De Koffie Pot Gallery on the River Wye – Ria Parfitt Exhibition Open To Public Until March 17th

ARTIST RIA PARFITT EXHIBITION – FEBRUARY ’28 PAINTINGS IN 28 DAYS’  

De Koffie Pot, Bridge Street, Hereford, Herefordshire   HR4 9DG

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Photography by Grace Biddlecombe, Ria Parfitt Exhibition at De Koffie Pot Gallery Hereford

Friday Night was an absolute charmer of an evening. I Popped into the February – 28 Paintings in 28 Days’ Exhibition with my trusty sidekick and photographer in crime, Grace Biddlecombe, and was greeted by a buzzing atmosphere – a room of smiling art appreciators, or perhaps they were Ria Parfitt fans. After all, the girl is a diamond. Grace snapped plenty of photographs for us to share with you and hopefully, inspire you to come along and experience Ria Parfitt’s playful art. Interpret as you wish!

The good news is she sold 14 paintings that night and several prints. On the second day she sold more. Wow. The prints are rather stunning as well, so you can pick one up if your favourite painting has sold. I am sure they are limited edition so you probably don’t want to linger too long. The possibility of a sell out is in the cards.

Photography by Grace Biddlecombe, Ria Parfitt Exhibition at De Koffie Pot Gallery Hereford

The exhibition is open to the public until St. Patrick’s Day in the De Koffie Pot Gallery located on the first floor. If you have not been to this Dutch-inspired converted coach house cafe you must add it to your places to lounge after a long day of shopping in the Hereford city centre. It is located along the River Wye and is part of a family venture that also manage the famous Left Bank venue. It’s beautiful and the coffee and cake are a hook – they also serve scrumptious food.

De Koffie Pot has become a social hub for culture on the River Wye in Hereford. The city’s creative demographic are being welcomed by venues around Hereford to host events and perform. The city is undergoing an evolution which is taking a positive direction.

I must mention that on the way out there was a room right across the gallery on the first floor that Grace and I gravitated towards illuminated with beautifully lit candles on the tables. They were preparing for their free Friday night live music events. Magical!

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Photography by Grace Biddlecombe

Catch Ria Parfitt performing with her band Mexicola at The Booth Hall Hereford March 25th. Doors 8pm £6 entry £4 with NUS card.

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Born Into Excess: Paul Crow Exhibition @Skinzophrenic Tattoos Hereford

Skinzophrenic Tattoos on Aubrey Street in the Hereford city centre will be hosting an art exhibition featuring two artists, two worlds and two different art mediums.

The private viewing will take place on March 18th commencing at 8:00 pm and will be open to the public on March 19th from 11 am. 

Paul Crow glady takes on commission requests such at this piece for Peter Masters inspired by the film Deer Hunter
Paul Crow gladly takes on commission requests such at this piece for Peter Masters inspired by the film Deer Hunter

Alongside a provocative collection of photographs on exhibition by Peter Masters will be the art of Paul Crow who will be featuring his Icon collection, Forest paintings and his renowned Poppy paintings which landed him the epithet “The Poppy Man” and a spot on BBC Midlands Today.

When Paul started painting about 12 years ago, he channelled his creativity and began expressing the connection to his military background by virtue of the poppy – a way to express solidarity for his fellow brothers at war who perhaps never made it home. He used a palette knife technique to create his vibrant, stark paintings and soon had a following. Paul felt it was time to back away from being pegged into a box as an artist and to move away from the “Poppy Man” brand which led him to new subjects.

Paul says “I wasn’t necessarily focusing on dead celebrities, it just happened that way. I am currently working on Paul Weller who I am a huge fan of for the exhibition”

After Paul’s career led him to work for the World Cup and then back home again, his mother passed away who too was an artist. Her passing moved Paul deeply and inspired him to do the ‘Forest’ collection in her honour. During this time, Paul made a move towards using painting brushes rather than the palette knife.

As his journey further continued into developing his art, he built a studio in his home where he could experiment with his craft which led to a complete turnaround when he created the ‘Icon’ collection. A year after David Bowie’s passing, Paul Crow’s music hero, he still felt moved which led him to create the powerful Starman painting – the first piece in the ‘Icon’ collection.

