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Isle of Man Art News – 11 September 2017

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Regular readers of this blog may well remember the ‘dog and stairs’ incident just before TT week, when I missed the last step of the stairs and injured my left knee and both ankles. Having decided that I was now not sufficiently injured to warrant not doing any exercise, and as the scales are currently saying ‘one at a time please’, I’ve finally made a decision and joined the gym. Seriously though, I did the fitness test on the cross trainer and it said ‘well below average’. No surprise really but not exactly heartening!

Anyway, I made my first foray to the gym on Friday night after work to fill in the time before heading over to the Sayle Gallery for the opening of their new show – the first by the Isle of Man Society of Architects (SofA). I was really delighted to see such a great turn out and lots of new faces which will hopefully help to bring a new audience to the gallery on a more regular basis. Here’s a video of the opening address by Martyn Thomas.

As well as the show of various projects there are the best photographs from the #ilovethisbuilding competition and some of Patricia Tutt’s fabulous photographs. Patricia has a lovely selection of photographic prints available for sale and they really are stunning.

I caught up with a few people including Gavin Carter who has a mini exhibition on at the Sayle and I’m glad to report that he has decided to stay on the island for the foreseeable future. Gavin has participated in the last two summer workshop days with the Sayle (both of which I’ve missed due to taking holidays in August!). Here is the lovely carving he made with the children and another of his pieces from the show.

It was a full-on arty weekend, as Saturday saw the opening of “Views, Vistas & Studies” at the Hodgson Loom Gallery. John Caley and Ronnie Doyle were both there in person but unfortunately Max Aitken wasn’t, which I was disappointed about especially on seeing his work. Hopefully I will be able to catch up with him soon.

As expected, Julia had done a lovely job of curating the show and if you’re looking for some original artwork to grace your walls presently you’ll be spoilt for choice with this gorgeous collection. Max’s work is mainly acrylic and is bold and vibrant; Ronnie’s work in water colours is striking and compelling and John’s work is exquisite and serene. Here are a few pics to whet your appetite.

I mentioned last week that Eileen Schaer has an upcoming exhibition “Painted Dreams” at the House of Manannan and I’m delighted to be able to share a couple of her gorgeous pictures with you this week. The exhibition is covered on page 44 of this month’s Gallery magazine in a lovely article written by Suzy Holland. The show opens to the public on Monday 25th September and I am sure this will be one of the highlight shows of the year.

It was the last day of the Affordable Art Fair in Bristol yesterday and I got an update report from Kate Jerry who is there with her own work as well as representing a number of Artists (Vici Blackburn, Anna Clucas, Colette Gambell, Eileen Schaer, Jeremy Paul, Graham Rider, and Shelby Sandyford Sykesas) as “Isle Contemporary”. Kate said “It’s all going well, particularly as it’s our first fair. We have been rushed off our feet. Excellent exposure for our Manx Artists, and the stand has also attracted lots of people with Island connections, we have been promoting on many levels to a large audience, so it’s got to be good for tourism too!”. I’m really delighted for them and let’s hope this is the first of many.

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And finally, but certainly not least, Hannah Yeowell. Hannah took up photography earlier this year and I think you’ll agree she’s already producing some fabulous work. She has a good teacher mind you – one of my regulars in these news posts – Phil Kneen. I can see his tuition reflected in these photos. She also has a blog ‘Hannalogue’ where you can check out some more of her work – take a look at ‘Ray of Light’, ‘Gone Pickin” and ‘Hello Lomo!’ where her personal style can be seen coming to the fore…. great work Hannah – keep it up!

Dates for your Diary

On now until 8 October – Isle of Man Society of Architects at The Sayle Gallery

On now until 23 September – “At The Edge of The World” by Julie Collins at The Isle Gallery

On now until 30 September – “Views, Vistas & Studies” at the Hodgson Loom Gallery

Opening 25 September – ‘Painted Dreams’ by Eileen Schaer a the House of Manannan, Peel

14 September – Printmaking for Beginners and Improvers (Adult class) – The Isle Gallery

15 September – Printmaking for Beginners and Improvers (Friday morning Adult Class) – The Isle Gallery

27 September – Isle of Man Drawing Club: Curvy Life Drawing! – 7pm at the Embassy Rooms, The British Hotel

7 October – 27 January 2018 – Manx Tholtans at the Manx Museum – Ray Kelly and Niamh Kelly

7 – 28 October – All things Loaghtan at the Hodgson Loom Gallery

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

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Have a great week!

