Countdown to Christmas


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)


Holiday Cards: Block Printing
$45 Non-members | $30 Members
Instructor: Paige Kleinfelder
Save the Date: Nov 28, 2020

This step-by-step introduction to linocuts will have you designing, carving and printing your own holiday cards in no time! Tools and materials provided.  You may keep your block to continue printing at home! Capacity: 10 students. Minimum: 3 students.

Ages: teens and adults. Non-members: $45/Members: $30.

Through the Woods: Clay Trees
$115 Non-members | $85 Members
Nov 28 - Dec 5, 2020

Explore a variety of hand-building methods to create your own forest of trees!  Techniques include slab building, sculpting, and relief The first session is dedicated to wet work and the second to glazing. All materials included. Capacity: 8 students. Minimum: 3 students. Ages: 10+.

Non-members: $115/Members: $85.

This class has been canceled.

Holiday Ornaments: Stained Glass
$80 Non-members | $65 Members
Instructor: Louis Recchione
Save the Date: Dec 5, 2020

Explore the basic skills of working in stained glass by cutting, grinding, foiling and soldering a holiday ornament for your window or tree! Capacity: 5 students. Minimum: 3 students.

Ages: 16+. Non-members: $80. Members: $65.

Holiday Still Life: Oils
$70 Non-members | $55 Members
Instructor: Nancy Hawkins
Save the Date: Dec 5, 2020

Create a holiday still life with celebrated plein-air painter, Nancy Hawkins. All materials will be provided for in-class use. Capacity: 10 students. Minimum: 5 students.

Ages: 16+. Non-members: $70/Members: $55.

Holiday Barn Painting: Watercolors
$65 Non-members | $50 Members
Save the Date: Dec 12, 2020

Join celebrated painter, Jocelyn Beatty, for step-by-step instruction in watercolor painting.  You’ll walk away with an idyllic picture of a barn in the countryside.   Basic supplies will be provided to first-time students. More experienced students should bring their own. Capacity: 20 students. Minimum: 10 students. Ages 16+.

Non-members:  $65/Members:  $50.

Holiday Cookie Plate: Family Fun
$40 Non-members | $25 Members
Save the Date: Dec 12, 2020

Join the kids in designing a cookie plate for Santa! Tuition includes one plate per family. Capacity: 10 students. Minimum: 3 students. Ages 4+. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Non-members:  $40/Family.  Members:  $25/Family.

Countdown to Christmas Banner
$40 Non-members | $25 Members
Save the Date: Dec 19, 2020

Count down the days until Christmas with your own felt banner! Design ideas will be provided to personalize as you like! All supplies are included. Capacity: 10 students. Minimum: 3 students. Ages: 8-16.

Non-members:  $40/Members:  $25.


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

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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