R.W. Norton Art Gallery
4747 Creswell Avenue
Shreveport, LA 71106


Captain Max E. Taylor
U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army, Korean War, Vietnam War

A native of Childress, Texas, Captain Taylor, or Max, was introduced early to martial life. The Texas Panhandle town was home of Childress Army Airfield in World War II. "I was really heavily influenced by the war. I was eight years old when WWII started. I was used to seeing soldiers. But I got interested in the Marines because I went to the barbershop with my daddy and I saw these two guys in green uniforms. They were really sharp. Spit-shined shoes and Sam Brown belts and all that. That's when I really got down the idea I was going to be a Marine," he recalls. To read the entire bio, click the link above.

If you or someone you know would like to share stories with us, please call (318) 865-4201 ext. 122, or contact ohp@rwnaf.org.

First Saturday Tours Come to an End

The Norton is sorry to announce that it is discontinuing its First Saturday Tours in order to focus our energies on other special events like our upcoming Valentine's Day celebration: "The Art of Love", 13 February 2015. Stay tuned for announcements of these special activities and remember that we welcome you to visit the Norton regularly to enjoy our outstanding permanent and visiting collections as well as the beautiful botanical gardens.

Gallery Closed
24 April - 26 April 2015

The R.W. Norton Art Gallery will be closed to the public Friday, 24 April, Saturday, 25 April, and Sunday, 26 April 2015 for an Education Conference.

At The Norton Now


2015 College Arts Contest

1 December 2014 - 1 February 2015

Showcasing the best college talent in Louisiana! Louisiana River Arts 2015 College Art Contest invites all Louisiana college students to compete with their peers from across the state. This competition will showcase a selection of the best works being created by today's college students in our great state.

Library Exhibition

As the Twig is Bent: Children's Books Library Exhibit

10 January 2015 - 1 March 2015

Saturdays and Sundays Only

Children's literature, as we think of it, began with the English printer John Newbery in 1744. Newbery came up with the idea of writing and publishing little books specifically for children. Over the next fifty years, he and his successors produced some two hundred books aimed at that particular audience. The market grew through the 19th century with works that mostly bore moral lessons and abjured children to behave in a certain way. Then, toward the end of the century, writers and publishers began to realize that the most popular books inclined toward pure entertainment, particularly those that were well illustrated.

Audubon and the Art of Birds Exhibit

10 February 2015 - 19 April 2015

From cave walls of the Paleolithic era to today's galleries and field guides, the human fascination with birds has found expression in art and science. No other artist is more closely associated with the study and depiction of birds than John James Audubon.

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Norton at Night

Norton at Night "Art of Love"

13 February 2015 @ 5:30 pm

The R.W. Norton Art Gallery is proud to present Norton at Night - The Art of Love, a journey through our permanent collection's most famous, or infamous, love stories. This event features wines and champagnes especially chosen to compliment hors d'oeuvres provided by Rhino Coffee and chocolate sweets from The Chocolate Crocodile.

Around the Gallery Newsletter:

La letter d'amour
by F. Walker

In honor of this month's Valentine's Day, we thought wed celebrate the delights of courtship with this 19th-century painting commemorating that essential element of wooing ones sweetheart - the love letter. Love letters are the quintessence of the rituals associated with finding one's mate; they have been commemorated in song ("Love letters straight from your heart/Bring us so near while apart . . . I memorized every line/I kissed the name that you signed . . .") and image as well as, of course, word. Though our era of texting and e-mails may seem to have finally done them in, the number of books being published that gather the love letters of famous or fictional individuals (think of the Griffin and Sabine series, or the growing volumes of nonfictional Love Letters of Great Men) suggest that the concept, if not the deed, at the very least remains popular. To read the whole article, please click on the link above.

Media Image

Featured This Month:

Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Goshiki' is an extremely tough, strikingly variegated evergreen shrub. Goshiki means 'five colored' in Japanese and refers to the various colors found on each leaf. Cream, pink, orange, yellow, and white appear as attractive spots and swirls that combine together to create an eye-catching display. Osmanthus heterophyllus is known for its wonderfully fragrant fall flowers, but this cultivar-at least when young-does not flower. Grown in part sun, well-drained soil.

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