Art After Dark Celebrates Bastille Day

The Norton Museum’s weekly Art After Dark series dons a beret and speaks with a French accent for its annual Bastille Day Celebration. The event will be this Thursday, July 14 from 5 to 9 p.m. All the evening’s activities – music, film, language lessons, food, drink, and, of course art – are presented with a French twist! And admission is FREE!

The celebration features the gypsy jazz and French pop sounds of The French Horn Collective a popular, Miami-based  band led by singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist Vincent Raffard, a South Florida transplant from Paris. Raffard leads a group of versatile musicians who perform eclectic, original tunes as well as French classics, ska, polka, and world music, and are sure to put some swing in your thing during this Francophile fête.  Also, Cheryl Brutvan, Director of Curatorial Affairs/Curator of Contemporary Art, leads a Curator’s Conversation about the new installation of works from the Museum Collection titled A Fresh Look at European Art.

And what’s a French celebration without a French lesson? Learn to parlez a little français with help from the Multilingual Language & Cultural Society of West Palm Beach.  Potions in Motion is providing a menu of French food and drink throughout the evening, including savory, freshly made crepes, and a coffee bar, featuring café au lait, cappuccino, fancy French liqueur, and more.

The evening’s schedule for Bastille Day celebration is as follows:

5 p.m. – Members-only Gallery Talk / The French Connection: Claude Monet and Mark Fox: Museum curators lead a discussion for Museum members about the connections between Claude Monet’s painting, Gardens of the Villa Moreno, Bordighera, from the Museum Collection, and the new acquisition, Mark Fox’s multi-channel video, Giverny: Journal of an Unseen Garden.

Art After Dark Celebrates Bastille Day
Dino DiArtist

5-8:30 p.m. – Caricaturist: Dino DiArtist Dino captures the “inner you” in his inimitable and light-hearted caricature portraits.
5:15-5:45 p.m. - Beginners’ French Lesson / Learn the basics with a talented instructor from our community partners, the Multilingual Language & Cultural Society.
5:30-6:30 p.m. & 7-8 p.m. – Music / French Horn Collective performs

5:30 p.m. – Tour / Trois Femmes: Images of Women in French Art

5:30-8:30 p.m. - Art Demo: En Plein Air Painters / French Impressionists were interested in how changing light influenced color outdoors. Observe artists Hope B. Reis and Alessandra Gieffers create art outdoors in the Museum’s Central Courtyard. The term en plein air is French for “in the open air.”

6-8 p.m. - DIY Class: A la Renoir / French painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir loved to paint people having fun.  Using pastels, try drawing your friends and other visitors celebrating Bastille Day!

6-8 p.m. – Documentary / Paris: The Luminous Years (120 mins.) The story of Paris as midwife to modernity, the film spotlights key figures in the art world’s first international avant-garde, tracing who came to Paris and how the city transformed them and their work.

6:30 p.m. – Curator’s Conversation / A Fresh Look at European Art Cheryl Brutvan discusses the new installation of European art from the Museum Collection.
7:30 p.m. – Tour / Trois Hommes: Images of Men in French Art
All Evening: French food and drink / Potions in Motion provides a cash bar and light bites, including  freshly made crepes, and a coffee bar, featuring café au lait, cappuccino, and more.

The Norton is located at 1451 S. Olive Ave. in West Palm Beach, FL., and during construction through December 2018 is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. and Thursday, noon to 9 p.m., and is free to the public. The Museum is closed on Mondays and major holidays. For additional information, please call (561) 832-5196, or visit