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The Nativity and Other Arts of Worship

November 10 – January 21

The story of the Nativity has been a principal subject in Western art since the 4th century. This collection of 16th-18th century prints illustrates the humanity of Jesus Christ’s birth and related events. The exhibit is complimented by The Arts of Worship, a collection of objects illustrating arts role in worship since biblical times. Some decorative arts were designed to carry out rites and rituals. Other were intended to enrich the spiritual environment. Either way, these works of art were created to affect the spirit of those gathered to listen and to celebrate.

Guided tours by appointment Tues.-Thurs, 9 am – noon.

Visit the exhibit any time  Tuesday- Thursday 11 am –  pm, Friday & Saturday 11 am – 4 pm

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Holiday Tours

December 1-31, 2020

Explore the decked halls of the Hoyt West Period House to uncover the origins behind some of our favorite holiday traditions.

Guided tours available by appointment Tues-Thurs 12-8 pm. Saturday 12-4 pm. (all tours are donation based)


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Shoebox Parade

November 21, 5:30 pm

Who says you can’t have a parade? While the pandemic may have cancelled New Castle’s Hometown Holly Days parade this year, we’ve challenged the would-be participants to make parade floats from shoe boxes to parade down our make-believe main street! Traditional announcements will be made as each float is pulled in front of the camera and the resulting film will premiere on Facebook, November 21!

Join us at Cascade Park for a drive-in style viewing or host a watch party of your own at home! An on-line gallery of entries will be posted on Facebook, November 23-28, for public judging. The entry with the most likes wins a $500 prize! Co-hosted by New Visions for Lawrence County. Sponsored by Klafter’s, Pizza Joe’s and Northship Technologies. Deadline to enter November 7.

Gingerbread House Competition

The Hoyt’s emerging “junior board” is hosting a Gingerbread House Competition to spark the holiday spirit in teens and families with children. Houses do not necessarily need to be constructed of gingerbread (you can use cardboard, foam board or whatever is handy!), but it does need to look like a gingerbread house when finished.

Entries must be delivered to the Hoyt by Saturday, November 28 at 4 pm. Height and weight restrictions apply. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes will be awarded in each category based on those receiving the highest likes on Instagram. The Instagram gallery will be available for public voting, December 1-6. All entries will be exhibited amongst the Hoyt West Christmas décor, December 1 – January 8.

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Free Fridays

The Nativity Inspired Projects for the Young at Art

Free Friday Classes have been Cancelled due the Covid Closure.

Ages 8-13 (younger children may attend with older siblings) Pre- Registration required. Meet at 2:45 pm in galleries. Class 3-4 pm.

  • November 20: HolidayTriptych Cards
  • December 4: Faux Stained glass Windows
  • December 11: Silver Foil Reliefs
  • December 18: Stories & Cookies with Santa

Gift Shop Give-a-ways

with $25 purchase, while supplies last.

  • November 13: Handcrafted Soaps/Salts
  • November 20: Mini Sketch Book
  • December 4: Hoyt Mug
  • December 11: Mini Masterpiece Magnets
  • December 18: Scented Wax Melts
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