I’ve got some really great news to report this week. A group of local artists, namely Vici Blackburn, Anna Clucas, Colette Gambell, Eileen Schaer, Kate Jerry, Jeremy Paul, Graham Rider, and Shelby Sandyford Sykes, are exhibiting at the Bristol Affordable Art Fair from 7th – 10th September. I’m absolutely delighted that they have got together as ‘Isle Contemporary’ for the show and huge congratulations to them – it’s quite difficult to get in as there is a vetting process to ensure the quality of work is of a high enough standard to be exhibited. It’s the first time Artists from the Isle of Man have been represented at the Affordable Art Fair and it is hoped this will be the first of many opportunities to take Art off the Isle of Man to be shown to a large, international audience. I went along last year to scope it out and it was really busy with plenty of work being bought so fingers crossed for a really successful event.

Here’s a little taster of some of the pieces going to the show which will be exhibited on stand D9. Kate and Colette will be representing the group throughout and Shelby will be there for part of the time.


 The fabulous Nicola Dixon, who has been immersed in projects over recent months including her fantastic stamp issue, was delighted this week to announce that Celtic Gold in Peel now has her Dunoon mugs in stock. She says that she’s delighted so see these finally happen and is very grateful to Celtic Gold for initiating it. I think these will sell really well and will make lovely gifts – or indeed why not go through your cupboard, chuck out all the old chipped ones and brighten up your kitchen? 🙂

 Bruno Cavellec has returned from a recent trip to Finistère where he says he saw three very inspiring exhibitions which reignited his love of oil painting. He said in his Facebook post – “It also reminded me that, as long as I have a soul and a strong desire to paint, I should go back to the roots and perfect relentlessly the art of landscape through which I am able to express so much of myself. “Beloved land”, my new piece [on the left], speaks of truth, eternal love and inner peace. A glimpse of heaven? perhaps. A source of hope, definitely.” Beautiful, I’m sure you’ll agree.


Janet Lees has such a wonderful eye for photography – here are a couple of her latest pictures which particularly caught my eye for their captivating colours. Janet has had good news this week too…  one of her poems has been selected by Brian Patten for the Milestones anthology, as a shortlistee in the Write Out Loud poetry prize. Well done Janet!

I’m delighted that Janet has agreed to let me publish the poem once the prize results have been announced, so keep an eye out for that, coming soon…


There’s a lovely new show opening soon at The Hodgson Loom Gallery. “Views, Vistas & Studies” is the work of Max Aitken, Ronnie Doyle and John Caley. I particularly like visiting this gallery as not only is Julia Smyth a very talented Artist, she is also a fabulous curator, and every show I have been to see without exception has been beautifully presented. Whilst I’ve not yet had the pleasure of meeting Max Aitken, I do know Ronnie and John and their work so I can confidently say that it’s a show worth going to see before it’s even been hung! The show opens on 9th September from 2.00pm to 4.30pm – all welcome.


Dates for your Diary


On now until 3 September – “Tabula Rasa” at The Sayle Gallery

On now until 10 September –  “This is Summer” photographic exhibition at the House of Manannan

On now until 23 September – “At The Edge of The World” at The Isle Gallery

On now at the Hodgson Loom Gallery – The FoTTofinders Bikesport Archives Exhibition

30 August – Frida Kahlo Inspired Self Portrait – Children’s art workshop – The Isle Gallery

9 September – Views, Vistas & Studies at the Hodgson Loom Gallery – opening 2.00pm – 4.30pm (then runs until 30th September)

27 September – Isle of Man Drawing Club: Curvy Life Drawing! – 7pm at the Embassy Rooms, The British Hotel 


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


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Have a great week!

Jane x


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Isle of Man Art News – 28 August 2017

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