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Isle of Man Art News – 13 March 2017


The News is kindly Supported by the Isle of Man Arts Council.

You may remember a few weeks ago I mentioned that Manx Cancer Help were giving out 1000 mini canvases to the public? They have been kindly sponsored by CuPlas Callow and Gareth Nicholson from MCH said he realised that not everyone wants to do sporting or endurance type events to raise money for charity. He hoped the art project would encourage people to dust off their paintbrushes or perhaps even take it up for the first time to create a picture for sale to raise funds for the Charity. When I spoke to him last, Gareth told me that he was delighted to hear people were embracing the challenge, working on their pictures in groups and really engaging with each other and most importantly, having fun.

Gareth was recently excited to be able to announce that Julia Smyth from the Hodgson Loom Gallery and John from the Laxey Woollen Mills will be displaying all the submitted pieces in the Hodgson Loom Gallery from 26th June to 15th July. That will give everyone who painted a canvas and their families and friends a 3 week period to visit the show and take their time to look at the amazing works of art and to purchase any favourites. Julia and John have very kindly waived the commission they would usually take on selling any art work and this incredibly kind gesture means that ALL the money raised from selling the completed pieces will go to Manx Cancer Help, stay on the Island and will directly help someone who is suffering from Cancer and needs the help of the Charity’s Psychotherapists. If you are looking for your paintings for the Art project you can find them here: Instagram:    Facebook: or Twitter:

Here are a few of the lovely creations so far.

Talking about the Hodgson Loom Gallery and Laxey Woollen Mills, Julia has been having a wander round with her camera. It’s a great place to visit any time of year and a fabulous choice if you’re looking for a local gift to give to someone. It smells lovely too (not in a flowery way). I think its a mixture of the fabrics and the wood burning stove – it really is a feast for the senses in there. If you haven’t been for a while go and have a mooch. It’s worth it for the visual delights, the smell of the place and the sound of the loom going.

Paul Parker had another go at filming with his Go Pro and it looks like he’s cracked it. I loved watching this painting unfold.

Dave Corkish caught these iridescent clouds over Peel last week – aren’t they stunning? I looked these up and apparently they are caused by especially tiny ice crystals or water droplets in the air. Larger ice crystals produce solar or lunar halos, but tiny ice crystals or water droplets cause light to be diffracted – spread out – creating this rainbow-like effect in the clouds. The phenomenon is called cloud iridescence or irisation. The term comes from Iris, the Greek personification of the rainbow.

Milen Stankov has been out and about with his camera and I think it just goes to prove how beautiful the Island can be even on a dreary day. The photo of the war memorial is particularly lovely I think. Click to enlarge the pictures.

Something I’ve spotted recently but not yet had a chance to investigate is the new Archibald Knox drop-in centre at Braddan Church New Hall. It’s a place where enthusiasts can meet, discuss Knox, have access to a reference library and bring in Knox works to share their knowledge and information about the items. There will also be the option to ask for Knox works to be brought to a subsequent meeting where there will be a chance to discuss them, handle them, draw or photograph them and so on.

The drop in centre was open last Friday and yesterday so the next meeting won’t be until Sunday 23rd April however, the organisers are hoping that Knox’s birthplace at Cronkbourne village will be open on 9th April  for the 153rd anniversary of his birth.

Silver pen tray or dressing table tray with entwined Knox decoration and blue green enamels. Designed by Archibald Knox for Liberty & Co. in 1902. Size 25.5cms long, 11.5cms wide. Photograph and description courtesy of Titus Omega.

I bumped into Alice Quayle the other day and we stopped for a quick chat. She’s certainly keeping busy and her distinctive style is now a firm favourite with a broad range of clients – her work can be seen popping up all over the place – nice one Alice. Here are a couple of her recent pieces.

