What an amazing weekend. There’s been so much on I’ve been spoiled for choice. Yesterday I scooped up my friend Sarah, a regular companion on my arty trips out, and headed for the Peel Art Crawl. We started at the House of Manannan where we chatted to Nicola Dixon, Bruno Cavellec, Michael Starkey and Frances Boyd. They had all been busy which was great to hear and it was all looking very festive.

After a welcome cup of tea we then went along to the Pilates Studio where I had a chat to Cherie Collier and then ventured into the heart of Peel in search of Sally Black at the Old Bonded Warehouse. Well, what a find. I had no idea such a wonderful emporium still existed on the island. It was fascinating and amazing to see such a wide array of curiosities and gewgaw. You could easily spend a whole afternoon in there, but after perusing the ground floor and then the first floor, it was perhaps the cellar that was the most fascinating. More on that in a minute.

Sally Black wasn’t there in fact, she was in the Arts and Antiques shop at the end of the road, another shop full of wondrous delights. It was lovely to finally meet Richard Plumley and indeed to see his work as well as Sally’s. There were some really lovely pieces and one of Richard’s in particular caught my attention, a powerful and somewhat uncomfortable piece full of strong lines and sharp angles. When I mentioned it to Richard he told me that he had drawn it the day after 9/11 when the presenter had announced that it was a ‘brand new day’ yet the air was still full of dust and the rising sun was orange. It’s always fascinating I think to hear the artist’s motivations for their work which is why I always recommend chatting to them whenever possible.

Going back to the cellar, Richard told me that Mr Moore, son of Deemster Moore (I am unsure of the year) was a smuggler and that it is recorded that he kept his contraband under the cellar, which suggests that there are rooms even deeper than the ones we know about. Interesting stuff – I must try and find out a bit more about the smugging on the island so if anyone can point me in the right direction for information on that I would be most grateful.

Katy Mitchell hosted her ‘Christmas in the Yard’ with Pinewood Studio and Flo the Coffee Van. Unfortunately I didn’t make it as I ran out of time but it looks and sounds like it was amazing. Here are a few photos by Deb Turk.

We also had the Isle of Man Art Society’s exhibition in the old Shoprite store in the Village Walk in Onchan as well as a pop up shop, Keird Collective, at the other end of the precinct selling all sorts of wonderfulness. I was delighted to meet Grianney of ‘Yarny Grianne’ at last and couldn’t resist one of her gorgeous little sunshine and cloud creations for my new grand daughter. It was also really good to catch up with her because she’s the new Social media guru for the Isle of Man Arts Council, and after having a chat with her on Friday afternoon I’m really looking forward to working with her to help spread the word about all our fabulous local arts.

Yarny Grainne’s wonderfully dinky knitted and crocheted creations.

There’s more to come this weekend too – Grenaby Studios is hosting their first Artisan Christmas Market and Festival. There will be late night shopping between 5pm and 9pm on Thursday 30th November, and then there will be more festive goodness on Saturday 2nd December between 10am and 5pm, featuring quality, locally made contemporary art and crafts.

There will be an opportunity to meet the makers, including resident artisans Claire (Elementisle Jewellery), Graham (Artforms from Nature) and Rosie (Ballalona Arts), as well as visiting artists Nicola Dixon, Sara from Willing Heart Wool, Tanya from Lovely Greens, Mark Boyd Photography, Julia Ashby Smyth , Breeze IOM, and more! Not only that but in demand and fabulously festive Flo the Coffee Van will be there serving up a delicious array of bakes, cakes and wintry warming drinks and hearty soup. What’s not to like?

If you’re in Douglas on Saturday, you’ll be able to catch Darren Jackson making his ice sculpture in Strand Street. Here’s a clip of me talking about it last week on Manx Radio’s Women Today programme. If you haven’t listed in to the show yet it’s on daily from 2pm – 3pm and is normally hosted by Beth Davies and Christy deHaven. I do a regular art update and I’m very grateful to them for the opportunity to tell people what’s going on in the art scene on the island each month.

News Shorts

I spotted these rather gorgeous paintings on Instagram by Chrissie Moss (aka Manx Pets in Pencil). What a talented lady. I had the pleasure of meeting her at last at the preview of the Courtyard Gallery show recently.

There’s still time to enter 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.

Bruno Cavellec posted up this picture of his new project for classical soprano Kate Dowman who gives regular concerts of opera, sacred and celtic music around the world including the Sydney Opera House. The album, in Manx gaelic, consists of 14 traditional songs beautifully arranged for Kate’s ethereal voice by herself and award winning producer Chris Craker who previously produced the soundtrack for director Christopher Nolan’s movie “Interstellar”. Whispering Tides is now available on all the major music platforms including iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and Deezer.

And Claire McMahon posted up these 3 rather beautiful oil paintings of the west coast of Ireland.

The Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with Liam Gilman Photography and Manx Cancer Help to offer individuals the opportunity to have a professional LinkedIn photograph taken in exchange for a donation. Contact: Rebecca.George@iomchamber.org.im to book a slot. This event is open to individuals and companies alike. Non-Chamber members welcome.

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

30 November – 2 December – Artisan Market at Grenaby

2 December – Farmyard Studios – Ice Sculpture in Strand Street

4-6 December – Handing in for the Hodgson Loom’s Open Art Competition (SPACE).

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

12 December – 10am-2pm – Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce – Professional Linkedin Photo Shoots (please book in advance)

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 – 27 November 2017

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