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Isle of Man Art News – 13 March 2017

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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: https://www.instagram.com/manxcancerhelp/    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/852070248228613/ or Twitter: https://twitter.com/ManxCancerHelp

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

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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.

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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!

Jane

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Isle of Man Art News – 16 May 2016

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After the excitement of the Isle of Man Art Festival over the May bank holiday weekend and all of the follow up and photographs, and then the launch of the Chris Killip exhibition at the Museum hot on it’s heels, the visual arts community seems to have taken a moment to breathe this last week ready for the next round of happenings. To think when I started doing the news updates I was worried there wouldn’t be enough to write about week to week! It’s not taken me very long at all to realise that we have a really active art community on the Isle of Man and that if you blink you’ve probably missed something……  

 

minilogoSecond year students on the Isle of Man College’s Art and Design Degree Courses are presenting an exhibition of eclectic work at the Douglas Market Hall. It’s not on for long though – Friday 20th to Monday 23rd May – as it precedes the final degree show by the third year students, so make sure you get down quick to see work from the eleven students on this course. 

Essentia is the third year students’ show and is the accumulation of three years of developing ideas and formulating creative roots, representing journeys through themes of identity, sense of place, loss, solitude, entrapment and surreal worlds. This exhibition represents the core work of the graduates of the Bachelor of Fine Arts, 2016 and the final pieces solidify the creative worlds of each student, bringing forth the essence of each of them as artists.

Kirsti Penzes |  Rosie Wood  |  Bryan Moore  |  Helen Tate

Opening times:
27th May -14th June 2016
Monday – Saturday 08.00-17:00

Throughout the four weeks of the ESSENTIA: FLOURISH exhibition Kirsten will be running three Saturday afternoon events for families and children to take part and contribute to the exhibition. The events are:
Saturday 28th May 1-3pm: Creating Soundscapes
Saturday 4th June 1-3pm: Making Ceramic Pinch Pots
Saturday 11th June 1-3pm: Kite making
If you would like to take part in the events please email: kireve@gmail.com

 

minilogoErica Kermode, whose page went live this week, has only one space left on her one day “Introduction to Clay Modelling Course” on 2 July. It runs from 10am to 4pm and costs £75. Find Erica’s Silver Willow Studio on our handy map.  She will also be running “Summer Ceramics” on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons 1pm to 4 pm from 28 June through to October.  These are open studio sessions for people who have some experience in ceramics and want to go along and be creative. The price is £20 per session.

 

minilogoJulia Smyth at the Hodgeson Loom Gallery has been putting next year’s schedule together for the gallery and still has some spots available so is interested in hearing from artists in any discipline. She will be happy to do group or solo shows and even if you have never exhibited before and are a little ‘trepidacious’ she says she will be happy to find you a safe little corner and make it not so scary. You can get in touch with Julia by email:  julia@laxeywoollenmills.com (she’s really lovely and approachable so don’t be afraid to get in touch).

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minilogoThe Isle of Man Arts Council posted up the summer schedule for the Youth Arts Centre on Kensington Road which includes Junior Art (ages 8-11) on Mondays 4.00 – 6.00 and Photography (ages 11+) on Tuesdays. It’s not very easy to read here but click the pic to see it in a lightbox.

 

minilogoYou’ve still got a chance to see Rob Jones’s “Drawn Steel” exhibition at The Sayle Gallery but this closes on 22 May so if you haven’t yet had a chance to see it, make haste! 

 

minilogoBruno Cavellec published a lovely Linkedin post, ‘Forgiveness’, in which he talks about what forgiveness is and its importance in freeing the forgiver from corrosive anger. His beautiful oil painting accompanies the piece. I’m looking forward to seeing more Linkedin posts like this from Bruno. 
 
 
minilogoThe Isle Gallery has their Spring Workshop coming up this week on 17th May (which I mentioned in last week’s news). The next one after that is their Journal Art Workshop on Sunday 22nd May 2016. It’s a one day workshop starting at 10.00am and finishing at 3.00pm. 

“Fast becoming a popular form of craft and a great way to start or get back to your creative journey, this workshop combines many techniques. Get back into creating again, great art therapy and a way to build your confidence.”
£42 including a beautiful 25x25cm bound sketchbook.

 
 

The Isle Gallery’s contemporary show – hosted by James Duggan, Juan Moore, Anna Clucas, Jelena Benson, Alexander Colby, Kate Jerry and Colette Gambell – is on until the end of this month and then for June, Brigid Stowell and Bryony Harrison have their joint show.
 
  

minilogoThere’s been lots happening in the background for the Directory over the past few weeks. I’m delighted to report that the Isle of Man Arts Council has approved some funding to help raise awareness of the website with the public. Huge thanks to them for their support. Look out for advertising over TT – I’m not going to tell you what it is yet but it’s going to be pretty big…..  This Friday, 20th May at 2.00pm, I will be on Manx Radio’s Women Today programme, with the first of my monthly Art round-ups. I’m also going to be able to spend more time on the Directory shortly and can now offer premium membership for Artists who will be able to have a shop page as well as their main listing. Get in touch for more information.

 

minilogoArtist and author Ruth Blindell is hosting an exhibition of her fantastic landscape paintings at the Erin Arts Centre. The exhibition was born out her book ‘Finlo and the Fairy Kings’ and is made up of work in a variety of formats including cards, images, both framed and unframed, and original paintings. The exhibition opened on 6th May and is on until 6th June.

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minilogoAs well as Erica Kermode’s new page, Celine Appleyard, another ceramicist, has a page as well. Celine produces some really interesting pieces which look great lit up, so don’t forget to have a look at her page while you are here. As usual, here is my brief round-up of some of the pictures posted on social media this last week. Enjoy.
 
 
 

 

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Have a great week!

Jane