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Isle of Man Art News – 28 November 2016


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


One of my greatest pleasures in producing this website is that I get to share all kinds of beautiful work with you. If you haven’t yet seen the series “The Bones of Time” that I have been publishing over the last few weeks then please do take a few minutes to have a look. I feel so honoured to be able to publish such wonderfully sensitive poetry which complements the artwork so well and I’ll be sad when the final one goes out in a couple of weeks’ time. In a similar vein, many of you will know Janet Lees and I recently featured some of her photography work in one of these news updates. Whilst it’s perhaps pushing the boundaries of the scope of this website, I couldn’t resist sharing this gorgeous piece with you (click the following link) – it’s a poetry film which has been  featured in Lucy English’s Book of Hours project. The project is about collaboration. For Janet’s film, she sampled words and lines from five of Lucy’s poems and wove them together to create a new five-stanza poem, then combined the text with footage and music by the beautiful and generous spirit that is Moby, via mobygratis. If you’re having a stressful day, click the link and take five minutes to watch this and let it wash over you. You’ll come out the other end feeling like you’ve just spent the day being pampered in a luxury spa.


minilogoStaying with beautiful words for a minute, Petrina Kent’s blog is a lovely one to follow. Petrina’s faith inspires her not only to produce some gorgeous artwork but also to write about how she translates her belief into her life. Petrina is a Christian but I find it easy to sense the larger, spiritual picture through her words which translate to any religion. Petrina has a series of ‘Little Gems’ which will make wonderful Christmas gifts and they are very reasonably priced. At just 10cm x 10cm they can easily be posted throughout the UK or even further afield. You can buy them via the Directory or visit her website.


minilogoThere are lots of Artists busy selling their work in the run up to Christmas. In particular, do head to the galleries – Studio 42 in Port St. Mary, The Isle Gallery at Tynwald Mills, Hodgson Loom at Laxey Woollen Mills and The Sayle Gallery under the Villa Marina colonade. They all have stocks of original artwork, prints and other goodies that make for interesting and affordable gifts. Also keep an eye out at the Christmas markets as there are some great Artists selling their wares at these events. Of course, if you’ve missed the particular market you wanted to go to you can always track down the Artist you’re looking for via the Directory! Use the main navigation pages to see the Artist profiles and contacts and the Christmas shop page has quick links to Shops, Websites and Facebook pages.


minilogoPhil Kneen has produced some more of his stunning work in a new post on his WordPress blog “Ebony and Ivory” which goes into some ‘techie speak’ for those interested in photography. I’ll just share this one image with you and if you’re offended by nudity then don’t visit the page. Due to a huge amount of interest, Phil is now taking bookings for Film Photography Wedding packages (35mm, medium format and instant film) but be quick if you want to book him as a few Saturdays throughout the summer have already been filled. He is also offering a Portrait Package for Artists and Perfomers – whether it’s for press releases, brochures, album artwork or promotional material. As he says, if you want to be professional, you need to look professional. The package includes 20 final images and is priced at £450. Message Phil: for details or to book a shoot.


minilogoBryan Moore has been busy working on his graphic novel and he is hopeful that it will be available around Christmas. I’ll keep you posted when I hear it’s to be released and I for one definitely want a signed first edition!! Here’s a taster for you.


minilogoSvetlana Cameron goes from strength to strength, this week having been Elected a Full Member of Society of Graphic Fine Art by the UK national drawing society. Congratulations Svetlana!  After her recent exhibition in London, whilst it’s been a wonderful achievement, it sounded like she was glad to be back in her studio and re-united with her paint brushes!


minilogoManx Tails recently published an article about the most prestigious award for Manx culture. The article gave some background to the award and its previous winners, but also explained that the RBV (Reih Bleeaney Vanannan) award was now open for nominations of people or groups who have made outstanding contributions to Manx culture. The nominations close this evening (Monday 28th November) so you’ve still got time to nominate someone you feel is worthy of the award. More about the RBV award can be found here:  Culture Vannin RBV Award.



minilogoDates for your Diary


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

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

On now to 3 December – Creature Cornucopia Preview at the Hodgson Loom Gallery

On now through December – Studio 42’s Christmas Show

3 – 7 December – handing in – Hodgson Loom Open Art Competition ( show dates tbc but probably from 14 December)