One thing led to another, such as commissions from admirers of the Starman and other Icon’s soon followed including Amy Winehouse, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain and Freddy Mercury. Paul says “I wasn’t necessarily focusing on dead celebrities, it just happened that way. I am currently working on Paul Weller who I am a huge fan of for the exhibition”

The Icon Collection contradicts everything the Born into War collection is shouting at us, yet they will be in the same room as a reminder that we perhaps must look at the choices we heedlessly make in our lives, often unnecessary self-indulgent ones. In Mosul people fight to survive with minimal resources, while in the Western world we succumb to excess and end up hurting or even killing ourselves, often forgetting to appreciate our good fortune.

Amy Winehouse from the Icon Collection paul crow hereford
Amy Winehouse from the Icon Collection

Perhaps, this exhibition will help us to prioritise what is important in day to day life and to cherish our freedom of expression, access to food when we desire, walking down the street without a care in the world and the opportunities our children are given to succeed in life – a life they don’t have to worry about losing before they have grown into adults. In Mosul a fresh meal on the table and a peaceful night’s sleep is worth its weight in gold.

Skinzophrenic Tattoos, 40 Aubrey Street, Hereford HR4 0BU  Telephone 01432 358696  Facebook Page HERE

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Connect with Paul Crow on Twitter HERE or EMAIL paulcrow89@gmail.com 

Feauture Photo:Starman by Paul Crow

 

Read about the photography Peter Masters will have on exhibit https://herefordcitycentric.com/2017/02/18/born-into-war-peter-masters-iraq-frontline-photographry-exhibition-skinzophrenic-hereford/

2016: The Year Hereford Culture Blossomed

“The scene is starting to settle now (in a nice way). People are beginning to ask what music is on this coming weekend, rather than ‘Is there anything on?’ which is a massive change and a great reflection on the venues, the quality of the acts and the local promoters who have taken the risk in time and money to have a go this year. 2017 I hope will continue with that support from music lovers. I also hope people will take the plunge more and go to see acts they’ve not heard of before. After all, live music is a great night out whether or not you can sing along” – The Underground Revolution Music Director, Rich Lovell

From the day I set foot on Hereford turf I felt a special magnetism to its quiet green fields, open air city centre unobstructed by big heavy concrete monsters you find in places like Birmingham, its proximity to Wales and a view of the Black Mountains in the distance that at times seems like a mirage. There were perks like its reputation for cider making – witness the many orchards around the county – a magnificent Cathedral and history that just keeps on giving, such as, the remains of a Saxon child discovered in a lottery-funded Cathedral excavation project that unearthed many ancient artefacts revealing even further details of its war-torn past and how people lived all those years ago.

Pink Elephant Circus, Sin Palace and The Booth Hall Circus Performers and Masquerade Ball

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Meeting Mexicola on the night of their first show at The Booth Hall Since Artstar

It was a total pleasure to sit down for an interview with such a lovely bunch of musicians performing live for the first time at John Hales ‘Hereford Rocks’ gig as the four-piece unit known as Mexicola. They were clearly excited and slightly distracted…who could blame them though, the crowd were heavily anticipating the performance. The pressure was on.

Mexicola Hereford logo

MEXICOLA

Bass Guitar – Colette Nicholls

Electric Guitar – Simon Bedford

Electric Guitar/Vocals – Ria Parfitt

Drums – Jonah Webb

THE INTERVIEW

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Photo by Stephen Taylor

Hereford City Centric: Simon and Ria, you once were in a band known as Artstar who seemed to be doing pretty well playing around the counties, when and why did you bring Artstar to a halt?

Simon/Ria: We finished with Artstar 2 1/2 years ago due to being overwhelmed in our personal lives. We really needed to take some time for ourselves. We planned to reform as Artstar but then Mexicola happened.

HCC: I have to admit that since I was never able to see Artstar perform I was hoping there would be a reunion. I came across some of your music and live performances; I was instantly a fan without ever being there. Are the songs you perform with Mexicola all originals or are you performing Artstar songs mostly?

