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Isle of Man Art News – 25 September 2017

If there’s one thing I love to do at weekends (besides having a very indulgent lie-in), it’s going to exhibition previews. Some are better attended than others and Eileen Schaer’s private view yesterday at the House of Manannan was one of the best I’ve been to this year. There was a great turn out with lots of familiar faces from all facets of the creative industries spectrum. Previews are always a great opportunity for me to catch up with people I haven’t seen in a while – I had a chat with Eben Carswell from Studio 42 in Port St. Mary who was in fine form and looking forward to announcing his next show at the gallery; John Caley took my mug shot; I shared my latest radio bloopers with Sarah Hendy; got the low down on the Affordable Art Fair in Bristol from Kate Jerry; said a quick hello to Sally Black and Claire McMahon and had a Creative Network update from Myra Gilbert just to mention a few of the people there.

Of course I also had the chance to congratulate Eileen on a wonderful show, and wonderful it is. Her enchanting style looks deceptively childlike but on closer inspection the attention to detail is quite something. I was really pleased to see so many red dots – indicating sold – but was not at all surprised. If like me you’re also a fan of Eileen’s work there were still a few pieces available but you will need to get your skates on as I think it might be a sell out show. Open to the public from tomorrow until 19th November, do make sure you make a special visit to see this gorgeous exhibition. Click on the pictures to view them in the lightbox.

 

There’s another preview coming up next weekend which is likely to be equally popular. Jeremy Paul, perhaps one of our best known local artists, opens his new show at The Isle Gallery on Sunday 1st October 2.00pm – 5.00pm. “Wildlife – An Artist’s View” celebrates nature in all its glory with Jeremy’s incredibly lifelike portrayal of wildlife from across the globe. From the Ranthambhore Tiger to Local Barn Owls & the Arctic Polar Bear, Jeremy presents over 30 new works depicting creatures small and large from Africa, Costa Rica, the Arctic and the Isle of Man.

Category winner of the BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year, and select finalist for the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year 2016 and 2017 and recipient of a British Wildlife Award, Jeremy Paul exhibits worldwide, achieving international acclaim. “My aim as a wildlife artist is not merely to illustrate but to impart the atmosphere of the setting and the feel of the wildlife in its natural environment. I spend many hours in the field observing wildlife and looking for settings and lighting to inspire an idea for a painting.” 

This exhibition has been kindly supported by Blackford Financial Services, the Isle of Man Arts Council and Culture Vannin and runs from Tuesday 3rd October – Sunday 12th November.

Manos Kalamenios, a former student of the Isle of Man College (as it was known at the time), is doing amazingly well in the UK. He posted up this week that it’s been 5 months since his participation at Ceramic Art London and that lots of things have happened since then. Notably he’s taking part in two major shows in the UK – the London Design Festival at Tent London which was on over this weekend and closed yesterday, and also the British Ceramic Biennial in Stoke on Trent as part of FRESH exhibition which is on between 23rd September – 5th November 2017. So congratulations to him and if you’re in Stoke on Trent do go and have a look at his work – it’s really something special. Here are a few examples of his work.

I’ve noticed Sam Maiden’s work popping up on the internet recently and thought I would share this lovely series of photos with you of one of my favourite structures, Queen’s Pier in Ramsey. I think you’ll agree they are rather lovely. I’m so delighted that restoration work is underway but obviously it’s going to take a lot of time, money and expertise. If you would like to help the Queen’s Pier Restoration Trust they have a Facebook page you can follow where they sometimes post up requests for help by people with particular skills and they also have a great website where you can get lots of additional info and Donate.

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There’s a new exhibition opening at the Manx Museum on 7th October, exploring the beauty of Manx Tholtans.  The show focuses on these fascinating buildings through the eyes of Manx photographer, Ray Kelly and multi-media artist, Niamh Kelly. Ray has now produced a second photographic volume of these lovely old ruins. I saw some of Niamh’s ceramic work earlier this year at the Hodgson Loom gallery in their annual exhibition, which this year had the theme of ‘Time’. Niamh won the Ceramic category and was runner up overall, so I’m sure we can look forward to seeing some more of her wonderful pieces.

