Happy Birthday Mum!

It’s my mum’s birthday today and I know she reads the news so I thought I’d take the opportunity to wish her a lovely day. Now eighty-something (it would be rude to divulge exactly) my fabulous mum has been a member of Onchan and Middle Hospice Committee for over 30 years, so this week if you would like to support a charity, please click here to donate to Hospice Care.

It’s always a pleasure to go to the Isle Gallery on a Sunday for the opening of their new shows and so far this year they have had some really great work on display – Jimmy Duggan, Nick Barlow and Julie Roberts and the Isle of Man Art Festival show to name but a few. Yesterday saw the opening of a new, joint exhibition of work by Kate Jerry and Shelby Sandyford-Sykes called ‘Taking Flight’ and it didn’t disappoint. Kate Jerry, who works at the Isle Gallery with artists Colette Gambell and Anna Clucas as ‘ArtReach Studios’ puts on some really great classes both for adults and children right through the year, so it’s really lovely to see her own work on display on home territory with a colour palette that really appeals to me. Shelby Sandyford-Sykes, who I have met at the Gallery a couple of times works mainly with metal and there are some really different and interesting pieces. I didn’t get a chance to ask Shelby about the Pan Am pieces which I think are just great – if I get an update I’ll let you know but in the meantime, do go along and have a look. It’s a really good show.

Wednesday is of course Tynwald Day and as ever lots of our local artists and crafters will have stalls at the fair in St. Johns. Culture Vannin will be opening their doors on the 5th and as they are handily situated across the road next to the school, it will be super easy to pop over and see them…. and please do, as they will be delighted to show you the new artwork they have commissioned by Adam Berry and Gary Myers. I had a sneak preview last week and it looks great! There’s also a Lego model of Tynwald which is just brilliant.

“Still the Breeze” opens on the evening of 5th July at 6.30pm so if you’ve still got the energy after visiting Tynwald Fair, head to Studio 42 in Port St. Mary for what promises to be a gloriously colourful show. I first spotted Ellie Baker’s work last year at Studio 42 and it was love at first sight, but it took me a good few months to finally catch up with her and persuade her to have a page on the Directory! These are likely to sell quickly if her show from last year is anything to go by so get there early.

Click on any of the pictures throughout these posts to view in the lightbox.

“The Gathering – Artisan Fair and Family Day” is being brought to you by Celtfest, the rebranded Yn Chruinniaght festival. I’m so glad they’ve changed the name of it because it’s the hardest word in the world to spell!

This free-to-attend community event on Saturday 15 July (12 noon – 5pm) brings together the best of Isle of Man traditional music and dance with local artisan crafts. The Cathedral Isle of Man provides a spectacular space for music concerts, while the outdoor spaces will be utilised to create a family-friendly festival atmosphere, ensuring there is plenty for culture lovers, families and music fans alike.

In particular, the Corrin Hall will be the setting for the artisan craft fair, which demonstrates the range of skills and products available through the Island’s talented community of artists, craft workers and producers. Artisans include (in alphabetical order): Alice Rose Fayle Design; Alice Quayle; Apple Orphanage; Artforms from Nature (Graham Hall); Breeze Candles; ElementIsle; GetGlitFaced!; Katy Mitchell Ceramics; Little Tree Soaps; Manai (Henna and Body Art); Manx Mohair; Nicola Dixon; Reap What You Sew; Stixx; Sweet Ginger Emporium; Taylor Made Cakes; and Yarny Grainne. Look out for the full details which I will publish in the next week or you can head over to their Facebook page to find this and all of the other events happening this year: Click here…

It’s a great opportunity to stock up on lovely local gifts for birthdays and, dare I say it, yes, Christmas! I bought quite a few presents last year – the only difficulty is actually giving them to someone when you really want to keep them for yourself!

Clockwork Colors Social Award 2017​ – Category: Steampunk Characters…
Winners – Samantha Burchianti (Italy) and…… Julia Ashby Smyth (United Kingdom). Yay! Here is her gorgeous picture, “Cirri” (Time to Love). Isn’t she gorgeous? Well done Julia.

That very talented chap, Bruno Cavellec, has been at it again producing another fantastic piece of artwork to help launch this year’s Isle of Man Film Festival.  I’ve added in the ones from previous years in case you don’t remember them and I think you’ll agree that this is a really lovely series of work. You can buy the prints from Bruno’s website.

Dates for your Diary

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

On now – 9 July – Manx Cancer Help’s Art Project at the Hodgson Loom Gallery – don’t miss it…

On now – 24 July “A Happy Medium” at The Sayle Gallery – Eloise White

5 July – Tynwald Fair, St. Johns (lots of local artisans and crafters etc)

5 July – Opening of Culture Vannin’s HQ opposite Tynwald, St. Johns – call in and see new work by Adam Berry and Gary Myers

5 July, 6.30pm – 8.30pm at Studio 42, Port St. Mary – Ellie Baker’s “Still the Breeze”

5 July – Sarah Hendy’s arts show ‘Spotlight’ on Manx Radio, 5.30 – 6.00pm (and every Wednesday)

10 July – Freedom and Expression with Watercolour at The Isle Gallery

15 July -The Gathering, Artisan Fair and Family Day, The Corrin Hall, Peel, 12 noon – 5pm

17 July – Watercolour Mandalas at The Isle Gallery

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

Have a great week!

Jane x

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Isle of Man Art News – 3 July 2017

2 thoughts on “Isle of Man Art News – 3 July 2017

  • Jane maybe the Pan Am connection is in the title “Taking flight”. Thank you so much for all your information, we are lucky to have so many talented artists in a relatively small arena.

  • Hi Sue – yes they are great aren’t they? And we do have some great artists – I know I have only a few on my website… there are lots that I have yet to connect with!

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