Current Exhibitions
George Inness: The Arkell Collection

June 6, 2014 - November 15, 2014

The exhibition features five landscapes from the permanent collection painted by George Inness between 1860 and 1882. These stunning works of art reveal the artist’s diverse painting methods and approaches during the middle of his career—from detailed depictions of nature to gestural brushwork and vague landscapes. His paintings, often referred to as Tonalist, were deeply influenced by the spiritual teachings of Emanuel Swedenborg.

George Inness (1825-1894)
The Rainbow, 1878
Oil on canvas
Arkell’s Inspiration: The Marketing of Beech-Nut and Art for the People

Permanent Exhibition

Bartlett Arkell’s collection of late 19th and early 20th century American paintings and the use of his collection to market Beech-Nut products is the focus of this exhibition. The exhibition is on display in Arkell’s original gallery and in new exhibition spaces.

Bartlett Arkell, founder of the Canajoharie Library Art Gallery and the first President of Beech-Nut Packing Company, encouraged his marketing staff to use his collection 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. Museum visitors have the opportunity to use images from the collection to create their own Beech-Nut advertisement to take home or mail as a postcard.

Exhibition funded, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency.

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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