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After a quiet few weeks which has seen both the Sayle Gallery and the Isle Gallery doing some routine maintenance and refurbishment to get ready for the coming year things are now starting to hot up again. The Sayle previewed its joint show on Friday evening – ‘4 Years On’ and ‘Thalloo as Keayn’ and there was a fabulous turnout for it.

I got to the preview early and did a bit of a walk around the ‘4 Years On’ side of the exhibition with my phone and spoke to Sharon Beedell and Rosie Wood.  I posted them up on Facebook over the weekend but in case you missed them you can click on the links to watch them. I’ve included the video of the gallery walk around below. Unfortunately it got too busy and noisy to to do the same for the ‘Thalloo as Keayn’ gallery.

Curated by the Sayle Gallery in collaboration with University College Isle of Man, ‘Four Years On’, features the work of Helen Tate, Kirsti Penzes, Rosie Wood, Ruth Gale, Sharon Beedell and Margaret Buchanan, who first came together as a group four years ago when they were studying for an HND in fine art. Carola Rush was a guest tutor on their course. Since that time, life and differing rates of study split the group with different members working together at different times. Three of the students graduated last year with a degree in Fine art, the other three will hopefully graduate this year.

Photos below by Helen Fox (all pictures in my news posts can be viewed in larger format by clicking on them).

The second exhibition, Land and Sea, is the work of Ruth Blindell and Laura Espinosa. Both artists are inspired by this Island on which they live and work. Ruth has a close affinity with the sea that surrounds us and has linked her maritime imagery with Manx music and traditional songs (in Manx Gaelic) to produce a body of work entitled ‘Manx Musical Seas’. Whilst away studying, Ruth suffered homesickness and a longing for the sea which has influenced her creative output.

Laura Espinosa’s work has a strong connection with the land, often focussing on trees as an iconic symbol of our Celtic culture. Originally from the Isle of Man, Laura left to study at the Surrey Institute of Art and Design before spending time living in England and travelling across the globe. Laura returned to live on the Island and rekindled her attachment to the place. She discovered that her experiences of far flung lands had helped enhance her vision of home.

Jimmy Duggan has been working on his mural in Guttery Gable (the cut through between Market Street and Strand Street next to TK Maxx. I went along on Friday lunchtime to see how it was coming along and had a chat to him. I hadn’t realised just how busy that pathway is and it was really great to see everyone looking at it as they walked by. While I was there a couple randomly stopped for a chat and asked a few questions about the work which was really good to see. The couple had also seen Jimmy’s work over on the side of Spill the Beans near the Market Hall and it was interesting to hear the lady say that the relative size of the house in that picture had really caught her imagination. It really is encouraging to see people engaging with Jimmy’s street art.

We have some incredibly talented Artists on the Island. Stephanie Quayle is exhibiting her monkey sculptures for one week only in her incredible ‘Jenga’ installation at the Fitzrovia Chapel, 2 Pearson Place, London. The Private View is this evening, Monday 23rd January 6-8pm and it is open to the public Wednesday 25th January 11am – 6pm  and Saturday 28th January 11am – 6pm.

“Forty fired clay monkeys of various shapes and sizes will be perched atop the giant ‘jenga’ wooden structure, within the stunning Grade II* listed building, surrounded by its ornate gold mosaic ceiling and marble walls.

Jenga was first commissioned for the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015 as part of the group exhibition Vita Vitale, curated by Artwise for the Azerbaijan Pavilion. The Fitzrovia Chapel is recently restored and reopened, and was the chapel for the original Middlesex Hospital which was demolished in 2005. The chapel was designed in 1891 by celebrated Victorian architect John Loughborough Pearson and was completed posthumously in 1929 by his son Frank. They were heavily inspired by the Italian gothic style and in particular San Marco in Venice, and even employed Italian materials and craftsmen to complete the work. Having been originally built for Venice, you are invited to visit Stephanie Quayle’s Jenga in another wonderful Venice-inspired setting.”

Photographs are courtesy of TJ Boulting Gallery and the one of Fitzrolvia Chapel is credit to John Tcr, also taken from the TJ Boulting event page.

Jeremy Paul must have been feeling the cold since New Year as his latest pictures all have snowy and icy settings. I can’t help feeling all warm and fuzzy about his subject matter though. Polar Bears and Penguins – just gorgeous.

Colleen Corlett has been busy with Polymer Clay and has been ‘doodling dragons and octopus tentacles’ which she can do in the living room rather than her studio, so it’s a bit more sociable.

And Adam Berry’s website is now live! It looks great. Also you can now buy the stamp sets from the Post Office with Adam’s designs as these were officially released last week. Here are a couple of pictures he posted up on Facebook which he said were ‘Trump inspired’; ‘Hope’ and ‘Hopeless’.

Dates for your Diary

On now to the beginning of February – Hodgson Loom Open Art Competition show

On now – Western Photographic Society Exhibition at the Manx Museum

28 January – Prize Giving – Hodgson Loom Open Art Competition, 3.30pm

9 January – 24 February – Bob Hitchin’s Digi-rama at the Erin Arts Centre

20 January – 19 February – ‘4 Years On’ and ‘Thalloo as Keayn’ (Land and Sea) at The Sayle Gallery

4 February – Manx Landscapes and Seascapes at The Isle Gallery (Group Show)

9 February – Noa Bakehouse at 6pm – IOM Arts Council Pitch for Funding

21 February – Draw Folks, Fairies & Themselves with Juan Moore at the Manx Museum (ages 8 -16 years)

23 February – Draw Victorious Vikings in Valhalla with Juan Moore at the House of Manannan (ages 8 -16 years)

Here’s this week’s round up of images from Social Media. Enjoy.

Have a great week!

Jane x

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Isle of Man Art News – 23 January 2017

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