What a dreek day it was yesterday! It’s feeling very autumnal – did we have a summer? Fortunately we have some great art to look forward to to brighten up our days over the coming months. One show that I’ve known about for a while and I’m very much looking forward to is drawing closer and that is Eileen Schaer’s ‘Painted Dreams’ opening at the House of Manannan later this month – more to come on that closer to the date. Here is this week’s news and events coming up soon….

Kim Graziano’s Drawing Club is going from strength to strength with great turn-outs to all of her events so far. She’s currently looking for athletic male models for upcoming events (as she says muscles are more fun to draw!). No prior modeling experience is needed, but you do need to be comfortable being paid to stand around naked for 2 hours at a time. You’ll be modeling for few dozen or so friendly artists at their monthly drawing events, but may also be asked to be available for private life drawing parties. If you would like to sign up or know someone who might be up for it, please email isleofmandrawingclub@kimgeestudio.com. If you’d like to go and draw, the meetings are held in The Embassy Room at The British Hotel, Douglas. The next one, ‘Curvy Life Drawing’ is on 21st September from 7pm – 9pm.

I’m delighted to see Celine Appleyard’s ‘Potty Knit Wits’ at Silverdale doing so well. Celine ran a children’s workshop on Saturday – here are a few pictures of the fab work by the children.

Simon Park, who has been working this summer on a reconstruction of Lag Ny Keeilley, an early Christian hermitage chapel in the grounds of Peel cathedral, is off on his travels again, this time to Easter Island. As one would expect, he has taken his camera as there’s some pretty interesting stuff to photograph…. Simon sent me some extra pictures besides the ones I had spotted on Facebook and they are all so ace I couldn’t decide which pictures to leave out, so I’ve included them all! Click to view in the lightbox.

Huge congratulation to Helen Fox and Colette Davies who have completed a two year Masters Degree at Northumbria University. The VERGE exhibition, which closed yesterday, was part of this year’s REVEAL 2017 end of year degree shows, which included work by graduates from the University’s creative courses, such as Architecture, Art, Design, and Media.

You’ll recall from last week’s news post that ‘Isle Contemporary’ are off to the Affordable Art Fair in Bristol this week – the show runs from 7th – 10th September. This picture of Graham Rider (one of the Isle Contemporary team) is from a couple of years ago taken by the National Railway Museum when Graham visited their collection to see his paintings of the rebuilding of Liverpool Street station in the early 1990s. Here’s a shot of him alongside his stunning artwork.

Graham Rider

The Isle of Man Society of Architects (SofA) is pleased to announce that the Sayle Gallery in Douglas will host their first exhibition of members’ work this month.

This event builds on the legacy of the Isle of Architecture Festival, which celebrated the Island’s diverse built environment and ended in July this year. The exhibition features the work of 15 local architects with 35 projects ranging from domestic extensions to infrastructure projects and, whilst generally modest in scale, they provide an insight into the broad range of skills and experience available through the Island’s professionals.

Martyn Thomas, Chair of SofA said “We thought that this would be a great way to follow up the busy year of ‘Isle of Architecture’ events. We are delighted that the Sayle Gallery have offered to host the exhibition for us and for the support offered by the Isle of Man Arts Council and by Quine and Cubbon Printers who have printed the exhibition boards. We are really pleased with the variety and standard of work and believe this to be a useful contribution to our ambition to promote the importance of good architecture and design on the Island, continuing the momentum built up by the ‘Isle of Architecture’ year.”

The exhibition is being supported by the Isle of Man Arts Council and will be on display during the gallery’s normal opening hours from 09 September to 08 October; there will be a launch event on the evening of 8th September at 6.30pm.

There are always lots of fabulous photographs on Facebook on the Isle of Man pages. Here are a few that particularly caught my eye this week. Click to view in the lightbox.

After all the excitement of having Laurence Llewelyn Bowen filming at Grenaby Studios for his new show ‘Laurence of Suburbia’ recently, the ladies at ELEMENTisle had a more chilled day out this week modelling Claire’s gorgeous droplet collect of jewellery and knitwear from Laxey Woollen Mills. Nicola Dixon reported that they had had a good laugh and chatted about all sorts of creative and arty stuff with Tanya Anderson (Lovely Greens), Ruth Keggin (Manx Gaelic Singer), Sarah Hendy (Manx Radio’s ‘Spotlight’ Presenter) and of course Claire Pearse. Mark Boyd who regularly photographs Claire’s fab jewellery range and had a show recently at the Erin Arts Centre shot this lovely pic – don’t they look great!

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

8 September – Isle of Man Society of Architects Launch at 6.30pm at The Sayle Gallery (then runs to 8th October)

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

Opening 25 September – ‘Painted Dreams’ by Eileen Schaer a the House of Manannan, Peel

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

7 – 28 October – All things Loaghtan at the Hodgson Loom Gallery

Here’s this week’s round up of images from Social Media. Click on the pictures to view.

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Have a great week!

Jane x

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Isle of Man Art News – 4 September 2017

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