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

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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.


The World of Frida 

organized by the Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, California 

24 September - 28 November 2021

The World of Frida celebrates the culture, style, and persona of visionary Mexican painter Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), an artist who continues to inspire with her story of love, adventure, and pain. Celebrated globally today as an iconic, renegade artist and outspoken feminist, Kahlo’s life began perilously. Stricken with polio as a child, and injured as a teenager in a bus accident that left her permanently disabled, Kahlo was subjected to enormous pain and turmoil early in her life. While recovering from her accident, Kahlo returned to her childhood hobby — painting. Soothed by the solace of art making, it was during this period that she decided to become an artist.

While Kahlo’s life was short-lived — she died at 47— her story continues to inspire artists of the 21st century. The 95 international artists featured in The World of Frida have reinterpreted many aspects of Kahlo’s life in an array of media — from honoring her self-portraits, to depicting her love affair with Diego Rivera, to recognizing her emotional, physical, professional and societal struggles. The exhibition is an incredible tribute to an artist who continues to influence millions by the simple fact that she was always true to herself, no matter the cost. 

CLICK HERE for Artist Statements

CLICK HERE to download free coloring pages generously provided by exhibition artist Susana Sánchez.


Facebook, Twitter & Instagram: @thedesigningchica 

Melodious Masterpieces

Do you hear music when you look at a painting? Does a specific scene touch your heart and make you hum a melody? Well, if so, we ask you to join our amazing social media followers who helped curate Spotify playlists full of the songs they hear when looking at pieces from the Norton's permanent collection.

Be sure to follow us on SpotifyInstagram, and Facebook for more music challenges. 

A Day at the Museum Coloring Book

Welcome to the R.W. Norton Art Gallery's coloring book! 

CLICK HERE to download the full coloring book. 

Once you’ve had your way with the Crayolas, please share your creations with the world via social media, using the hashtag #colorthenorton 

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Children's Tour: The World of Frida

Wednesday | 20 October | 1:30 PM

Join us as we explore the R.W. Norton Art Gallery from a child's point of view. This tour is built for families to interact with the museum and art together and will be geared toward families with children in 1st grade and younger. But, all ages are welcome. Each person attending will need their own ticket.

Tour Guidelines:

• Tours are limited to 20 people.

• You MUST have a ticket to attend a tour.

• Please respect social distancing when on the museum grounds.

***If you can not make the event after reserving a ticket PLEASE call or email Emily Feazel at (318) 865-4201 ext 130 or so we can release your ticket. 

CLICK HERE for tickets.


Baby Trek at the Norton

Thursday | 21 October | 10:00 AM

Do you have a newborn to 12-month-old baby? If so, we invite you to join Dr. Martha Mangin as she takes you and your baby on a special visit to the R.W. Norton Art Gallery. This program is intended for small groups and forges individual interactions between the caregiver, the baby, and a specialist in child growth and development. It has 3 goals:

1. To provide a safe and relaxing space for parents/ caregivers to interact with one another.

2. To share knowledge of different areas of a child’s first year of growth and development

3. To model activities designed to stimulate babies in an arts-rich environment.

Tickets will be limited to 8 babies and their caregivers so that we can ensure a quality program. Older siblings will not be able to attend this program but are welcome to participate in our Back Yard Books program designed for ages 2 through 5 and their caregivers.

CLICK HERE for tickets. One ticket per infant is required. 


Art Adventures: The World of Frida

Saturday | 23 October | 1:30 PM

Let's learn about The World of Frida!

The Norton's Art Adventures program offers free activities, storytimes, and tours to engage with art at the R.W. Norton Art Gallery. Art Adventures provide families with an opportunity to explore the museum, learn about the collection, participate in multi-sensory activities, and listen to stories inspired by the museum’s collection. This program is free, but has limited availability. You must have a ticket to attend the event.

In order for us to keep the events we offer free for the public we ask that if you can not make the event after reserving your ticket(s), please contact Emily Feazel at (318) 865-4201 ext 130 or by email at so we can release your ticket(s) and allow other interested individuals to register.

Tour Guidelines: 

• Tours are limited to 20 people.  

• You MUST have a ticket to attend a tour.  

CLICK HERE for tickets.

Twilight Talkies

Join us for our Twilight Talkies series on 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 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm (Check our social media for a list of trucks.)

2021 Schedule:

November 5 - The Little Giants 

No Pets Allowed at this Event