Crowell Gallery

December 2018 in the Crowell Gallery:

Mohammed Daoudi

The Crowell Gallery is pleased to exhibit recent drawings and paintings of Mohammed Daoudi. Mr. Daoudi was born in 1958 and grew up in Tangier, Morocco. After graduating high school he attended Skidmore College and Columbia University. Daoudi moved to Seattle in 1985 where he decided to make art the main focus of his life. Ten years later, Daoudi and his wife moved to East Dummerston where he continues to make art.

As a self-taught artist, who was brought up as a Muslim, is married to a Jewish woman and lives in the west, Mohammed finds himself gravitating mostly toward subject matter that delves into such nuanced and complex cultural characteristics. Daoudi attempts to reconcile these nuances in his work by borrowing and taking from both the western artistic tradition and the rich Moroccan cultural palette. This approach as well as the current political climate manifest themselves in his recent work on canvas and paper.

Mohammed Daoudi has exhibited in Seattle, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Recently at Keene State’s Carroll House Gallery. His artwork can be found in private collections from San Diego to Munich.

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

Interested in exhibiting your art at the Crowell Gallery? Email crowellartgallery@gmail.com 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.