Regional Art - Past Exhibitions
Two Solo Shows: March 5 - April 30, 2021

Bruce Bundock

Award-winning artist Bruce Bundock of Kingston, NY was selected for inclusion in The Art of New York: Annual Juried Art Show in 2019 and has lived and worked in the Hudson Valley since 1979. His art is based in the realist tradition, drawing inspiration from three geographic locations: The Hudson Valley, Maine, and Cape Cod. He received his M.A. from SUNY Empire State College, and his B.F.A. from Maryland Institute College of Art.

Hongnian Zhang - "I Love NY"

Hongnian Zhang, of Woodstock, NY shows work with a New York theme. He received both a Juror's Choice Award and an Award of Excellence in The Art of New York: Annual Juried Art Show in 2019. Hongnian taught oil painting in America for many years, at both the graduate program of New York Academy and the Woodstock School of Art. Recently, Mr. Zhang accepted a position as Professor of Oil Painting at Fudan University’s Shanghai Institute of Visual Art. He is currently working with other Chinese artists to establish an Association for Epic and Historical Painting. He divides his time between China and the United States.

Landscape painting of a farm house nestled in the trees
Musician with guitar on steps of a New York City building, surrounded by people listening
Bruce Bundock, A Pool With a View, acrylic
Hongnian Zhang, New York Symphony, oil
The Arts Factory of Montgomery County Members Show

The Regional Art Galleries of the Arkell Museum and Canajoharie Library welcome visitors to The Arts Factory of Montgomery County Members Show. Formed in 2011, the Arts Factory is a non-profit organization whose mission is "To support, encourage and cultivate local artists, artisans and venues of the Mohawk Valley". Original fine art in the show will be on display October 28th through December 30th, 2020.

Admission to the Regional Art Galleries is free. Museum admission is free for members and children under 11; $9 adults, $6.50 seniors & students. The Museum, Regional Art Galleries, and Library are open Tues - Fri, 10 am-5 pm, Sat & Sun, Noon-5 pm. The Regional Art Galleries and Library remain open until 6 pm on Wednesdays.

For more information contact: Mary Beth Vought, Regional Art Gallery Director; 518-673-2314, ext. 110.

Image credit: Kathy VanLoan, Splash of Color, pastel
Upstate/Downstate – Views of New York – Nature Photography by Dave Waite & City Life: The Photographs of Ken Ratner

New Closing Date!
October 14, 2020

Both artists exhibited in The Art of New York: Annual Juried Art Show in 2019 with Dave Waite receiving the Best in Show award.

I express my personal creativity and unique view of nature. My subjects are the scenes I encounter as I travel by foot or boat through the wilderness areas in New York State. I have been influenced not only by contemporary artists and photographers, but also the pictorial artists of the past.

Dave Waite, 2019

Ken Ratner’s black and white Gelatin silver prints are focused on humanity and the commonplace:

I feel most alive when I am canvassing the streets, or any other place where there is visual stimulation, with camera in hand, looking to record something that is significant. I photograph because I want to record what is meaningful to me, and to share with others so that, and this is my hope, the world will become a more humane place. I would like for people to feel what I felt when I photographed.

Ken Ratner, 2019

Admission to the Regional Art Galleries is FREE

The Museum, Regional Art Galleries, and Library are open Tues - Fri, 10 am-4 pm; Sat & Sun, Noon-4 pm. The Regional Art Galleries and Library remain open until 6:30 pm on Wednesdays.

Dave Waite, Dawn over Middle Pond #2, photograph
Dave Waite, Undaunted, photograph
Ken Ratner, Fifth Avenue, Winter, Gelatin silver print
Ken Ratner, Shadows on Broadway, Gelatin silver print

The Art of New York: Annual Juried Art Show 2019

On view November 1st through December 29th in the Regional Art Galleries of the Arkell Museum and Canajoharie Library. Juror James Coe, landscape painter, wildlife artist, author and illustrator selected forty-one pieces submitted by artists who live in New York State. Included in the show are traditional and contemporary paintings in oil, acrylic, pastel, and watercolor, film and infrared photography, paper weaving and borosilicate glass sculpture.

A free public Reception and Awards Ceremony will be held on Friday, December 6 from 5-7 pm.

The show is sponsored by Blick Art Materials and Golden Artist Colors, Inc.

Visitor Information: Free admission to the Regional Art Galleries, Museum admission free for members and children under 11; $9 adults, $6.50 seniors & students. The Museum, Regional Art Galleries, and Library are open Tues - Fri, 10 am-5 pm; Sat & Sun, Noon-5 pm. The Regional Art Galleries and Library remain open until 7:30 pm on Wednesdays. For more information contact: Mary Beth Vought, Regional Art Gallery Director; 518-673-2314, ext. 110.

