Portraits at the Arts Council

Portraits is an invitational show at the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana that runs through September 7, 2017.  Curator and gallery director Andrea Adams selected work from multiple artists to highlight the depth and breadth of local portrait-making and included works in a range of media and techniques.  It is a compact but comprehensive overview.

Andrea selected two images by Billy Hedel from his Faces of Katrina series.  Child of the Storm dates from 2005 and is one of a larger body of portrait work Billy made before, during and in the aftermath of the storm.   The model for this large, dark portrait done in pastel on paper was a young boy staying in the same storm shelter as Billy in the early days after Katrina had struck.

Child of the Storm by Billy Hedel (cropped0 7-31-2017 9-40-08 AM 1254x1753

Child of the Storm (Faces of Katrina series, pastel on paper, 2005) by Billy Hedel


The second picture by Billy included in the show is his self-portrait  made on the tenth anniversary of Katrina’s landfall , Ten Years Later.  This intimate, head-on image in charcoal and acrylic on canvas is the bookend of an artistic journey and was made for a September 2015 reprise exhibition of the collected body of Billy’s several Katrina series at Patchwork Central in Evansville’s Haynie’s Corner Arts District, which Billy helped establish.

Ten Years Later (self-portrait) by Billy Hedel 2015 9-3-2015 10-28-14 AM 1944x2592

Ten Years Later (A self-portrait on the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina) by Billy Hedel (charcoal and acrylic on canvas, 2015)

The Arts Council of Southwest Indiana is located at 318 Main Street and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm, and at other times by appointment.  The phone number is 812/422-2111.  Enjoy the show, and ask to see the small portraits on paper priced under $ 50 for sale in the consignment gallery.

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Billy at Funk in the City today

We’re about to load the car with art and head to the Bokeh Lounge where Billy will be this afternoon for Funk in the City.  In addition to “A New World Order,” his installation that’s up at Bokeh through April, Billy is bringing a select collection of recent and some vintage work all priced specially for today only.  We’ve marked down acrlyic and oil paintings, both framed and unframed, at least 10 %, and usually more.

It may be a rainy day, but you’ll be dry inside Bokeh and have a chance to snag a good deal on that picture you’ve had your eye on.  Drop by this afternoon – the Bokeh Lounge at Washington & Parrett on the Haynie’s Corner Walkway.

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Weeping Willow by Billy Hedel 2016

Weeping Willow by Billy Hedel 2016

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Saints for the New World Order


These are two of the 3-d mixed media ‘hanging sculptures’ you’ll find in Billy Hedel’s “A New World Order” exhibition on display at the Bokeh Lounge in Haynie’s Corner, which runs through April.  Drop by this Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm for the spring edition of Funk in the City and visit with the artist.  Billy will supplement the new work in the show with a studio clearance sale of other recent work, including landscapes and urbanscapes in acrylic and oils, and probably some drawings and odd prints.  Just come on out and see. Special mark-downs of 10% or more just for the day!

St. Roch shrine by Billy Hedel 2016

And before you visit Funk on Saturday, drop by Patchwork Central at Washington and SE Sixth street from 7:30 to 11:30 am for pancakes, apples, sausage and more.  This is one of PC’s major annual fundraisers and a good time always.  While you’re there look up at the highest point in The Meetinghouse and you’ll see Billy Hedel’s ‘A New Universe’ mobile. At 5 feet long it was a tad too big for the show at the Bokeh, so we left it in place at Patchwork, where it is on permanent display.

A New Universe by BIlly Hedel (wire & metal mobile, 3x5x2', $ 350, 2016)




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Good Luck to the Tin Man … and ‘Adieu’ to Aztec


The Tin Man Brewing Company by Billy Hedel (acrylic on canvas, 36×24″, $ 400)

BHS was sorry to read that the Tin Man Brewing Company not only closed its tasting room and restaurant but also has put the brewing business up for sale.  We wish the owners and staff of this West Franklin Street enterprise – which gave a big boost to the micro-brewing scene – the best of luck and hope new owners restore it to active duty.

Billy’s portrait of the Tin Man was painted in 2015 as part of his ‘Places I Love’ series, which he created for the First Annual ‘Billy at the Bokeh’ show.  (The painting is still available.  Contact BHS at 812/303-4722 or at billyhedelstudio@gmail.com. )  The Third Annual ‘Billy at the Bokeh’ show opens at the Bokeh Lounge (Washington & Parrett) this Friday, April 7 from 6 to 9 pm during First Friday at Haynie’s Corner, which resumes for the season this month.  The theme of this new body of work is ‘A New World Order’.  The show runs through April.