Dates for your Diary

On now – 27  March – Turning Point at The Sayle Gallery

15 March – Sarah Hendy’s new arts show ‘Spotlight’ on Manx Radio, 5.30 – 6.00pm (and every Wednesday)

16 March – 2.00 – 3.00pm Manx Radio – Women Today with me, Christy DeHaven and Beth Espey

16 March 6.30pm – 10.00pm – Isle of Architecture – PechaKucha 20×20: On Buildings – The Alpine Cafe, Regent Street, Douglas

19 March – 10.00am – 3.00pm Bohemian Floral Decorative Wall Panel – Adult Art Workshop at The Isle Gallery

23 March 7.00pm – 10.00pm SofA filmclub 07 – EAMES the painter + the architect at the Bath & Bottle

25 March – Mother’s Day Shop – Katy Mitchell Ceramics at Lower Bishopscourt Farm, Kirk Michael

27 March – Jimmy Duggan Solo Show at The Isle Gallery

31 March – 7.00pm – 9.00pm – Manx Wearable Art Catwalk Show at the Youth Arts Centre, Kensington Road

And don’t forget to call and see Rob Jones’s Drawn Steel Through the Seasons at Milntown Gardens, Ramsey

Here’s this week’s round up of images from Social Media.

Have a great week!

Jane x

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Isle of Man Art News – 7 November 2016


The News is kindly Supported by the Isle of Man Arts Council.

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!

Please Share these updates with your friends and colleagues on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin to help raise awareness of our very talented local Artists.

Have a great week!


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Isle of Man Art News – 3 October 2016


Well it was nigh on a miracle that I made it to Bruno Cavellec’s preview this afternoon (Sunday). I’ve been looking forward to it for months with huge anticipation but there was the small matter of my 50th birthday on Saturday. I didn’t have any big plans for the day and my husband said he had booked a table for us a Jean-Pierre’s in Ramsey, so I was looking forward to a nice meal then home early and curling up in bed and watching a film. Martin though, unbeknownst to me, had arranged for all of the family to be there as well so it was a huge surprise and turned out to be a really wonderful evening. I was thoroughly spoilt by everyone and received masses of good wishes, flowers and pressies, so thank you all for your cards and messages. I know I’m a lightweight these days when it comes to drinking but I thought I had been pretty restrained – two glasses of wine and a glass of champagne you wouldn’t think was excessive would you? Come one o’clock this afternoon, however, I was still feeling ‘rather poorly’.

After walking the dog around Ramsey for a good hour or more (until she gave me the ‘Really mum, are we going home now’ look) I finally felt up to tidying myself up and driving to St. John’s. When I arrived the preview was in full swing with live music, throngs of people, a fabulous selection of cakes and a wonderful vibe. Bruno’s pictures, as expected, were indeed ‘absolument magnifique’. The four main themes for his show ‘LIFTED’ are the sea, women, freedom and music and include oils on canvas, digital and dry point work. It was good to see that the majority of pieces were sold by the time I arrived but fortunately many of them are available as limited edition prints.

I haven’t seen Bruno in ages as he’s been tucked away in his studio producing his work for the show but he did emerge last week when he was on Manx Radio’s ‘Women Today’ programme with Christy DeHaven. I thought it was an extremely good show as it covered Bruno’s early years including his relationship with his parents and his years in the forces, then moved onto an interview in his studio, a hallowed place that no one is allowed to go into unless invited – including his wife Jill – and then moved onto another chat with Bruno in person about the show. You can still hear it again for a few days by checking out the ‘Women Today’ page – it’s well worth a listen.

I had a chat to Jill and asked her which pictures she liked best; like me there was more than one but she actually said she hadn’t had a chance to have a proper look at some of them yet, only having seen them a few hours before the opening of the show and bringing a few last pieces with her on the way! It’s clear that she has huge respect for her husband’s work and, going back to the Manx Radio interview, Bruno says that it was Jill that gave him the opportunity to practice his art and the space to do it, so thank you Jill as your vision has given the Island one of its best Artists.

