Crowell Gallery

November 2022 in the Crowell Gallery

Carrie Gelfan, The Back of Beyond

November 1-20, 2022
Artist reception,: November 5, 2022, 1:00-3:00 pm

Carrie Gelfan is primarily a figurative and portrait painter who draws much of her inspiration from her family and friends. The starting point for many of her paintings are photos, and drawing is always a major element in her work.  The Back of Beyond series of eight paintings were the artist’s attempt to deal with her sorrow and to honor her son-in-law who died a tragic and untimely death in 2016. In addition to this series, there will be a few additional recent works by Gelfan.
Gelfan studied art at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, Cabrillo College in Soquel, CA and at the Art Students League in New York City. In New York she studied with portrait artist William Draper and with Will Barnett. She has shown her work in numerous New England venues and is currently a member of Oxbow Gallery in East Hampton, MA . Gelfan is a long time resident of Westminster and this is her second Crowell gallery show. 

2022 Gallery Schedule

  • March – Kay Curtis
  • April – School Children
  • May – Mary Therese Wright
  • June – Friday Morning Art Group
  • July – Liz Hawkes deNiord
  • August – 
  • September – Kris Stewart and Billie Stark
  • October – Dennis Ciancimino
  • November – Carrie Gelfen
  • December – William Dixon

Interested in exhibiting your art at the Crowell Gallery? Email for information.

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.

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.