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Norton Museum of Art is throwing a Bastille Day party

The Norton Museum of Art may be shutting down for seven months, but the West Palm Beach museum isn’t going away quietly.

Before it closes on July 16 to add final polish to its $100 million face-lift and expansion, the Norton will celebrate Bastille Day on Saturday, July 14. The museum’s free celebration of democracy, marking the day French revolutionaries captured the fortress that stood as a symbol of royal tyranny, will include a day of French art and music.

The noon-5 p.m. Bastille Day programming will highlight the Norton’s French-art collection with paintings by Monet, Matisse, Pissarro, Degas, Braque and Gauguin. That will be paired with Gypsy jazz by local quartet Les Nuages and arias by the group Opera Fusion, along with art talks and a French watercolor workshop. The South Florida Petanque Club will offer lessons in the French game of pétanque, a bocce ball-style variant with all-metal balls.

Once the museum closes, limited Norton programming will continue at nearby food hall Grandview Public Market (1401 Clare Ave., West Palm Beach). Among the highlights are five Family Art Pop-Ups, an artmaking workshop for children 5-12 (the next workshop takes place 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. July 28), and a curator-led art talk on Oct. 17. Find the Norton’s full lineup of offsite programs at Norton.org/Grandview.

The Norton will reopen to the public on Feb. 9, 2019.

When: Noon-5 p.m. Saturday, July 14 (Bastille Day). The museum will close July 16 for seven months.

Where: Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach

Cost: Free

Contact: 561-832-5196 or Norton.org

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