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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 – 18 July 2016


I think I’m in love with Peel. It might be something to do with the fact that it was a glorious day yesterday, there were people milling around all over the place and there was a really good vibe in the air. The sun shone, Peel was a feast for the eyes with all of its higgledy-piggledy buildings and gorgeous flora and there was Pimms and friends. What could be better?

minilogoDespite mentioning last week that it was to be my first Yn Chruinniaght I still, somehow, mysteriously, managed to miss 95% of it by getting completely distracted first by the sale in Tynwald Mills (understandable, I’m sure you’ll agree) and then by the Peel Secret Gardens which was also on over the weekend. I last visited some of the Secret Gardens a few years ago but this year we had a local ‘tour guide’ Linda McCauley – now native to Peel – who led us on foot through lanes and cut through’s you’d never normally see driving around and in doing so had time to appreciate some of the wonderful architecture, both old and new, as well as abundant and well tended gardens that put mine to shame.

I readily admit that I am no gardener – in fact my gardening skills are about on a par with my artistic skills – but my sister (who I was with yesterday – on the left of the photo above, Linda in the middle and me on the right) is a very good gardener indeed and has the most beautiful garden at her home in Douglas. In fact, thinking about it, she’s a pretty good artist too so perhaps art and gardening are mutually compatible and you either are, or you aren’t, good at both? My sister is good at both – I am good at neither. I wonder if in fact there really is a pattern to this? Do leave a comment below if you have any wisdom to add to my wild assumptions 🙂

Being surrounded by such a visually inspirational city it should really be no surprise that Peel is home to a number of our best Artists – Nicola Dixon, Bruno Cavellec, Kate Jerry, Myra Gilbert, Eric Glithero and Sally Black to name but a few. Do keep your eyes peeled for Eric Glithero’s photographs of Peel by the way as they are just wonderful. There were a number of them exhibited over the May Bank Holiday weekend at the Hodgson Loom Gallery and in Peel and I am hoping that Eric will soon have a page on the Directory.

Whilst I admit I didn’t resist being led around beautiful gardens, I did ensure that our tour included the Artisan Market at the Corrin Hall which was extremely busy when we were there. The Artists gathered were top of the tree and I took the opportunity to stock up on some of Nicola Dixon’s beautifully crafted cards, another wee pot to add to my first wee pot from Katy Mitchell and a much longed for purchase from Graham Hall’s beautiful collection of wooden vessels. While I was struggling to decide exactly which gorgeous bowl to have Graham asked me what I planned to do with it. I have to wonder – do you actually need to do something with such things? It’s so pretty I was planning on just looking at it!


minilogoHeading back to the Architecture theme, I spotted this video link on Facebook last week: “The built environment belongs to everybody” – watch the Isle of Architecture launch video and see why we should all get more engaged with the structures that surround us. Let’s celebrate our historic buildings and think about what’s important for the future of architecture on the Isle of Man.

You can check out what’s on and take a peek around their website here:



minilogoSo what else is coming up? Juan Moore’s exhibition, “Odd Days” opens on 31st July at The Isle Gallery. He looks to be very well organised indeed and Juan will be on Manx Radio’s ‘Women Today’ programme with me on Friday 29th July at 2.00pm, just before the show opens on the Sunday, so do tune in to hear about what we can expect to see and what’s behind Juan’s inspiration for this exhibition – his first solo exhibition in 5 years.




minilogoJo Pretty, Principal and Chief Executive of Lowestoft College, has been appointed to a new role as Principal for the newly positioned University College Isle of Man.

Officially appointed in March of this year she will be the first female Principal in the college’s long history and said one of the reasons she was selected for this high profile role was her experience across the spectrum of education, her commercial outlook and experience, and her proven record in managing change. During her time at Lowestoft College she has effectively restructured the college in line with industry and community needs, increased student and staff satisfaction, and has been a lead figure in the East Coast Colleges merger. 

Jo said: “This is a very exciting opportunity and I am looking forward to heading the University College Isle of Man as the college plans to grow its higher education and seek to better meet the needs of a growing and diversifying community on the Island.”

