Bernie Sanders autographed a print of my drawing of him.

I drew this colored pencil portrait of Bernie Sanders during the 2016 primary season.  I never expected that, within one year, this would happen.

Bernie Sanders signs Noel Hefele Print. Ian Hefele gave it to him

That’s my brother Ian on the left. He gave Bernie a gicleé print of the drawing and Bernie pulled out his pen and offered to sign another copy that my brother was carrying.  Adam took the photograph.  Bernie signed right across the chin.

The best part about this: they were able to keep it secret for over 6 weeks until they saw me in person and were able to hand it to me directly.

I’m told he was impressed that I captured the likeness so well and was grateful to take a copy with him.

I just got it framed by a neighbor and Dorsey Gallery artist, Mr Bell Bey.  He did a fantastic job.

If you want a print of the drawing, you can find it on my etsy shop

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422 Trees: Landscapes by Hefele, Marvin, and Mori

September 24th
6-9pm
Tugboat
546 Flatbush Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11225

I’m showing several paintings with two landscape photographers, Yoshiko Mori and Robert Marvin this month. We deal with very similar subjects through very different approaches. The show came together nicely! Please join us for the opening if you are free.

The show statement is below:

A recent Yale-led study put the approximate number of trees on earth at 3.04 trillion, over 7 times the previous global estimate of 400 billion. Instead of 61 trees for every human on planet earth, the new estimate is 422 trees. While good news, this study also claims a 46% decline in tree population since human civilization began.

Roughly 7-8 trees provide the oxygen one person requires for a year of breathing. US urban forests sequester over 700 million tons of carbon. Worldwide, the equivalent of almost 270,000 trees is either flushed or dumped in landfills every day (roughly 10 percent of that total is attributable to toilet paper). Prospect Park lost over 500 trees during Hurricane Sandy. Worldwide, our net loss is about 10 billion trees a year.

How do you value a tree? You only have 422 trees, knowing that, does it change how you look at an individual tree? 422 sounds like a lot, but is it?

We are exhibiting three contrasting interpretations to landscape and the trees that live in them. Art can provide empathic aesthetic and emotional connections to these living beings, highlighting small moments of awareness and appreciation. Our trees can fade into the background of everyday life, but they are ever-present and necessary collaborators on a finite planet.

Join us for the opening reception @ Tugboat this Thursday at 6pm!

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Friends of Otto Neals Art Show @ Tugboat Tea

I’m in a group show that opens this Thursday, June 11th 2015 @ Tugboat Tea Company (546 Flatbush ave). The opening is from 6pm – 9pm.  Come out if you can! Otto has a small piece in the show. There are over 20 other artists showing, including Karl McIntosh, Bob Marvin, and Joe Bell-Bey.

The show is accompanying a 6 (!) gallery Otto Neals retrospective happening over the course of the month. You can find out more details about those shows here: www.ottoneals.com

I highly recommend checking any one of those shows out.

 

 

 

“Pictures of You” – a painting show opening July 11th 2013 @6pm

As part of the PLG Arts Local Artist Series @ Tugboat Tea Company, 546 Flatbush Avenue Brooklyn. Join us later the same evening for Jazz at Inkwell Jazz-Comedy club. See facebook.com/plgarts for further details!

I hope you will join me for an opening of a my solo painting show at Tugboat Tea Company in Brooklyn. Openings are the best, you get a bunch of people together to talk, drink wine and eat cheese, while looking at art. I have a handful of new paintings on display. A few old favorites as well!

Are you on facebook? RSVP here. And bring your friends!

I consistently try not to see the world as Nature and Culture or subject and object, but as a unified field of relationships. Dualism is an over simplification that can be harmful to our current ecological condition—when we view the non-human world as objects, it is a precursor for abusing that world as well as divorcing our self from any responsibility for our planetary impact. We are not the sole subject of the narrative of Earth. Our landscapes are woven with the stories, trajectories and agencies of human, animal, plant, mineral, idea and thing. We have a dependence on this landscape of things, alive and material, which in turn is dependent on us.

‘Pictures of You’ refers to the permeability of the self when taking this view. Where does the individual end? We are the landscape we live in. You live here? I painted you. My work is a collaboration with landscape in order to produce affects in myself and others, aesthetically and emotionally reconfiguring ways of seeing the world.