There is a story about the Tin Man portrait that relates to the closing of another local business, Aztec Printing, located in the historic Euler Block on the northeast corner of Washington and Parrett in Haynie’s Corner.  Before Aztec moved in about 40 years ago, a small, family-owned grocery store operated from that corner.  The daughter and son-in-law of Kissel’s Finer Foods came to that first show at Bokeh and loved the Tin Man portrait, and commissioned Billy to paint a portrait of the grocery store as the clients remembered it.


Last week we learned that the owners of Aztec Printing have retired and sold the business.  That was sad news for us, as Aztec has been our only Evansville printer, providing a dozen years of great service.  We wish Barb and Joyce and Bonnie and all the other women of Aztec a happy retirement and thank them for all they quietly did for our community.  They were an anchor at Haynie’s Corner through many lean years and we will miss them.

Join us for FF@HC tomorrow, or drop by by the Bokeh Lounge at any time and browse the new work Billy has made during his ‘art sabbatical.’





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All dressed up for the 3rd Annual ‘Billy@thebokeh’ show – FF@HC 4/7/17

All dressed up for Billy Hedel's new show - 4/7/2017

‘Decked Out for the New World Order’ by Billy Hedel (mixed media 3-piece costume, $ 325, 2016)

First Friday at Haynie’s Corner kicks off tomorrow, Friday April 7, 2017, from 6 to 9 pm. We invite you to join Billy Hedel for the opening of the 3rd Annual ‘Billy at the Bokeh’ show.  This is the first time Bokeh has hosted a 3-dimensional art exhibit, and Billy’s new body of work – a series called “The New World Order” – is largely 3-dimensional, including wall-hung works.  Last month’s ‘Art Noir’ show at the Arts Council – for which Billy won first prize for his entry ‘A Man of the New World Order’ – gave the public a preview of what Billy has been doing during his art sabbatical these past few months.




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March Madness

The UK Lexington Commission by Billy Hedel 2015 (both panels)

UK/Lexington commission by Billy Hedel (acrylic on canvas, 2 panels, 36×36″ each, 36×72″ overall, 2015)

When  the University of Kentucky Wildcats  won the SEC Tournament Championship Sunday, we went to the archives to pull up these images of a commission Billy completed in 2015 for a client.  The client and her husband are UK grads and die-hard Wildcat fans who wanted a touch of blue for their Evansville home.  The double panels (each 3 feet square) were designed to be hung side-by-side for a six-foot long mural, or independently.  The left panel highlights the Wildcats and UK campus, and the family’s children as basketball players.  The right panel details the icons and landmarks of Lexington.

This commission is an example of Billy’s ‘story painting’ –  pictures that contain a personal story unique to a client or a place (such as a Haynie’s Corner First Friday event). Billy has made story paintings as wedding and anniversary gifts, memorials and for special events.  Contact the studio at 812/3034722 or at billyhedelstudio@gmail.com for more information or visit our ‘Commissions information’ page on this site.

UK lexington commssion by Billy Hedel 2015 (detail showing left panel)UK Lexington commission by Billy Hedel 2015 (right panel detail)




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1st place award for “A Man of the New World Order: 1-20-2017” at Art Noir


A Man of the New World Order: 1-20-2017 by Billy Hedel (showing frame) (mixed media 20×24″, $ 395)

Billy Hedel’s hanging wall-sculpture was chosen by the juror of the Arts Council’s Art Noir exhibit as the best in the show and awarded ‘him’ (Billy and the ‘Man’) the first place prize this past Friday Night.  This unusual and different piece, one of a new series Billy is making during his art sabbatical, is actually a return to social commentary art that he has made at different points in his life.  (Think, for example, his body of work about Hurricane Katrina.)

‘A Man’ generated a lot of buzz during the Art Noir run, which was a singularly strong show – from the art itself, to the selection, and installation.  Billy thanks everyone who was involved, peoples’ comments, the award, and the cash prize.

Although Art Noir closed Friday, the Arts Council is displaying this piece and its two companions for the week.  They are located at 318 Main Street (812/422-2111) and open Tuesday – Friday from 10 am to 4 pm.



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