This is also a life style change for her and her husband, an artist, who is looking forward to painting the landscapes and life on the Island.



minilogoThe Hodgson Loom Gallery has a new exhibition opening on 23rd July, “Summer Symphony of Silk” which I am very excited to see as my mum had a go at silk painting a few years ago and produced some lovely pieces. I don’t have any silk painters on the Directory yet, so if you are reading this, please come out from where you are hiding and get in touch! 



minilogoAlso coming up is Art in the Park: 

Art in the Park – An opportunity to come and watch artists producing their work, to get creative yourself and to exhibit in the gallery. The Sayle Gallery is staging an arts weekend where anyone of any age can come along and view some of the Island’s artists demonstrating a range of art forms and where everyone can get involved and get creative themselves.

The event will take place across the Friday and weekend of the 5th, 6th and 7th of August. The Villa Marina has kindly allowed us to spread into the Villa Gardens where the art activity will be happening between 10am and 4pm each day. The event is free to all so do please come along and join us.

Inside the gallery there will be an exhibition of work by all the artists taking part as well as six practical art workshops for families which are bookable in advance. The artists taking part are; Celine Appleyard, David Metaxas, Gavin Carter, Rob Smith and Jill Gillings.

There will be live music performed on the stage within the gardens across the weekend, in association with the Tinkerman Festival and Soundcheck. David Metaxas and Celine Appleyard will be demonstrating their ceramic artwork and will be offering the opportunity for visitors to sink their fingers into some wet clay to build their own pinch pots or ceramic sculptures.

Rob Smith will be offering the chance to join in with the production of large experimental paintings in the middle of the lawn – a great space to be able to throw paint around without fear of damaging walls or furniture. So if you have always wanted to do a large painting but have not had the materials or space to do it, come and see Rob. He will also help with the production of smaller works which will adorn one of the park’s trees.

Jill Gillings will be demonstrating her stained glass techniques as she works on a glass and wood sculpture. She will also be involving visitors in the production of paper butterflies which will be displayed on netting on one of the trees. Another activity for all will be the painting on to pebbles or stones. These painted rocks will be used after the event to create a decorative border for one of the flower beds in the park, so do come and contribute to this long term creative addition to the Villa Gardens.

Gavin Carter will be teaching people some of his wood carving techniques and engaging visitors in joining in with the production of a large wood sculpture which will hopefully find a home in the Gardens after the event.

In the gallery itself, participants who wish to book in to one of the workshops, will experience mould making and working with plaster. They will be able to get creative with surface decoration of plant pots and to contribute to a large group sculpture project, where one huge sculpture will be built and displayed within the gallery. This sculpture will form the centrepiece for a two week exhibition where any work produced over the weekend may be left with us to be displayed. We would love to be able to show as much work as possible to celebrate the creativity of all participants (we do not expect masterpieces!). All work can be collected after the exhibition to take home.

We are praying for good weather and lots of visitors to come and enjoy a weekend of creativity. Do come along and join in the fun!

To book one of the gallery workshops or to find out more details please contact the Sayle Gallery, Villa Marina Colonnade, 1 – 3 Harris Promenade, Douglas, IM1 2HN. Email: Tel: 674557


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Isle of Man Art News – 27 June 2016


There’s never a week goes by without something happening in the Isle of Man art scene and this week was no disappointment with a new exhibition opening at the Hodgson Loom Gallery in Laxey at the weekend. I called in to say hello thinking the place would be packed out as there seemed to be cars absolutely everywhere, but it turned that just about everyone was at the Laxey Fair! How rude. Still, it gave me a chance to catch up with Julia Smyth and to meet the very talented Kasia Mirska, who I hope I have persuaded to have a page on the Directory.

There really are some wonderful pictures on display, from Howard Shimmin’s wildly colourful landscapes, to Kasia’s humorous renditions, Clara Nathan’s work with organic materials in muted tones and Rebecca Odessa’s thought provoking collages. It’s a good job I don’t have a picture buying budget at present as I would have been very hard-pressed to choose which to have, and would have wanted at least one of each. But don’t let that stop you – please do go along and buy, buy, buy as then our lovely artists will create yet more gorgeous work for us all to enjoy.