Ken Ratner, New York, NY, Doormen Gesturing, photograph-silver gelatin print
Katarina Holbrook-Spitzer, Valatie, NY, Glacier Bay, Alaska, oil on linen
Hongnian Zhang, Woodstock, NY, Yard Sale, oil
Dianne M. Kull, Cooperstown, NY, ...and with content to your heart. pastel/mixed media
Lisl Maloney, Watervliet, NY, Shalom Universe, paper weaving

3 Solo Shows: Linda Armstrong, Jack Graber, and Bruce Muirhead

On view Friday, August 2nd through October 16th.

The Arkell Museum & Canajoharie Library’s Regional Art Galleries are pleased to exhibit the work of three artists whose work was selected for The Art of New York: Annual Juried Art Show in 2018. Three solo shows will feature the work of Linda Armstrong (Juror’s Choice award), Jack Graber, and Bruce Muirhead (Best in Show).

Linda Armstrong studied painting at the Art Students League of New York and printmaking at Binghamton University. Her work is exhibited widely in national and international exhibits, and in many public and private collections. She is a master circle member of the International Association of Pastel Societies and a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, Connecticut Pastel Society, and Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod. She is an elected artist member of the Salmagundi Club of New York, Academic Artists Association, and the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club.

Jack Graber is a nationally renowned artist. As a career illustrator/art director he worked as a newspaper art director and freelance illustrator, and is an award-winning art director. He specializes in animal depictions, working mainly with oil paint, acrylics, and colored pencils. His clients include GE, John Deere, Purina, The Smithsonian Institute, Scholastic Magazine, and The Atlanta Zoo. In 2004 he co-founded Journeytime Books which has published three children’s books.

Bruce Muirhead has lived and taught in Upstate New York for 46 years. He is a painter, etcher, and Professor of Art at Hamilton College. He holds a BFA from The Rhode Island School of Design and a MFA from Boston University School of the Arts, and is a YADDO Fellow. Bruce is a member of The Copley Society of Art, The Society of American Graphic Artists, and The Boston Printmakers. His work is in many permanent collections, including the Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, Adirondack Experience -The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake, View Art Center, Syracuse University, Newark Public Library, William J. Dane Fine Prints Collection, and the Arnot Art Museum. Galleries and museums in Spain, Australia, and China also hold his work.

Visitor Information: Free admission to the Regional Art Galleries. The Museum, Regional Art Galleries, and Library are open Tues - Fri, 10 am-5 pm; Sat & Sun, Noon-5 pm. The Regional Art Galleries and Library remain open until 7:30 pm on Wednesdays. For more information, contact Mary Beth Vought, Regional Art Gallery Director, 518-673-2314, ext. 110.

Bruce Muirhead, Westmoreland Ironworks, oil on canvas
Linda Armstrong, Twilight, pastel
Jack Graber, Mountain Lion, acrylic on canvas

The Arts Factory of Montgomery County Members Show

The Arkell Museum and Canajoharie Library Regional Art Galleries welcome visitors to a show of fine art by the members of the Arts Factory of Montgomery County. Formed in 2011, The Arts Factory is a non-profit organization whose mission is "to support, encourage and cultivate local artists, artisans and venues of the Mohawk Valley". Paintings and sculpture in the show will be on display Friday, May 17th through Wednesday, July 24th. The public is invited to attend a reception with participating artists present on Wednesday, June 5th, from 5 to 7 pm.

Admission to the Regional Art Galleries is free. Museum admission is free for members and children under 11; $9 adults, $6.50 seniors & students. The Museum, Regional Art Galleries, and Library are open Tues - Fri, 10 am-5 pm; Sat & Sun, Noon-5 pm. The Regional Art Galleries and Library remain open until 7:30 pm on Wednesdays.

For more information, contact Mary Beth Vought, Regional Art Gallery Director, 518-673-2314, ext. 110.

Paul Valovic, Plymouth Rock Rooster, photograph

White Rooster with black flecks and red head standing on one leg against a black background
Oakroom Artists

The Arkell Museum & Canajoharie Library welcome the public to a show by the Oakroom Artists from March 8th through May 8th in the Regional Art Galleries. Formed in 1956, the group’s name derives from their original display location, “The Oakroom” at the Van Curler Hotel, which is now Schenectady County Community College. The only membership-by-invitation artists association in the Albany area, membership is limited to 24 artists in order to allow each artist the opportunity of a solo exhibit every two years. Pieces on exhibit at the Museum & Library include paintings, sculptures, and prints in a range of media and contemporary abstract and realist styles.

