Crowell Gallery

June 2022 in the Crowell Gallery

“Art Among Friends” by a group of 6 local artists – Connie Evans, Alice Freeman,
Kathy Greve, Laurie Klenkel, Louise Zak and Lynn Zimmerman.

June 2 – 29, 2022
Artist Reception, Saturday, June 11, 2022, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This group of artist friends came together online during the pandemic to create new work and encourage each other on their artistic journeys. This show is a sampling of their ongoing work. Most of the pieces are in watercolor, although some oils, collage, and handmade paper books and boxes will also be on display.

Connie Evans is a retired teacher and lawyer who moved from Boston to Vermont 16 years ago. With time (at last) to pursue other interests, Connie has dabbled in a range of arts – including figurative sculpture, bookmaking, collage, painting with watercolor, gouache and oil, Japanese sumi-e painting, pen and ink drawing, paper marbling, and botanical drawing – but her primary focus has been watercolor painting. She credits her classes with the River Gallery School and Lynn Zimmerman for a solid foundation. She lives in East Dummerston.

Alice Freeman moved to Vermont in 1972 and started painting shortly thereafter. Over the years she has enjoyed painting in watercolor, acrylic, pastel, oil, and pen and ink, drawing cartoons, designing and painting furniture, and making quilts and collages. Along the way she has received instruction and encouragement from Naoto Nakagawa, Cindy Szekeres, David Rohn, and Lynn Zimmerman. Alice lives in Newfane with her husband, Castle Freeman, and her muse, long haired dachshund Freddy.

Kathy Greve has been painting in watercolor since she was a youngster. Since then she has explored photography, block printing, pottery, and acrylics, but she never lost her love for watercolor. Her teachers and mentors have included Elaine Reed, Robert O’Brien, Donna Koutrakos, Robert Seaman, Lois Phoenix, and Lynn Zimmerman, as well as the members of the Saxtons River Art Guild and the Friday Morning Artists group. She takes her subject matter from painting en plein air or from photographs taken by her son Tristan Moriarty or herself. Kathy is a longtime resident of West Townshend, VT.

Laurie Klenkel’s professional career includes many creative ventures: landscape architect, graphic designer, historic preservationist, inventor, entrepreneur and pastry chef. Laurie has always enjoyed creative problem solving, trying to find the most desirable outcome. She approaches her artwork that way, too. The work in the coming exhibition reflects her desire to write a cookbook and paint the desserts as she tests her recipes. She lives in Brattleboro.

Louise Zak began painting classes at the River Gallery School after she retired. Recently, she found the forced isolation in the pandemic liberated her artistic spirit and encouraged her to experiment with new approaches. A lifelong lover of arts and crafts and fashion design, she finds painting inspiration in nature and in photographs taken by friends and family. Louise lives in Brattleboro.

Lynn Zimmerman is, and always has been, an enthusiastic maker and painter of things. She is excited by color and the beauty of natural things and she combines those in her work in watercolor, oil, acrylic, gouache, colored pencil, and ink painting. She studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art and Rhode Island School of Design. She has worked as a designer and illustrator for more than 30 years. Lynn offers instruction in painting and drawing as well as book arts and collage with an emphasis on supporting students in their creative journeys. She lives nearby in New Hampshire.

July 2022 in the Crowell Gallery

Liz Hawkes deNiord: Edges, a New Show of Abstract Paintings

July 5-30, 2022
Artist reception and poetry reading by former Vermont state poet laureate, Chard deNiord, July 16, 2022, 3:00 – 4:30 pm

The Crowell Gallery presents a collection of Liz Hawkes deNiord’s new “right off the easel” paintings, along with selected pieces from past few years. Metaphorical edges exist per painting, addressing boundaries of images and of imagination. As the show’s title Edges suggests, the paintings reference by translation “crossing to the other side” in thought or practice in Paramita I and Paramita III. Note From the Universe series suggests edges of the unknowable Universe(s) with unfathomable distances as well as the infinitesimally, smallest thing. This show is also arranged to present luminous colors speaking across edges and ideas, referencing one painting to the next. Edges become permeable and connected.

Liz Hawkes deNiord’s second show at Crowell Gallery showcases new work as well as recent paintings connected thematically. Hawkes deNiord shows regionally and after 38 years teaching art and ceramics, she enjoys the daily challenge of engaging visually with ideas and the discipline of pushing each new work through transformative stages. A reception will be held on July 16th, 2022 from 3:00 – 4:30pm, at which Vermont’s former Poet Laureate Chard deNiord will read to us from his recent works.

2022 Gallery Schedule

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

Interested in exhibiting your art at the Crowell Gallery? Email crowellartgallery@gmail.com 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.