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 by Winslow Homer, George Inness, Thomas Eakins, Childe Hassam and other leading American Impressionists, and members of The Eight including Robert Henri are displayed in the original Canajoharie Gallery that opened to the public in 1929.
Bartlett Arkell encouraged his marketing staff to use both his collection, and the works he purchased for Canajoharie, in their print ads. The result of this borrowing of images from oil paintings created by artists such as Edward Gay and J.G. Brown, was a series of ad campaigns that brought “art to the masses” and linked the virtues found in the paintings with Beech-Nut gum and food products.
Exhibitions are supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.