Hello! Apologies for the radio silence the last few weeks. I managed to get a bit of a break in the sun (even though it was sunny here too) and to put my feet up and do not very much at all, which was much needed. The trouble I find with the art scene here on our lovely little isle, is that there is never really a good time to have a holiday as you’re always going to miss something. I missed the Bushy’s preview at the Sayle but I was fortunately back in time for two new show openings this weekend… 

*Bushy’s Cover Picture, ‘The Last Suppage’ by Amy Cooper.

‘Lover of the Light’ opened at the Hodgson Loom Gallery on Saturday, a gloriously joyful collection of vibrant colour to lift the soul, with fabulous work by Claire McMahon, Howard Shimmin and some rather nice wood pieces by Mark Smyth. I particularly liked that he has collected together the wood of all of the species of tree growing on the Island and turned them into bowls and assembled them as one artwork. The species of tree is written on the bottom of each bowl – it’s really rather lovely.

Claire and Howard always produce some stunners with Claire’s practice covering several mediums. Her work is strong and emotive with a fabulous sense of movement. As for Howard, I adore how brave he is with colour, committing to canvas combinations that I would never dream of putting together but that he somehow seems to make look perfectly normal. It’s a great show, as usually beautifully curated by Julia Ashby Smyth.

I was running a bit late yesterday but managed to make it to the opening of Bruno Cavellec’s new show, ‘Dare the Moon’ Bruno’s work never disappoints and this new collection of work evidences a progression from the work we saw last year to something even more special. As expected there were lots of red dots, although perhaps not as many as last year, but this could well have been because it was Father’s Day yesterday with other events on lots of people’s agendas. Do try to get to this show sooner rather than later though as I expect these gorgeous pictures won’t remain unsold for long.

Unfortunately, having been away, I only got to the Loch Promenade venue for the Methodist Modern Art Exhibition and I am now severely kicking myself for not having put it higher up my priority list. The work was absolutely stunning. Hopefully many of you will have managed to get to some or all of the venues. Here are a few of the ones from Douglas.

I love that Rebecca Odessa always provides an explanation for her artwork rather than just leaving it to the viewer to make of it what they will. Whilst this has its merits I personally feel that in understanding what the Artist is trying to communicate you might better appreciate a piece of work that you might otherwise never understand. With that as a starting point you might well add your own further interpretation beyond what the artist is trying to convey. Here are Rebecca’s words for the picture below….

“DEAD MAN – According to Jung, women possess an unconscious masculine archetype called the Animus. For a woman to be psychologically whole, she must become conscious of her Animus and integrate it into her psyche, thereby making use of the positive aspects of masculinity. Failing to do so can cause a woman to become ‘possessed’ by her animus; in which case she will be subject to the negative, destructive aspects of masculinity, which Jung believed her family in particular will bear the brunt of. This collage also alludes to society’s denigration of the masculine and the likely consequences.”


News Shorts



On 24 June 12pm – 5pm you can visit Art in the Garden in Surby. The aim is to raise funds for the John Nicholson Foundation (A Rotary Charity) which helps local artists.
There will be a variety of artists and artworks around our cottage garden. Enjoy the garden + Tea/Coffee and Cakes – Plant and art stalls. Entry fee £3 for adults (Children Free).

To find the garden, follow signs to Fleshwick Bay via Ballafesson Corner. Up Surby Hill and bear left at the fork. Car Park is on the left.

Paul Parker is running five days of workshops to get to grips with ink and wash painting which will be held at the Art Society building in Douglas.

“Pen and wash paintings are right, they make you draw, and it breaks things down into two parts. Drawing, then painting. It is a lot easier than pure watercolour. I use a stick or sharpen the handle of a small brush. It gives a line, not unlike charcoal of a graphite pencil, and when applied to a rough watercolour paper gives a lovely broken line.

You need a more tonal pallet to hold up against the black ink. Pen and wash are a little out of fashion these days, but in the right hands, it is an excellent starting point to learn watercolour. Or indeed as finished paintings.”


Manx Pets in Pencil aka Chrissie Moss has a show on presently at the Erin Arts Centre, ‘Characters, Things and Places’. I haven’t had a chance to go and see it yet but it’s on until the end of the month and having seen a fair amount of Chrissie’s work it’s definitely in the diary for next week – do go and see it if you get the chance.


Dates for your Diary


On now at the Hodgson Loom Gallery: Lover of the Light

On now at the Isle Gallery – ‘Dare the Moon’ a solo show by Bruno Cavellec

On now at the Sayle Gallery until 24 June – ‘Je suis Bushy’s’ 

On now for a season – Inner Space at Studio 42, Dr Julie Anne Denton

 26 June 7pm – 9pm – Isle of Man Drawing Club – Life Drawing at The Alpine

5 May – 5 August – ‘Have I Got News for Yessir’ by Phil Woodford at the House of Manannan

June – Year of Our Island: “Our Seas and Shores”

21 June – Isle of Wine & Art Exhibition at The George in Castletown, 7pm – 10pm

21 June SoFA Film Club 10 – Liverpool – Of Time and the City at the Bath & Bottle

24 June – Art in the Garden – Surby

4 July – The Engine House – Barbecue & Wild Immersion 360 VR (if you’ve never tried it or missed it at TT).


Upcoming Workshops


21 June – Absolute Beginners in Ceramics (evening option)

24 June – Screen Printing – T Shirt Design (or Bag) 10am – 4pm

Paul Parker Line and Wash Landscape – July 26 and 2, 9, 16 and 23 August

26 June – Oh My Pen & Press – 7pm-9pm – Modern Calligraphy for Beginners

2 July – Oh My Pen & Press – Modern Calligraphy Workshop

7 July – Action Jackson – Adults one day painting workshop 


If you’ve got a workshop or class coming up that you would like me to share please just drop me an email: graceandhall@gmail.com or get in touch via Facebook/Messenger.


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




Have a great week!

Jane x

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Isle of Man Art News – 18 June 2018

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