I’ve heard it said that you should try and get out of your comfort zone in order to grow as a person. I seem to be getting into a bit of a habit of getting out of my comfort zone of late, having made my first ever presentation to an audience a few weeks ago at the Creative Industries Public Meeting No. 10 with Jade Boylan and Dyana Carrins, and then last week I went to my first IOM Drawing Club life drawing class at Noa Bakehouse, organised by the wonderfully bubbly Kim Graziano. Bearing in mind that my figure drawing to date extended only as far as drawing stick figures with Christy deHaven and Beth Davies on the Women Today programme last year, it was a bit of a leap. Still, I was assured by an established artist that it only takes 16-18 hours of practice to be able to see a marked improvement… I’m not sure I’ve got it in me to stick with it that long! I prefer to enjoy the work of the artists I feature on the website and to be in awe of just how talented they are. Anyway, a big thank you to Karen and Tracy for keeping me company last Thursday and offering encouragement!

Two new shows opened over the weekend. The Sayle Gallery opened ‘Luminance’ on Friday evening which is the work of 3 great photographers. Mike Radcliffe, Simon Park and Julian Simmonds. Featuring large scale photographs in glorious colours I haven’t yet had a chance to pop in to see the show but from the photos I have seen posted up on Social Media it looks like there are some gorgeous images. On now until Christmas.

The other new show is at The Isle Gallery and is a celebration of its opening 25 years ago as The Courtyard Gallery with lots of the original Artists exhibiting. I gave this show a mention in last week’s news but it only opened yesterday. It’s a lovely, diverse collection of work by some of the Island’s best known and established Artists. The opening was really well attended and there is a postcard lottery where, for the very minimal sum of £20 you are entered into a draw for one of 45 postcard sized original artworks. I’m not sure if this sold out after I left but I had a quick look at the sheet before I went and there were still a few spaces left.

I really enjoyed seeing this collection of work. Here are a few pics to give you a flavour but do go and see it as I didn’t take many pictures of work behind glass (it’s tricky as you see all the reflections) so there are loads of amazing pieces of work not shown here.

As well as the lovely show at the Hodgson Loom Gallery at the moment featuring the work of Colleen Corlett and Kathryn Cain, the gallery has published the details for their 2017 Open Art Competition with the theme this year of ‘Space’. Julia posted up some ideas in case would-be entrants are struggling for ideas… “Outer space, inner space, wide open spaces, over there, in here, spaceman, parking space, space bar, cramped space, no room at the inn, evenly spaced, negative space, ran out of space, universe, galaxy, planets, Bill Haley and the Comets, space traveler, interwoven space, space cadet, Sputnik, Voyager probe, to the moon and back, breathing space, limited space, waste of space, watch this space, gaze into space, mind the gap, time and space, stratosphere, ionosphere, thermocline, aerospace, backspace, hyperspace, warp speed, letterspace, spaghettification, space cloud, spaced out, subspace, space alien, space to call home, organized space, agoraphobia, helicoidal space, alone, space to spread your wings, space to grow, spider web, span, gap, void, fissure, canyon, dimension, rift, porthole, perforation, vastness, workspace, unequivocal space, window, hole, tunnel, hyphen, nebula, Beam me up Scottie.”

I’m not sure what some of those are (what’s a thermocline..?) but anyway, hopefully that will help. Handing in for entries is 2nd, 4th, 5th and 6th December.

I briefly mentioned Darren Jackson’s ice sculpture in last week’s news. I’ve included some of the work in progress pictures which are wonderful to see, but for the best shots check out the feature on The Guardian’s  webpage showing more pictures from the Edinburgh Ice Festival where this amazing work was made. Click the pics to view in the lightbox.

News Shorts

Huge congratulations to Justin and Thea from Preen by Thornton Bregazzi on their Lifetime Achievement Award at the Isle of Man Newspapers Awards for ExcellenceIsle of Man Post Office has announced that their stamp issue in collaboration with Preen featuring six of their most iconic dresses will be issued on 1st February 2018 and is available to pre-order from www.iompost.com/preen.

Look out for these brilliant local Christmas cards by Bruno Cavellec and Alice Quayle. Alice will be at the Laxey Christmas Fair on Sunday 26th 10-4pm at Laxey Working Men’s Institute and you can contact Bruno through his Facebook page.

If you haven’t yet entered the Directory’s latest Facebook competition to win this gorgeous little papier maché bowl by Vici Blackburn you will find it pinned to the top of the Facebook page. All you have to do to enter is tag a friend in the comments who you think might not know about the website yet and who you think might like it. You can tag more than one friend and it would be even better still if it’s someone who lives off-island (although not essential for the purposes of the competition). A like and a share would be nice too (again, not essential). I’ll draw the winner at random on 10 December.

Dates for your Diary

On now until 2 December – Colleen Corlett and Kathryn Cain are exhibiting at the Hodgson Loom Gallery

On now at Studio 42, Port St. Mary – ‘A Place Known’ by Daniel Price

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

On now – Courtyard Artists’ Christmas Exhibition – The Isle Gallery

22-26 November – Isle of Man Art Society Seasonal Art Exhibition and Craft Fair at the Village Walk, Onchan

24 November – IOM Drawing Club – Fashion Illustration, 7pm – 8pm

24 – 26 November – Peel Christmas Art Crawl

25 November – Christmas in the Yard – Katy Mitchell at Lower Bishopscourt Farm

30 November – 2 December – Artisan Market at Grenaby

2 December – Farmyard Studios – Ice Sculpture in Strand Street

8 December – 6-8pm – Photographer’s Meeting Place at The Sayle Gallery

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

Please remember to Share this post via your social media to help get the word out about our fabulous local Artists.

Have a great week!

Jane x

Isle of Man Art News – 20 November 2017

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