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Mannin Art Group | 64th Annual Open Art Exhibition - Archived News

October 2012 : “Meet the Artist”

The Mannin Art Group are extending their annual MEET THE ARTIST event over two days this year : opening at 10.00am on Saturday 27th October through to 5pm – and on Sunday 28th October : 12.30pm to 5.00pm at St Paul’s Hall, Ramsey.

This year’s event will see artists demonstrating as well as displaying their works. There will be demonstrations with pastels; silk painting and watercolour.

This event is an opportunity to purchase art and craft direct from the artists. The chosen charity the Group has nominated to benefit for 2012 is the Macular Disease Society Isle of Man.

A stand this year has been set aside for the works the Mannin Art Group have inherited from the late Pat Kind’s estate. Pat’s unique free style watercolours of Manx tholtans and the countryside are much loved. Pat sadly had eyesight problems in later years and it was felt she would be happy to know her works would benefit the Macular Disease Society. Pat’s life revolved around painting with the Mannin Art Group, her love of wildlife and protecting the Manx countryside.
Admission to the event is free. Teas, Coffees and homemade cakes will be served in the lounge area of St Paul’s Hall.

“Charles Street, Peel” – Watercolour by Pat Kind

Mannin Art Group | Watercolour by Pat Kind - Archived News

“Lezayre” – Watercolour by Pat Kind

Mannin Art Group | Watercolour by Pat Kind - Archived News

August : Mannin Workshops at the House of Manannin

Summer holiday workshops are being held in Peel between the 28th and 31st of August.

2012 Summer Exhibition : Gallery Page

This new years winners and gallery images are now available for your delight in the galleries section.

2012 Summer Exhibition : Opening Evening : Press coverage

Isle of Man today coverage of the opening evening.

2012 Summer Exhibition Details

Mannin Art Group | 63rd Annual Open Art Exhibition - Archived News

The Manninart Group 62nd Annual Open Exhibiton commences Saturday 21st July through till Sunday 29th July. The 2012 Miniatures Competition theme is “I Love Mann”. Carol Williamson has again offered to be the co-ordinator for the rota, for which we are asking your assistance. There will be many slots to cover and we would be grateful if you would kindly volunteer for rota duty, as the Exhibition cannot function without sufficient help. Contact for details.

Svetlana Cameron Exhibition : “Speakers’ Portraits – Techniques Uncovered”

Svetlana invites you to visit her exhibition “Speakers Portraits – Techniques Uncovered” which will take place at the Tynwald Library during the first two weeks of July.
The exhibition offers members of the public a unique “behind-the-scenes” insight into the research, preparation and the techniques I employed when creating two portraits of former Speakers of the House of Keys. The two original paintings will be exhibited alongside a description of the creative process with step-by-step illustrations. The Speaker’s robes and wig will also be on display, presenting an opportunity to view the Speaker’s ceremonial wear at close quarters.

“Speakers Portraits – Techniques Uncovered” will run from July 2nd to 13th in the Tynwald Library on the ground floor of the Legislative Buildings – Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. (Closed July 5th – 8th).
Address: Finch Road, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM1 3PW. Tel.: 01624 685520
More information at and

Summer Exhibition dates have changed :

The Committee and the exhibition organisers have decided that there is a need to reduce the number of days that we hold the exhibition in order to maximise our exposure for selling, while minimising our outlay on rental costs. Therefore the dates have been changed to include two full weekends, and two previous weekdays to have Handing in, the judging and Preview Night.

Handing In Day: Wednesday 18th July 2012
Judging and Preview: Friday 20th July
Open to the public: Saturday 21st July until Collection Day: SUNDAY 29th July

Times and details will naturally be fully published via our Spring Newsletter, probably mid-March, and repeated in the Exhibition papers.

Mannin Art Group Membership Subscription for 2012/2013 : (Feb 2012) :

All members wishing to renew thier membership are required to fill in the new membership forms.

Press Release (Dec 2011) The Mannin Art Group benefit The Isle of Man Riding for the Disabled Association

Mannin Art Group | Benefit The Isle of Man Riding for the Disabled Association - Archived News

In Festive spirit at the Mannin Art Group’s Christmas party, Chairman Mona Clague handed over a cheque for £883 to Gill Gawne, Chairman of the Isle of Man Riding for the Disabled Association The monies were raised for the Society at the Group’s “Meet the Artist” event at St Paul’s Hall, Ramsey in October and at an Auction of art materials held in November. Mrs Gawne thanked the Group for their support and help in raising awareness of the benefits to the disabled that riding can give.

Svetlana has more good news: (Dec 2011) :

Svetlana Cameron has had one of her portraits go through two stages of competition in London and has been now accepted to a large national exhibition. Have a look at the BBC article.

Barry Herniman book available to order :

Mannin Art enjoyed the company and expertise of Barry Herniman on two visits to the Island for Summer painting courses.  Barry has remembered us in his book with paintings from the Island. If you are interested in ordering a copy of the book please use the below link to download an order form.

