Happy Hop tu naa! Well, close enough I guess. That’s Halloween to non-Manx people. We have a few different traditions over here including singing about Jinny the Witch and carving turnips instead of pumpkins (use of a drill is highly recommended). There’s all sorts of stuff around the internet of course but check out my post from last year for all the spooky stuff and also Culture Vannin, Manx National Heritage, As Manx as the Hills and The Talking Mongoose. All good turnipy fun.

News of the week though, from an arty point of view, has to be the installation of Nicola Dixon’s awesome panels in Peel. It’s a commission she’s been working on for some months and I’m sure she is hugely relieved to receive such positive feedback on the completion of this major installation. The inspiration for the work is 10 lines from St Patrick’s Breastplate/Deers Cry in 12 screens:

I arise today
Through strength of Heaven,
Light of Sun,
Radiance of Moon, 
Splendour of Fire,
Speed of Lightening,
Swiftness of Wind,
Depth of the Sea,
Stability of Earth,
Firmness of Rock.

Vision of Steve and Jane Prescott of Prescott Associates (Landscape Architects), Stainless Steel by Gallas Foundry Ltd. Translation from sketch to computer language Samuel J Peppers.

Here are a few pictures to keep you going until you get a chance to see it in person (me included). It looks amazing doesn’t it? Click to view in the lightbox.

Meriel Burden, otherwise known as ‘The Dog Artist’ posted up this gorgeous picture of a snow leopard this week, completed in pastels on velour paper. It’s named “King of the Mountain”, albeit a different King of the Mountain to the one TT enthusiasts will be familar with. The original unsurprisingly sold immediately although limited edition giclee prints (strictly limited to 50 copies) are still available to purchase from her website. 10% of any purchase will be donated to the SNOW LEOPARD TRUST to go towards their conservation work. Just click this link to head to her shop page.

Erika Kermode runs some great workshops from her Silver Willow Studio in Union Mills. Check out this lovely African wild dog sculpture made on a one day workshop by Lindy Louren.

If you fancy releasing your creativity you can have a go at pottery or ceramic sculpture in a lovely woodland setting. Erika’s autumn ceramics workshops are booking up quickly but there are still some spaces in November and December for up to 4 students. For a full day “Zero to Hero” complete beginners workshop it is £150 and for 1:1 tuition, £75 pp for a shared workshop. Half day workshops can be arranged. For the more experienced she also has some spaces on her un-tutored 3 hour studio sessions. Now available at weekends due to popular demand! £20 per session (firing extra). Call 07624 497846 for more details and to book.

Grenaby Studios announced they will this year be holding their very first Christmas Artisan Market and Festival. The event will be starting with the opportunity for a little late night shopping between 5pm and 9pm on Thursday 30th November, and then 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 and others to be announced in the next couple of weeks!

The fabulously festive ‘Flo the Coffee Van’ will be there serving up a delicious array of bakes, cakes and wintry warming drinks, so why not pop along and enjoy a little festive fun.

Make sure you have this one in the diary as it’s going to be amazing – just the thing to get you in the Christmas spirit!

News Shorts

Colleen Corlett is exhibiting with Kathryn Cain at the Hodgson Loom Gallery from next week. Opening on 4th November through to 2nd December a trip to Laxey will enable you to tick lots of gifts off your Christmas shopping list in one go.

If you haven’t entered the Directory’s Christmas card competition yet, I’m giving away 4 packs of Jeremy Paul’s lovely cards again this year. It’s a Facebook competition so head to the Directory page where the post is pinned to the top. To enter, just tag in a friend who you think might not know about the Directory – and if they live off-island then that is even better (but not a factor in relation to whether or not you win). So just tag a friend (or a few) and you’re in. I’ll draw a winner on 1 November.  Good luck!

Just a reminder that Jeremy Paul, whose current exhibition ‘Wildlife – an Artist’s View’ is on at the Isle Gallery, is giving a talk and slideshow presentation on Thursday November 2nd at The Isle Gallery, Tynwald Mills. The talk will cover trips to Costa Rica, India and Madagascar to obtain reference material for paintings including sloths, tigers and lemurs.

Niamh Kelly has been busy making Christmassy ceramics – do go and check out her lovely work at the museum at the Manx Tholtans exhibition (with Ray Kelly).

Dates for your Diary

On now until 12 November; ‘Wildlife – an Artist’s View” – Jeremy Paul at The Isle Gallery

On now until 12 November; ‘BC20 FK17’ at The Sayle Gallery

On now until 19 November;  ‘Painted Dreams’ by Eileen Schaer a the House of Manannan, Peel

Opening 4 November 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

31 October – ‘Book of Life’ – Clay Mask Children’s Art Workshop run by Artreach Studios at The Isle Gallery

16 November – IOM Drawing Club – Pregnant Life Drawing at Noa Bakehouse, 7pm-9pm

24 November – IOM Drawing Club – Fashion Illustration, 7pm – 8pm

30 November – 2 December – Artisan Market at Grenaby

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 – 30 October 2017

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