Events Calendar
Museum & Library Event
Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 4:00pm
Holiday Art & Craft Fair

Join us for a celebration of handcrafted and homemade wares at the Arkell Museum & Canajoharie Library’s 2017 Holiday Art & Craft Fair. This year, our fair will take place on Saturday, November 18 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. We are excited to bring this wonderful event back for another year and look forward to showcasing the talent of our local artisans. We will also be sponsoring a basket raffle to support the “Haven for Hope”, which provides transitional housing for women in need.

This year our Holiday Art & Craft Fair will feature artisan craft vendors, the Library’s used book sale, the Palatine Literary Society luncheon to benefit their award to a graduating senior, a bake sale by our local Girl Scouts, free family activities, and a children’s toy and winter clothing drive to benefit the Salvation Army Toys for Tots program. The Arkell Museum will also be open for visitors at a discounted $5.00 admission with two wonderful new exhibitions, Masterworks and Masterworks on Paper featuring highlights from our collection.

Admission to the Holiday Art & Craft Fair will be free, and admission to the Arkell Museum will be discounted to $5.00. For more information, contact Curator of Education & Public Engagement, Jenna Peterson Riley at or 518-673-2314.

If you are interested in becoming selling your handcrafted or homemade art and craft wares, please visit our Holiday Art & Crafts Fair page. Applications are due by October 27.

Museum & Library Event
Monday, November 20, 2017 - 3:30pm
Create Your Own Comic Book - Workshop 2/2

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a hero in a comic book? We have plenty of examples in movies, television, and comics. But what about creating your own hero? Sounds like fun, right?

We are excited to offer a two-week workshop for young artists age 10 and up to create their very own comic book! Sheila Rae Neal, area comic book artist and faculty member at SUNY Polytechnic & Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute/Pratt will help you do just that! No previous hero creation skills or supplies are required. Come in and have some fun!

Learn how to create and draw a character, develop sequential art, and design individual pages. We will be drawing, inking, and making art that looks like real professional comic book pages. Learn illustration techniques to create one page or multiple pages.

Guidelines for printing, methods for coloring, and how to transform artwork into a real printed comic book will be presented. (Actual coloring, printing, and publishing are not part of the class.)

1. November 13 – developing a character, storylines, sketching, sequential frames, and layouts

2. November 20 – inking, digital media, and production

Because we each work at different levels and speeds, results will not be the same for everyone, and a completed comic book is not guaranteed for each participant.

Sheila Rae Neal, M.A., M.F.A., has worked as an artist since 1988, an educator since 2009, and is currently faculty at SUNY Polytechnic, Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute/Pratt in Utica (and formerly, Cazenovia College, SUNY Cobleskill, and The Art School). She has earned an MA from Syracuse University, MFA from the University of Hartford, and is working on her Ph.D. Her art has been published all over, including The Press & Sun-Bulletin in Binghamton, New York.

RSVP for this workshop by emailing Curator of Education & Public Engagement Jenna Peterson Riley at

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 10:00am
Paint With Your Food

We know how tough it is to decide what to do with your favorite foods. Do you eat them, or do you make art with them? Stop by the Arkell Museum on Wednesday, November 22 and create your own unique artwork using some of the best foods of fall; corn on the cob, apples, and more! This fun approach to painting is great for artists of all ages (grown-ups included!), but be sure to wear clothing you are okay with getting a little messy!

This is a free program, but donations are always welcome. For more information, contact Curator of Education & Public Engagement Jenna Peterson Riley at or call (518) 673-2314.

Friday, December 1, 2017 - 5:00pm
The Art of New York: Annual Juried Art Show Reception & Awards Ceremony

The Art of New York: Annual Juried Art Show, hosted by the Arkell Museum and Canajoharie Library, will be on exhibit from November 3rd, 2017 through January 3rd, 2018 in the Regional Art Galleries. This year's show is juried by Ann Larsen, artist, teacher and past president of American Women Artists. A public reception and awards ceremony will be held on Friday, December 1 from 5 to 7 pm with the juror and artists in attendance. All are welcome to this free event. For more information, contact Mary Beth Vought, Regional Art Galleries at or call (518) 673-2314 x 110

Kevin Kuhne
"Winter on Clinton & North Lark, Albany"
23 x 29

Art Talk
Friday, December 8, 2017 - 10:30am
Grown Up Gallery Chat - Mary Cassatt

Are you a new parent, grandparent, or caregiver looking for conversations with other adults? Join us on the second Friday of each month with babe-in-arms for a guided gallery chat through our exhibits!

The Grown-Up Gallery Chat is included free with admission to the Arkell Museum. Admission is free for museum members, $9.00 for adults, and $6.50 for students and seniors. A family membership, covering one year, is $85.00.

This program is best for adults accompanied by children two years old or younger, and children must be carried or in a stroller. For more information, please contact Curator of Education & Public Engagement Jenna Peterson Riley at or (518) 674-2314 x 113.

2017 Dates:
August 11 - Christine Heller
September 8 - Gilbert Stuart
October 13 - James McNeil Whistler
November 10 - Winslow Homer
December 8 - Mary Cassatt

Museum & Library Event
Friday, December 8, 2017 - 4:00pm
Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Visit the Canajoharie Library & Arkell Museum for a special Story Hour with your favorite stuffed animal friend. We'll start off by making nametags for each of our friends and getting to know them all a little better, then moving into one of the Museum galleries for Story Hour; this special reading time with your stuffed animal will include carefully selected stories to help them get ready for their big overnight adventure. Then, help us tuck our stuffed animal friends in, and all of the humans will head home for the evening. Don't worry, we have the famous Night Watch guard to keep an eye on them overnight!

Don't forget to pick them up on Saturday, December 9 between 12:00-5:00 and hear all the stories of what they did while you were away! Each stuffed animal will go home with a special report card detailing how their overnight went, including some photographs of their late night activities.

This program is free and open for students of all ages. For more information, contact Curator of Education & Public Engagement Jenna Peterson Riley at (518) 673-2314 x 113 or by email at or Library Director Hanna Conbeer at (518) 673-2314 x 107 or by email at

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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