Jane x

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Isle of Man Art News – 12 September 2016


You might have noticed on FB that I’ve been at the Bristol Affordable Art Fair this weekend – it was too good an opportunity to pass up although I was sorry not to get to some of the local events. I missed Roger Dean talking to Mark Kermode and I also haven’t had a chance to see the Simon Buttimore exhibition yet or get to the Hodgson Loom gallery! Looks like I’ll be doing a lot of running around over the next week catching up. Bristol was great though. I got to stay with one of my oldest and dearest friends and her family, who were good enough to put me up, and we had a wonderful time doing lots of girlie nattering and drinking wine two evenings on the trot – a rare treat. I eventually got to the Art Fair on Saturday despite lots of the roads in Bristol being closed for a cycling event. After doing two fruitless circuits by following the Sat Nav lady who insisted on telling me to ‘Turn around when possible’ I decided to ignore her for a few minutes and go a different way, after which she fixed her brain and got me to the right place. There was some really great art at the show and I met up with the Fair Director for a chat and spoke to a number of the exhibitors which was really useful.

Earlier today (Sunday) I met up with another former Island resident who now lives in Bristol, Frances Houghton, who was my boss in my early 20’s and the most fantastic mentor. The last time I saw her was 18 years ago by my reckoning but it was wonderful to see her and on visiting her home discovered she has a collection of original Ralph Courtie paintings which I will share with you in coming weeks in the Art I Own posts. She was also friends with the late and great watchmaker, George Daniels CBE, and showed me her first edition copy of ‘The Art of Breguet’ which he’d inscribed for her. Breguet 1747-1823 was the most excellent horologist of his time, and the book illustrates the form and style of his clocks, watches and chronometers including over 500 elaborate drawings of his many inventions and mechanisms.

minilogoIt’s been another busy week for the amazing Roger Dean here on the island.  He announced on his official page that he was coming back to the Island again this weekend both for his exhibition and for Isle of Man Film Festival where on Saturday he was in conversation with Mark Kermode at the Museum where his paintings are on show. He also gave an exclusive tour to a group of local artists and visiting film makers – here is a snippet of Roger talking to them about his work.

minilogoJimmy Duggan’s mural on the wall of Spill the Beans opposite the Douglas Market Hall is coming along nicely – a wee update for you …


It looks like The Isle Gallery’s Oil Painting workshop was a great success – I was very impressed with the quality of the Seascape pictures produced by the class. Here are a few examples. Do check out the Autumn Children’s workshops which are now available – blocks of 4 weeks – you can hop over to their website here.

minilogoSvetlana Cameron reported that she is very excited to have this portrait back on her wall for a whole month before it goes to London in early October and expressed her thanks to songwriter Mitch Murray for lending it for her solo exhibition. I can understand why she’s so pleased, what a lovely picture. It must be really nice to have to opportunity to enjoy your work again after you’ve taken such care to produce it. She will also shortly be releasing two brand new portraits to add to her exhibition next month, one adult and one child, both of which are still in progress and will be finished very soon. There’s also another exciting event in her calendar; a French bank in London has invited her to be a solo exhibitor and one of two Guest Speakers at their art themed business event this autumn. More details to follow…

minilogoDates for your  Diary:

On now to 25 September – The Isle Gallery – Black & White, contemporary Art and Print

On now to 1 October – Hodgson Loom Gallery – Chinese Whispers

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

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

18 September – Abstract Acrylics at The Isle Gallery (10.00am to 1.00pm)

22 September – Preview Night of Studio 42’s Autumnal Show – Sheena Graham-George, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

23 September – 12 November Autumnal Show at Studio 42

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

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

13 October – 2 November – Sally Black at Noa Bakehouse

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


Here are a few more pics I found for you on Social Media to enjoy.

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