R.W. Norton Art Gallery
4747 Creswell Avenue
Shreveport, LA 71106


Maynard Delaney
U.S. Army, World War II

Maynard, a resident of Doyline, Louisiana, was born in Shreveport in a shotgun house near the old Kickapoo Drive-In to Lewis and Rose Maynard, both of Sicilian descent. He was one of nine children. They included Rose, Roy, Joe, Dotty, Margaret, Mary, Mamie and Sadie. Maynard attended Byrd High School for two years, then Fair Park High School. He had no time for sports or other activities. "I had to work," he says. He sold newspapers, collected scrap, and picked cotton, which is a painful experience, cutting his fingers and bruising his knees. Like other cotton pickers, he crawled along rows rather than bending over. His father farmed "on halves", meaning he tilled other owners' land and kept half his crop. The family also raised sugar cane and owned a cane mill. Maynard's job was to "make the mule walk around and make the grinder go." He and his mother fished at Cross Lake to provide for their dining table. Breakfast was usually milk and bread; dinner often was sweet or Irish potatoes they had raised. On Sundays the family attended St. Johns Catholic Church. Maynard graduated from high school in 1934. To read the entire bio, click the link above.

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Gallery Closed

The gallery will be closed Friday, 17 October for a teacher conference.

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Library Exhibition

Eyewitness to History: First-Hand Accounts of the American Revolution Library Exhibit

6 September 2014 - 30 November 2014

Saturdays and Sundays Only


A large part of the Norton’s Rare and Antiquarian Book Collection is dedicated to first-hand accounts of American history. The first Eyewitness to History exhibit features reports and stories from the American Revolution by those who actually participated and/or witnessed the events they describe. From scholarly accounts of the issues involved to stirring depictions of actual warfare, these works provide a “you were there” sense of history and remind us that what we think of as the natural course of events could, in fact, have had many outcomes.

First Saturday Tour

The Classical Influence Tour

4 October 2014 @ 2:00 pm


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, finishing in our newly opened Classical Influence Gallery. 

First Saturday Tour

Celebrating the Natural World

1 November 2014 @ 2:00 pm

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. 

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Soldiers, Statesmen, and Ghosts

The Norton's Soldiers and Statesmen Gallery offers contemporaneous images of some of the great figures in American history. Men of intellect and power, they stamped their unique personalities on the fabric of America. Perhaps it's not surprising that those whose will was strong enough to forge a nation might have trouble leaving it behind: several of them are said to haunt some of their old, eh, "haunts". Take, for instance, the mischievous Benjamin Franklin, apparently as irrepressible in death as in life. Some say hes made his ghostly home in the Philadelphia Philosophical Society's library where in 1884 his zeal to consult a particular book left a cleaning woman sprawled on the floor in his wake. Fortunately, our bust of Franklin by Jean-Antoine Houdon has no legs to take it ambling. To read the whole article, please click on the link above.

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Brugmansia (Angel trumpet) are large shrubs or small trees with semi-woody, often many-branched trunks. They can reach heights of 1015 feet. They come in shades of white, yellow, pink, orange, green, or red. Most have a strong, pleasing fragrance that is most noticeable in the evening. Flowers may be single or double. Brugmansia are native to tropical regions of South America, along the Andes from Venezuela to northern Chile, and also in southeastern Brazil. They are grown as ornamental container plants worldwide, and have become naturalized in isolated tropical areas around the globe, including within North America, Africa, Australia, and Asia. Most Brugmansia are fragrant in the evenings and attract pollinating moths. Brugmansia are easily grown in moist, fertile, well-drained soil, in sun to partial shade, and in frost-free climates. They begin to flower in mid-to-late spring in warm climates and continue into the fall, often continuing as late as early winter in warm conditions. In cool winters, outdoor plants need protection from frost, but the roots are hardy, and may sprout again in late spring. Most Brugmansia may be propagated easily by rooting cuttings taken from the end of a branch during the summer. Here in the Norton gardens, we have several in the color bed behind the building.

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