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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.





Create a Beautiful Life

featuring the artists from Holy Angels

17 January - 15 March 2020

As illustrator and author Eric Gill once said, “The artist is not a special kind of person; rather each person is a special kind of artist.” The Norton is pleased to present a display of the work of a very special kind of artists in “Create a Beautiful Life”, from January 17 to March 15, 2020. This inspiring exhibition consists of new works by the artists of Holy Angels and proves the truth of the phrase “differently abled” by making, as Georgia O’Keeffe put it, “their unknown known” through their self-expression on paper and canvas. These are true works from the heart and should prompt us all not only to appreciate them, but also to share in the artists’ conviction that while “Life is sometimes hard . . . when things get tough, this is what you should do – Make good art.” (quote courtesy of Neil Gaiman). So, please join us for this unique and inspirational exhibition as a bright new year begins. 




BLOOM! 2020

Submission Deadline  |  2 February 2020

The R.W. Norton Art Gallery is thrilled to open submissions to our 5th Annual BLOOM! Juried Exhibition!

Every year the Norton celebrates the season with a festival and juried exhibition focused on the beauty and natural wonder that comes with spring. See the application below for details and the rules and regulations for BLOOM! 2020. If you have any questions please contact Emily Feazel at 318-865-4201 ext 130 or

 CLICK HERE for application

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Create a Beautiful Life Opening Reception

17 January 2020  |  5:00-7:00 PM

“It’s a beautiful life” to paraphrase the line from the famous Frank Capra film and what a perfect way to celebrate the close of the holiday season. On January 17th from 5:00 to 7:00, please join us at the R.W. Norton Art Gallery for the opening reception of “Create a Beautiful Life”, an exhibition of artworks by some very special artists from Holy Angels Residential Facility. Sip complimentary drinks and nibble hors d’oeuvres while you chat with the remarkable creators of these works from the heart. These artists are living the conviction expressed by writer Neil Gaiman, “Life is sometimes hard . . . when things get tough, this is what you should do – Make good art.” It’s a wonderful inspiration for all our lives. Please join us to celebrate this bright beginning of a new year and a new decade. 







BLOOM! Festival 2020

Saturday  |  28 March 2020  |  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.  





String Fling Art Installation 2020

Friday  |  27 March 2020  |  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 2020 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, please CLICK HERE 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 24, 2020 at noon. On Friday, March 27, 2020, 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. If you would like to make an evening of it, please stay to see the kick-off of our Twilight Talkie movie series with Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax while enjoying delicious food from local food trucks. Then on Saturday, March 28, 2020, join us for the BLOOM! Festival anytime between 10:00 am - 3:00 pm to see all of the completed circles.

If you have any questions, please contact the Education Department at, or call 318-865-4201. 

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.)

2020 Schedule Coming Soon

No Pets Allowed at this Event