Crowell Gallery

January 2021 in the Crowell Gallery

“On the Way By” by C. Peter Erickson

Painting En Passant

January 5 – 30, 2021

C. Peter Erickson applies the original French chess definition of ‘passing through’ to his art, establishing the world’s impermanence, its placement neither here nor there, but somewhere along the way.

“For many years I was most interested in painting with oil on canvas, eventually trending toward incidental objects caught in motion; En Passant. For this approach, I found airbrush techniques, once relegated to photo retouching, to be well suited for depicting the world moving before my eyes. I find it interesting when practical and commercial techniques such as airbrush, film photography and screen printing pass through a period of obsolescence to later become available for making art. This, too, is an expression of the passage of time.”

The airbrush technique he employs in his recent work enhances the feeling of moving through an event, sometimes slowly and gently, and other times wildly propelled. Peter attributes his work to the fact that he has always liked “making stuff”, and in 1980 became an architect. Following many years of construction project management, he has been biding his time by making paintings, unencumbered by the constraints of structure and gravity.

Peter will be available at the gallery January 9th and 23rd between noon and 2 pm, His work can also be found at

2021 Gallery Schedule

  • January – C. Peter Erickson
  • February  – Crowell Collection
  • March – Stephanie Nyzio
  • April – Children’s Month
  • May – Dee Dee Pastels
  • June – Paul Madalinski
  • July – Brattleboro West Arts
  • August – Pending
  • September – Natalie Calicchio
  • October – Saxtons River
  • November – Racia Gordon
  • December – Kendra Dias

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.