Six Days in New Orleans: The Faces of Katrina – An encore exhibition of paintings and drawings (2005-06) and sculpture (2015) by Billy Hedel
September 4 – 14, 2015 at Patchwork Central, 100 Washington Avenue, Evansville IN, 812/424-2735
Opening September 4 from 6 to 9 pm during First Friday at Haynie’s Corner
Closing September 14 from 7 to 8:30 pm during the Blackford’s Grove Neighborhood Association meeting
Also open Monday – Thursday from 8:30 to 11:30 am (except Labor Day)
Commentary by Tom Loesch, Jr. – August 29, 2015
Nine years ago several venues around the Tri-State mounted shows of Billy’s work to commemorate the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and there was much media coverage of these events, which drew hundreds of people from all walks of life. With so much interest in the tenth anniversary of Katrina, we have collected in a single exhibition all the work from those original shows and added pieces not seen before, as well as new three-dimensional work that represent Billy’s reflections on Katrina a decade later.
The commentary from the original shows is posted as part of this exhibit and we encourage you to read it to learn the stories behind the individual pictures and the totality of the experiences they convey. One painting here, My Heart, was not shown nine years ago. It is part of a larger concept piece – small canvasses of things, people and places in New Orleans that Billy loves/loved surrounding the centerpiece heart. Some of those pictures were completed but sold. Here we have surrounded it with photographs of pictures included in the original show which we were not able to borrow from the clients who purchased them.
The three-dimensional work is new and represents the rebuilding of New Orleans and our lives. All the materials are scraps, salvage, trash and cast-off found objects remade into something new.
The sketchbook Billy carried with him during those dark days and a scrapbook from the period are on display and we encourage you to peruse them. There also is a notebook if you would like to share your own thoughts and feelings about this show.
Billy and I thank Marsha Abell & Dick Barnhart and Jill & Bill Hemminger for loaning us paintings from their collections, and for buying them in the first place. We also are grateful to Patchwork Central for hosting this show and for providing us a place of refuge, hospitality, and community for the past ten years, as it has done for countless others.
Kelly Gifford’s feature story in the Evansville Courier Press on August 29, 2015 (with photos by Jason Clark) is titled “Chased by Katrina” and is a good supplemental read for context for this body of work.
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Billy Hedel’s Studio & Gallery
916 SE Sixth Street
Evansville IN 47713