The show is on now at The Isle Gallery until 30th October and as we are now in the last quarter of the year I think I can safely say ‘Christmas’ without receiving too much abuse, so do go along and pick up some prints as Christmas gifts – they are a great idea especially if you are looking for a lightweight, local present that is easy to post.

minilogoAlice Quayle has a mini/micro-exhibition in the Sayle Gallery little window up until Sunday 9th October. It’s some ideas for beautifying Douglas in the form of ‘before and after’ photoshopped photos, mostly involving paint, flags and signage to try and make the town look a bit better, work a little better and help visitors find their way around. Alice is hoping with a few fresh faces after the election it might be a good time for a few new suggestions and if anyone wants to do their own ideas for lovely-fying Douglas all you need to do is tag ‘Alice’s Illustrations’ on Facebook or the Sayle Gallery – they are very welcome – and the ideas can then be shared. Here is a link to the album with some ideas on and Alice says she is sure people could come up with other ideas, so don’t be shy and please do get in touch: Alice’s Illustrations.

minilogoTo mark the ending of the moving exhibition, ‘Simon Buttimore – A Man Apart’, the Sayle Gallery is inviting his fellow artists and friends to an informal gathering at the gallery on Saturday 8th October, 6.00pm to 10.00pm. You’re invited along for a glass of wine, impromptu live music and a celebratory vibe.

minilogoSome of you will know Janet Lees, a lady best known for her literary endeavours, but she can also take a pretty good photo don’t you think? I love these and thought you might do too…. As with all the images in these posts you can click them to view in the Lightbox.

minilogoSvetlana Cameron posted up another two recently finished pictures, the first of “Sara Hackman, Mayor of Douglas 2015-16”, 60×50 cm, conte and pastel on paper. Started in spring during Sara’s time in office, this portrait got delayed due to various circumstances, and was finally completed this month. It will be on display in London as part of the upcoming solo exhibition. She also finished “Emilia”, 45×35 cm, conte on paper. Commissioned by the family of a Russian diplomat working in London Svetlana says she believes this portrait will do some travelling around the world before eventually moving to its permanent home in Russia.

minilogoThere are lots of exhibition openings and events coming up. In particular do go along to ‘Elemental’ at the Hodgson Loom Gallery in Laxey this week, Friday 7th from 6.00pm. It promises to be a good one and I’m really looking forward to seeing more of Julia Ashby-Smyth’s work. Neil Milson also produces some lovely pieces of tactile work and is fascinated by pre-history. I’m not familiar yet with Elizabeth Cowin’s work but there is a sneak peek in the images below.

Also opening soon (13 October) is Colleen Corlett’s exhibition at the Sayle Gallery. Colleen will be on Manx Radio on Friday afternoon from 2.00pm on the ‘Women Today’ programme with me. An extraordinarily talented lady across lots of different mediums the exhibition will showcase her many skills and will include information leaflets about how she produces her work. Colleen worked for the Post Office for about 15 years and her stamp designs have travelled the world. It should be a great programme so put a reminder in your diary to tune in.

Sally Black’s exhibition at Noa also opens on 13 October – I’ll give you an  update on that one very soon.

minilogoDates for your  Diary:

On now to  9 October – ‘A Man Apart’ The Life and Work of Simon Buttimore at The Sayle Gallery

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

On now to 30 October – Bruno Cavellec – Solo show ‘Lifted’ at The Isle Gallery

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

7 October – Me and Colleen Corlett on Manx Radio’s Women Today Programme 2.00pm

7 October –  Paul Parker at the Braaid Hall – Watercolour Painting (5 days on light and tone over 5 weeks)

7 October – Elemental Preview at the Hodgson Loom Gallery 6.00pm – 8.30pm – all welcome.

8 October – ‘A Celebration of Simon’ (Buttimore) at the Sayle Gallery – 6.00pm -10.00pm

13 October – 2 November – Sally Black at Noa Bakehouse

13 October – 20 November – Colleen Corlett “Answering the Need to Create” at the Sayle Gallery

14 October – 28 October – Svetlana Cameron – Solo Exhibition – 37 Kensington High Street, London

minilogoAnd finally, here is my round-up of images chosen from social media this week – enjoy!

minilogoPlease Share these updates with your friends and colleagues on FB and Linkedin to help raise awareness of our very talented local Artists.

Have a great week!


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