A Tree Grows in the Schimmel

Jessica Daryl Winer brings the oldest trees in Central Park back to life with an exhibit of new paintings at the Schimmel Center through March 24.

Artist Jessica Daryl Winer celebrates the Centennial Trees of Central Park with 20 new paintings to be exhibited for the first time in the art gallery in the lobby of the Schimmel Center beginning March 8 through March 24.

Winer will give an artist’s talk on March 10 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and will also be at the gallery on Sunday, March 24, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Regular gallery hours are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Known as The Centennial Trees, the oldest trees in Central Park—some dating back to the park’s original landscaping 150 years ago—are considered treasures of New York City. Given special care by the Central Park Conservancy, which manages the park, there are currently more than 100 centenarians, many with their own stories.  With assistance from The Conservancy’s top tree expert, Winer chose the most striking of the Centennial trees to paint.  The result—20 paintings, many large scale canvases—runs the gamut from the Yoshino cherry trees given as a gift by the Japanese government in 1912, to the tallest tree in the park.

“For the past three years I’ve been working on these new paintings to bring attention to these wonderful, ancient living things in the middle of our modern world,” Winer says.

Winer specializes in public-oriented projects, often large-scale paintings in acrylic.  Mainly dealing with New York urban landscapes and the performing arts, her work has been shown in solo gallery exhibitions and large-scale installations, including those at The Times Square Visitors Center, Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, and the banquet room at Sardi’s Restaurant.  Her painting of the Flatiron Building is in the permanent collection of the Museum of the City of New York.  Her work has also appeared in The New Yorker and on posters for the Metropolitan Opera and American Ballet Theatre.  For more information, go to www.jessicadarylwiner.com

To view video on how this all came about, go to http://www.jessicadarylwiner.com/Centennial_Trees_Video.html.