Click on any of the pictures throughout this post to view them in the light box.

minilogoAs I walked over to chat to Julia, she was just finishing off a little sketch in her sketchbook which was awesome to see her do with such ease and reminded me that I was shortly to face the unknown…. the Frida Kahlo workshop at The Isle Gallery that I had booked myself onto in a moment of foolhardiness a few weeks ago. Still, as promised last week, here are the results of my labour…… OK! You can stop laughing now. If anyone needs a booby prize for a competition just let me know.

I had such a fun time though that I highly recommend you book onto one of the courses available. You get plenty of help and Kate Jerry demonstrates how to go about it and takes you through the process step by step. It’s great value for money and for anyone, like me, who hasn’t tried to draw or paint anything since school, it’s a great way to be able to have a go without committing to buying lots of expensive materials when you don’t know whether you’re likely to ever give it another try. For me, however, I think I have enough to do besides the day-job at present so don’t be expecting any more masterpieces from me in the near future 😉

Here are one or two of the other creations from the workshop to give you an idea of the variety of work produced – it really goes to show how different everyone is.


minilogoYou may have noticed a couple of new posts going out this last week or so; ‘Neb and Nonsense’ and ‘Art I Own’. If you find any arty ‘nonsense’ do let me know (you can email me: and if you have original artwork by a local artist that you would be happy to share, again, please do get in touch. The idea of ‘Art I Own’ is to share pictures of work that is in private ownership which may not have been seen by the public for some time – or even at all! I’ve got a couple of Paul Parker’s pictures from 1991 that I will be sharing in the coming weeks, also one of Adam Berry’s, and others by my mum and my sister. So don’t be shy, please do take a snap and send it in. 


minilogoI debated long and hard whether or not to go to yoga last Thursday lunchtime, decided it was good for me, and so even though my heart was saying no and my head was saying yes I trotted down to the yoga studio only to find the back door locked. Undeterred at this stage, having made it so far, I headed round the front and up the stairs to find the place pretty much deserted apart from one set of clothes in the changing room. I then successfully convinced myself that it must be a private class and put the rest of my lunch hour to much better use by calling into The Sayle Gallery to see what was going on.

It was lovely to see College graduates Kirsten Penzes and Helen Tate at The Sayle. They are doing a job share in a part-time capacity which, having just finished their BA(Hons) in Fine Art, will be great experience for them. A couple of the windows at the Gallery are going to be dedicated to student work over the summer, with displays being rotated every couple of weeks. I think this is a fabulous idea to help the students gain visibility and to give them the confidence they need to take the next steps in their careers. There really has been some great work produced by the College students this year so I know you won’t be disappointed and like me, will probably find excuses to keep going back. Yoga? Well yes, maybe Mondays when the gallery is closed….

Carola Rush filled me in on some of the up-coming events at The Sayle; Peter Davies’ exhibition, ‘Of time and place’ opens on 1 July and runs right through to 31 July. The press release reads: “Peter has enjoyed a long career spanning five decades in the arts. Born in Moreton on the Wirral peninsula, he was educated at Wallasey School of Art, Birmingham College of Art and Birmingham University, and latterly served as Principal of Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design.

Throughout this time he has produced a richly diverse body of work, inspired by his fascination with a sense of time and place, encompassing paintings, drawings, studio pieces, illustrations, collages and prints. Much of this is produced on location, notably around England, France and the Isle of Man, where he records the prevailing weather conditions, seasons or time of day, capturing the unique spirit of a moment in time.”.

Also coming up over the weekend of August 7/8th, is ‘Art in the Park’ which sounds very exciting. A group of around 6-8 artists will be making Art in the Villa Marina gardens and the public will be able to participate. Amongst other demonstrations, Gavin Carter will be doing some wood carving / sculpting and Rob Smith will be doing some large, experimental paintings. These will then be displayed in The Sayle Gallery. It sounds like it will be a lot of fun so pop that one in your diary while you remember.

minilogoSvetlana Cameron  posted up on FB to say that she is very honoured and delighted to be invited to organise a display of ceremonial portraits and Tynwald Day themed paintings in the Parliament of the Isle of Man. She would be delighted if you would like to see her works which will be displayed in the Tynwald Library between 28 June and 22 July.

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