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Isle of Man Art News 22 August 2016

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What a week! I thought I was going to be busy enough with being back at work after two weeks off with catching up to do as there always is and then I opened my personal email to find an invitation to interview Roger Dean! I could hardly believe it and actually typed out a reply saying ‘thank you very much but I’d have no idea where to start….’ and then realised that I would be mad to pass up such an amazing opportunity. Talk about getting out of your comfort zone though. I’m no journalist and have never interviewed anyone in my life so imagine my panic. In the end I went for the ‘phone a friend’ option, did some research and met Roger on Friday lunchtime just before the preview opened that evening. I need not have feared as he really is the most lovely gentleman and I will be writing up my notes (provided I can decipher them) and posting it as a separate blog in the not too distant future.

While I was at the exhibition preview on Friday evening I had a chat to Ron Berry who showed me the new special edition 3FM logo which Roger Dean has designed for the station and signed up at their new premises in Skanco Court. The Isle of Man Post Office has also officially launched a set of six stamps depicting Roger’s work and 5 of the 6 original works are on display including the specially commissioned work ‘Meeting Place’. Roger told me that he loves the Island and it sounds like he will be a fairly regular visitor in the coming months so you never know, we might be seeing more original Isle of Man inspired Roger Dean work if we’re lucky.

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Roger Dean at 3FM signing the Logo he has designed for the station.

The exhibition itself ‘Islands and Bridges’ is a ‘must see’. This is only his seventh exhibition and a very rare opportunity to see the most fabulous display of artwork. What is immediately striking is how vivid the colours are and how the paintings seem to give off incredible energy. I’m not going to write too much here as I don’t want to repeat myself when I draft my article, but I can safely say it is well worth the visit. Entry is free and the exhibition is on until 19 November.

 

minilogoI did a lot of rushing around on Friday as I was double booked with the Ashgrove Marketing Competition results and prize giving being on at the same time as the exhibition preview. Unfortunately the Directory didn’t win either its category or the ‘People’s Choice’ award sponsored by Ramsey Crookall, but having read all of the most lovely comments on the Directory entry on the Ashgrove Marketing FB page I feel like a winner anyway. Thank you to everyone who left a comment and voted; there will be other opportunities to help raise the profile of the visual arts on the Island I am sure and congratulations to all of the winners who did a really great job.

 

minilogoWhen Graham Hall isn’t busy tagging basking sharks (which is fascinating by the way) he’s a bit of a dab-hand at wood turning. Working out of Grenaby Studios he has some serious machinery and, I only realised the other day, can offer workshops and one-to-one tutorials. Below are the pictures of the results of one of his workshops which I’ve kindly been given permission to put in the news so that you can see what you might be able to achieve. If you’re interested in having a go you can contact Graham for more details via his page on the Directory.

 

 

minilogoAlso working out of Grenaby Studios is Simon Capelen. He’s been making the most wonderful table with Graham out of a fallen elm tree. I’ve been watching progress on the Grenaby Studio’s FB page and the craftsmanship is clear to see. Grenaby is a little hub of loveliness near Ballabeg with Element.isle and Juliet Petrarulo also being based there. I know Claire from Element.isle is closed presently and spending some time with her family over the school holidays but I expect that it will be buzzing again down there in a few weeks. 

 

 

minilogoSvetlana Cameron’s picture, ‘George’ conte on paper, 45 x 35 cm, will be part of the Society of Graphic Fine Art annual open exhibition 3-15 October in the Menier Gallery. 

 

minilogoAnd finally, as I have to stop somewhere and can’t possibly include everything that I wan’t to or else I’d be here until next Sunday writing this, don’t forget to check in with what MakeMarket at the Douglas Market Hall and the Isle of Architecture are up to.

 

minilogoDates for your  Diary:

 

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

On now – Hodgson Loom Gallery – Summer Symphony of Silk

On now – The Isle Gallery – Juan Moore’s ‘Odd Days’

On now – Studio 42 – Summer Show (Win Norton and Catherine James)

On now – The Sayle Gallery – Art in the Park Display / Rob Smith / Celine Appleyard / David Metaxas

23rd August – Children’s Workshop at the Isle Gallery – Treasure Island

24th August – Children’s Workshop at the Isle Gallery – Nature Prints

27th August – Silver Willow Studio – Clay sculpture workshop

6th September – Oil Painting – Seascapes at the Isle Gallery

8th September – The Isle Gallery – start of a 6-8 week course of printmaking for adults

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

 

minilogoIf you enjoy these news updates, please Share them with your friends and colleagues on FB and Linkedin to help raise awareness of our very talented local Artists. 

Have a great week!

