The New World Order: 1-20-2017

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Billy Hedel’s ‘To H#ll With the Chief!’ stands in front of ‘The Four Freedoms Monument’ at The Open Gallery


After a successful run up  in Vincennes,  The New World Order: 1-20-2017 has come home to roost in The Window on the Walkway at the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana (318 Main Street, Evansville, IN 47713 812/422-2111).  This special exhibit of engineered 3-dimensional art can be viewed 24/7 and will be up until mid-November.  TNWO collection is an intense departure from Billy’s customary public work, but in keeping with a long tradition of making art as social commentary (see the Commentary page on this site or at the exhibit).   It is the culmination of his art sabbatical taken this past year.

For fans of Billy’s more traditional work, there are three galleries carrying his art this holiday season.   The Arts Council’s annual holiday sale begins on November 18 and will have Billy’s most recent work – new urbanscapes, some soothing landscapes, and magical art.   Shoppers in Vincennes can head to The Open Gallery (329 Main Street, 812/881-6475) for three-dimensional work or to The Northwest Territory Art Guild (316 Main Street, 812/881-8344) for a selection of paintings of trees and flowers.

So, just head to Main Street this season, and support the truly local economy and feed some hungry artists!  Bon appetit!

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Town & Country show opens tonight

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.

Town & Country by Billy Hedel at The OPen Gallery October 2017


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Vintage Bus Rally at the Greyhound Station

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)

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UN International Day of Peace

Together for Peace – Respect, Safety, and Dignity for All – 2017 theme .

'My Tree of Life' (left) & 'The Sorrow Tree' by Billy Hedel

‘My Tree of Life’ (left) & ‘The Sorrow Tree’ by Billy Hedel

These companion pieces are currently on display at The Open Gallery in Vincennes through September as part of The New World Order exhibit.  My Tree of Life was created specifically for the Arts Council of SW IN show Tree of Life: Celebrating Peace, Compassion, Consideration, Cooperation, Respect this spring.   It was a hopeful note in the midst of Billy’s The New World Order series.  Bursting out of its background and frame, this is a strong tree, made of metal, ravaged and stripped, perhaps, but still standing.

The Tree of Sorrow was originally intended to be a willow tree done in the same mode as its mate, but soon fiery colors and ghostly figures emerged from a molten swamp and Billy had to let this piece take its own course.  It is reminiscent of other his works, such as Dome of Chaos from his 2005-06 Hurricane Katrina series.

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We’ve added a new page

If you look under the headline photo at the top of this site, you will see a series of pages you can click on for more detailed information about the studio.  We just added a new page, which is the Commentary written for Billy’s current show at The Open Gallery in Vincennes.  If you can’t make it north to see The New World Order: 1/20/2017 you’ll have another chance when the show moves to the Arts Council Of Southwestern Indiana in Evansville in mid-October.

Details of Saints for the New World OrderSt. Jeanne d’Arc  on the left and St. Expedite on the right.


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Another installment of The New World Order at The Open Gallery

‘The New World Order: 1/20/2017’ by Billy Hedel continues at The Open Gallery (329 Main, Vincennes IN 812/881-6475) through the end of the month.  Here is another installment.

WH Dress Code: Red Ladies in Hats & Pearls/2-faced (mixed media, 26x20x10″, $ 295, 2017) was conceived and executed when the White House instituted a dress code for female employees that required them to look ‘lady-like’ and women around the country took to the streets in protest.  Russia, of course, loomed large over everything.  In the show, this piece stands on a turntable so viewers can turn the piece to see both ladies, each wearing a dainty hat and pearls.  Their eyes – and their lips – are ‘buttoned up’.

Tweetstorm! (mixed media, 26x32x9″, $ 295, 2017) ‘speaks for itself.’


Tweetstorm! and Red Ladies by Billy Hedel 2017

From The New World Order: 1/20/2017 by Billy Hedel. ‘Tweetstorm!’ (L) and WH Dress Code: Red Ladies … (R). Mixed -media ($ 295 each)

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Another first prize for Billy

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, 10x30", $ 250)

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.


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