Isle of Man News - POSTED Tue 02-07-2013

Canon Alger portrait débuts at Tynwald Library exhibition

by Stephen Ritch

Canon Alger portrait débuts at Tynwald Library exhibition - picture

A portrait of the Rev Canon Brendan Alger, Emeritus Dean of the Roman Catholic community of the Isle of Man, is on public view for the first time at the Tynwald Library in an exhibition of three works by Svetlana Cameron.

The portrait, commissioned by the Church of St Mary of the Isle, Douglas to commemorate Canon Alger’s retirement and golden jubilee, is on show alongside that of ‘Father Brian’ (Dougherty), which reached the finals in the US 2012-2013 Art Renewal Centre’s International Salon, and ‘Laa Tinvaal’, a painting inspired by the Tynwald Day celebrations. Of the latter Mrs Cameron explained: ‘The painting is not a faithful depiction of the event but rather my memory of the day as I witnessed it in 2012, its vibrant colours, mesmerising movement and uplifting energy.’

In 2011 the Russian-born classically trained artist, who works out of her studio in Braddan, was commissioned by the Office of the Clerk of Tynwald to paint portraits of former Speakers of the House of Keys David Cannan and Tony Brown OBE.  The portraits are on permanent view in the House of Keys Chamber.

The exhibition is on until July 19th, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

Located on the ground floor of the Legislative Buildings in Finch Road the Tynwald Library exhibition space provides schools, youth, community and sporting organisations, as well as private individuals and commercial enterprises, with a secure, easily managed area in which to mount Manx-themed displays.  There is no rental charge, only a small commission fee for sales by commercial operators.

Photo - Portrait of Canon Brendan Alger by Svetlana Cameron. (Photo Marianne McCourt).

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