24 November – 23 December – Christmas Shop at The Sayle Gallery

25 November – 23 December – Paul Parker – Aspects of Man at The Sayle Gallery

30 November – Presence of Mann at Laxey Woollen Mills – Late Night Shopping from 6pm – 8pm

1 December – Artist Networking Event at The Sayle (tbc).

3 December – The Isle Gallery – Pot Thrown Ceramics and Christmas Decoration Workshop with Faye Christian (and Motown and Jazz and seasonal snacks and beverages…)


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



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Isle of Man Art News – 29 August 2016


Happy Bank Holiday Monday! It was a lovely surprise on Friday when I discovered it was bank holiday weekend as I had completely forgotten. I’ve got all sorts of things on my ‘to do’ list and the extra day will make all the difference so I’m very grateful for it too!

I’ve been busy updating the website with all kinds of upcoming events and putting in different ways you can search for what’s going on. I’ve added a couple of new categories in the right hand side bar ‘What’s On Q3 2016’ and ‘What’s On Q4 2016’, so you can just click on those if you prefer rather than using the calendar. I’m also now able to offer professional hanging rails and can arrange for these to be installed for you if you aren’t too handy with a drill. So you can either buy and fit yourself or buy and we’ll fit it for you. Check out the pages to read more about it.

This week’s art round up is especially delicious I think, with lots of my favourite Artists included so, in no particular order, read on!


minilogoThere are some very exciting goings on down near the Douglas Market Hall at the moment. Jimmy Duggan is painting a mural on the side of Spill the Beans coffee shop. It’s not finished quite yet but it’s getting there. There are a few pictures of this on FB but I’ve chosen the one with the ladder in it to give you an idea of the scale of this piece. It’s mahoosive! If you’re an office-dweller like me, instead of whiling away your lunch hour in the shops why not do something different and take a walk down towards the quay and take a look at it? If you’re quick and get there in the next couple of days you might still get to see Jimmy working on it – do say hello if you do.



minilogoYoung and very talented illustrator, Hebe Atzori has been working with Claire Christian Couture recently. I absolutely love Hebe’s work. Here are a couple of her pictures, aren’t they gorgeous? Click to view in the Lightbox.


minilogoComing up in October, The Isle Gallery will host Bruno Cavellec’s solo show ‘Lifted’. Bruno released the poster for it a couple of days ago and if this is a taster of what we can expect then I’m first in the queue at the opening. Although I don’t do camping, so don’t expect to see me there at midnight with a sleeping bag and thermos flask (there are limits after all…).


minilogoPhil Kneen has posted up some lovely pictures in the last couple of weeks and you’ll be able to see more of his work at The Isle Gallery next month in the ‘Black & White’ exhibition of Contemporary Art and Print. I’m a big fan of Phil’s work and these pictures in particular caught my eye. The first is of his daughter, Jess. She really is a beautiful looking girl and already has a very classy image – that red lipstick is becoming a trademark look for her. The second picture, ‘Lace’ (which is not Jess but a lady called Laura I think) is a lovely shot with the pattern of the lace casting shadows on her midriff. Phil works with a small team to produce a lot of his pictures including hair and makeup artists (for the models of course, not for Phil) – the results are well worth the effort.


minilogoColleen Corlett has been posting up some awesome pictures on FB recently. Getting ready for her upcoming show she’s been working with pastels which she says she is ‘learning a lot about’ and the results really are fabulous. How amazing is this gorgeous pussy kitten?


minilogoDates for your  Diary:


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

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

2 September – Women Today – listen in from 2.00pm to hear the latest Art round-up

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

4 September – The Isle Gallery – Black & White – meet the Artists (2.00pm – 4.30pm)

6 September – Oil Painting – Seascapes at the Isle Gallery

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

10 September – The Isle Gallery – Coil Pot Making and Decorating (10.00am to 2.30pm)

10 September to 1 October – Hodgson Loom Gallery – Chinese Whispers

11 September – Frida Khalo Wall Panel – Mixed Media at The Isle Gallery (10.00am to 3.00pm)

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

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

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


minilogoHere are a few more images I have rounded up from the internet this week for you. Click to view – 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!


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Isle of Man Art News – 15 August 2016


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.




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.

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!


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