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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

Welcome To Our Museum

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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About Our Museum

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.

Yosemite Valley  by Albert Bierstadt

Bierstadt witnessed the beginning of the destruction of his beloved landscape, especially after the popularity of Church’s painting of Niagara Falls. Early in the 19th century, most people considered Niagara Falls to be "the nation's most magnificent natural spectacle." But that spectacle was desecrated as developers harnessed the falls for power, cut the timber that surrounded them, and turned the best scenic overlooks into curio stands selling cheap souvenirs. According to historian Alfred Runte, the national shame felt about Niagara spurred people into action. When Albert Bierstadt presented to America his images of Yosemite Valley, people insisted that the area be protected from Niagara's fate. Instead of allowing the valley to be subdivided by settlers, Congress in 1864 gave Yosemite to the state of California, to be held "inalienable" for all time. A few years later, Thomas Moran's paintings and William Henry Jackson's photos revealed that Yellowstone was even more spectacular than Yosemite, and the National Park System was established. 

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

"sweet spring is your
time is my time is our
time for springtime is love time
and viva sweet love”
-e.e. cummings

Photo Credit: Ivy B Photography
#firstdayofspring #hellospring
The azaleas ware starting to POP!! 🌸 #azaleawatch2018
“Beware the Ides of March” was famously scribbled by William Shakespeare in his play “Julius Caesar” as the ominous warning given by a soothsayer to the soon-to-be ex-Roman emperor as he made his way to the Capitol that fateful day ...
"Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love!" -Sitting Bull

Shown: "Spring Garden" by Edward Szmyd
Photos from R.W. Norton Art Gallery's post What's better then flowers on a Monday morning? BABY CHICKS! Say a big hello to our new babies! You can see them for the first time at Bloom Festival 2018. Then they will join our chicken squad to free roam ...
The first buds of spring!! 🌸
Did you know that the Norton’s botanical gardens are home to over 15,000 azalea bushes?! Every spring the gardens erupt with color when these babies bloom. You don’t want to miss it. ...
🎵 Follow the yellow brick road... 🎵
Photos from R.W. Norton Art Gallery's post We so enjoyed having the Gayarre History Conference at the museum for the 3rd time. This amazing event is put on by the C.E. Byrd High School Gayarre History Club and is an annual conference where high school students present ...
🎵 It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood... 🎵 #rwnortonartgallery #nortonartgallery #mrrogers #sunshine☀️