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Norton announces Art After Dark summer highlights Themes include Go All-American in honor of Independence Day, Bastille Day, Living Legends, The Genius of Picasso, and more!

Sep 4, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm

The Norton’s weekly Art After Dark series – Where Culture and Entertainment Meet – is theme-filled this summer. Many themes are in conjunction with the Museum’s summer exhibition, Wheels and Heels: The Big Noise Around Little Toys, a broad, playful look at the enduring influence of the Barbie doll and Matchbox car.

Art After Dark, sponsored by the Addison Hines Charitable Trust,is held Thursdays from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Norton, and, like last summer, the Norton is reprising its “Free Thursdays for Florida Residents” through Sept. 4, 2014. (As part of the national Blue Star Museum initiative, the Norton also offers free admission daily to active military and their families through Labor Day weekend. Please note: The Museum is closed on Mondays.)

On July 3, Art After Dark celebrates Independence Day with a curator’s talk about a Norman Rockwell painting (the July Masterpiece of the Month), tours of the American Art Collection, and performances by barbershop quartet Cameo, and country musician Tom Jackson.

Throughout the summer, curators are providing insight into remarkable works featured in the Masterpiece of the Month series, including an encore discussion of the Norman Rockwell masterpiece on July 10 as well as a Picasso masterpiece on Aug. 7 and 28, and a rare ceramic work from China on Sept. 4. Photographer Robert Weingarten’s unique “portraits” of famous individuals, including Don Shula, Buzz Aldrin, Jane Goodall, Colin Powell, and Sonia Sotomayor are featured in a Curator’s Conversation on July 17, the opening day of Living Legends: The Montage Portraits of Robert Weingarten.

Some of South Florida’s most popular music acts, including Jackson, Crazy Fingers, percussionist Chino Nuñez, the Natalie Jackson Trio, and others are also scheduled to perform at the Norton during the summer. French singer Thierry Khalfa provides the musical ambiance for the Norton’s annual Bastille Day activities on July 10, hosted in conjunction with the Multilingual Language and Culture Society again this year. Other partners involved in Art After Dark programs this summer include Mounts Botanical Garden and Blue Bell Ice Cream. 

Families can also enjoy DIY (Do It Yourself) Art Projects related to Wheels and Heels and Sketchbook Thursdays, which are held on the third Thursday of every month.


Art After Dark summer themes and highlights are as follows:

July 3              “Go All-American” with a Masterpiece of the Month talk on Norman Rockwell’s Hometown News (1942), and country music by Tom Jackson.

July 10            Learn a little French during Bastille Day festivities, featuring French art, film, music, wines, and crepes.

July 17            Enjoy the exhibition opening and Curator’s Conversation about Living Legends: The Montage Portraits of Robert Weingarten; draw a live model during Sketchbook Thursday. Catch the documentary, Mambo Man, before dancing to the music of Chino Nuñez – a Latin music “living legend” – and his band.

July 24            Celebrate The Great Outdoors, observing plein air painters Dennis Aufiery and Hope Ries in the Museum courtyard accompanied by guitarists playing soft rock music; create a cool collage; join Mounts Botanical Garden Director Allen Sistrunk for a talk on gardens around the globe. Savor free Blue Bell Ice Cream.

July 31            Attend the Norton Summer Interns’ talk at the opening of their exhibition, PLAY! Enjoy the jazz of the Natalie Jackson Trio; join the Trivia Night Challenge.

Aug. 7             Experience “The Genius of Picasso” during a discussion of August’s Masterpiece of the Month, Picasso’s Tête de Femme (Head of a Woman) from 1952.

Aug. 14           Compete during “Family Game Night;” learn to draw awesome cars at a DIY Art workshop; take a tour about Kids in Art; and play classic board games.

Aug. 21           Put on your dancing shoes for a “DJ Dance Party;” take in the Living Legends Curator’s Conversation; Sketchbook Thursday, and DIY portrait collages. 

Aug. 28           Sway to the sounds of popular Grateful Dead tribute band Crazy Fingers. PBC Classics Car Club motors in with vintage cars from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s.

Sept. 4             Visit the treasures in the Museum’s Chinese Collection and attend the final Masterpiece of the Month discussion.

About the Norton Museum

The Norton Museum of Art is a major cultural attraction in Florida, and internationally known for its distinguished Permanent Collection featuring American Art, Chinese Art, Contemporary Art, European Art and Photography. The Norton is located at 1451 S. Olive Ave. in West Palm Beach, FL., and  is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Closed on Mondays and major Holidays). General admission is $12 for adults, $5 for students with a valid ID, and free for Members and children ages 12 and under.  Special group rates are available. West Palm Beach residents receive free admission every Saturday with proof of residency. Palm Beach County residents receive free admission the first Saturday of each month with proof of residency. For additional information, please call (561) 832-5196, or visit 



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