I had a very self-indulgent day on Saturday. I ventured south of the Fairy Bridge for the second time in the space of a week and visited one of my favourite art hubs, Grenaby Studios. Considering it is really quite tucked out of the way, there are always people there whenever I visit. It was great to hear how plans are shaping up for their Artisan Christmas Market from 30 November – 2 December. It sounds like it’s going to be really Christmassy so if you want to get into the festive spirit then this will absolutely do the trick. After Grenaby I headed to Port St. Mary where I called in to see Eben Carswell at Studio 42 with a couple of pictures that need framing and to see Daniel Price’s show. I’ve seen some of the pieces before but they never fail to impress. You can catch the info on the exhibition and more of his stunning oil paintings here.

I then made a quick pit stop at Tynwald Mills for a cuppa and another look at Jeremy Paul’s show. I was delighted to see that his vulture picture has sold as it really is a great picture even though perhaps not everyone’s favourite creature. It is, however, beautifully composed with a lovely colour palette and expertly painted. I’m kicking myself now that I didn’t take a picture of it!

After that I headed to Laxey to see the new show at the Hodgson Loom Gallery with artists Colleen Corlett and Kathryn Cain sitting together very comfortably in a fabulous show of artistic craftsmanship. Kathryn works in ceramics and I really enjoyed the diversity of the pieces on show and particularly liked her little frill bowls which are so beautifully delicate. Colleen of course, for those of you who follow the news each week, is just a master of every medium she chooses to work in. She never seems to tire of new ideas and I am constantly in awe of the amount of really top quality work she produces. This is a great show to source some of your Christmas gifts as many of the pieces are very reasonably priced. But do go along anyway, even if you aren’t shopping, as it’s certainly well worth taking the time for a visit.

The above pieces are by Colleen Corlett.

Ceramics by Kathryn Cain.

Julia Ashby Smyth has produced these gorgeous labels and branding for the new Fynoderee Gin which goes on sale this week. For the gin lovers out there, you can have a taste of Fynoderee’s first Manx Dry Gin – the Winter Edition – at three fantastic venues around the Island in November.

Price includes a perfect serve “Fyn & Tonic” plus 3 other bespoke “Fynoderee Cocktails” to be announced on the night, canapes and live music. You will also get to meet the team, including Gerard, the Master Distiller, and learn more about their story and passion for Gin making. Ticket prices for each event are £35pp and can be booked through their Eventbrite pages, links below:

Event 1: Milntown Café, Ramsey – 16th Nov 6.30-8pm.
Book your tickets to Milntown event here: http://bit.ly/2zQstQ1

Event 2: Foraging Vintners, Port Erin – 18th Nov 7.30pm-late.
Book your tickets to Foraging Vintners event here: http://bit.ly/2yT7e1J

Event 3: Bath & Bottle, Douglas – 23rd Nov 6.30-8pm.
Book your tickets to Bath & Bottle event here: http://bit.ly/2yLpTgD

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News Shorts

Farmyard Studios has been promoting the coming Strand Street ice sculpture – remember the fantastic ice mirror Darren made last year? Date for the diary – 2 December with thanks to Wi Manx for supporting it this year.

The Hub’s first ever exhibition of visual art and writing by participants in the creative sessions that they have been running for the past three years is on now until 15 December. Thanks to the Isle of Man Arts Council and Culture Vannin for funding the exhibition, and to the Manx Lottery Trust for their kind support too.

Check out Jimmy Duggan’s latest street art pic on Douglas head – do you recognise the rainbow hair? It’s lovely Lana.

Elaine Edge posted up this lovely picture of her latest mosaic commission.

and Sally Black has “A miscellany of recent and new works. Several of my crab series, some figs and a couple of experimental watercolour miniatures. All can be seen at the Arts and Antiques Centre, Castle Street in Peel.”.

Frances Boyd’s latest designs are looking great and she’ll be adding all sorts of wonderfulness to her Etsy shop too so do check it out.

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

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

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

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

24 – 26 November – Peel Christmas Art Crawl

30 November – 2 December – Artisan Market at Grenaby

2 December – Farmyard Studios – Ice Sculpture in Strand Street

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

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Have a great week!

Jane x

Isle of Man Art News – 6 November 2017

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