Crowell Gallery

October 2019 in the Crowell Gallery

“Between Earth and Sky”, Paintings and Monotypes by Claire Rosenfeld

Artist Reception: Saturday, October 5th, 1-4 pm.
The exhibit will run through October 26th.

The Figurative Expressionist paintings and prints of Claire Rosenfeld explore landscape in expansive and dramatic settings. Influenced by strong light on land forms, they reveal specific moments in time and place. Inspired by observation of mountains, waterfalls and other natural phenomena, the work also draws upon memory and invention.  Occasionally figures and horses appear in the landscape, relating the gestures of human and animal life to the visual rhythms of nature. Several of the works take the form of diptychs or triptychs.

The monotypes (singular hand-painted prints), in both ink and encaustic (wax), include images of the California fires and the Kilauea volcano eruptions in Hawaii. Additionally, there are several still life paintings with flowers.

Claire Rosenfeld is a New York City based artist, who has traveled widely, and received inspiration from indigenous cultures worldwide. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. Solo  exhibits include Museo de la Ciudad (Queretaro, Mexico), the Painting Center, Prince Street Gallery, Westbeth Gallery, Michael Ingbar Gallery, and Kanner-Kurzon Gallery in New York. Group shows include: Lori Bookstein Gallery, David McKee Gallery, Broome Street Gallery, A.I.R. Gallery, New York Studio School, Parsons School of Design, Grey Gallery, and Silvermine Guild Arts Center, amongst others in the United States; Generator Gallery and Rae Miller Gallery (San Miguel de Allende, Mexico), and La Galeria, (Altos de Chavón, Dominican Republic). Rosenfeld received an MFA from Queens College, CUNY, a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University, and studied at the New York Studio School. She has been awarded artist residencies at Fundación Valparaiso (Spain), Fundación Central Cultural (Dominican Republic), Michael Karolyi Foundation (France), MacDowell Colony, Ossabaw Island Project, Millay Colony, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Dorland Mountain Colony, Byrdcliffe Arts Colony, Hambidge Center for the Arts, and Cummington Community of the Arts, amongst others in the United States.

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
  • September – Nancy Calicchio
  • October – Claire Rosenfeld

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.