The First Saturday Tour program was launched in February 2007 as an opportunity to present thematic tours to the general public at regular intervals.
These tours have explored such serious matters as “Depictions of Native Americans in Art,” comparing and contrasting the evolution of American thought and attitudes towards the continent’s original inhabitants and the plight of female artists in “Great Artists Who Just Happen to be Women”.
We’ve also taken a light-hearted view of our collection with the “Guys and Dolls” tour, which explored the complex (and sometimes comical) battle between the sexes, as well as touring our Antique Dolls and Firearm collection.
We’ve even tackled the technical aspects of our works with the “Painting Techniques” tour, answering the age-old (and often asked) question: How do they do that? We have even offered performance based tours centered around our spookiest art with the Halloween Tour and shared stories of the season with the Christmas tour.
Thought-provoking, chuckle-inducing, and all around good fun, the First Saturday Tours are completely free to the general public every ﬁrst Saturday of the month at 2 p.m. No reservation is needed, but groups of 10 or more are asked to call 318-865-4201 ext. #128 in advance.
In honor of Labor Day, we wanted to explore the changing attitude toward labor and its depiction in Western art through time. For centuries, art was concerned with the leisurely life of the aristocracy or dramatic moments from major figures in history. The "little people" were relegated to the background, if seen at all. But, beginning with the genre paintings of the old Masters, a new attitude toward labor began to emerge that saw the importance of the individual worker to the maintenance of the greater society.
After a short visit to our "Origins of Western Art" gallery to see the inspiration of genuine classical art, we'll explore Renaissance, 18th, 19th, and 20th century works inspired by the historical and mythological figures of the classical age, along with the stories surrounding these key figures of Western Civilization.
From prehistoric times onwards, artists have been fascinated with the world around them. The earliest art usually depicted animals and it is still flora and fauna of the natural world that is most often painted today by professional and amateur alike.
A family favorite, the Christmas tour uses artwork and stories to explore the true meaning of Christmas, culminating with an exploration of the Norton's annual in-house Christmas exhibition, featuring religious works celebrating Christmas throughout the Christian world from East to West.