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I can hardly  believe where this year has gone – it’s November already and only 7 weeks ’til Christmas! I can say that now we’ve got Halloween out of the way. I used to have a bit of a mental block about it and couldn’t start thinking about Christmas until after Halloween, but in recent years I’ve started my shopping early and I’ve found it makes a huge difference. One trick I use is to write a list of everyone I need to buy for with space next to their names. I keep it in my purse and whenever I buy a gift I write it on the list. I must have saved hundreds of pounds over the years by doing this as I used to forget what I’d bought and end up buying twice as much as I needed! I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s done that. This year I’m making a real effort to buy as much as possible locally to help support all our local Artists and creatives. Anyway, that’s my ‘top tip’ for this week folks! Here’s what’s been going on and what’s coming up…..

minilogoHuge congratulations to Phil Kneen this week. His WordPress blog post ’16 Years’, in which he captured images of The Jungle at Calais in his usual honest and gritty style, was selected in the recommended list by WordPress – an awesome achievement. Phil said it had already been getting a lot of interest and he’s now had two offers of  publication from international magazines. This is one of the pictures from the post – and my favourite.

Phil Kneen – The Jungle, Calais

minilogoColleen Corlett is always busy – if you haven’t been to see her show yet at The Sayle Gallery do pop along; there are some lovely pieces of work across a range of mediums – it’s quite amazing just how talented she is. No matter what she turns her hand to she seems to excel at it. Colleen posted up some pictures on Facebook this week of a commission she has recently completed for Malew Church. I thought it was really interesting to see the process so I thought I’d share the pictures with you here. I’ve tagged the photos with the same words that Colleen used in her post so that you can see the process.

minilogoSuzy Holland who regularly writes for Gallery Magazine has done a great write up on the new Noa Bakehouse exhibition ‘The Alchemists’, a photographic collection of work which is the result of a collaboration between Sarah Hendy and Jessie Raso. I had intended to go to the Preview last week but circumstances dictated otherwise so I’ve not had a chance to go and see it yet. Fortunately as I work in Douglas most days it’s a good excuse to go for lunch. I just need to find someone to drag along with me. Suzy’s article is on pages 44 and 45 of this month’s issue. It sounds really interesting so I’m really looking forward to seeing it – and let’s be honest, who doesn’t like a bit of gold and glitter? 🙂

minilogoComing up at The Hodgson Loom Gallery next, after the hugely successful ‘Elemental’ exhibition which closed on Saturday, is ‘Creature Cornucopia’ previewing Friday 11th November. It will be ‘a stunning zoological feast, featuring new watercolours, pastels and drawings from the immensely talented pet portraitist and animal artist, Meriel Burden; alongside a characterful collection of fauna, both exotic and those more familiar to our northern climes by expert ceramicist Erica Kermode’. I’ll give you an update on that next week but as always, I do recommend  you go to the Preview if you can. They are always such lovely, convivial events.

minilogoThere’s still time to get some free Christmas cards! I’m giving away 4 packs (6 cards in each) of Nicola Dixon’s fun seal and oyster catcher Christmas cards.

To enter, all you need to do is go to the Directory’s Facebook Page, ‘like’ the page, ‘like’ the post and put any word relating to Christmas (eg ‘tree’, ‘lights’, ‘Rudolf’ etc.) in the comments section, and of course you can also share the post with your friends to help spread the word about the Directory. The winner will be drawn at random on Saturday 12th November (so you’ve still got time to write and send them)! Good luck.

Also on the Directory, if you are an Artist, crafter, author or local ‘maker’ of any sort, you can list on the Directory’s ‘buy local for Christmas’ page. The more listings there are the more useful it will be, and I will be advertising the page through Facebook right the way up to Christmas. It’s creeping up so the sooner you list the more benefit you will get from it. For a small fee you can get lots of exposure for your Etsy Shop, website, Facebook page or even any event that you have coming up!

minilogoDates for your Diary

On now – Autumnal Show – Sheena Graham-George at Studio 42

On now through to 19 November – Manx Museum – ‘Islands and Bridges’ The Art of Roger Dean

On now to 20 November – Colleen Corlett “Answering the Need to Create” at the Sayle Gallery

On now – 20 November – The Alchemists Photography Exhibition at Noa Bakehouse

On now – 27 November – The Isle Gallery : Myths and Morphons

On now through November – IOM Arts Council Loan Collection at the Erin Arts Centre

2 November – Hand Printed Christmas Card and Gift Tag Workshop 10am – 3pm

11 November – Creature Cornucopia Preview at the Hodgson Loom Gallery

10, 17 & 24 November 2016 at The Isle Gallery – Hand Printed Fabric & Surface Pattern Design – 7pm – 9.30pm

12 & 19 November at The Sayle Gallery – Ceramic Giftware Workshops – Adult and Family sessions

minilogoHere’s this week’s round-up of pictures sourced from Social Media. Enjoy!

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Have a great week!


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Isle of Man Art News – 7 November 2016