Girl power at Braddan gallery

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THE seventh Friends Exhibition at Garretts Gallery will open today (Saturday) and will feature an all-female selection of work by Jeriel Bacani, Anna Clucas, Janet Corran, Jacqueline Dawson, Katie Duncan, Michelle Fernandez and Colette Gambell.

Karl Garrett, resident artist and proprietor of the gallery, said: ‘I am especially excited by the display of work from up and coming teenage artists Katie Duncan, 14, and Jeriel Bacani, 18, as well as the wealth of talent presented by experienced and established artists.

‘This exhibition is varied, challenging and, hopefully, will attract attention from anyone who has an interest in art.’

Jeriel is a Ramsey Grammar School student who recently received an Archibald Knox Prize for Art. Her A-level artwork has also been chosen to be submitted for further selection at the Royal Society of British Artists’ 2013 exhibition in London. Katie is a St Ninian’s High School student who has an interest in photography.

Anna is a former Sayle Gallery artist-in-residence. Using vivid colours and confident brush strokes she integrates landscape and abstraction with the idea of freedom and improvisation.

Janet says her art enables her to play without any rules or boundaries and be free and creative like a child.Her work therefore can seem playful but often has a serious psychological slant. Her materials include, paint, wood, ceramics and wire.

Jacqueline is a relative newcomer to the Isle of Man but has quickly embraced island life and her creativity is enriched by the raw elemental environment found here. She works with oils and acrylics on to canvas, paper and aluminium metal plates.

Chicago-born Michelle is a fine artist, graphic designer and a muralist who has previously exhibited in London, the States, Canada and Australia.

And Colette’s work concerns sensitivity, depth and emotional exploration. She is an artist not bound by material or subject but takes inspiration from her actual and metaphysical environment.

The exhibition will run until September 1. The gallery is on Kirby Farm Industrial Estate in Braddan and is open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday between 10am and 6pm (closing at 4pm this Saturday).

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