Flenard was born in Shreveport at Confederate Memorial Hospital, to Alex Henry Autrey, a contractor, and Lessie Bea Autrey and was the youngest of nine children, including five sisters and three brothers. At one year of age he was given away to his mother's sister and her husband, Eli and Rosie Conway, whom he considered his parents. Until he entered the military, he went by the name Conway. "I had to take a birth certificate in Missouri and that's when I had to change my name to Autrey. All my life I had gone as Conway," he recalls. To read the entire biography please click the link above.
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A family favorite, the Christmas tour uses artwork and stories to explore the true meaning of Christmas, culminating with an exploration of the Norton's annual in-house Christmas exhibition, featuring religious works celebrating Christmas throughout the Christian world from East to West.
An art form that has existed for over 5,000 years, the Bronze Tour explores work that will, in the words of Frederic Remington, "rattle down the ages". We'll look at some of the early European work, including pieces from the 18th century French portraitist Jean-Antoine Houdon to the 19th century father of les animaliers Antoine-Louis Barye to 20th century Russian modernist sculptor Alexander Archipenko.
Our February tour doesn't promise any musical moments (though you never know), but it does include a trip through the history of fashion via our fabulous Gray/Blumenstiel Doll Collection.
Were the old master hastening themselves into an early grave? How much are artists willing to risk their lives in the pursuit of their art even today? The Perils of Pigment tour explores the toxic nature of many artists' colors through the centuries; even today some artists extol the brilliant sheen that can only be acquired by using the dangerous Lead White.
I Remember the Difficult Times... The Norton's New Oral History Book Debuts With Eyewitness Stories of World War II
Identical twins Roy and Ray Buckner fought as infantry platoon squad leaders in the U.S. Marines, leading men into desperate battles to capture one island in the Pacific after another during World War II. In the fighting for Guam, Ray was severely wounded and lay in a makeshift hospital: a tent on the beach with cots as beds. Day and night Roy kept vigil over Ray who only grew worse. The front lines were so near this "rear area" that spent rounds whizzed through the tent. Ray grew terrified he would be killed while he lay there, helpless. "I got on the side of the cot where the bullets were coming and told Ray, 'The next bullet is mine,'" Roy recalled. And there he lay with his back shielding his brother, ready to sacrifice his body for the life of his twin. That episode is told in a new book the Norton is publishing, I Remember the Difficult Times, a compilation of fifteen stories of men and women who served in World War II, all based on recorded audio interviews as part of the museums Oral History Project, created in 2002. To read the whole article, please click on the link above.
Featured This Month:
Ilex decidua Possum Haw, also known as deciduous holly, is a shrub or small tree and a true holly, but one that loses its leaves in the winter. The leafless limbs of the female possumhaw, however, may be covered with hundreds of small berries during the cold months. Female (berry-producing) possumhaw is a popular landscape plant in this area, and it is readily available in local nurseries. In some places it is sold as "deciduous yaupon." The limbs with red to orange colored berries can be used in fall/winter decorations, especially Christmas decorations. In many places, possumhaws are the only bright spots in a winter landscape. They make a nice multi-trunk, small tree in the landscape. There are many varieties that perform well. Ilex decidua "Warrens Red" is one of the best reds, along with "Council Fire", and "Pocohontas." Once established, this is a durable and drought tolerant plant. The berries are very popular with a wide variety of birds from blue birds to red birds to finch. Possumhaw grows in the wild from the eastern and southern Texas Hill Country to Florida and north to Virginia and Illinois. Undoubtedly, the species can tolerate a variety of soil types and moisture conditions. This small tree can add a bright spot in the winter landscape.