Steven Meyer’s “Landscapes & Critters”
ARTIST RECEPTION – Saturday January 6th from 1pm to 3pm
Newfane Artist Steven Meyer will display a selection of his recent artwork at The Crowell Gallery in Newfane, Vermont for the month of January. His work depicts mostly local farmstead scenes from the West River Valley. Of particular interest has been the Retreat Farm with it’s eclectic mix of barns and outbuildings. For years, Steven focused on oil painting but recently made a change. “I wanted to get away from the fumes. So for the past two years, I have worked exclusively with india ink on Yupo paper. I love to draw and compose. This medium suits me perfectly right now. It also allows for lots of spontanaity and unplanned surface patterns that are really interesting.” Meyer explained.
This is especially evident in his critters. Meyer has designed lots of toys for Mary Meyer Stuffed Toys in Townshend, a company named for his grandmother. “The critters develop quickly. Often, I barely have an idea what the character will look like until the ink begins to flow.” Steven creates his work with brushes, squeegees, spray bottle, Q-tips, steel wool, paper towels, and other assorted materials (mostly from the hardware store). Stop into the Crowell Gallery at the Moore Free Library for a visual treat you’re sure to enjoy.
October 20th from 7pm to 9pm
Bob Zentz and Jeanne McDougall Zentz return to Moore Free Library for a concert of folk music and “edu-tainment” on Friday, October 20 at 7pm. Bob is a singer of songs about people, places and times gone by, a teller of the tales behind the songs he sings and a scholar of the evolution of homemade music. From traditional Celtic ballads and sea chanteys to science fiction songs and poetry set to music, the evening’s selections will be chosen from Bob’s vast repertoire of more than 2,000 songs. Bob brings to every performance a variety of instruments ranging from the more common guitar and concertina to the more unusual hurdy-gurdy and his one inch harmonica. Bob and Jeanne effortlessly weave vocals, instruments, anecdotes, humor, humanity and history into an evening of pure musical fun and entertainment.
Admission : $15 for adults $12 for seniors/students
Kathie Gatto-Gurney Tangled Roots Rising
Crowell Gallery – September 2017
Artist Reception : Thursday, September 7th from 5pm to 7pm
Kathie Gatto-Gurney’s Tangled Roots Rising, a new sculpture installation, will be on display in Moore Free Library’s Crowell Art Gallery during the month of September.
The tangled branches and interwoven grotto-like clay sculptures, ranging from one to four feet high, were inspired by Gatto-Gurney’s childhood moments spent in silence alongside Catholic statues.
Gatto-Gurney’s work as a ceramic sculptor is influenced by her experience as a dancer. Her goal is to translate fluid motion into solid form, so that it bends and twists from all perspectives. She considers the positive and negative spaces and allows the intuitive process to guide her discoveries. Her process seeks to find the aliveness between something improvisational and something composed.
A short video of Gatto-Gurney’s modern dance, her former means of expression, will play at the reception on September 7th.
This July we have two artists sharing the space in the Crowell Gallery: Sharon Meyer, a sculptor working this month in paper, and Karma Kitaj exhibiting the ancient art of ‘encaustic’ painting.
“Luminous Uncharted Spaces”
July 1 – 31, Crowell Art Gallery at the Moore Free Library
Reception July 8th, 1-3 pm Free and open to the public.
Karma was introduced to the medium of encaustic (meaning to “burn in”), the ancient art of painting with pigmented molten wax. She fell in love with the luminosity of the wax, the smell of it, the layering, the embedding of anything not too heavy. The building up of the surface into texture or 3-D. The torching of shellac or alcohol inks on wax to create undulating shapes. Heating the way to make smooth ponds. Juxtaposing these all for viewing in her July exhibit.
Sharon started her career as an art teacher. She has been an artist and a chef for most of her life, catering weddings and making brides happy. Traditionally trained in sculpture and a self taught quilt artist, Sharon went to graduate school to get her MFA in 2010. For five years she challenged herself to do work that she had never dreamed of doing. When she graduated in 2015, her thesis piece was an installation in four parts: collage, print, fabric and calligraphy, exploring the state of marriage and weddings. Her exhibit this month is a unique combination of all these mediums.
The Crowell Gallery is pleased to present the work of local artist Rich Ray. Rich’s creative mixed media images are a result of his unique layering technique using photography, abstract painting and ink work. His current exhibit is titled “Faces of Love” and will be in the Gallery throughout the month of May.
Reception Saturday May 6th, 1-3 pm.
Gallery hours: Tues, Wed, Fri, 1:00-5:00 pm, Thurs, 2:00-7:00 pm., Sat,10:00am-1 pm
The Crowell Gallery at the Moore Free Library Presents:
“The Natural Order of Things”
A photographic exhibit by Alexis Doshas, March 3rd – 31st.
Reception March 4th, 1-3 pm.
“For this exhibit, The Natural Order of Things, I selected images that explore my belief that humans are a part of nature and are inseparable from it. It is where we come from and where we return. What has emerged in my images is the intimacy of life and land. I look beyond the seductive and picturesque landscapes for the honest, quirky, and sincere in the world; however difficult or un-pretty- so we can begin to recognize and appreciate the intimacy in our own personal landscapes.
I’m interested in mixing old world and new world techniques. I work with pinhole cameras made from tins, a 1950’s model Rolleiflex, a Kodak Brownie, and more recently a Hasselblad 501c; cyanotype and van dyke printing processes as well as archival inkjet prints from film and paper negatives. I work out of my home studio at the base of the Green Mountains in Wardsboro, VT.”
Tues., Wed., Fri., 1:00 – 5:00 p.m., Thurs., 2:00 – 7:00 pm., Sat.10:00 – 1 pm
This wonderful photographic exhibit will be available for viewing through December and includes images by club members Tom Singleton, Roger Turner, William Dixon, Paul Miller, Liz Lavorgna, Donald Miller, Robert George, John Taylor, and Kathy Carr.