manannan, Peel

On now until 12 November; ‘Wildlife – an Artist’s View” – Jeremy Paul at The Isle Gallery

On now until 12 November – BC20FK17 at The Sayle Gallery

On now until 27 January 2018; Manx Tholtans at the Manx Museum – Ray Kelly and Niamh Kelly

On now until 28 October – All things Loaghtan at the Hodgson Loom Gallery in conjunction with the 7th North Atlantic Sheep Conference

Opening 19th October at Studio 42 – ‘A Place Known’ by Daniel Price

Here’s this week’s round up of images from Social Media. Click on the pictures to view in the lightbox.

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Have a great week!

Jane x

Isle of Man Art News – 16 October 2017

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