Opening Reception:

The Crowell Gallery invites you to consider the relationship between the written word and the painted canvas in their August exhibit that combines impressionistic landscape painter Valerie Takvorian with words of poet Mary Scriber.  Each painting will be accompanied by a poetic interpretation of the feelings it evokes, although it is entirely possible it was a poem that stirred an image in color and form.  Come and visit the gallery to experience the blending of these two media.   Valerie Takvorian “ My desire is to make paintings that relate my emotional response to the landscape that I feel deeply rooted in.  I respond to those exceptional moments that I witness and want to capture.”   Mary Scriber “Each poem is a brush stroke; a brief gesture echoing the spiritual essence intoned by the painting.  My poetry gives voice to the silence at the heart of nature.”

Valerie Takvorian graduated from the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts where some of her instructors, such as Hans Beckman, were students of the Bauhaus. She continued her education and received a B.S. in Fine Arts from New York University.  She has exhibited at the Montclair Art Museum in Montclair, New Jersey,  The Southern Vermont Art Center in Manchester, Vermont, The Canfield Gallery in Arlington, Vermont, and has an upcoming show at the Crowell Gallery in Newfane, Vermont

Mary Scriber is a poet living in Manchester, Vermont.  Her most recent publication, the poetry collection Border Lines (2015) is a collaboration with fellow poets known as the Gossamer Stone Poets.  At Skidmore College she studied creative writing with a concentration in poetry with the internationally acclaimed poet Carolyn Forche.  Her poetry was chosen for exhibition for April’s National Poetry Month event, “Poem City” in Montpelier, Vt. for 2016 and 2017 and the “Downtown Poetry” event in Poultney, Vt. for 2016 and 2017.  She has also exhibited her poetry at the Southern Vermont Art Center in Manchester, Vermont, The Canfield Gallery in Arlington, Vermont.