Steve Coffey is an artist in every sense of the word. Using his love of the Canadian landscape as an important source of inspiration, the Alberta resident is both an accomplished folk singer-songwriter and an exhibited painter, represented in Calgary by the Collector’s Gallery of Art.
His multidisciplinary creativity was nurtured in his formative years. Raised by a touring musician and trained formally as an artist at the University of Regina, Coffey grew up surrounded by music and art. Canadian artists like Joni Mitchell and Gordon Lightfoot left an impact on him with authentic roots and poeticism — things that still maintain a strong presence in all of Coffey’s work.
In his newest project, Paint Songs, the forms of Coffey’s expression come together as one. Paint Songs is a CD/book that compiles Coffey’s music, poetry, and visual artwork, linking the disciplines in a manner that together interprets and compliments the other. Along with the CD/book, Coffey’s oil paintings will also be presented in an exhibition at the Collector’s Gallery from November 28 until December 31. The exhibition will display original paintings from Paint Songs, as well as other works loosely based on the same theme.
A release party for Paint Songs is being held at the Ironwood Stage & Grill in Calgary on Friday, November 27, where Coffey and his band, the Lokels, will be performing the new songs with some older favourites.
When: Friday, November 27
Where: Ironwood Stage & Grill – 1229-9th Ave SE
Tickets: At the door