Crowell Gallery

September 2021 in the Crowell Gallery

Nancy Calicchio

September 1 – 30, 2021
Artist Reception September 11, 2021, 4-6pm

“Through the Seasons” is a collection of 20 paintings created during COVID isolation. Calicchio had always painted plein air, enjoying Vermont’s native beauty through the shifting seasons and in the fleeting light. Covid 19 changed that, forcing her to work inside her studio where she found some unexpected insights. “I learned to paint on larger canvases, inspired and informed by photographs I had taken which capture and represent very specific moments in time. I no longer had to ‘chase the light” the way I would when painting outside. I allowed the image to stop time, to expand and extend it, to bring it into my isolation where I could reimagine the moment, reflect upon it and give voice to it”,

Nancy began a second career in painting after years in education, teaching at the Grammar School in Putney and serving as the founding Head of School at Maple Street School in Manchester, VT. Her studio is in Westminster West in an old farmhouse she and her husband bought in 1966.

2021 Gallery Schedule

  • January – C. Peter Erickson
  • February  – Peter Erickson
  • March – Stephanie Nyzio
  • April – Stephanie Nyzio
  • May –Paul Madalinski
  • June – Paul Madalinski
  • July – Brattleboro West Arts
  • August – Vermont Pastel Society
  • September – Nancy Calicchio
  • October – Saxtons River
  • November – Racia Gordon
  • December – Don Fitzpatrick

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.