Welcome to spring at the museum! As the month progresses, our 40 acres of grounds and botanical gardens grow greener and more colorful with blooms, ending the month with the explosion of thousands of azalea blossoms. In our newsletter, you'll learn about the Barbizon School and, through April 19, get a special look in our library at one of our masterpieces: the double elephant folio of John James Audubon's Birds of America. The North Wing presents "Audubon and the Art of Birds." In our four-year-exhibit, "Enlist! Art Goes to War, 1914-1918" features more of our collection of these century-old art posters. In your own kitchen, try the recipe, "Potage Bonne Femme", a hearty dish the interwoven family of artists, Manet/Morisots, likely shared. It will warm your stomach on a cool March night.
Come along for a look at February when red poppies bloom in our botanical gardens. They honor our World War I exhibit, Enlist! Art Goes to War, 1914-1918. Birds "sing" inside the museum as our "Audubon and the Art of Birds" exhibit opens 10 February, while the library presents "As the Twig is Bent", a special display of children's literature through 1 March. It's a month of love, so we explore in the newsletter a romantic painting and the meaning of a love spoon as a traditional Valentine's Day token. Bring your sweetheart (that means your spouse, you married folks) and enjoy a day inside and outside at the gallery.
Wood is the word in this issue of the newsletter. You'll read about our new trees going into our garden forest in January, as well as the new barrel vault ceiling in our South Wing Corridor. It's really beautiful, and it casts wonderful life on the posters of a four-year exhibit, Enlist! Art Goes to War, 1914-1918. Here you'll learn about a program on children's literature in our library, from 10 January to 1 March. Inside and out, the Norton always brings new adventures even in the middle of winter.