“Ann Weaver Norton was noted for the mysterious brick ”megaliths” she constructed on the grounds of her home in West Palm Beach, towerlike structures of handmade brick that resemble Tibetan shrines. She also made smaller works, sculptures shaped from timbers with hammer and chisel, that were exhibited at galleries in New York in 1978 and last year.
“The grounds in West Palm Beach were incorporated in 1979 as the Ann Norton Sculpture Garden, a nonprofit foundation for the display of her sculptures and a haven for birds and wildlife.
“Born in Selma, Ala., (in 1905) Mrs. Norton came to New York at the age of 19 and studied sculpture at the National Academy of Design, the Art Students League and the Cooper Union. After five years of apprenticeship with such artists as Alexander Archipenko and John Hovannes, she returned to the South in the 40’s to teach sculpture in the Norton Gallery School of Art. She was married to Mr. Norton, its founder, in 1947 and devoted herself to her work.
“Her towers were ”discovered” several years ago by artists and museum people, and in 1978 she was given a show in New York at the Clocktower, a nonprofit gallery affiliated with the Institute of Art and Urban Resources. (PS1) ”I’m just emerging, like the tip of an iceberg,” she said, visiting the city during her show. Last year, an exhibition of her smaller sculptures was at the Max Hutchinson Gallery in SoHo.
“Mrs. Norton’s work is represented in the Detroit Institute of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Norton Gallery (Norton Museum of Art) and the Musee Rodin in Paris. Last year (1981), she received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.”