Crowell Gallery

August 2019 in the Crowell Gallery – Depth, Light and Movement:

Valerie Takvorian, landscape painter and Mary Scriber, poet

The Crowell Gallery invites you to consider the relationship between the written word and the painted canvas in their August exhibit that combines impressionistic landscape painter Valerie Takvorian with words of poet Mary Scriber.  Each painting will be accompanied by a poetic interpretation of the feelings it evokes, although it is entirely possible it was a poem that stirred an image in color and form.  Come and visit the gallery to experience the blending of these two media.   Valerie Takvorian “ My desire is to make paintings that relate my emotional response to the landscape that I feel deeply rooted in.  I respond to those exceptional moments that I witness and want to capture.”   Mary Scriber “Each poem is a brush stroke; a brief gesture echoing the spiritual essence intoned by the painting.  My poetry gives voice to the silence at the heart of nature.”

Valerie Takvorian graduated from the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts where some of her instructors, such as Hans Beckman, were students of the Bauhaus. She continued her education and received a B.S. in Fine Arts from New York University.  She has exhibited at the Montclair Art Museum in Montclair, New Jersey,  The Southern Vermont Art Center in Manchester, Vermont, The Canfield Gallery in Arlington, Vermont, and has an upcoming show at the Crowell Gallery in Newfane, Vermont

Mary Scriber is a poet living in Manchester, Vermont.  Her most recent publication, the poetry collection Border Lines (2015) is a collaboration with fellow poets known as the Gossamer Stone Poets.  At Skidmore College she studied creative writing with a concentration in poetry with the internationally acclaimed poet Carolyn Forche.  Her poetry was chosen for exhibition for April’s National Poetry Month event, “Poem City” in Montpelier, Vt. for 2016 and 2017 and the “Downtown Poetry” event in Poultney, Vt. for 2016 and 2017.  She has also exhibited her poetry at the Southern Vermont Art Center in Manchester, Vermont, The Canfield Gallery in Arlington, Vermont.

Opening reception is Saturday, August 3, 2019 from 5:00 – 7:00pm.

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
  • August – Valerie Takvorian and Mary Scriber

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.