A Fun Thing: The R.W. Norton Art Gallery
This past weekend, we took a field trip with friends to the R. W. Norton Art Gallery in Shreveport. Open since 1966, this museum is not only beautiful, but it houses an exception collection of work from Frederic Remington to Charles M. Russell.
A bit about the history from the website: In the early 1920's, Richard W. Norton became one of the discoverers of the Rodessa Oil Field in north Louisiana. Over time, Mr. Norton's wife and son began to amass a significant collection of fine art. In 1946, to honor Mr. Norton and for the benefit of the community, Richard W. Norton, Jr. and his mother, Mrs. Richard W. Norton ) created the R.W. Norton Art Foundation. In turn, the Foundation eventually established the R.W. Norton Art Gallery, basing its initial collection upon donations from the acquisitions of the Nortons. This means that the museum is completely free to visitors.
The best part of our visit was wandering the outdoor botanical gardens with over 40 acres of landscaped grounds with tens of thousands of plants, including several thousand of introduced and native azaleas burst forth in spring. Our friends loved it so much, they went back again the following morning.
If you’re ever in the area, I highly recommend spending a few hour’s time in this pretty place.