The Crowell Art Gallery Presents

January 2021

On the Way By Painting En Passant
Crowell Gallery, January 5th – 30th, 2021
Moore Free Library, 23 West Street, Newfane, VT

C. Peter Erickson

C. Peter Erickson

C. Peter Erickson applies the original French chess definition of ‘passing through’ to his art, establishing the world’s impermanence, it’s 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 screenprinting, 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

The Crowell Gallery is open during library hours: Tues 1-5, Weds 2-6, Thurs 1-5, Fri 2-6, Sat 10-2. The library maintains strict adherence to Covid-19 guidelines limiting the number of patrons to 10. We are pleased to be able to offer this event, all are welcome, free admittance.