Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens Reopens – Season Filled with Outdoor Festivities

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ANN NORTON SCULPTURE GARDENS LAUNCHES SEASON WITH FALL OUTDOOR FESTIVITIES

Two-acre Sanctuary Focusing on Restoration of the 100-year-old Norton House and Artist Studio with Springtime Grand Opening Celebration

 

(West Palm Beach, Fla.) – The Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens will be going through a deep refreshing during the 2020 -2021 season. On Thursday, October 1, the two-acre oasis will open its outdoor facilities with a focus on Ann Norton’s collection of art and monumental sculptures throughout the Gardens and will continue with a variety of outdoor special events and programming. The Norton House and Artist Studio will remain closed through spring 2021 as renovations to both structures will be underway. Discounted admission prices will be applied during that time. The Gardens’ 2-acre campus will fully reopen with the exhibition “Artists At Home: Photography of Historic Artists’ Homes & Studios Program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation” on Saturday, April 17, 2021.

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Through the “Preserving a Legacy: Restoring the Historic Norton House and Artist Studio” campaign, the Gardens is raising funds to preserve Ann Norton’s 100-year-old home and studio. The renovations include repairing or replacing windows in the house as well as water-damaged floors, walls, ceilings, balconies and railings due to damage from Hurricane Irma. The Gardens has retained architect Timothy Hullihan, a third generation Palm Beach County native, to oversee the project. Hullihan’s background combines knowledge of philosophy, history, engineering, art and the natural world into his architectural practice.

 

“Ann Norton had a vision for her historic home, artist studio and rare palm gardens,” said Frances Fisher, Board Chairman at the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens. “She wanted to create a legacy – a special venue that would be left for the enjoyment and education of the community. The preservation of the Norton House and Artist Studio will guarantee that future generations can experience the magic of the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens. While renovations are underway, we welcome the community and visitors to enjoy the two-acre garden sanctuary this season with meaningful programs and activities.”

 

In addition, the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens has developed many impactful educational initiatives to reach a broader audience of families and students throughout Palm Beach County.  The Gardens will share facilities and collaborative efforts with several non-profit partners including the American Heart Association, the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County, the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Atlantic University, Palm Health Foundation, Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach and the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium.

 

The outdoor events and programs planned at the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens include the 4th Annual Sculpture in Motion, honoring Gold Star Families of Palm Beach County and Veterans, on November 14; Stories in the Gardens on Friday mornings in November; Jazz and Gospel in the Gardens, in honor of Black History Month, on Sunday afternoons in February and Evening in the Gardens on April 16. In addition, Enriching Lives with Minx Boren – A Conversation About the Essentiality of True Friendship will take place on May 14

 

The exhibition “Artists At Home: Photography of Historic Artists’ Homes & Studios Program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation” begins on April 17 and includes 50 images of artists across the country whose homes, studios and landscapes comprise the Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios(HAHS) program, part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, including images of the Gardens’ namesake, Ann Norton.

 

“We are grateful to the National Trust for Historic Preservation for including us in such a distinguished program,” said Margaret Horgan, Managing Director for the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens. “During this exhibition, we welcome guests to take a step into Ann Norton’s world, along with the worlds of the other notable artists included in the HAHS program. We are excited to showcase this exhibition in our grand opening celebration in April, especially since it was rescheduled from last year due to COVID-19.”

 

In conjunction with the HAHS exhibition, Valerie Balint, HAHS Program Manager, will present “Genius Loci: Preserved Artists’ Homes and Studios as Models of Creative Placemaking” on April 17, which explores the vitality of these historic places not only as beautiful and inspiring locales but also fascinating glimpses into the personal histories of the people who lived and worked in them. In addition, Tom Mayes, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel at the National Trust for Historic Preservation and author of Why Old Places Matter, will present “Sites of Creativity,” which will explore how places evoke feelings of belonging, continuity, stability, identity and memory, as well as history, national identity and architectural merit.

 

Artists At Home: Photography of Historic Artists’ Homes & Studios Program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation was made possible with support of the Henry Luce Foundation and the Wyeth Foundation for American Art.

 

The Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, Inc. is a non-profit foundation established in 1977 by resident sculptor Ann Weaver Norton (1905-1982). An urban sanctuary of almost two acres, the compound comprises Norton’s historic house with exhibition galleries, her studio, monumental sculptures and tropical gardens of rare palms and cycads.

 

Located at 253 Barcelona Road in the historic El Cid neighborhood of West Palm Beach, the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens is open Wednesday through Sunday (starting October 5 – outdoors only), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Normal admission has been discounted while the Norton House and Artist Studio are under renovations: free for members and children under five, $12 for non-member adults, $8 for seniors (age 65 and older) and $5 for students and children five years of age and older. Special event pricing will vary. Garden Tours and Talks are available at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays. The Gardens are also available for private events and are closed on major holidays.  For more information, please visit www.ansg.org or call 561-832-5328.

 

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2020-2021 Events/Exhibitions

 

Stories in the Gardens

In Celebration of National Family Literacy Month

In Partnership with the Mandel Public Library and the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium

November 6, 13, 20 at 9 a.m.

 

  • What: Stories in the Gardens – in celebration of National Family Literacy Month and in partnership with the Mandel Public Library and the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium

 

Get the whole family together to read a good book! Studies show that reading activities with family is the most important factor when it comes to preparing young children to read on their own.

 

Bring your children ages 2 to 6 to hear a special storyteller in an inspiring setting surrounded by nature, music, science and art. All registrants will leave with an activity kit to do at home.

