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The Heckscher Museum of Art Presents: The Lockhorns Meet Howard Huge: Comic Cartoons by Bill & Bunny Hoest

 The Heckscher Museum of Art Presents: 

The Lockhorns Meet Howard Huge:

Comic Cartoons by Bill & Bunny Hoest

On View October 6 to November 5, 2017



Huntington, NY Leroy and Loretta Lockhorn and the aptly named St. Bernard, Howard Huge, have entertained readers for decades.  The bickering long-married Lockhorns and the affable oversized pet are the comic strip stars in a new exhibition at The Heckscher Museum of Art honoring the work of Long Island comic creators Bill and Bunny Hoest. The Lockhorns meet Howard Huge: Comic Cartoons by Bill & Bunny Hoest is on view October 6 to November 5, 2017.

The LockhornsBill Hoest, one of the most prolific and successful cartoonists in the country, created The Lockhorns in 1968 and, with Bunny, Howard Huge in 1980.  Bunny Hoest, known as the “Cartoon Lady,” for her popular body of work, has continued to tell funny stories since Bill passed away almost 30 years ago.  King Feature Syndicate, a unit of the Hearst Corporation, distributes The Lockhorns.  

Howard Hugh

Each week, Leroy and Loretta Lockhorn enter the homes of more than 100 million people around the world. The comic strip is translated daily into 12 languages and appears in more than 500 newspapers worldwide. Howard Huge was a Parade Magazine staple and the subject of several books featuring collections of the comic panels.  Written by Ms. Hoest and now illustrated by John Reiner, The Lockhorns still resonates with people all over the world.  The exhibition includes 60 original cartoons that will delight visitors.

“The comment I get all the time [about The Lockhorns] is that ‘you must have been hiding in my closet, or looking in my window,’ which lets me know I'm right on the mark,” Bunny said.  “I’m writing what I see. It’s based on observation. The only personal part is the cooking.  Like Loretta, I’m a terrible cook.”

The Hoests’ work includes Bumper SnickersAgatha CrummLaugh ParadeWhat A Guy!, -+and Hunny Bunny's Short Tales. This year, The Heckscher Museum of Art is recognizing Bunny Hoest and the memory of Bill Hoest at its Celebrate Achievement Benefit honoring the cartoonists for their contributions to the arts and culture on Long Island, and beyond.  


Related Programs 

Long Island Fall Festival: Take a Selfie with Howard Huge, Children’s Art Activity

Sunday, October 8, 2017, 12 Noon to 4 PM

Make a date to meet Howard Huge on the Museum terrace. Create a dog puppet to take home and enjoy reduced $2 admission to the Museum all weekend during the Long Island Fall Festival in Heckscher Park.


Huntington Art Walk / Book Signing with Bunny Hoest

Sunday, October 22, Book Signing 1 to 3 PM

“The Cartoon Lady,” Bunny Hoest will be at the Museum signing her book The Lockhorns.  Free admission to the Museum all day during the Huntington Art Walk.


Celebrate Achievement Benefit

Saturday, October 28, 2017, Cold Spring Country Club

The Heckscher Museum of Art’s Celebrate Achievement Benefit honors Pien and Hans Bosch, and Bunny Hoest and the memory of Bill Hoest for their contributions to the arts and culture on Long Island.  For information on the benefit and sponsorship opportunities, contact the Development Department at 631-351-3006.


Also on View

Mythic stories, fantastic fables and timeless literary tales come more alive through art.  Now on view at The Heckscher Museum of Art, The Art of Narrative: Timeless Tales and Visual Vignettes, explores storytelling in art from the 16th through 20th centuries.


About The Heckscher Museum of Art 

The Heckscher Museum of Art, founded in 1920 by philanthropist August Heckscher, is located in scenic Heckscher Park in Huntington, New York. Through its exhibitions and related programs, the Museum provides inspiring and transformative experiences to encourage a broader understanding of the past and present and to enrich life-long learning. The Museum is on the National and New York State Register of Historic Places, and its collection comprises more than 2,500 works from the 16th to the 21st century, including European and American painting, sculpture, works on paper, and photography. For information about The Heckscher Museum of Art, visit


Museum Hours

Wednesday - Friday | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm *

Saturday and Sunday | 11:00 am - 5:00 pm *

Monday and Tuesday | Closed

*Huntington Township Residents admitted FREE Wednesdays after 2:00 pm and Saturdays before 1:00 pm.  Proof of residency required.


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