Normal service is resumed! After last week’s review of all things arty in 2017 this is really the first forward looking news post of the year. It’s generally a pretty quiet time but for a fair few island residents, Art is the ‘day job’ so many of them are already back in the studio, beavering away and planning the year ahead. On the gallery front, the Sayle Gallery is currently closed (throughout January) and they will be doing a bit of refurbishment ready for their first show in February, which will be a joint exhibition with Manx National Heritage. More to come on that as details are released.

The Hodgson Loom Gallery is showing its ‘Space’ exhibition, which is a wide array of offerings in all kinds of mediums. This now well established annual art competition attracts entries from young to old, novice to professional and is a joyous collection of work.

Take a look at this for example from Colleen Corlett: “My other entry for the ‘Space’ exhibition at the Hodgson Loom gallery is my woodland scene using ‘negative space’. Taking a sheet of black paper I have drawn the light coming through the trees onto the ground and on the occasional trunk. I have not drawn any trees, just the spaces in between.” Pretty awesome don’t you think? Colleen was on Spotlight last week with Sarah Hendy. If you missed it you can check it out here and you can see Colleen’s latest gourd carving in the gallery at the end of this post.

The next meeting of the Isle of Man Drawing Club is on 18th January at Noa Bakehouse from 7pm – 9pm. The club meets monthly for after-work drinks and drawing, where art-lovers can chat and create in a no-pressure environment. Everyone is welcome, even complete novices like myself. For the January life drawing event, it will be back to basics and drawing a “good ol’ naked lady!”. Take along your own favourite art supplies and paper for two hours of life drawing where your host, Kim Gee Studio, will lead the group through different timed poses and a few drink breaks, and at the end of the night you can show off your favourite creations and compare notes (or in this case, pictures).

There are only 50 tickets available for this event at £5 each, available ONLY online at, to cover the model and venue fees. Tickets WILL sell out as they always do, so make sure to get yours quickly.

This was one of my efforts from the ‘Pregnant Life Drawing’ a couple of months ago. Do go along and give it a go.

Michael Starkey is  a busy chap and he’s recently been having a tidy up in his studio. He dug out this rather gorgeous 1920’s style picture (an era I absolutely love for its style and decor) and an oil painting of a winter’s day near the Whitebridge in Ramsey he did a while ago for a competition. He said he changed his mind about it so he’s been doing some work on it as he plans to enter it into a competition in England in February. It’s a lovely picture so best of luck with the competition Mike.

Phil Kneen has recently invested in an iPhone8 and is very impressed with its camera. We’re just very impressed with your photography skills whatever you use Phil 🙂

Alice Quayle did this stellar poster (groan, sorry, couldn’t resist) for the upcoming Dark Skies week Let’s hope for some good weather.

Ronnie Doyle is another busy artist. He sent me this lovely picture of a Norfolk estuary to share with you and a couple of pen sketches. The pen sketches are pretty impressive, particularly considering he did them on the boat in a force 8!

Gary Bennett posted up that he did a painting two years or so ago of a lady in response to the suffering of women in the Middle East. He said he felt there was something unresolved, so he attempted to do something different. All was well until he varnished it. He left it in the studio to dry and two days later when he returned he said he initially thought it was ruined until he realised the reaction was only around the lady’s forehead, like a crown of thorns!

Chrissie Moss, aka Manx Pets in Pencil, did a number of commissions as Christmas gifts which she can now share with us since the recipients have received their lovely presents. Here are a couple of them. I’m sure the new owners are thoroughly delighted with them.

My annual survey is up now – please do take a few minutes to answer it as it helps me to see who is following the Directory, where there are gaps, what improvements can be made and also gives the galleries an insight into what exhibitions people enjoyed the most. The survey is anonymous so please feel free to write whatever you think and if you head to the Facebook page and put ‘Done’ in the comments once complete, then you are in the draw to win a £30 voucher for The Hodgson Loom Gallery/Laxey Woollen Mills. Thanks in advance for taking a few minutes (about 5) to do this.

I’ve finally got around adding a ‘Subscribe for the News’ signup form to the website (see the sidebar to subscribe) as I appreciate not everyone uses social media. It’s a great way to ensure you don’t miss any news posts as you will get a link delivered to your inbox every week which will take you straight to the website. It will be scheduled to go out the same time the news which is published at 6.00am each Monday morning. Remember to check your Junk folder in case the confirmation email finds its way there!

What’s On

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

On now – Courtyard Artists’ Christmas Exhibition – The Isle Gallery

On now – Hodgson Loom – Open Art Competition ‘Space’

10 January – Manx Radio 2pm-3pm, Women Today with Beth, Christy and me!

10 January – Manx Radio 5.30pm-6pm Spotlight with Sarah Hendy

Upcoming Workshops: In response to feedback already received from the survey, I’m adding a simple list with links to all of the upcoming workshops (the ones I know about anyway!). Hopefully this will give you a chance to see what’s coming up so that you can plan ahead and book places rather than finding out about them after they have happened. If you’ve got a workshop or class coming up that you would like me to share please just drop me an email: or get in touch via Facebook/Messenger.

8 January – Teens Masterclass (6 week course, age 13+) 6pm-8.30pm – The Isle Gallery

11 January – Absolute Beginners in Acrylic Painting (6 week course) 7pm-9.30pm – The Isle Gallery

12 January – Absolute Beginners in Acrylic Painting (6 week course) 10am-12.30pm – The Isle Gallery

16 January – Winter Sunset in Oils (3 part workshop) / 23 Jan / 30 Jan – click the link for full details – Anna Clucas – The Isle Gallery

18 January – IOM Drawing Club – January Life Drawing at Noa Bakehouse 7pm-9pm – Kim Gee Studio

20 January – Photography Workshop with Brook Wassall – Ballakermeen Studio Theatre 2pm-4pm

28 January – Exhibition on Screen – Cezanne – 3pm-4pm Erin Arts Centre

12 February – The Hobbit – Journey to Middle Earth – 9.30am-12.30pm – The Isle Gallery

12 February – Action Jackson (Jackson Pollock) for kids – 2.30pm-5pm – The Isle Gallery

13 February – Monster Pots – Who can make the best worst pot – Age 5+ 10am-12.3pm – The Isle Gallery

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

Have a great week!

Jane x

Isle of Man Art News – 8 January 2018

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