Current Exhibitions
Capturing the Essence

The Artwork of Beth Van Hoesen and Mark Adams
March 10 - June 10, 2018

From luminous watercolors to stunning prints, the work of Mark Adams and Beth Van Hoesen captures the essence of everyday objects and animals in a realistic manner. Van Hoesen and Adams met at the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco in 1952. She was from Boise, Idaho; he was born and raised locally in Fort Plain, New York. Adams relates in a 1984 interview that he “came to California to see what it was like, met Beth and got married.”

Both studied painting, Van Hoesen at Stanford University and Adams at Syracuse University, and both later embraced diverse media. Van Hoesen distinguished herself as a major figure in 20th century printmaking. Adams created monumental tapestry and stained glass before turning to watercolor as his primary medium. During their early careers, Abstract Expressionism dominated American painting yet Van Hoesen and Adams focused on capturing the art found in everyday life with extraordinary images of objects, animals, and people they knew.

The upper torso and head of a mountain lion, who stares out at the viewer intently from a stark sand colored background
Beth Van Hoesen (1926-2010)
"Maharani," 1988, aquatint, etching, and drypoint on paper
Gift of the E. Mark Adams and Beth Van Hoesen Adams Trust, 2011
Fine Art Animals

From the Collection of the Arkell Museum at Canajoharie
March 10 - October 21, 2018

Explore works featuring exotic, domestic, wild and working animals from the Museum's permanent collection, including both rarely exhibited watercolors and oil paintings. Works span the 19th and 20th centuries and include works by George Inness, Henry E. Schnakenberg, and Robert Brackman.

Two small, colorful birds, grouse, stand on rocks atop a wooded mountainside
Howard Hill (1823-1888)
"Two Grouse," 1866
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Anthony London, 2003
War Log: The Lt. Eugene Vickary WWII Collection

Spring 2017- Spring 2018
Canajoharie native Lieutenant Eugene Paul Vickary was a Navigator for the U.S. Army Air Force. His plane was shot down on October 1, 1943, and Vickary was taken prisoner of war. He was held in Stalag Luft III in Żagań from October 11, 1943 until January 27, 1945. He was then transferred to Stalag VII-A in Moosberg, and held there until the camp was liberated by American soldiers on April 29, 1945. "War Log" features his journal from his time as a captive, as well as a select number of his personal artifacts from his time serving our country.

This exhibition has been extended into 2018

Photo of WWII bomber squadron
The Walkway & Memorial Garden

Learn more about the early history of the Beech-Nut Packing Company and using fine art as advertising to the legacy and philanthropy of the Arkell Family. Then, step outside and enjoy the beauty of the Memorial Garden, designed by Bartlett Arkell and built in memory of his wife Louisanna Grigsby Arkell.

History exhibit with glass panels mounted on a stone wall
History and art exhibit with images, artifacts, and text on the wall
Garden and flowers with bronze statue against a modern white building
Arkell’s Inspiration: Art for the People

This exhibition features late 19th and early 20th-century American paintings purchased by Bartlett Arkell, the founder and first president of the Beech-Nut Packaging Company. Works including seven oil paintings by Winslow Homer, all currently on display, and significant paintings by many distinguished artists including Thomas Benton, William M. Chase, Childe Hassam, John Singer Sargent, Albert Bierstadt, and Gilbert Stuart are displayed in the original Canajoharie Gallery that opened to the public in 1929.

Formal art gallery with framed paintings hanging on the walls under a frosted glass ceiling
The mission of the Arkell Museum at Canajoharie and the Canajoharie Library is to promote and celebrate the understanding and enjoyment of the arts and humanities in Canajoharie, the Mohawk Valley, and beyond. The Arkell Museum collects, preserves, researches and presents American Art and Mohawk Valley History, and promotes active participation in art and history related activities, to enhance knowledge, appreciation and personal exploration by all.

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