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

Happening Now

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. 

Happening Soon




Family Food Truck Lunch

Wednesday  |  19 February 2020  |  11:00 am-2:00 pm

Join The Hot Dawg Hut and Sweetport at the museum on Wednesday, February 19th, for lunch full of family, food and fun. Bring a blanket and a soccer ball or football and enjoy the afternoon relaxing under the Norton's beautiful trees all while enjoying a delicious hot dawg and a tasty ice cream! Then, travel inside the museum for a scavenger hunt or look around the new exhibition, "Create a Beautiful Life" featuring the artists from Holy Angels.  



Baby Trek at the Norton

Wednesday  |  26 February 2020  |  10:00 AM

Do you have a new born to 12-month-old baby? If so, we invite you to join Dr. Martha Mangin on Wednesday, January 29th at 10:00 am 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 Toddler Trek designed for ages 1 through 4 and their caregivers beginning in April.  

 CLICK HERE for tickets. 



















Fleur de String Workshop

Saturday  |  21 March  |  10:30 am-12:30 pm

Come join us Saturday 21 March at 10:30 am for a "make and take" workshop on how to create 3-D flower art from geometric string patterns. The flowers, up to 6' tall, are constructed from hula hoops, yarn, and PVC pipe and will be used in the community yard art installation from Friday 27 March until Wednesday 1 April in support of the BLOOM! Festival on 28 March 2020.

-25 tickets at $25/per

-Each ticket admits 2 people

-Materials are included

-Minimum age - 8 years old 

 CLICK HERE to register

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. 

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.  

Friday, March 27th Schedule

10:00 am-7:00 pm  |  BLOOM! Juried Exhibition open to the public

10:00 am-7:00 pm  |  Living Art of Bonsai Mini Exhibition open to the public

11:00 am-1:00 pm  |  Spring Break Lunch on the Lawn featuring Farley BBQ and Sophie's Italian Ice

3:00 pm-7:00 pm   |   String Fling Community Art Installation

3:30 pm-7:00 pm   |  Children's activities provided by Bossier Parish Libraries

5:00 pm-5:30 pm   |  Musical performance by Red River Pipes and Drums-Bagpipe and Drum Corps

5:30 pm-6:30 pm   |  Musical performance by River Cities Jubilee-Men's Barbershop Chorus

6:00 pm-9:00 pm   |  Food Trucks on site for Twilight Talkies- Mama's Kettle Corn, Sho' Nuff Soul Food, Miguelito Burrito, 318 Food Co, and Sweetport

6:00 pm-6:30 pm  |  Musical performance by Red River Pipes and Drums-Bagpipe and Drum Corps 

6:30 pm-6:45 pm  |  Dance performance by Johnny Lee's Kung Fu School-Lion Dance

7:30 pm-9:30 pm  |  Twilight Talkies: The Lorax 

Saturday, March 28th Schedule

10:00 am-7:00 pm  |  BLOOM! Juried Exhibition open to the public 

10:00 am-7:00 pm  |  Living Art of Bonsai Mini Exhibition open to the public 

10:00 am-3:00 pm  |  BLOOM! Festival featuring:

           Demonstrations: Quilting, Chainsaw Artist, Painting in the Gardens, Bonsai and Orchid Care, Bagpipes and             Blacksmithing, Outdoor Living, Camping, and Cooking

           Activities: Hands on with reptiles, rabbits, and more, yoga, story time, indoor knowledge quest, outdoor                   garden passport, S.T.E.M. station, face painting, string fling.

           Performances: Juggler, live music, caricaturist, hula hoop performer, outdoor drama, and skits.

           Food Trucks: Flying Heart Brewery, Candy Galore and More, Happy Belly's Italian Ice, Gary's cajun Cuisine,               Diamond Catering, Hot Dawg Hut, and Uneeda Taco

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