The Poinsettia Tree
A holiday tradition continues at the R.W. Norton Art Gallery
This twelve-foot-tall “tree” will be the first thing visitors see upon entering the museum, as it will stand in holiday splendor at the center of the Oval Gallery. In past years, local school children have made more than five hundred handcrafted, one-of-a-kind snowflakes to hang from the gallery’s ceiling above and surrounding the tree. That tradition will continue this year, but will be more community-driven, with a “Snowflake Sunday” planned for November 28, from 1:30–3:30 p.m. The public is invited to come enjoy Christmas music and create snowflakes to hang in this year’s tree display.
Accompanying the Poinsettia Tree is the Norton’s annual Christmas Exhibition, featuring works of art from the museum’s permanent collection exploring different holiday traditions and their origins. Highlighted in this exhibit is the Norton’s fourteenth-century Book of Hours that was hand-illustrated by French monks. This magnificent piece is only displayed for one month each year, as it is too delicate to be exposed to light for long periods of time. Also on view will be a Russian icon depicting the original St. Nicholas, paintings representing the Madonna, the three wise men, the nativity, and many others.
To bring even more joy this holiday season, the Norton will be hosting events throughout the month of December, including performances by local singers, costumed carolers, and holiday story times for children in our magical Fairy Tale Gallery.
The R. W. Norton Art Gallery is currently open and free to the public on Friday and Saturday from 1–7 p.m. and Sunday from 1–5 p.m. The museum is located at 4747 Creswell Avenue in Shreveport. Visit us online at rwnaf.org.