Monthly Archives: November 2019

Art + Beer At The Mercer

Women On Tap At The Mercer

Well, I am fresh back from my third venture out’ in four days – I am all the better for it. I attended the Women On Tap event, Art & Beer At The Mercer.

What was it? It was an idea I had never really considered before – these gifted individuals were pairing beer with Artwork. Artwork that had been submitted to the Mercer for the Harrogate Open. Did it work, though?

beer at the mercer

The idea was that, from the 150 artworks on display, four of the individual artworks submitted to the Open would be paired with a beer by a gifted-girl-gang who’s taste buds are far more developed than mine. However, this blog post is not a critique of the beer I drank. Nor is this blog post a critique of the (awesome!) artwork on display – this blog post is about what I got from the event.

To start of with, I was thrown out of my comfort zone – I am not accustomed to being challenged when it comes to beer; it is the key to the heart and I like WD40. I tried different beers that I would not neccessarily have chosen to sip had I been in a pub. Nicola B. lucidly guided you through what to expect from each beer and accepted feedback. I am very grateful for this – I do not know what to look for in tasting notes. All of the beers, bar one, were new to me and that was worth coming for alone.

My sum knowledge of beer is that it is wet and it makes your legs do funny things if you drink too much. Nicola stood there for a swallow’s flight, holding the attending crowd in the palm of her hand as she explained why she had chosen the beer in question for us to try. Women On Tap were pairing artwork with beer!

And here is the bite – by doing so, Nicola had become the artist people had paid money to see. The Mercer is holding the open until January and I thoroughly recommend that you head down there to see the exhibit – but, the gallery is open until January – we were there for an interpretaion of the art through beer.

There were some gifted artists who’s work was on display to explain the process behind the craft of their art and the inspiration behind the craft. This was not a dry accademic exercise but an inspirational Have A Go!” speech. I loved it.

More of this, please!

View of the mercer

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I Visited Thought Bubble 2019

I visited Thought Bubble 2019 – Thought Bubble is the Yorkshire Comics Convention. I admit this was my first comics convention (ever) and I was a bit unsure as to what to expect. But is was a load of Funs. All the Funs. As in, I haven’t had this many Funs for ages.

Thought Bubble 2019

Above, you will see the smaller of the halls – the event was amazing in all fairness – I have been warned by people who do not know much that comics are all about super-heroes. Thankfully, there was not many Hollywood led comics there – yes, there was the odd 2000AD Comic reference, but it was all tastefully done. I was there for the independant zines and underground press with this lady…

Kathryn Backhouse

Kathryn seemed to enjoy herself immensly. The highlight of Kathryn’s day was meeting Kim-Joy the baker and getting a book signed by her. See the photo below.

Kim-Joy took it all in her stride, as did Kathryn. It was great for Kathryn to meet he hero and I took a heap of photos but not all fof them worked out. You will have to settle for this one…

Kim-Joy the baker

We went to the event with this couple of beauties – K-lo & Scooby…

k-Lo

Scooby Thornton

And we got royally drunk afterwards.

As Scooby said – some days Life tastes sweet” and it did today. We were celebrating art and artists. We gave our money direct to the artists who made the works we liked. I bought too many comics. Between the four of us we spent just over £300. But is was all good stuff.

Has Thought Bubble fitted in to Harrogate? I am unsure. But we welcomed them with open arms. What I will say is that Harrogate Council bent over backwards to accomodate Thought Bubble. We are, after all, a conference town. Did we live up to expectations for the artists? I am unsure? But I had heard of some stalls making back their fee within three hours of opening. Did we live up to expectations for the organisers? I am unsure. Did Thought Bubble live up to expectations for the locals? If I am a local -then- damn, yes! It was amazing and I hope they come here again. All the Funs were had.

As a parting shot – I will share a photo taken by our friend, Karen, of Kim-Joy meeting Kathryn…

kim-joy meeting Kathryn

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