March takes us both indoors and outdoors. On our 40 acres of grounds and botanical gardens, our massive azalea collection bursts forth with thousands of blossoms beneath our tall spears of oaks and pines. Events for the month begin on March 3, when you can enjoy a fun, fascinating tour, Six Degrees of Art History. Youll also enjoy Associated American Artists: Art by Subscription, a new special exhibit opening on March 20 featuring the works of some of Americas greatest artists of the 20th century. At the Norton in March, youll want to combine indoor and outdoor experiences on your visit. Welcome to spring!
This month, we travel to New Orleans, yet never leave the museum. Emily Meyers, education director, takes you into Norton Square, our new learning place with its indoor live oak trees, boulevards and store fronts resembling Jackson Square in New Orleans. Elsewhere in these pages you'll take a walk through the botanical gardens with its February color, and get tips for your own garden. You'll learn about upcoming First Saturday Tours, hear the voice of a Navy aviator, and leaf through a biblical commentary from 1665.
January is a good month for walks, both inside the museum and out on the grounds. In this months Around the Gallery, we give you a glimpse of our new Norton Research Library, home of the Norton Rare and Antiquarian Book Collection. Youll learn about the elements of its beauty, when tours of it are scheduled, and how you might enjoy it for reading and research. Also, meet the woman who has touched every volume in the collectionmore than 17,000 of them. We also highlight the great outdoors in winter. You can visit national parks across the country when you amble through the special exhibit, American Legacy: Our National Parks, On Location with the Plein-Air Painters of America, then take a winter walk in the botanical gardens, where theres more to see than you might think this time of year. Inside and out, January is a great time to see the Norton and get to know the gardens around it.