Crowell Gallery

September 2022 in the Crowell Gallery

Kris Stewart, Oil Painter and Billie Stark, Potter

September 1-30, 2022
Artist reception,: September 10, 2022, 1:00-3:00 pm

This September the Crowell Gallery will be exhibiting the work of two artists; oil painter Kris Stewart and potter Billie Stark.

Stewart will display with her representational paintings of the natural world she sees as filled with light, color and texture. “My goal is to extend an invitation to experience our natural world emotionally as well as visually.” Through her work she hopes to conjure feelings of sympathy for, and appreciation of nature’s beauty and diversity. Whether it be still life, landscapes or the animals who inhabit it, Stewart’s images are intimate and familiar.

Stark has had a long relationship with clay, finding it balances her logical and ordered life allowing her to focus totally on the clay body and the evolving creative process. “My work in clay reflects a basic part of me – the logical, ordered part of me, while at the same time allows me the freedom to try new things and experiment a bit.” Like Stewart, Stark’s pottery reflects her love of nature, from bird feeders to hand-etched plant pots, or plant-imprinted platters. Expect to see functional pieces for the most part, but part of the beauty of clay is its flexibility.

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.