Adam Berry’s new show, Jigsaw2, opened at The Isle Gallery yesterday. It’s a fine exhibition of digital work with a real local bent to it. I particularly liked the larger colour pieces but the gorgeous little monochromes of buildings we are all familiar with saw me smiling and struggling to decide which ones I wanted. The ones ‘down north’ of course were hot favourites for me with the Lucky Star, Queens Pier, Point of Ayre Lighthouse and Nightlife to choose from to name but a few. I wanted to do a little walk around video as I did for Petrina Kent’s show ‘Deeper’ at The Sayle Gallery but it was so busy I didn’t get enough of a break to get close to the pictures to walk around them. I’ll have to go back when it’s a bit quieter.

Do go along and support this show. The prints are really affordable so there’s no reason not to have a few – of the smaller ones at least. Here’s a wee taster for you.


Peter Hearsey kindly sent me some photos of pictures he exhibited a couple of weeks ago in California, at the Automotive Fine Arts Society show at the Pebble Beach Concours. He told me that the paintings were very well received and sales were good. A gallery in Carmel is also exhibiting some of his work.  It’s great to see local artists getting their work shown internationally – well done Peter.


Manx artist Kevin Atherton who now lives in Ireland got in touch this week with an image of ‘Boat Room’ which is on now at Sirius Art Centre, Cobh, Co Cork as a part of ‘Atherton after Ireland’ exhibition on until October 28th. If you’re in the area do go along.


Phil Kneen published a new blog recently with images that caught my attention ‘navy leather, eng size 3c‘. It was a rather poignant piece and the images, made with the camera that belonged to his friend’s father and grandfather before him, will no doubt be treasured.

I wrote about the current show at The Hodgson Loom Gallery last time, ‘T’oltans Reclaimed’. I haven’t had a chance to go back to see it yet but I think it’s one that will need some time to really appreciate it. There’s so much to see ; it really struck a chord with me and I am sure will appeal to many.

Niamh Kelly


Michael Starkey is constantly working and does a huge amount to support art and artists particularly in the north of the island. I particularly liked this recent picture of the motor boats at Mooragh Park. It reminded me of many happy hours reading Enid Blyton as a child. And I don’t care what the critics say about her work as an author – if it hadn’t been for the Famous Five I might never have discovered the joy of reading. Thanks for the memory Michael.


If you haven’t seen the Wallabies Gone Wild initiative yet for Hospice you can find out more here. The plan is for Artists to paint wallaby sculptures with local companies being asked to sponsor them to create an art trail. The event will take place between May and September next year.

Element Isle at Grenaby Studios always has delicious goodies and these new berry coloured droplets really complement the changing seasons. Tracey, who makes Little Tree Soaps, has been making up her lovely Merry Berry soaps recently too which will be in stock ready for the festive season which is racing towards us all too quickly. I can hardly believe it’s nearly October. New artist to the studios, Debra Tracey of ‘Isle be Creative’ also has some gorgeous glass pieces on sale as well as encaustic art (made of wax) and some of Vici Blackburn’s fabulously colourful ceramic pieces are now also available at Grenaby.

It’s great to see Isle of Architecture staging some further events. On 9th October at Noa Bakehouse, there will be ‘PechaKucha 02’. If you’re not familiar with it it’s an exciting presentation format in which participants share 20 images, each for 20 seconds. At this event local architects and heritage experts will share details of the buildings and work that inspires them. Ticket includes ‘nibbles’. Bar open and food from 7.30pm. Presentations from 8.20pm. Booking essential via Eventbrite: 

Not only that, there’s more SoFA goodness…. check out the drawing club event too – Art Deco delight in the Villa Marina Arcade on the 10th, the Film Club on the 11th and Music and Architecture on the 12th!

Frances Boyd has been producing more of her lovely work in muted colours and I was delighted to see she’s recently had a delivery of fabric printed up with her designs – I’m looking forward to see what she’s going to do with it.


And finally, Eloise White, who had a very successful exhibition at The Sayle Gallery to mark the end of her year as Artist in Residence, posted up these two recent pieces.


Dates for your Diary


On now until 7 October at the Grosvenor Museum, Chester – ‘Monumental Rage’ – Michael Sandle, RA

On now  – Jigsaw2 by Adam Berry at The Isle Gallery

On now at The Sayle Gallery – ‘Deeper’ by Petrina Kent

On now at The Sayle Gallery – The Sovereign Art Prize (go and vote for your favourite)

On now at The Hodgson Loom Gallery – ‘T’oltans Reclaimed’ by Ray and Niamh Kelly

September – Year of Our Island: Our Festivals


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 – 24 September 2018

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