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On Thursday last week, the Isle of Man Newspapers Awards for Excellence ceremony was held at the Villa Marina with a ‘Space’ theme. A fantastic coup – Stephen Hawking (yes THE Stephen Hawking, theoretical physicist and cosmologist) had recorded a few words to open the show. Unfortunately I didn’t realise it had been specifically recorded for the event and wasn’t paying a huge amount of attention so I missed exactly what he said! Durrr. I’m sure it will be uploaded to the website soon though so at least I will be able to re-watch it. Anyway, it was a really great evening as I’m sure those who attended the event or watched it on the live stream will agree. There will be a special 24 page supplement in the Examiner on Tuesday so do look out for that.

I was absolutely delighted that the Directory was selected as a finalist in the Derivco category for Innovation and Independent Thinking and extremely grateful that the judges thought my entry was good enough to make the cut along with the Isle of Man Post Office and Noa Bakehouse. The winners in this category were, of course, the fabulous Noa which was a very popular choice with huge cheers and people shouting ‘We love you Noa’! I’m really delighted for them as they do such a fantastic job supporting the Arts, providing a go-to place for creatives to congregate and keeping everyone superbly fed and watered (or ‘coffee’d up’ is probably more accurate).

On Tuesday this week, 22nd, Noa will be hosting the Creative Network’s AGM and Social Evening from 7 – 9pm. The main topics for discussion will be this year’s Isle of Man Art Festival and plans for the 2017 event. It’s open to anyone working in, interested in, or supporting the visual arts and the bar will be open for tea, coffee and alcoholic beverages. See you there 🙂

minilogoI’m really delighted to have launched the Directory’s first two shop pages for original artwork for Sally Black (Ridley’s Goose below) and Petrina Kent (Emerging Stillness). Both ladies are fabulous artists (with very different styles) and there is a lovely selection of pieces available so do have a look as you might just find that perfect something for someone you love (or just find something you love for yourself of course). There will be a couple more shop pages launched in the coming weeks so watch this space….

minilogoI thought it was very interesting that both winners of my recent Facebook Christmas Card give-away’s were not local to the Island. The winner of Nicola Dixon’s cards lives in Paris and the winner of Jeremy Paul’s cards lives in Reading. Last time I looked at the stats on Google Analytics the website had had ‘hits’ from 40 countries so I was very surprised when I looked earlier to see that since I launched the site in March it has now had hits from 83 countries! There are only 195 in the world. I thought I’d include a map showing distribution for anyone who’s interested:

minilogoPaul Parker’s show at The Sayle Gallery, Aspects of Man, previews on Thursday evening this week at 6.30pm. Paul’s work is very collectable and sure to be snapped up quickly so do go along to the opening if  you want to make sure you get the piece you want. And a word of advice – don’t hesitate! If you like it enough to buy it someone else probably will too. Julia Smyth was telling me that someone hesitated over a Meriel Burden picture at the opening of Creature Cornucopia recently and it was subsequently sold within the hour. Anyway, here’s a taster of a few of Paul’s pictures for the show.

minilogoThe Sayle Gallery will be holding a “Christmas Shop” from 24 November – 23 December including Thursday evening late night shopping from 7 December. The Sayle Gallery, in case you don’t know, is on the promenade just beyond the Villa Arcade (not far from Strand Street) so do pop along for something a bit different from your standard ‘underpants and socks’ type Christmas presents. A number of local artists will be displaying original artwork and there will be artist designed Christmas cards, gift tags, prints, ceramics, tree decorations and a range of other beautiful gifts. If you are looking for something which is not generally available on the high street this is a great place to start as purchases made at the gallery will support both local artists and the gallery itself. Some items will be on offer at discounted prices especially for the occasion.

The gallery will be open for late night shopping on the 7, 14 and 21 December until 9pm. Normal opening hours are 10 – 5 Tuesday – Saturday and 1.30 – 4.30 Sunday. Closed Monday.

minilogoDates for your Diary

On now – 27 November – The Isle Gallery : Myths and Morphons

On now through November – IOM Arts Council Loan Collection at the Erin Arts Centre

On now to 3 December – Creature Cornucopia Preview at the Hodgson Loom Gallery

On now – Studio 42’s Christmas Show preview 6.30 – 8.30pm

3 – 7 December – handing in – Hodgson Loom Open Art Competition ( show dates tbc but probably from 14 December)

22 November – Creative Network AGM – 7pm – Noa Bakehouse – all welcome

24 November – Paul Parker’s Exhibition Preview at The Sayle Gallery 6.30pm

24 November – 23 December – Christmas Shop at The Sayle Gallery

25 November – Paul Parker – Aspects of Man at The Sayle Gallery to 23 December

26 & 27 November – Katy Mitchell’s open Studio at Lower Bishopscourt Farm (with mulled wine…. mmmmmm) 2pm – 6pm

30 November – Presence of Mann at Laxey Woollen Mills – Late Night Shopping from 6pm – 8pm

1 December – Artist Networking Event at The Sayle (tbc).

3 December – The Isle Gallery – Pot Thrown Ceramics and Christmas Decoration Workshop with Faye Christian (and Motown and Jazz and seasonal snacks and beverages…)

minilogoHere’s this week’s round-up of pictures sourced from Social Media. Enjoy!

Have a great week!


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Isle of Man Art News – 21 November 2016