Some views of ‘The New World Order’ at The Open Gallery

The New World Order: 1-20-2017 opens Friday, September 1 at The Open Gallery in Vincennes.  An opening reception for artist Billy Hedel takes place from 5 to 8 pm (EDT).

Billy has additional work at The Northwest Territory Art Guild, across the street from The Open Gallery.  The Guild will be open during the same time, as will Art Space Vincennes and the Shircliff Gallery at Vincennes University.  We are excited to be part of another art community, one we have enjoyed exploring during the past year.  We hope you have a chance to see this new body of work and explore Vincennes and its vibrant downtown.

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1 gallery : 2 months : 2 shows : 1 artist

Billy Hedel making Vincennes debut at The Open Gallery in September & October – with additional work at the Northwest Territory Art Guild

September – A New World Order: 1-20-2017

October – Town & Country: Urban and natural landscapes

A New World Order: 1-20-2017 is a body of work Billy created during his just-ended, year-long art sabbatical.  It represents one artist’s attempt to visually (and viscerally) interpret the chaotic and tradition up-ending events of the 2016 US elections and the ushering in of a new world order.  It is in keeping with a long history of social commentary art Billy has made at various points in his career.

Detail of ‘The Other in the New World Order (A Self-portrait)’ by Billy Hedel 2017.


The exhibit opens Friday, September 1 with a reception at The Open Gallery, 329 Main Street, Vincennes, IN from 5 to 8 pm EDT (that’s one hour ahead of Evansville).   Other galleries and businesses on Main Street will be open for the monthly First Friday gallery stroll.

Grove of Birch Trees by Billy Hedel (oil on board, framed, 16 x 20″, $ 225, 2016)

Billy also recently joined the Northwest Territory Art Guild, 316B Main Street, Vincennes, and is exhibiting work there as part of the annual juried members’ show.

The Open Gallery is open in the late afternoon and evening Tuesday – Thursday, on Friday during special events or by chance, and Saturdays and Sundays during the day.  They also will open for appointments.  Call them at 1-812/881-6475 to confirm.

The NW Territory Art Guild is open Tuesday-Friday from 11- 4 and Saturdays from 11 – 2.  Call them at 1-812/881-8344.

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Art Delivery & Pizza Pick-up

Billy Hedel with his pizza from Harmes Una Pizza (2017)

Billy picking up a pizza after making an art delivery.

The first time he passed the former gas station at Kentucky and Washington Avenues in Evansville, Billy was intrigued with the old white-glazed brick building.  Built in the early 20th century, we’ve found photos of the site during the 1937 Flood, and it was swamped.  The venerable little commercial structure which once was a Conoco/Sinclair station (remember the latter’s green dinosaur logo?) has been home to a pizza joint since 1972 and Harmes Una Pizza since 1980.  It’s Billy’s favorite go-to pizza house and it’s close to home.

Through the years we became friendly with Pops (Wayne) Harmes and Billy painted a small portrait of the business that has proudly hung over the menu board for years.  Recently, Big Daddy (Michael) Harmes took over the family business, and wanted his own picture.  This time around, Billy made a story painting, including Pops’ famous red truck and the little green car Michael used back in ’72 when he delivered pizzas for the previous owner.

Billy has frequently made portraits of commercial structures in the area, such as the old Swanson-Nunn Electric Company, Craddock Finishing, Lamasco’s, the Bokeh Lounge, the Tin Man Brewing Company and the old Kissel’s Fine Foods store (most recently Aztec Printing) – just to name a few.

Contact us at the studio to discuss your own painting ( or at 812/303-4722).

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More portraits – AC show closes 9/7

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Billy Hedel’s small pastel portraits from ‘The Faces of Katrina Series’ – available at the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana

In the last post we showed you two of Billy’s pictures at the invitational portrait show at the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana (318 Main Street, 812/422-2111, T-F 10-4).  Also available in their consignment gallery are some small works from ‘The Faces of Katrina’ and another series, “Bar Shots: The Chicago Cocktail series.”   These are priced $30 & $15.

The pastel drawings of Hurricane Katrina survivors were made in real time during and after the storm in 2005 while staying in Camp Marigny, a refugee camp located at St. Paul Lutheran Church in New Orleans’ 9th Ward.

While many artists returned to New Orleans to make post-Katrina art, these quick portraits are part of American art history as Billy Hedel is thought to be the only artist who remained in New Orleans during the storm and documented the people who survived it and its aftermath.  They are part of a larger series that was widely exhibited in the Tri-State in 2006-07 and remounted at Patchwork Central in 2015.

Each portrait is archivally mounted on gator board and is ready to hang or be framed.

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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.

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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.

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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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