Crowell Gallery

March 2019 in the Crowell Gallery:

Stephen Tavella – Republic of Georgia Photography Exhibit

Stephen Tavella – father of a bilingual daughter currently living and working in Philadelphia, photographer, gardener, yogi, hiker, open-water swimmer, traveler, adventurer, motorcyclist, sushi-maker, and lover of all things natural – is a resident of Dummerston, Vermont. Steve has been exploring and photographing landscapes and cultures from around the world since he spent four years in the Peace Corps in the Republic of Kiribati and Solomon Islands in the 1980’s. His work and photography includes a two-year stint working with Karen refugees in northwestern Thailand, five extended work and travel trips over three years throughout Egypt, eleven years of short-term technical assistance with USAID throughout Southeast Asia, the greater Caucasus region, and East Africa, a year in Afghanistan working with farmers, six-months leading humanitarian relief operations in support of the Rohingya minority in Rakhine State, Myanmar, anthropological and spiritual work with cultures of eastern Brazil, the Peruvian Amazon, and the Santa Marta mountains of Colombia, and most recently, in 2016, six months in the Republic of Georgia as a strategic management advisor to the peace institute, The International Center for Peace and Integration.

Fifty countries and six continents later, Steve continues to travel and photograph, with his most recent work focusing on the breath-taking beauty of his beloved Vermont.

With sixteen select images, Steve hopes to convey a sense of that which is uniquely Georgian despite Greek, Roman, Arab, Persian, Mongol, Turkish, Russian, Christian, Muslim, eastern and now western invasions and influences spanning over two millennia. The exhibit is on display through March. An artist meet and greet will be held at the Crowell Gallery in Newfane from 1:00 – 3:00 PM on Saturday, March 2.

 Experience the magic!

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.