A native Californian, Larry was one of three children of a World War II Navy veteran and career man, William Ralph Hinton, and Violet Cathy Hinton. During his post-war career, William moved his family from one duty station to another. By the late 1960s they were in Wetumpka, Alabama, where his father retired. Larry worked for area farmers in their fields in "grunt work", and also helped his father set up television antennae. Larry graduated from Wetumpka High School in 1968. The draft and college were his choices after graduation. Not interested in college he joined the army, hoping to become a helicopter pilot. Meanwhile his brother, who joined the navy, served in Vietnam as a .50-caliber gunman on a slider boat. After enlisting in Montgomery, he was sent to Fort Jackson, South Carolina for basic training, then to Fort Devens near Ayer, Massachusetts for AIT. His training was delayed when he contracted pneumonia. He first went to manual Morse Code School, and learned to send code in 18 words per minute. To read the entire biography please click the link above.
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As our regular patrons are aware, we've been doing some remodeling and reorganizing here at the Norton. Those of you who visit us regularly have noticed the striking changes in our central galleries and North Wing. Now it's the South Wing's turn. Unfortunately, this means we'll have to close down the wing for a time in order to debut our new look later this spring. The South Wing will be closed beginning Monday, February 3rd. When will it re-open? As soon as possible. We'll be sure to let you know, so be prepared to rejoin us for a bright new spring opening!
The R.W. Norton Art Gallery will be closed to the public Friday, 2 May, Saturday, 3 May, and Sunday, 4 May 2014 for an Education Conference.
Saturdays and Sundays Only
Men of Letters features some of the remarkable works from the autograph section of the Norton's Rare and Antiquarian Book Collection. Among the collection are works by Louisiana natives Lyle Saxon and Harnett T. Kane who autographed copies for the Nortons themselves. Other autographed copies include some by major political figures and presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson.
Join us for our 1st Annual Night at the Museum! The fun begins inside the R.W. Norton Art Gallery at 6:00 PM on 4 April, 2014 with a two-hour live exhibition featuring players from the Shreveport Little Theatre.
After the exhibition, enjoy the movie "Night at the Museum". The movie will be shown on the lawn of the R.W. Norton Art Gallery via an inflatable screen, courtesy of the Robinson Film Center. Food trucks will also be on site.
Join us and see art come alive!
This event is presented by: R.W. Norton Art Gallery, Shreveport Little Theatre, & Robinson Film Center.
For more information call (318) 865-4201 ext. 130
It's that time of year when we like to get outside and wander through the beauty of our gardens, particularly as the azaleas burst into full-bloom.
The Idiot's Guide to Impressing Your Friends at an Art Museum
Want to be an art aficionado? Join us for this tour and learn how to razzle-dazzle 'em with technical terms.
and Sliced Plum
by Severin Roesen
One of America's pre-eminent still life artists, Severin Roesen, led a life steeped in mystery. Originally from Cologne, Germany, he apparently trained in Dusseldorf as a porcelain and enamel painter, before arriving in America in 1847. There is a brief record of someone by that name exhibiting a painting of flowers in Cologne early that year, but later the artist is listed as exhibiting two floral still-lifes at the American Art-Union in New York City. He continued to exhibit at the Union until it closed in 1852. Abandoning the neo-classical restraint of American still-life painters like Raphaelle Peale, Roesen created a new, exuberant style that echoed the Baroque Dutch and German painters who inspired him. To read the whole article, please click on the link above.
I Remember the Difficult Times...
In their own words, 15 men and women from the Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana area relate their experiences of World War II in "I Remember the Difficult Times...". Their stories take the reader from America's entry into the war at Pearl Harbor through the surrender of Germany and the Occupation of Japan. To purchase this book from Amazon, please click here. The book is also available for purchase from our store located in the foyer.
Featured This Month:
This plant was named in honor of Michael Pakenham Edgeworth (1812-1881), an Irish-born amateur botanist. The name chrysantha comes from the Greek xrus meaning "golden" and enteron meaning "guts", with reference to the golden centre of the flowers. It derives from the daphne family and is one of our most prized plants in the garden. All summer the umbrella-shaped clump with a smooth, brown trunk is loaded with plumeria-like leaves. The foliage drops in mid-December to reveal both the wonderful bark and the large, silvery flower buds. The flower buds open from mid-Febuary to early April, producing a fragrant display of golden-yellow flowers. The bark fibres of this plant are used for making the handmade Japanese tissue called "mitsumata paper". Grow in morning sun or partial shade and moist, rich, well-drained soil. Plants can be found in most mail order catalogs, or it is easily propagated from cuttings.