Current Exhibitions
George Inness: The Arkell Collection

June 6, 2014 - January 4, 2015

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
Winslow Homer: The Nature and Rhythm of Life from the Arkell Collections

September 2, 2014 - January 4, 2015

Reception on September 5, 2014 Look at events for more information.

Bartlett Arkell purchased and donated 20 Winslow Homer works to the Canajoharie Art Gallery. These watercolors and oil paintings, along with other Homer works Arkell acquired for his personal collection will be reunited for this exhibition that opens at the Fenimore Art Museum and then returns for a big celebration at the Arkell Museum in the fall 2014. These works span Homer's career from his first works in oil, to his first watercolors up to his fantastic marine painting at Prout's Neck, Maine "Watching the Breakers--A High Sea."

Winslow Homer (1836-1910)
Moonlight, 1874
watercolor
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.

Exhibitions are funded, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, the Windover Foundation and Fenimore Asset Management

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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