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    "I would like to paint the way a bird sings" - Claude Monet

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    "Art is not what you see, it is what you make others see" - Edgar Degas

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History Of Our Museum

The R.W. Norton Art Gallery houses an exceptional collection of art spanning more than four millennia.   Since its opening in 1966, the museum has become particularly well-known around the country for its impressive collections of works by those titans of western art, Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell.   The R.W. Norton Art Gallery is a teaching museum that uses the art to encourage community participation in thoughtful interpretations and discussions.

In the early 1920's, Richard W. Norton (1886-1940) became one of the discoverers of the Rodessa Oil Field in north Louisiana. Over time, Mr. Norton's wife and son began to amass a significant collection of fine art. In 1946, to honor Mr. Norton and for the benefit of the community, Richard W. Norton, Jr. (1919-1974) and his mother, Mrs. Richard W. Norton (1886-1975) created the R.W. Norton Art Foundation. In turn, the Foundation eventually established the R.W. Norton Art Gallery, basing its initial collection upon donations from the acquisitions of the Nortons. Today, due to the on-going efforts of the Board of Control and the Foundation's work, the R.W. Norton Art Gallery's offerings continue to expand, grow, and contribute to their community.

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On View at the Museum

The R.W. Norton Art Gallery boasts an extensive permanent collection that includes more than 400 paintings and a plethora of sculptures representing over 100 artists.   Our collection represents a wide variety of styles, time periods, and historical importance.

Boston Bell

"Listen, my children, and you shall hear Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere, ..."

These words by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, celebrate Paul Revere’s famous ride from Boston to Concord on the night of April 18, 1775 to warn American colonial leaders that the British were coming to seize the colonists’ cache of arms.  Many people also know of Revere’s expertise as a silversmith.  Fewer, however, know of his contributions to American technological and metallurgical developments.  Revere produced the first rolled copper sheets in America, supplying nails, bolts, spikes and sheathing for the U.S. Navy.   Setting up an iron and brass foundry in Boston in 1787, he later extended this to include a bellfoundry where he cast copper alloy bells.   Between 1792 and 1828, the Revere foundries cast 959 bells, of which somewhere between two and three hundred remain extant.

The Revere Bell at the Norton, which weighs 920 lbs., was originally cast for a Baptist Church in Plymouth, Massachusetts.   Like many of the bells, it is equipped with a clapper, should the owner elect to hang it, but it also possesses a hammer (which you can see atop its stand) with which to strike it.   If you look closely along the edge, you can see the strike marks from hammer use in the past.   Like all Revere Bells, whether silent or sounding, it reminds us of the grandeur of our American past and the resourcefulness and artistry of its creator. 

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Check out the following events, posts and images currently available in our social media channels.

We were honored to hold the Regional Poetry Out Loud competition this past Saturday. We had a group of 13 exceptional students from schools all around our area. We were treated to excellent poem recitations and got to meet some ...
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We are thrilled to say we have a new website! Go take a gander!
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Join us tomorrow afternoon for the fourth annual Poetry Out Loud Regional Competition. The competition begins at 1:00 pm and will last until 4:00 pm. Come listen to juried students present recitations of classic and modern poetry alike while they ...
Taste of the Norton Don't wait until the last minute to get your tickets!
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Join us at the Norton for a banquet of the senses on January 26th! Great chefs have always known that the best dishes are a feast for the eyes ...
Taste of the Norton Don't wait until the last minute to get your tickets!
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Join us at the Norton for a banquet of the senses on January 26th! Great chefs have always known that the best dishes are a feast for the eyes ...
Arms Brown is one of the contributors to our new exhibit, The Sound of Art. Arms enjoyed a stroll through the collection today to experience the exhibit first hand. Bring your ear buds and hear music in the paintings.

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See music, experience art at new exhibition in Shreveport The Shreveport Times Louisiana Flavor reporter, Tiana Kennell, delves headfirst into some fun things happening at the Norton this month! We were lucky enough to have Ms. Kennell as a contributor to The Sound of Art exhibit as well! Use ...
Taste of the Norton While you're at home today, or at work trying to stay warm, think about a lovely night out with your BFF or significant other surrounded by Rembrandt, Rodin, and Remington. Now imagine delicious food and fizzy drinks (or a good ...
Photos from R.W. Norton Art Gallery's post It may be 22 degrees outside but we're logging in BLOOM! submissions and they are gorgeous and make us think of warmer weather! Make sure you get your submission in FAST because the deadline in FEBRUARY 2nd!
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