Jane

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Isle of Man Art News – 15 August 2016

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Well I’m back on the Rock and as promised last week, normal service is now resumed! The holiday was fab and despite having spent a week in the Costa del Sol with temperatures of 30 degrees plus I’m sure I’m still not as brown as Rob Jones who attributes his tan to good old Manx sunshine. Ferg (my dog) survived being looked after by the kids and I do believe she looks a bit slimmer, which I certainly do not, and the day job – it’s Sunday afternoon as I write this – is now only one sleep away. Whilst it’s back to ‘the norm’ for now, there is lots to look forward to and these are exciting times for both myself and the Artists listed on the website as from 1 October I will be reducing my hours at work to spend more time on the Directory and help Artists to promote and sell their work. Huge thanks to my current employers, Tufton Oceanic, for being so supportive and allowing me to do this.

minilogoThe other exciting thing that is happening is that I have entered the Directory into the ‘Innovation’ category of the Ashgrove Creative Awards competition run by Ashgrove Marketing as the publicity will be a fantastic way to help raise awareness of the website and the Artists listed. The People’s Choice Award is sponsored by Ramsey Crookall and is your chance to have a say on the marketing campaigns submitted. 

I would be really, really grateful if you could please vote for the Directory if you have not already done so (and get all your friends to vote too!). To vote, all you have to do is go to Ashgrove Marketing’s Facebook page and ‘like’ (or love if you feel so inclined) the post with the Directory on it and if you want you can also leave a comment.

To those who have already voted and commented, thank you so much! So many of your comments make me feel very humble indeed as I’m just really enjoying what I am doing. Without the support, trust and belief of the Artists in this venture the website would not be where it is at today. With your support in this competition I hope to take the website to the next stage of it’s development and to make it an invaluable resource for everyone with an interest in the Visual Arts.

 

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minilogoI’m loving Rebecca Odessa’s latest work. If you follow this blog regularly you may remember that Rebecca spent a week at The Slade in London recently so I’m guessing that these pictures are implementing some of her new thinking. Having seen some of Rebecca’s early work, less is definitely more in her case as some of her early work seemed to be too busy. I really like the simplicity of these, but don’t get me wrong! Whilst they look simple I am quite sure that the majority of us non-artist human beings could never conceive producing something so pretty. (Click the pics to view in the Lightbox).

 

minilogoColleen Corlett is busy preparing for her new solo exhibition which will be at The Sayle Gallery in October.  It’s going to be a mixture of different media – watercolours, pastels, sandblasted glass, stained glass, tapestries, quilting and ceramics. Colleen posted up some pictures on FB which as you would expect were looking great, but it wasn’t those that caught my eye this week. It was another FB post of hers – a portrait of a friend. I had no idea she was such a great portrait artist but I think this goes to show just what a talented lady she is.

 

minilogoCheck out the latest MakeMarket events coming up this week. Bethany Williams, Alice Fayle, and Lisa Angwin will be in the Market Hall Thursday/Friday this week to talk about their blossoming careers, how they are making it in the competitive fashion world, and to inspire others to follow in their footsteps. To read the full press release follow the link above.

 

minilogoI mentioned a couple of weeks ago that the Sayle Gallery is planning to hold a month long exhibition between 8 September – 7 October, celebrating the life and work of the late and much missed artist Simon Buttimore and is asking for your help. The gallery is working to track down Simon’s artworks which he produced over his 40 year career. Everything loaned will be treated with the greatest of respect, the owner will get full accreditation and the item will be safely returned once the exhibition is over. Please call Carola Rush at The Sayle on 674557 if you have any of his artwork that you would be happy to loan to the exhibition or, if immovable, you are happy to be photographed.

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Simon Buttimore – photo by Simon Park

 

minilogoDates for your  Diary:

 

On now – Hodgson Loom Gallery – Summer Symphony of Silk

On now – The Isle Gallery – Juan Moore’s ‘Odd Days’

On now – Studio 42 – Summer Show (Win Norton and Catherine James)

On now – The Sayle Gallery – Art in the Park Display

16 August – The Isle Gallery – Children’s Workshop ‘Animal Portraits’

16 & 17 August – Silver Willow Studio (Erica Kermode) – Summer Ceramics (limited places so please book)

18/19 August – MakeMarket at Douglas Market Hall

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

and, if you happen to be in Guernsey next month, Jeremy Paul’s new exhibition will be at the Coach House Gallery, St. Peters, Guernsey from 4 – 30 September.

 

minilogoHere are a few images I’ve saved from social media over the past week. Click on the pictures to open in the Lightbox. Enjoy.

 

 

minilogoIf you enjoy these news updates, please Share them with your friends and colleagues on FB and Linkedin to help raise awareness of our very talented local Artists.  

Have a great week!

Jane

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