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


Allen C. Woods
U.S. Army, Vietnam War

Allen was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, as the youngest of ten children of William Russell Woods, Sr. and Emma Clarabelle Hurlburt Woods. His father spent much of his career at a Chevrolet dealership, but farmed in his time off. The family lived in the country where his father raised a truck garden and hogs for meat. His mother canned vegetables and stored them in the basement, and kept milk in a springhouse. Allen spent his childhood mainly during the World War II in which his brother, Bill, served in the Navy, while his sister, Billie. joined the Women's Army Corps. 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.

Gallery Closed

The gallery will be closed Friday, 17 October for a teacher conference.

At The Norton Now

Library Exhibition

Eyewitness to History: First-Hand Accounts of the American Revolution Library Exhibit

6 September 2014 - 30 November 2014

Saturdays and Sundays Only


A large part of the Norton’s Rare and Antiquarian Book Collection is dedicated to first-hand accounts of American history. The first Eyewitness to History exhibit features reports and stories from the American Revolution by those who actually participated and/or witnessed the events they describe. From scholarly accounts of the issues involved to stirring depictions of actual warfare, these works provide a “you were there” sense of history and remind us that what we think of as the natural course of events could, in fact, have had many outcomes.

First Saturday Tour

The Classical Influence Tour

4 October 2014 @ 2:00 pm

After a short visit to our "Origins of Western Art" gallery to see the inspiration of genuine classical art, we'll explore Renaissance, 18th, 19th, and 20th century works inspired by the historical and mythological figures of the classical age, along with the stories surrounding these key figures of Western Civilization.

First Saturday Tour

Celebrating the Natural World

1 November 2014 @ 2:00 pm

From prehistoric times onwards, artists have been fascinated with the world around them. The earliest art usually depicted animals and it is still flora and fauna of the natural world that is most often painted today by professional and amateur alike. 

Around the Gallery Newsletter:

What We Owe to the Ancients: A New Gallery Debuts in October

Perhaps the most famous saying relating to our new gallery is Geoffrey Chaucer's "All roads lead to Rome" (or in its original form, "Right as diverse pathes leden the folk the righte wey to Rome"). Or perhaps it might more rightly be said, in artistic terms, that all roads begin in Rome. The art in The Classical Influence Gallery comes, not from the Greeks and Romans themselves, but from artists who lived centuries later and were inspired by the rediscovery of ancient works and the re-evaluation of the relevance of classical thought to the modern world - modern world in this case, meaning since the Renaissance. Renaissance means "re-birth", and what was being reborn was largely the knowledge of ancient Athens and Rome. There was another birth involved as well, the birth of a new science - archaeology. To read the whole article, please click on the link above.

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Featured This Month:

Brugmansia (Angel trumpet) are large shrubs or small trees with semi-woody, often many-branched trunks. They can reach heights of 1015 feet. They come in shades of white, yellow, pink, orange, green, or red. Most have a strong, pleasing fragrance that is most noticeable in the evening. Flowers may be single or double. Brugmansia are native to tropical regions of South America, along the Andes from Venezuela to northern Chile, and also in southeastern Brazil. They are grown as ornamental container plants worldwide, and have become naturalized in isolated tropical areas around the globe, including within North America, Africa, Australia, and Asia. Most Brugmansia are fragrant in the evenings and attract pollinating moths. Brugmansia are easily grown in moist, fertile, well-drained soil, in sun to partial shade, and in frost-free climates. They begin to flower in mid-to-late spring in warm climates and continue into the fall, often continuing as late as early winter in warm conditions. In cool winters, outdoor plants need protection from frost, but the roots are hardy, and may sprout again in late spring. Most Brugmansia may be propagated easily by rooting cuttings taken from the end of a branch during the summer. Here in the Norton gardens, we have several in the color bed behind the building.

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