Mannin Art Group | Barry Herniman's Book - Archived News

Margaret Christal has very kindly taken on the organization of this event, which this year will be held on Saturday 27th October, in aid of Riding for the Disabled Association. Owing to some cancellations, there are tables still available to book for £10. Please contact Margaret at or by telephone on 812565 for further details. To help publicise this charity event, could you please display the enclosed handbill in a prominent position from the beginning of October? Many thanks. More handbills will be freely available in the Hall in October.

Workshop – Changes tFsummero Hall times : August 2011

Slight changes are that tutors will start their workshops slightly later at 10.45am. Charges will be 50p for refreshments and only £2 for workshops. A further review of these will take place in time for any major changes to be put to the AGM 2012.

Winter Programme:

Val Galpin has very kindly put together this year’s programme, which starts on Monday 3rd October with a social morning and showing any summer work. The hall will be open until 4 pm for doing own work, too. Bring an easel, if you like, to better display your sketches and/or finished pieces. Please visit the Programme page to view and download a copy.

Committee Update : August 2011

The Committee has to inform you that unfortunately Daphne MacOwan has felt it difficult to continue as Chairman, and has resigned from that post with immediate effect. The Committee wishes to thank her very much for her undoubted enthusiasm and for the commitment and generosity she has demonstrated for the Mannin Art Group for the 21/2 years she held this office.

As Vice Chairman, Mona Clague has stepped in to fill the role of Chairman until the appointment of a new Chairman at the AGM. This will be held on Monday16th April, 2012. Anyone who wishes to put their name forward, or to propose another member for taking up this post should send in their nominations to be received in writing by the Secretary, Jodie Buckley at least 3 weeks prior to the AGM, ie by week ending 23rd March 2012. The nominee must agree to being nominated, and should be seconded as well.

We will also be looking for a new Treasurer, as sadly, Delia Jackson has decided to step down as Treasurer, in order to pursue personal interests. Mona Clague will also oversee this job until the AGM, and nominations will be accepted for a new Treasurer. Please note that Frank Crompton has reluctantly resigned from the committee after his short spell of participation. Our sincere thanks to you both.

Nominations for new committee members will be warmly welcomed. We have approx 6-7 meetings per year, with the main focus of our energies being the summer exhibition, and it can be seen as an opportunity to have a say in how the Group is run. Please feel free to approach any of the committee in the coming months if you think you might like to join. We already have several willing helpers and they are to be warmly thanked for the hard work they put in, and we do understand that they may not wish to join the committee. Shadows for any of the posts will also help to maintain the smooth running of the Group, so we hope that you will feel encouraged to participate at some level.

Summer Exhibition Update : August 2011

The Summer Exhibition – On behalf of all the members and exhibitors, the committee wishes to express a very big thank you to Lindy Preston and Carol Williamson for taking on the organisation of this year’s summer exhibition and without having the big advantage of being ‘shadows’ in 2010. They did a splendid job, and raised the bar on the presentation of Preview Night and throughout the exhibition’s run. Daphne is also to be thanked for her heroic decision to change the screen and room layout – many favourable comments about traffic flow and better viewing were made.

The organizers and committee felt that the Exhibition ran well, with over a thousand visitors to view our artwork (198 exhibits) and forty artists selling one or more pieces. A total income was generated of £10,292 made up from 52 paintings sold (£7790); Handing In (£237); Raffle (£1268); and entry(£997)

At the time of ‘going to press’, the expenses have not been finalized. They will form part of the Treasurer’s Exhibition Report presented at the AGM.

Summer Exhibition Opening and Preview Evening – 27th July 2011

The Exhibition was officially opened by Lieutenant Governor Adam Wood who presented the trophys for 2011. (Below Left) Mannin Art President, Hilary Summerscales hands over the Sir Laurence New Rose Bowl to the Governor to present to Bruno Cavellec for the Best Manx Landscape.

Chairman, Daphne MacOwan praised the Exhibition team for their efforts in producing an exceptional exhibition. Bouquets were presented and a posie for the Governor’s wife – Katie Richardson (Below Right).

Mannin Art Group | Summer Exhibition Opening and Preview Evening - Arhived News

Liana Rosa’s commissioned portrait of The Speaker of the House of Keys – Steve Rodin took pride of place on the rear wall of the Hall. The Speaker is seen here with his family by his portrait and also alongside Liana.

Summer Exhibition

Mannin Art Group | 62nd Annual Open Art Exhibition - Archived News

The 62nd Annual Open Exhibition of the Mannin Art Group opens on Thursday 28th July. Judging for the annual trophies took place at St Paul’s Hall, Ramsey on Sunday 24th July. The judges Ms. Katie Richardson along with Yvonne Cresswell, Manx National Heritage curator and Manx artist Catherine James and Wildlife artist Jeremy Paul had 198 pictures to view and were unanimous in their decisions. See the Exhibition Gallery for the results.

Joanne Boon-Thomas Painting Course

Mannin Art Group | Thomas Painting Course - Archived News

Members joining in the 2011 painting course with visiting artist Joanne Thomas outside St Paul’s Hall working a charcoal study.

