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Heidi Norton
Natural wonders: Norton's window inserts.

The idea behind artist Heidi Norton?s current exhibit at the Elmhurst Art Museum pretty much sums up our feelings about any glorious summer day: Just hold it right there, please.

Heidi Norton: Prismatic Nature includes living plants, sculptures and resin-screen window inserts, some of which are installed in the museum?s galleries like any regular exhibit. Outside, the Garfield Park-based artist has converted a shed into an old-fashioned camera obscura.

After you?ve seen it all, pick up a copy of Norton?s interactive ?Field Guide to Elmhurst?--it?s a free take-away map--and start touring the artist?s favorite places beyond the museum?s walls. (All walkable, fear not.)

On Norton?s foot journey, you?ll explore a college-campus arboretum, see gorgeous historic homes and even check out a small museum devoted to gemstones.

It takes about two hours to see the sights on your own, or you can do a guided version with Norton herself on July 26 at 11 a.m. It?s included with admission--just arrive ready to soak up the great outdoors. ??

Through August 24 at Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave.; 630-834-0202 or elmhurstartmuseum.org

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