Dates for your Diary

 

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

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

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

Opening 1 October – 12 November; ‘Wildlife – an Artist’s View” – Jeremy Paul at The Isle Gallery

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 in conjunction with the 7th North Atlantic Sheep Conference

12-15 October – 7th North Atlantic Native Sheep and Wool Conference. For full details go to viking-sheep.org

 13 October – Arts, Craft and Demonstration Fayre at The Working Men’s Institute in Laxey – 11.00am – 9.00pm

 

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

PS There will not be a news post next week as I’m having a day off! xx

 

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Glen Truan’s collection of original paintings by Jeremy Paul

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One of the things that’s captured me in recent months is the award of UNESCO Biosphere status to the Isle of Man, the first entire country in the world to receive this prestigious endorsement.

This incredible award is an honour to the Isle of Man, through which the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) describe our island as ‘a special place for people and nature’.

I admire the way in which the island’s people take care of our natural environment, heritage and culture – something which has been inherent in our communities across the centuries, shaping the incredible place in which we live and work today.

I’m privileged to work for Manx National Heritage in some of the Isle of Man’s most special places, whilst also having a lifelong connection to nature and the environment through our family home at Glen Truan in the island’s north.

Our family connection to the natural environment is reflected in our art collection, which strongly features the work of wildlife artist Dr Jeremy Paul. Jeremy believes in seeing animals in their natural environment before depicting them. That way he can experience the nuances of light, landscape and behaviour that set his paintings apart.

We’re blessed to have such talented artists on the Isle of Man. There’s something magical about the island, which resonates in their work – ‘a special place for people and nature’.

I’ll leave you with a snapshot of the ‘magic’ and ‘special place’ held in our family art collection:

‘Ghost Barn Owl’ – This stunning original painting needs no introduction and sits on our farmhouse wall. Since purchasing it in 2013, ‘Ghost Barn Owl’ has traveled to Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wisconsin USA, featuring in ‘Birds in Art’, an internationally renowned exhibition attracting wildlife artists from across the world. Prints are available on www.jeremypaulwildlifeartist.co.uk.

Click on the pictures to view in the Lightbox.

‘Chaffinch in Wisteria’ – I adore this intricately painted Chaffinch, gently perched on the vibrant Wisteria. This lovely painting sits above our kitchen table and is admired each day.

‘Chaffinch on Gorse’ – This little chaffinch transports me to a special place in nature – the golden gorse of our family home.

‘Oyster Catcher at the Ayres’ – oystercatchers are always such a beautiful sight. Look closely at the stunning detail of the bird’s orange bill dabbling for food and listen… you can almost hear the gentle waves lapping onto the beach at the Ayres.

 

Lynsey Clague
Glen Truan
May 2017

#isleofman #people #nature #UNESCO #biosphere #invest #art #culture #heritage

 

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Isle of Man Art News – 20 March 2017

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

 

Things are hotting up nicely on the Island. Perhaps not so much the weather, although the days are drawing out now and the bright yellow of the daffodils along the hedgerows zing with the promise of warm sunny days to come. No, I’m referring of course to all things Arty. There are new shows on the horizon, the Wearable Art show in a couple of weeks’ time followed quickly by the Isle of Man Art Society’s Easter Art Festival and then hot on the heels of that the Creative Network’s fabulous IOM Art Festival over the May bank holiday weekend. A veritable feast for the eyes and all here on your doorstep. Unless of course you are reading this from further afield, in which case you should probably come and visit 😉

Today marks an anniversary for me – I’ve been writing the news for a whole year this week. I can hardly believe where the time has gone or indeed that there has consistently been interesting goings-on to tell you about. Even the first few weeks of the year when I was warned it was a pretty quiet time, there was always someone doing something worth talking about. I think it goes to show just how many wonderful creatives we have here on the Island. 

 

This week I went to the Isle of Architecture’s Pecha Kucha 20×20 on buildings at The Alpine Cafe. I thoroughly enjoyed the evening and took my mum along for company. She said ‘Pecha Kucha’ sounded like something from Peru and still couldn’t remember what it was called on the way home so no doubt she will have been telling her Friday lunch friends that she enjoyed the Machu Picchu!

There were some excellent presentations and Martyn Thomas mentioned an Instagram page which I followed straight away so as not to forget about it. It’s ‘iom_rb‘ which is posting up a photograph of a registered building each day. I was pleased to see ‘Isola’ on there already due to my connection with it, my parents having turned it into ‘Scott’s Bistro’ in the mid 1980’s. 

