Crowell Gallery

January – February 2019 in the Crowell Gallery:

The Crowell Collection

The Crowell Gallery at the Moore Free Library in Newfane, Vermont will be exhibiting their outstanding collection of contemporary southern Vermont artists.  The Gallery, housed in the Moore’s renovated 1890’s barn at the back of the library, was restored by local artists Dan and Gray MacArthur in 2002. 
Robert L. Crowell served as a trustee of the Moore Free Library from 1976 to 2001, five of those years as president of the Board. As the Library’s primary benefactor, he funded scholarship programs, literacy awards, and Library renovations.  He passed away June 29, 2001.  Aside from his sponsorship of the Moore Free Library, Bob Crowell is remembered for many other generous acts to the Newfane community; a library addition for the NewBrook Elementary School. a yearly nursing scholarship through the Valley Health Council, a scholarship for Newfane and Brookline residents who plan to attend college, a restoration to the Union Hall and the planting and maintenance of many village trees.  He has also donated undeveloped land to conservation organizations.  These many gifts will continue to enrich the village for years to come.  

The Crowell permanent collection is on view in January and February.  March through December 2019 the gallery hosts changing exhibits.  Hours Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 1pm-5pm, Thursday 2-7pm and Saturday 10am-1pm.  Free and open to the public.

Gallery History

The Crowell Gallery at the Moore Free Library in Newfane, VT was opened to the public on September 2, 2000. It houses an outstanding collection of contemporary Southern Vermont artists. The permanent collection is on view each winter (usually in January and/or February). For the rest of the year, the gallery hosts special monthly exhibits by local artists. The gallery also serves as a venue for public programs and meetings.

Robert and Muriel Crowell funded the renovation of the Moore family’s 1890 post and beam barn. The work was performed by local artisans Dan and Gary MacArthur. A gift in 2004 from the Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason Foundation provided tensor lighting for the gallery.

2019 Gallery Schedule

  • January – The Crowell Collection – various
  • February – The Crowell Collection – various
  • March – Stephen Tavella ~ Republic of Georgia photography
  • April – Children – pre-school art
  • May – Donald Fitzpatrick – ink on paper
  • June – Myles Danaher – acrylic
  • July – Simi Berman – acrylic/collage

Interested in exhibiting your art at the Crowell Gallery? Email for information

About Robert L. Crowell

Robert L. (Bob) Crowell, former head of the Thomas Y. Crowell Company (which later became part of Harper Collins Publishers), was the grandson of the company’s eponymous founder. Thomas Y. Crowell began publishing books in 1876 and was the first U.S. publisher of Tolstoy and Gogol. Bob joined the company as a salesman in 1931, was elected treasurer in 1937, and rose to head the company in 1938. Under his leadership, the company published Roget’s International Thesaurus, the Frank Heller detective series and numerous art and children’s books.

Bob served as a trustee of the Moore Free Library from 1976 to 2001 and was President of the board for five of those years. As the Moore Free Library’s primary benefactor, he funded scholarship programs, literary awards, and library renovations. He passed away June 29, 2001.