Hello Art Lovers! It’s a bit quiet a present and there’s not much to report in the way of current shows – although Helen Hughes’s gorgeous abstracts are still being exhibited at Isle Contemporary at Tynwald Mills. We sadly no longer have the Sayle Gallery of course but on the bright side the Hodgson Loom gallery is currently having some building work done which, by the sound of it, will imporve the layout for both John’s loom and provide additional space for artists’ work to be displayed and sold (hurrah!).

Julia told me “The big metal loom will still be there (Tis the only known example of its kind left in the world). But should look better. The staircase end will become a small showcase gallery shop for different artists and different mediums, and the main exhibition area remains as is, possibly a bit more colour added!”. I look forward to seeing it in the near future.

In the meantime I’ve been busy getting organised for the Creative Network’s annual Art Festival coming up over the May Bank Holiday weekend and I’m really excited to have some fabulous artists lined up to show their work at The Engine House. Juan Moore, Anna Clucas, Petrina Kent, Rebecca Odessa and Daniel Price will all be exhibiting. It will be a selection of some older pieces as well as plenty of new work. The exhibition will be open to the public from 10am to 4pm daily over the Bank Holiday weekend and thereafter from 11am – 2pm Monday to Friday and 11.00am to 3pm Saturdays and Sundays. There will be a preview of the show on 2nd May from 7pm – 9pm, all welcome, and the exhibition will run until the end of May.

Rebecca Odessa will be displaying her work at the Hodgson Loom Gallery in Laxey and also a small selection along with Michael Starkey at The Courthouse in Ramsey. The pieces below are a small selection of her gorgeous new paintings – I will have some of her recent collage work at The Engine House.

Steve Babb posted up these rather stunning photographs of the Laxey Wheel. I particularly like seeing our heritage portayed in different ways and these definitely tick that box – for me at any rate.

Staying with rather awesome photography, Mike Radcliffe has been adding to his spectacular series of wave shots. When I was chatting to him a couple of months ago he told me that he’s found his ideal location and he knows when the tides and weather conditions are just about perfect but as yet he hasn’t captured what he deems to be ‘the perfect shot’. If these are anything to go by then I’m very much looking forward to seeing what Mike considers to be ‘the perfect shot’.

UCM this week posted up congratulations to former student Bethany Williams, who was recently awarded the Queen Elizabeth the Second Award for Design at London Fashion Week. Bethany’s clothing line is designed around sustainable fashion. You can read more about Bethany here. Huge congratulations to her – what an amazing achievement.

Staying with awesome designers, the Manx duo behind the fasion label Preen by Thornton Bregazzi released their Autumn/Winter collection at London Fasion Week. Check it out here.

Juan Moore has been up to his ears in design work recently. He’s produced this new logo for Clever Unicorn Games and is about to start work on a significant local commission. He’s also sold the original of the Dungeons and Dragons cover I mentioned a couple of weeks ago to an overseas collector which is great news. Nice one Juan.

I also had the pleasure of meeting Juan’s two nieces the other day, Sally Ann and Sophie. Sally Ann is a keen photographer and has an Instagram page called Sally_Snaps. I think her photos are really good, expecially considering she’s just shy of 12 years old. Her sister Sophie sometimes acts as her model and is a keen dancer and I can safely say they both like hot chocolate. Give her page a follow, I’m sure she will appreciate it.

I was surprised and delighted to get a message from Anna Clucas on Saturday afternoon saying to expect a wallaby. Not the message you generally expect to get everyday I guess but now that the artist selections have been made for the Wallabies Gone Wild project the artists have around 8 weeks to get them painted. The wallaby is now happily in residence sharing Anna and Juan’s studio at The Engine House – you might have seen Mike Wade’s recent article in the Examiner about their shared studio space.

I thought this photograph by Simon Park was stunning (I absolutely love the colours) so although I don’t have a lot to say about it, I just wanted to give it a spot in the news as I think it deserves it. I guess it falls into the same category I mentioned above of ‘stunning ways to show off our fabulous heritage’.

Check this out – Michael Starkey has produced these gorgeous little miniature paintings for an exhibition in a dolls house, made by a friend of his! How great is that?

Dawn Kennaugh has been producing some gorgeous bird paintings on the pages of an old book about birds she got from a charity shop. Aren’t they gorgeous? Evidently lots of other people think so too as they all seem to be marked ‘sold’ when I see them on social media!

And finally, here’s this week’s round up of images.

That’s it for the next couple of weeks. Do remember you can subscribe to the news to get it delivered to your inbox. Just fill in the form in the sidebar.

Jane x

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Isle of Man Art News – 25 February 2019

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