The sun did indeed shine and much fun was had by all on Saturday at ‘The Gathering’ at Peel Cathedral and the Corrin Hall. There was a really great buzz about the place. The Artisans were all there selling their gorgeous goodies and chatting to a few of them it sounded like business had been brisk. Although I didn’t partake myself I heard lots of people extolling the deliciousness of the Black Dog pizzas and they certainly looked and smelled divine. There was dancing on Ongky Wijana’s beautifully crafted labyrinth and children walking the maze, and it was interesting to see the work in progress in the grounds of the Cathedral and the plans afoot for the future.

The Cathedral itself is beautiful and fascinating so it’s well worth a visit and spending some time there. I was interested to see some of the silverware on display in the glass cases including some gorgeous pieces by Archibald Knox. All in all it was a very pleasant couple of hours, catching up with friends and artists and generally soaking up the festival atmosphere. These events seem to be getting better and better and to anyone who says there’s nothing to do on the Isle of Man…. well send them to me and I’ll put them straight!

Here are a few pics of some of the fab artists and artisans with their wares.

The Manx Cancer Help Art Project finished on Saturday with lots of people calling into the Gallery on Saturday to collect their purchases. I’ll update you with final figures in the next few days but it’s looking very promising with, we think, nearly £4,000 raised for the Charity. The next show at the Hodgson Loom Gallery is ‘Moving On’ from Talking Textiles. Opening Saturday 22nd, this exhibition is bound to be a riot of textile finery, colour, technique and texture by the members of ‘Talking Textiles’ – Maureen Kennaugh, Janice Rotheroe, Jenny Payne, Julie Fayle, Carol Baker and Andrea Swann.

Opening on 29th July through to 3rd September, the new show at The Sayle Gallery will be ‘Tabula Rasa’ – new beginnings by artists Daniel Price, Erin Dimelow, Margaret Buchanan, Rebekah Corlett and Sharon Beedell.

These five graduates from of this year’s crop of talent at University College Isle of Man, are coming together for a first exhibition since becoming trained and qualified artists. Over the course of their studies each has developed their own individual style and approach. Now embarking on life after full time study they will no doubt disperse as a group, with their work developing individually without the influence and inspiration of each other.

The group has recently held their two week degree shows within the College Art Department. The Sayle Gallery hopes to bring their powerful work to a broader/different audience by extending their exhibiting experience within the heart of Douglas.

‘Many strong artists are emerging from UCM’s art department and we want to help promote and celebrate them on the Isle of Man. Much of our young talent is lost to a larger art world elsewhere. The Sayle Gallery is keen to redress this by providing opportunities and making the Island’s public more aware of the tremendous emerging talent within our own shores.’

The work on show explores a range of individual issues, interests and inspirations. The outcomes are made using light installations, photographic techniques, painting and sculptures from traditional and unexpected materials. All the works brought together make for a diverse and interesting show, which reflects the artists’ shared background, whilst at the same time emphasising individual diversity. The exhibition is staged at the Sayle Gallery with the support of the Isle of Man Arts Council.

Kim Graziano, aka Kim Gee Studio, will be hosting her second drawing evening at the British this week on 20th July, 7pm – 9pm. The Isle of Man Drawing Club is a new social group for artists. The group meets monthly for after-work drinks and a couple hours of drawing around a theme, without any pressure on the outcome. For their second meeting, things are going up a notch! The theme this month is Burlesque which will be held in the private Embassy Room upstairs.

The fabulous Miss Dee Dee (Burlesque Performer) will be your model for the evening. Bring your own favorite art supplies and paper and spend the evening drawing the human figure and a variety of fun burlesque accessories. At the end of the night you can share your work and Kim will post them on the Isle of Man Drawing Club Facebook page. Admission is £5 in advance through, or £7 at the door, to cover the cost of the venue rental and model fee. We don’t want anyone to miss out on this great evening, so if £5 feels prohibitive, please message the FB page to see if a barter can be arranged! All are welcome regardless of ability level, as long as you can enjoy a chat and know how to hold a marker. RSVP to secure your spot!

Also coming up soon, Natalie Norton’s show opens at the Erin Arts Centre with a preview evening on 1 August from 6pm – 8pm. It runs through to the end of  the month – which I am very glad about as I will be away for the preview. Natalie has a quirky and instantly recognisable style which I really like. I’ve only seen a few pieces of her work to date so very much looking forward to this exhibition.

It’s nearly the school holidays and The Isle Gallery has all sorts of fun classes to help keep your school age offspring entertained with creative fun. Check out their website or Facebook page for full details – here are the details of their  Summer Art Boot Camp A:-

Summer Art Boot Camp A – Intensive Programme – Art all day for 5 days – hooray! Monday 1st – Friday 5th August. Times 9am – 4pm £158 per child. Age from 6+ / 9+

Day 1: Art Journaling: Painting, collage, pop-up page, printmaking and many creative starting points to get going in our journal pages. Nature print bags.

Day 2: Ceramics: Clay Tumblers and pinch pot pencil holder and up-cycled art book project.

Day 3: Papier Mâché: Around the world in 80 days (1873 novel by Jules Verne and the 1956 film), we will create a hot air balloon ceiling hanging, learning a variety of techniques along the way.

Day 4: Painting day: Paint Lab & Canvas Acrylic Art from the heart.

Day 5: BIG ART: Stretching creative horizons: Large scale group art: Printmaking. Tree shadows and large scale dynamic drawings.

All children are supplied with an art journal, cotton jute bag (hand printed) and their own set of felt pens!

There’s also a Kids Ceramic Summer Fish Dish workshop on 7th August and a Harry Potter ‘The Forbidden Forrest’ mixed media painting workshop on 9th August, not to mention the adult classes they run too. Check them out HERE.

Dates for your Diary

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

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

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

20 July – Isle of Man Drawing Club – Burlesque! At the British Hotel, Douglas

22 July – Opening of Talking Textiles, 2.00pm – 4.00pm and open daily Monday – Saturday at the Hodgson Loom Gallery

29 July – 3 September – Tabula Rasa at The Sayle Gallery

1 August, 6pm-8pm – Preview of Natalie Norton’s ‘Circles of my Mind’ at the Erin Arts Centre, Port Erin

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 – 17 July 2017

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