‘Northern Central Park’ Exhibit Opens at Hoyt Jan. 18

NEW CASTLE, Pa. — An exhibit of photographs by William E. Lyons focusing on Central Park in New York City is set to open this month at Arts & Education at the Hoyt, a subsidiary of the Hoyt Center for the Arts.

A public reception for “Northern Central Park: A Visual Journey” will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 22. The exhibit runs from Jan. 18 to Feb. 24.

While on assignment for the Staten Island Advance by photo editor Steve Zaffarano, Lyons photographed Central park, which runs from the Jacqueline Onassis Reservoir at 96th Street to 110th Street. Photos were taken over two days in August 2017.

During his assignment to shoot black and white photos of Central Park, Lyons was intrigued by its rich landscape and diverse wildlife, according to a press release. The exhibit at the Hoyt features the northern section of the park.

“To the northeast is the Harlem Meer, which on a calm day becomes a huge reflecting pool,” Lyons said in the release. “To the northwest is the North Wood, which contains the park’s oldest structure, the Blockhouse, built in 1814, the Ravine, the Loch and the Pool. It is home to many species of birds. The Great Hill is a large open field surrounded by trees and the North Meadow is home to ballfields and tennis courts. To the East is the Conservatory Garden and high on a hill is Fort Clinton.”

An exhibit of Lyons’ photographs of the southern half of the park is on display at The Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio.

Arts & Education at the Hoyt is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is free.

Pictured: Tree-lined walkways in the six-acre Conservancy Garden offer a relaxing respite from the summer heat and hustle and bustle of the city streets outside Central Park in New York City. (Photo by William E. Lyons)

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.