2011 Summer Exhibition Details

The Manninart Group 62nd Annual Open Exhibiton commences Thursday 28th July through till the 6th of August. The 2011 Miniatures Competition theme is “Movement”.

Download the 2011 Entry Forms.

Download the 2011 Exhibition Rules.

Carol Williamson has offered to be the co-ordinator for the rota, for which we are asking your assistance. There will be 62 slots and we would be grateful if you would kindly volunteer for rota duty, as the Exhibition cannot function without sufficient help. Contact for details.

AGM and Trophy Awards – Press Release

Mannin Art Group | Edith Drake Figure Drawing Winner - Archived News

Another successful year was recorded for the Mannin Art Group based in Ramsey. At their Annual General Meeting Daphne MacOwan, Chairman thanked the Committee for their tireless work over the year and a bouquet of flowers was presented to outgoing Secretary Joy McDougall . Members are now looking forward to their outside Summer programme. Painting venues have been set up throughout the Island commencing after the Easter break in preparation of the Summer Exhibition which will open at St Paul’s Hall, Ramsey on July 28th.

Mannin Art Group | Portrait Cup Winner - Archived News

The subject of this year’s Open Miniature Competion at the Exhibition is “Movement”. Budding artists Island wide interested in participating can download details from the Group’s website.

The AGM was followed by the presentation of two trophies: The Edith Drake trophy for “Figure Drawing” was awarded to Christina Potts for her charming pencil drawing “Reclining” . This was a particularly poignant moment as Edith, former Vice President passed away in 2010. The Mannin Art Portrait Cup went to Jodie Buckley for her true to life portrait of the Club’s President “Hilary Summerscales”.

Visiting Artist: Joanne Boon-Thomas – 3 DAY COURSE : 16TH – 18TH MAY 2011

Workshops will take place at St Paul’s Hall Ramsey with outside sessions in the North of the Island. To view the work of Joanne Boon-Thomas go to her website : : Course details from

Annual AGM – April 26th 2011

The annual AGM will be held on the 26th of April an Agenda and the previous yearly minutes are available for download.

3 Members to hold joint exhibition – Apr-May 2011

Judie Rivlin, Jean Buck and Katie Woodley will be holding a joint exhibition of their works at:

Saturday 16th April to Saturday 21st May 2011. Opening days/times are Monday to Saturday 09:00 – 17:00

Laxey Mills Loom Gallery Web Page

To contact the Gallery for enquiries call 861395 or email

New summer programme – March 2011

The new summer programme is now available for viewing and download on the Programme Page.

Member to hold joint Art Exhibition – May 6 and May 26

Mannin Art Group | Svetlana Cameron - Archived News

Member Svetlana Cameron has a joint show with Jimmy Duggen at the Sayle Gallery. The show of portraits and figurative art by two artists whose work is focused on painting people and human figure but whose style, philosophy and working methods are very different. The show will juxtapose two contrasting styles – traditional vs. modern – and reveal differences between commissioned and non-commissioned portraiture. The title “Face to Face” reflects the relationship between the painter and the sitter, the sitter and the viewer, and the two artists’ work will be facing each other too. The exhibition opening night is on Thursday 5th of May between 6:30 and 9 pm; the show will be open to public for 3 weeks between May 6 and May 26.

Check Svetlana’s Website and Facebook for more info.

In Memory of Edith Drake

The Mannin Art Group are mourning the loss of their Executive Vice-President Edith Drake. Edith whose works were always signed with her maiden name Edith Maclean died peacefully on Wednesday 16th December at Brookfields Nursing Home in Ramsey. A talented painter Edith had been a member of the Mannin Art Group for over 30 years. She had through the years acted as Chairman, Secretary and took over the task of Treasurer for 13 years.

Edith was a retired commercial artist FSIA who illustrated Harpers and Vogue publications. Her figure drawings of the Paris fashion shows were widely published. Her classes in figure and life drawing along with watercolour have benefited and inspired many in the Mannin Art Group. She will long be remembered with fondness annually when The Edith Drake Trophy for the best Figure Drawing is presented at the Art Group’s AGM.

In Memory of Pat Kind

Pat passed away in Nobles hospital in December after an illness she fought bravely. She will be remembered for her prolific paintings of the Island. Her portrayal of ruined tholtans and misty landscapes were a delight to the eye and highly sought after. Her painting of “Riverside Mill, Peel” was featured in the Mannin Art Group’s 2010 Calendar and two of her paintings were chosen for the Manx National Heritage Exhibition last year. She will be remembered also for her love of wildlife and her years at The Wildlife Park on the Island with her husband Tom, the former Manager of the Park.

Artist has picture accepted for the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition

Mannin Art Group | Accepted for Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition - Archived News

“The Green Shawl” by Svetlana Cameron has passed two stages of selection and has been accepted to the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition. This is the country’s leading portrait exhibition that collects together some of the best of painted and drawn portraiture selected from both national and international submissions. If you are planning to be in London in May and wondering what to do, pop in and have a look!

Exhibition dates: 5th – 20th of May 2011.
Location: MALL GALLERIES, The Mall (near Trafalgar Square), London.

More info available here.