Town & Country: Portraits of Urban and Natural Landscapes launches this evening at The Open Gallery (329 Main Street, Vincennes IN, 812/881-6475). A reception takes place from 5:30 to 9:00 ET during which Billy will talk with visitors about the stories the paintings tell and the stories about how the pictures came to be. There also will be a blocks-long street festival, music at the gallery, and art exhibits at other galleries. Billy’s show runs through October.
If you can’t visit in person, follow this space. We will be posting the stories about the pictures during the course of the month.
Last night we cruised through the vintage bus rally organized by the Bus Boys Collection that’s being held at the historic Greyhound Station in downtown Evansville this weekend. The event concludes with a bus parade on Sunday.
Here is one of Billy’s many renditions of the iconic bus station, done after last year’s race and the restoration of the station and its re-opening as Bru Burger Bar. Called “In the Pink: The Greyhound Station Restored,” the 16×20″ acrylic on canvas painting ($100) depicts the distinctive blue-tiled building against a pink background. It is one of the pictures included in Billy’s upcoming ‘Town & Country’ show at Vincennes’ Open Gallery next month.
In the Pink – The Greyhound Station Restored by Billy Hedel (acrylic on canvas, 16×12″, $ 100, 2016)
A week ago this evening Billy was preparing for the opening of his new show in Vincennes at The Open Gallery. What he didn’t know was that he also was awarded the first prize for a painting at the annual Northwest Territory Art Guild Members’ Show. Billy received the award for his ‘story painting’ of the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Coliseum in downtown Evansville. He depicts the Neo-classical style building, which is still in active use and celebrating its centennial year, on an evening when one of the many special events is taking place (wrestling? roller derby? a concert?) at the venerable structure, which is thronged with people.
A Night at the Coliseum by Billy Hedel 2016 (acrylic on canvas, 10×30″, $ 250)
This is Billy’s second first place prize this year, the other being from the Art Noir exhibit at the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana for his mixed-media piece “A Man of the New World Order: 1-20-2017,” which is part of his current show at The Open Gallery.