“Culture delivered on a daily basis.” -Steve Porter, Visual Artist

Happening Now

Special Exhibitions

The R.W. Norton Art Gallery hosts numerous exhibitions and events throughout the year.
We are proud to host both family-friendly community events and events for the 21-and-older crowd.


22 March - 5 May 2019

This spring, an explosion of color rocks the Norton inside and out. Just as our botanical gardens burst forth with blossoms, BLOOM! bestows upon us and exhibit of canvases crowded with pigmented petals. It all began with an invitation for submissions on a floral theme for a juried competition. There were an astonishing 193 submissions this year from not only the Ark-La-Tex, but also south Louisiana, Texas, and as far away as North Carolina and Virginia, all wonderfully rendered versions of lovely flora seen from a variety of interpretations and perspectives. Because of the quality of all these submissions, it was truly difficult to select the fifty which make up this year’s display. But, now you can enjoy the beauties of nature without the perils of pollen or bad weather as you stroll along through our garden-inspired galleries. 


String Fling

Outdoor Art Instillation

22 March 2019 / 3:00-7:00 PM

Have you always wanted to be part of an art installation, but have been unsure of how you can contribute? Now is your chance! The R.W. Norton Art Gallery is having a public art installation, “String Fling”, in conjunction with the 2019 BLOOM! Festival. We are looking for groups to help us create a field of string art flowers, inspired by string art, in front of the museum. String art is the process of creating patterns and illusions of curved lines by running string, yarn, ribbon, etc. between dowels arranged in a circle. We need your imagination to help us create our BLOOMS! Each circle can be completed in 15-20 minutes, and works best with 2-3 people working at a time.

All you need to bring are: scissors, skeins of yarn, ribbon, string, etc. in your favorite colors, an imagination, and a willingness to help. If you are interested in being part of our first public installation, please follow this link below to fill out the registration form for your family, group, club, etc. Two circle sizes will be available, 8 foot circles with 36 wooden dowels, and 4 foot circles with 18 wooden dowels. Circles will be marked with signs naming your group or organization. Registration deadline is Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at noon. On Friday, March 22, 2019, you and your group will come to the museum between 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm to complete your installation. We will have volunteers on hand to help and answer any questions you may have.

Make an evening of the fun and stay to see the kick-off of our Twilight Talkie movie series with Shrek and enjoy some delicious food from local food trucks. Then on Saturday, March 23, 2019, join us for the BLOOM! Festival anytime between 10:00 am - 3:00 pm to see your creation among our sea of flowers. If you have any questions, please contact the Education Department at, or call 318-865-4201. 

Happening Soon


BLOOM! Festival

Saturday, 23 March 2019  /  10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Each year the R.W. Norton Art Gallery holds the multi-day BLOOM! Festival. The festival aims to provide cross-generational education, focusing on the 43 acres of Botanical Gardens housed on the R.W. Norton Art Gallery property. The museum partners with Master Gardeners, local enthusiast, and education based nonprofits from across the region to bring information to the community. Everyone from children, novice gardeners, and master gardeners alike will find something to experience at this festival.  

For a full schedule of events, please visit our Facebook event HERE


Mommy and Me Yoga

Join Little you yoga for Mommy and Me Yoga at 10:00am every first Thursday of the month. This class is filled with songs, laughter, stories, and yes, a little yoga. This 30 minute class is created for mommy and baby bonding as well as mom to mom bonding. Mats will be available for first come first serve. $5 per mommy and baby can be paid via cash, check, or Venmo. Can’t wait to see you on the mat.  

Class Schedule: April 4, May 2




Tai Chi in the Gardens

Saturdays: April 6, April 13, April 20, & April 27

Tai Chi is an ancient discipline whose practice is intended to integrate body and mind to produce a sense of “Flow”, or as Tai Chi guru David Dorian-Ross calls it, “exercise the soul”. While it literally means “the ultimate martial art”, Tai Chi, legendarily invented by Zhang San-feng, is actually a blend of Chinese martial arts, medicine, and Taoism. Through it, he hoped practitioners would achieve health, longevity, and enlightenment as well as work out and learn a martial art. Traditionally, most routines begin with a movement called “Opening the Door”, and we hope you’ll open that door by joining us in the garden for Tai Chi at the Norton this spring (or in the museum if raining). Glenn Guerin of Lee’s Kung Fu and Tai Chi will be offering a four-week session with Saturday classes from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on April 6, 13, 20, and 27 at a cost of $30.00 for all four. You’re welcome to attend whether a novice or a seasoned practitioner. Please join us to nurture both your inner and outer self. 

Tickets available HERE


Twilight Talkies

Join us for our Twilight Talkies series the first Friday of each month! Starting in April and lasting through October we show a family friendly movie on the front lawn of the museum for FREE!!  Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a movie under the stars.  Sing, dance, and have a GREAT time! Local food trucks will be on hand with yummy treats to enjoy.  Movies start at dusk. 

Food trucks available from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm (Check our social media for a list of trucks.)

2019 Schedule:

March 22nd: Shrek

 April 5th: Cinderella

May 25th: Kick Off to Summer and a showing of The Sandlot

June 7th: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

July 5th: The Princess and the Frog

August 2nd: The Greatest Showman 

No Pets Allowed at this Event