WEST PALM BEACH, FLA (September 11, 2012) – Currently on display throughout the Gallery at the Ann Norton Sculpture Garden works selected from over 600 drawings and watercolors by the artist. The works were originally selected for the 2012 University of Alabama College of Art and Science at the Sella Granda and Sarah Moody Gallery Exhibition last February. For the current exhibition a smaller group of drawings from the original show have been selected which included bronzes and the plaster model heads from her Seven Beings. The works include from pastel and charcoal works from Norton’s Tibetan, Sculptures and Watercolors Series.
“Drawing is defined as a form of visual expression or graphic representation of an object, form or idea, created by using lines,” says Cynthia Palmieri, Executive Director of the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens. “For Ann Weaver Norton, drawing was a design diary for her ideas until she was able to translate the two dimensional drawings into envisioned three-dimensional works.” The drawings provide an intimate look into the artist’s process. Norton introduced color perhaps in imagining the translation of her drawings into brick or other natural materials. Her confident and well defined drawings highlight her strength as a two dimensional artist.
The Exhibition also serves to launch the first ever issued Limited Edition Archival Prints by Ann Norton. The 2012 Series features 12 reproductions of the artists print work. Sold in editions of 50, authorized by the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, Inc., and printed by Zebra Publications, reserve orders for the print edition are being taken at the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens. A catalog of the works will be available for the October 10th guest reception at the Gardens.
Born in Selma, Alabama, Ann Vaughn Weaver drew from the time she was 5 years old and received her first sculpting tool at age 8. Like many young artists, Ann moved to New York to study at the National Academy of Design, Arts Student League of New York and Cooper Union. She studied with artists John Hovannes, Leon Kroll, Jose de Creft, and was studio assistant to Alexander Archipenko. While in New York, Ann’s work was well received and she participated in group shows at the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art and was the recipient of two Carnegie Traveling Fellowships. During her career she participated in solo and group exhibitions at the Schneider Gallery, Rome, Musée Rodin, Paris, Bodley Gallery, New York, Max Hutchinson Gallery, New York, Lowe Museum of Art, Miami, The Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach and the Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach.
In 1977 Ann Weaver Norton had the foresight to establish a foundation: Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, Inc. Ann sought to preserve the historically significant art studio, the sculpture gardens and the architecture that comprise what is now the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens - a unique national and local treasure. Ann lived and worked at 2051 South Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach for 34 years until the time of her death in 1982. The Gardens is now operated as a private foundation supported by an open membership, Garden Conservancy, and an elective Board of Trustees. Available services include: Exhibitions, guided tours of the gardens and Norton's original sculpture studio, guest lectures, and educational programs. All programs promote a preservation ethic and incorporate the arts, environmental awareness, and interpretive history of Ann Weaver Norton.
A member/guest reception will be held Wednesday October 10 from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. For more information please visit: www.ansg.org or call: 561-832.5328.
About the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens: The historic Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, Inc. is a recognized 501 (c) (3) operating foundation established in 1977 by the prominent sculptor Ann Weaver Norton (1905-1982). The gardens are conveniently located at 2051 South Flagler Drive, in West Palm Beach, Florida. The rare palm and sculpture gardens, exhibition galleries and artist studio are currently open Wednesday-Sunday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.