Mexicola: We are doing originals, covers and two songs from Artstar called ‘Icarus Is My King’ and ‘Make My Day’. We currently have 3 new tracks recorded but are trying to making time in our busy lives to write and record enough songs to make an album.

Mexicola indie rock interview at the Booth Hall Hereford
Left to Right – Simon Bedford, Ria Parfitt, Jonah Webb, Colette Nicholls

HCC: Well everyone should know that patience is a virtue. I haven’t seen you perform but I am seriously excited to see a band that features two female musicians. Hereford feels like it is stuck in a man’s world when it comes to rock, punk and Indie. Edgy female acts are seriously sparse. We have a multitude of acoustic female acts singing pretty songs but the tapestry is rather thin in regards to anything edgier and more powerful. We fortunately also have Claire Perkins on the case as well.

So Tell me a bit about the two new additions that came to form Mexicola. Continue reading “Meeting Mexicola on the night of their first show at The Booth Hall Since Artstar”

Skinzophrenic Grand Opening Kick Starts A New Chapter In Its History

September 10th marked a grand celebration that launched a new chapter in the future for Skinzophrenic Tattoo and Piercing Studio. Peter Masters  celebrated the launch amongst loyal patrons, his family, tattoo artists and many friends who attended the event dressed in polished black tie attire to find themselves enjoying an unforgettable and opulent evening. We wish you the best of luck again Peter and here are a few shots for the scrapbook.

Skinzophrenic is located on 40 Aubrey Street, Hereford

Artist Simon Rogers. A toast to Simon for the fantastic Steampunk mural he designed and hand-painted for Skinzophrenic
Artist Simon Rogers. A toast to Simon for the fantastic Steampunk mural he designed and hand-painted for Skinzophrenic

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Artist Simon Rogers creates David Bowie Tribute

It’s always interesting to catch up with local artist Simon Rogers to see what he is up to in his Bastion Mews studio, which also consists of the walls and businesses around the mews.  Bastion Mews is home to several interesting businesses including, a locals’ favourite – The Shack Revolution, Temple Records and Hereford Cycle Hub.

Simon has begun to leave his mark on this community hub hidden away from the mainstream of Hereford foot traffic.  You will find Simon’s David Bowie tribute behind The Shack Revolution.

Hereford artist Simon Rogers, David Bowie tribute
Simon Rogers spreading ashes around his tribute to recently deceased legend David Bowie.

This piece of street art began as a skull and cross bones, then evolved into a David Bowie tribute after hearing the news of this heroe’s passing, moving Simon so much, he also performed an ash ceremony on the ground around it (view photograph).

Simon is also creator of Temple Records cosmic façade, as seen in this article.  His next project is Temple Records shop sign.  I have had a peak, and am excited to see the finished product.  I won’t spill the beans.

I can’t help but feel that since Hereford Council is choosing to pull out of it’s £130,000 support for The Courtyard, Hereford artists will forever remain obscure.  They should offer its citizens more then just cider farms and cows, industrial estates or a brand new shopping center lacking in any kind of architectural pride (they really need to do something about that…perhaps hire some of our fine artists to do murals)

It is home to many artists, writers, musicians and other creatives who choose to make this beautiful county their home, yet find themselves having to leave for greener pastures where there is an opportunity to create their way into a sustainable salary.

The speed of the Council’s inconsiderate axing and lack of vision is dizzying.  I can’t help but feel that the only way a creative in this county will make a living is by having succeeded elsewhere, only to return when their fortune is made.

The lack of hope for future generations is despairing.  This county is a middle-aged (like myself, yet so unlike myself),  and a cranky, classist senior citizen’s wet dream (yes I actually did just say that).  We can only hope that our local food and entertainment culture continues to be driven by young entrepeneurs who are not afraid to upset the boys at the club.  This is not an ageist point of view, just an honest observation.

chopper with custom box Hereford, England
Chopper with custom boom box arriving on the scene.

Regardless, this will be our first great summer in many years thanks to these business-minded, driven twenty somethings, bringing us a high standard of food, cocktails, and who thankfully are keen to support local musical acts, while allowing their walls to double as art galleries.

HUGE KUDOS to artists like Simon Rogers, who are loud and proud about their craft, and keep this way of life alive.