 

 

  • Admission: Complimentary admission. Registration required and space is limited

 

 

 

4th Annual Sculpture in Motion: The Art of Pre- and Post-War Automobiles

Honoring Gold Star Families of Palm Beach County and Veterans

Saturday, November 14, 2020

 

 

  • What: 4th Annual Sculpture in Motion: The Art of Pre- and Post-War Automobiles

 

Sculpture in Motion, honoring Gold Star Families of Palm Beach County and Veterans, welcomes visitors of all ages to experience the history and design of one-of-a-kind, classic pre- and post-war automobiles. Group tours by renowned automotive historians will be offered throughout the day and guests will have the opportunity to be the judges and cast their votes for “Most Artistic,” “Most Elegant,” “People’s Choice” and “Young Connoisseur.”

 

At the conclusion of the event, the community and guests will have the opportunity to view the Grand Tour Parade of Cars departing the main lawn from the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, crossing the bridge and touring the island of Palm Beach.

 

 

 

  • Admission: **Please note that tickets are pre-sold by time slot and ANSG will have special admission pricing for the entire day on Saturday, November 14, 2020 which includes:
    • $25 for adults, $15 for ANSG members and $8 for children

 

 

Second Annual Gospel & Jazz in the Gardens

Sundays in February – 1 to 3 p.m. (February 7, 14, 21, 28)

 

  • What: Second Annual Gospel & Jazz in the Gardens

 

In honor of Black History Month, ANSG is proud to present Gospel & Jazz in the Gardens. Visitors will have the opportunity to listen to gospel and jazz from visiting world class artists among the monumental works of Ann Norton.

 

 

  • When: Sundays in February – 1 to 3 p.m.

 

  • Admission: Normal admission is free for members, $12 for non-member adults, $8 for seniors (age 65 and older), $5 for students and children ages 5 and up, and children under five are free.

 

 

Evening in the Gardens

Friday, April 16, 2021 – 6 to 8 p.m.

 

  • What: Evening in the Gardens

 

In celebration of the reopening and dedication of the Norton home and studio and the exhibition Artists At Home: Photography of Historic Artists’ Homes & Studios Program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Gardens will hold its annual Evening in the Gardens. The event, which honors Gardens Conservancy level membership, includes the presentation of the Ann Norton Award for Philanthropy, an award extended annually to individuals who advance the mission of the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens and embrace Ann Norton’s vision for her legacy to our community.

 

 

 

  • Admission: $500 – includes Gardens Conservancy membership

 

 

 

Artists At Home: Photography of Historic Artists’ Homes & Studios Program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation

April 17, 2021 – June 2021

Sponsored by Henry Luce Foundation and the Wyeth Foundation for American Art

 

  • What: Artists At Home: Photography of Historic Artists’ Homes & Studios Program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation

 

The images in this exhibition represent the artists whose homes, studios and landscapes, now open as public sites, comprise the membership of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s national consortium, the Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios Program. This group of 44 affiliated sites, and the artists associated with them, represent the historical evolution of art in America, with breadth that spans over 150 years, tremendous geographic diversity, and representation of all major mediums including painting, sculpture, graphic arts, photography, furniture and decorative arts. The copies of historic photographs on exhibition and the quotations (often the artists’ own words) which accompany them have been selected by each respective site, often drawing upon materials from their own archival collections, casting a bright light on another layer of rich material that these sites have to offer to both scholars and the visiting public.

 

 

o   Exhibition runs Wednesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

o   Garden Tours and Talks are available at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays.

 

  • Admission: Normal admission is free for members, $15 for non-member adults, $10 for seniors (age 65 and older), $7 for students, and children under five are free.

 

 

Speaker Series

Valerie Balint, Historic Artists’ Homes & StudiosProgram Manager – April 17, 2021 at 10 a.m.

Tom Mayes, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel at the National Trust for Historic Preservation and author of Why Old Places Matter April 17, 2021 at 11 a.m.

 

  • What:
    • Valerie Balint, HAHS Program Manager, will present “Genius Loci: Preserved Artists’ Homes and Studios as Models of Creative Placemaking,” which explores the vitality of these historic places not only as beautiful and inspiring locales but also fascinating glimpses into the personal histories of the people who lived and worked in them.
    • Tom Mayes, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel at the National Trust for Historic Preservation and author of Why Old Places Matter, will present “Sites of Creativity,” which will explore how places evoke feelings of belonging, continuity, stability, identity and memory, as well as history, national identity and architectural merit.

 

    • Valerie Balint, Historic Artists’ Homes & Studios Program Manager – 10 a.m.
    • Tom Mayes, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel at the National Trust for Historic Preservation and author of Why Old Places Matter 11 a.m.

 

  • Admission: Normal admission is free for members, $15 for non-member adults, $10 for seniors (age 65 and older), $7 for students, and children under five are free.

 

 

Enriching Lives with Minx Boren – A Conversation About the Essentiality of True Friendship

Friday, May 14, 2021

 

  • What: Enriching Lives with Minx Boren – A Conversation About the Essentiality of True Friendship

 

Recognizing the restorative power of art and nature on behalf of our wellbeing, Minx Boren, a master certified coach and author of Healing Is a Journey and Friendship Is a Journey, will inspire meaningful conversation and deep engagement among participants about what gives life to life – what awakens our creativity and passion, our dreams and resourcefulness and our will and willingness to do the next right thing.

 

Boren, MCC, credentialed through the International Coach Federation, is a writer, poet, motivational speaker and workshop facilitator. She is the author of four books of poetry and co-author of eight books for women. She is a longtime advocate of healthwise lifestyle practices, with a background in nutrition and teaching healthy cooking, and is passionate about the importance of supportive and sustainable food choices, practices, packaging and distribution.

 

 

 

  • Admission: Normal admission is free for members, $15 for non-member adults, $10 for seniors (age 65 and older), $7 for students, and children under five are free.