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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.



The World of Frida 

organized by the Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, California 

24 September - 28 November 2021

The World of Frida celebrates the culture, style, and persona of visionary Mexican painter Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), an artist who continues to inspire with her story of love, adventure, and pain. Celebrated globally today as an iconic, renegade artist and outspoken feminist, Kahlo’s life began perilously. Stricken with polio as a child, and injured as a teenager in a bus accident that left her permanently disabled, Kahlo was subjected to enormous pain and turmoil early in her life. While recovering from her accident, Kahlo returned to her childhood hobby — painting. Soothed by the solace of art making, it was during this period that she decided to become an artist.

While Kahlo’s life was short-lived — she died at 47— her story continues to inspire artists of the 21st century. The 95 international artists featured in The World of Frida have reinterpreted many aspects of Kahlo’s life in an array of media — from honoring her self-portraits, to depicting her love affair with Diego Rivera, to recognizing her emotional, physical, professional and societal struggles. The exhibition is an incredible tribute to an artist who continues to influence millions by the simple fact that she was always true to herself, no matter the cost. 

CLICK HERE to download free coloring pages generously provided by exhibition artist Susana Sánchez.


Facebook, Twitter & Instagram: @thedesigningchica 

Melodious Masterpieces

Do you hear music when you look at a painting? Does a specific scene touch your heart and make you hum a melody? Well, if so, we ask you to join our amazing social media followers who helped curate Spotify playlists full of the songs they hear when looking at pieces from the Norton's permanent collection.

Be sure to follow us on SpotifyInstagram, and Facebook for more music challenges. 

A Day at the Museum Coloring Book

Welcome to the R.W. Norton Art Gallery's coloring book! 

CLICK HERE to download the full coloring book. 

Once you’ve had your way with the Crayolas, please share your creations with the world via social media, using the hashtag #colorthenorton 

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Frida Fest

in partnership with 318 Latino

Friday | September 24 | 4:00 - 7:00 PM

The R.W. Norton Art Gallery and 318Latino would like to invite the community to Frida Fest! Frida Fest is a night to celebrate the opening of the Norton’s fall exhibition, The World of Frida, as well as the spirit of renowned Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo. The event will take place on Friday, September 24th from 4:00-7:00 PM at the R.W. Norton Art Gallery.

Frida Fest is free and open to the public and will include music, family activities, food trucks, a look-a-like contest, and lots of Frida-inspired art. While the bulk of the event will be held outside, The World of Frida featuring over 90 contemporary artists celebrating the culture, style, and persona of visionary painter Frida Kahlo will be available inside the museum for you to explore. Masks are required for all visitors inside the museum, ages 5 and up.

Join us as we celebrate community, music, food, and the beauty that is The World of Frida!

Food Provided by: Ki Mexico, Hot Dawg Hut Food Truck, Miguelito Burrito, and Happy Belly's Italian Ice

Face Painting by Gracing Faces • Family activities provided by 318 Latino & CE Byrd Art Club

Sign up for the Frida Look-A-Like Contest HERE

Twilight Talkies: Coco starts at 8:00 PM



Backyard Books: The Ugly Duckling

Friday | October 1 | 10:00 AM

Want to spark your child’s imagination? Well, bring a blanket and join us on the lawn of the R.W. Norton Art Gallery Friday, September 10th as we read a classic children's fairy tale. Fill their souls with the magic of timeless stories and join them as they revel in the mystery of a quiet walk in the woods. Each week we will read a different tale accompanied by a hands-on activity and garden quest. Participants will explore the museum’s enchanted gardens in search of magical items or beasts related to each week's tale. The books and activities are most appropriate for Pre-K through 3rd grade, but any age is welcome. Adults are strongly encouraged to partner with their children.

This is an outdoor event and a check-in table will be sited at the south end of the museum. Please be mindful that the museum is closed and there are no bathrooms or water fountains available. Length of event will be between 30 - 45 minutes.

To help maintain social distancing guidelines, tickets will be limited and MASKS ARE REQUIRED for adults and children 5 and over. One activity and one garden quest packet will be available to the ticket holder upon arrival.

CLICK HERE for tickets.  

Twilight Talkies

Join us for our Twilight Talkies series on 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 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm (Check our social media for a list of trucks.)

2021 Schedule:

September 24 - Coco

October 15 - Ghostbusters

November 5 - The Little Giants 

No Pets Allowed at this Event