One of the people presenting at the ‘Machu Picchu’ was Daniel Price who is in his final year at UCM. I first spotted Daniel’s work last year at the Douglas Market Hall and he also exhibited last year with fellow students Rebekah Corlett and Erin Dimelow at Studio 42 in Port St. Mary in an exhibition called ‘RED’. It didn’t occur to me until weeks later that ‘RED’ was actually an acronym of their names. Daniel, I think, is a very talented young man and someone you should keep an eye out for in the future. Here are a few of his pictures.

 

It’s the last week of the fantastic show at The Sayle Gallery, Turning Point, which features work by Mark Wallinger (Turner Prize winner in 2007), Kevin Atherton, Keith McIntyre, Shona Illingworth and Sue Collins. Before the conclusion of the show, however, there is an open invitation to artists of the Island to come together for an informal discussion about such questions as, ‘how are artists affected by the communities they make work in?’ and ‘how are artists affected by how that community responds to their work?’. This will be at The Sayle on Thursday this week from 6.00 – 8.00pm.

 

This invitation is especially extended to young artists who are perhaps still students or are just starting out on their artistic careers but all are welcome. As well as hoping for some healthy discussion, those of you who are using/experimenting with video and projection as part of your practice are invited to bring your work along to make full use of the fantastic projection set up that has been created for Mark Wallinger’s piece, so if you would like to see your work projected large through a high spec projector, then bring along a digital copy (either on a SD card or in a form we can easily play on a lap-top). 

The second screening of Keith McIntyre’s film about Moylley yn Burroo, the Drinking Dragon rock which crouches and drinks from the sea just off the Calf of Man is on on Saturday 25th March at 2pm at The Sayle. Keith spent time on the Isle of Man in 2015 where he studied and filmed the Dragon along with other artists, including poet, Usha Kishore, who has also contributed to the film. The show closes on Sunday.

 

Helen Fox, curator of the exhibition, has prepared a survey and has asked me to put it in the news this week – however – please note, it is for students only: Please follow the link to complete if you are currently studying at UCM:  www.surveymonkey.com/

  

Paul Parker posted up a few more of his beautiful water colours. As with all of the pictures you can click on them to view.

 

 

Roger Dean, together with his family, will be exhibiting in a joint exhibition in Tokyo from 7 April – 19 May at Courtyard Hiroo, Tokyo (www.cy-hiroo.jp). 

Many people will be familiar with the glowing colours and gravity defying islands painted by Roger Dean. Not so many people may know that he is one of a family of artists, one of whom is living in Tokyo, his daughter Freyja. Her mother Amanda Dean is based in the UK, as well as Roger Dean’s mother Jane Dean who is a painter. 

Some of Roger’s original paintings along with prints, books and other signed items are available at The Sayle Gallery.

 

Dates for your Diary

 

On now – 27  March – Turning Point at The Sayle Gallery

22 March – Sarah Hendy’s new arts show ‘Spotlight’ on Manx Radio, 5.30 – 6.00pm (and every Wednesday)

23 March – 6.00pm – 8.00pm – Discussion and Projection at The Sayle Gallery (mentioned above)

23 March 7.00pm – 10.00pm SofA filmclub 07 – EAMES the painter + the architect at the Bath & Bottle

25 March – Mother’s Day Shop from 12pm – Katy Mitchell Ceramics at Lower Bishopscourt Farm, Kirk Michael

25 March – 27 April – Olive Wassall and Karl Garrett opens at the Hodgson Loom Gallery – Opening 2.00pm on the 25th.

26 March – Jimmy Duggan Solo Show at The Isle Gallery – opening on Sunday at 2.00pm

31 March – 7.00pm – 9.00pm – Manx Wearable Art Catwalk Show at the Youth Arts Centre, Kensington Road (Doors open to public 19.00. Admission £6
To reserve tickets call 07624 437339)

31 March – Cut Off for IOM Art Festival Entries!

6 April – 7.00pm – 8.00pm – Noa Bakehouse, Contemporary Architecture Talks – Hannah Corlett

8 April – 6.30pm – 10.30pm -Adults Pot Thrown & Hand Built Ceramic Workshop for 2 – The Isle Gallery

8 April – 21 April – Easter Treasure Hunt in the Milntown Gardens, Ramsey – another great reason to call and see Rob Jones’s Drawn Steel Through the Seasons

11 April – 2 May – Noa Bakehouse – ‘Around The Mountain’ by Graham Rider

 

Here’s this week’s round up of images from Social Media. 

 

 

Have a great week!

Jane x

 

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