Crowell Gallery

This month in the Crowell Gallery:

November 2018

Vermont Pastel Society Exhibit

Twelve artists from the SouthEast Regional Hub of the Vermont Pastel Society are showing selected original pastels at the Crowell Gallery at the Moore Free Library in Newfane for the month of November. There will be a reception on Saturday November 3 from 1-3 in the Gallery.

The artists are David Brown, Carol Corliss, Monica Hastings, Lesley Heathcote, Deedee Jones, Pat McPike, Matthew Peake, Jean Pollock, Cath Stockbridge, Rodrica Tilley, Maggie Smith, and Carol Stephens. These are folks who live in the area, may be your neighbors or friends, may be people you know on a professional level. All are experienced artists who enjoy working in pastel, a medium that consists of pure pigment mixed with enough binder to form a stick. Pastels have been used by artists for centuries. When framed, they are highly archival and permanent. These paintings are all for sale. There will be a price list available with contact information.

The Vermont Pastel Society is an all volunteer organization founded in 1999 with currently about 100 members. The purpose of the VPS is to build and strengthen connections among pastel artists. The VPS hosts 2 large exhibits per year, numerous workshops statewide, and now has several regional hubs which promote their own exhibits and events as well.

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.

2018 Gallery Schedule

  • January – Steven Meyer ~ drawing & painting
  • February – David Parker ~ photography  
  • March – David Parker ~ photography
  • April – Timson Hill Preschool & Newbrook Elementary Art Students – mixed media
  • May – Liz Hawkes deNiord ~ painting
  • June – Bob Askey ~ painting
  • July – Windham County Historical Society ~ Vermont artifacts
  • August – Kim Eng Yeo ~ watercolor
  • September – Gene Parulis ~ photography
  • October – Saxtons River Art Guild ~ painting
  • November – Vermont Pastel Society, Brattleboro group
  • December – Mohammed Daoudi ~ drawing

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.