Featuring work by Matt Chinian, Karen J. F. Cooper, George Dirolf, Stu Eichel, Peg Foley, Cheryl Horning, Kathy Klompas, Steve Kowalski, Kevin Kuhne, Phyllis Kulmatiski, Gary Masline, Fred Neudoerffer, Corey Pitkin, Helga Pritchard, Karen J. F. Rosasco, Gary Shankman, Audrie Sturman and Takeyce Walter.

Visitor Information: Free admission to the Regional Art Galleries, Museum admission free for members and children under 11; $9 adults, $6.50 seniors & students. The Museum, Regional Art Galleries, and Library are open Tues - Fri, 10 am-5 pm; Sat & Sun, Noon-5 pm. The Regional Art Galleries and Library remain open until 7:30 pm on Wednesdays. The Arkell Museum & Canajoharie Library are located at 2 Erie Boulevard. The building has off street parking and is wheelchair accessible.

For more information, contact Mary Beth Vought, Regional Art Gallery Director, 518-673-2314, ext. 110.

George Dirolf, The Sentinel, oil on canvas
Cheryl Horning, Young Woman, clay with underglazes and casein paints

The Art of New York: Annual Juried Art Show

The Art of New York: Annual Juried Art Show will open on Friday, November 2nd in the Regional Art Galleries of the Arkell Museum and Canajoharie Library. Juror Corey Pitkin, local, national, and international competition winner and painting instructor, selected twenty-nine artists from across New York State for the show. Represented are wood-fired stoneware, black and white infrared photography, and encaustic, oil, acrylic, and pastel paintings. The show is sponsored by Blick Art Materials and Golden Artist Colors, Inc. and is free to the public. A Reception and Awards Ceremony will be held on Friday, December 7th from 5-7 pm with the juror and exhibiting artists in attendance. All are welcome to attend.

Free admission to the Regional Art Galleries, Museum admission free for members and children under 11; $9 adults, $6.50 seniors & students. The Museum, Regional Art Galleries, and Library are open Tues - Fri, 10 am-5 pm; Sat & Sun, Noon-5 pm. The Regional Art Galleries and Library remain open until 7:30 pm on Wednesdays. The Arkell Museum & Canajoharie Library are located at 2 Erie Boulevard. The building has off street parking and is wheelchair accessible.

For more information, contact Mary Beth Vought, Regional Art Galleries or call (518) 673-2314 x 110.

Auguste Elder, Canopic Urn: Those Who Decant Do, wood-fired stoneware, 14" x 11" x 6”
Jack Graber, Manhattan Animals, colored pencil and ink, 48" x 31
Paul Chapman, Twelve Whole Grains, acrylic on canvas, 27" x 34"

3 Solo Shows: Kratky, Kuhne & Mess

August 10, 2018 - October 17, 2018

Living in Northville, NY, and working primarily in oil, Marion Kratky's focus has been on landscapes of the Adirondacks. She offers a rich color palette, bold brushwork, and a strong sense of light to create works that are uniquely her own. This show explores her impressions of the natural landscape informed by the Adirondacks and other places observed firsthand. Recent awards include 2nd Place, Masters Division, in the Central Adirondack Art Show in 2018, 2017 and 2016 at View, Old Forge, and 1st Place, Oil, in the 2017 and 2016 Annual Hagaman Art Show with a previous Best of Show. Other juried shows include The Art of New York: Annual Juried Art Show at the Arkell Museum & Canajoharie Library, The Frederic Remington Art Museum International Show, The Bennington, and the 2018 Adirondack Artist Guild Annual Juried Show, with a previous Best of Show there.

City Scenes: Albany to Canajoharie - Albany, NY, resident Kevin Kuhne specializes in watercolor depictions of the Capital Region. With a B.S in Art Education, he teaches classes at South Colonie School District, Arlene's Artist Materials, and other venues. Kevin is an active member of many local arts organizations, including the Oak Room Artists. He is a Signature Member of the Northeast Watercolor Society and has shown in the Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Regional in 2014 and 2015, and the 2014 Adirondack National Exhibition of American Watercolors. "My interest in local history, architecture, people, and conservation inspires and motivates my work. I most enjoy working plein air, throughout the year, often using my car as my studio. Formally, the beautiful shapes, color patterns, and atmosphere of everyday scenes is what attracts me. Working on-site allows me to convey the energy and life in the streets and neighborhoods where I find these elements."

Doug Mess, of Tonawanda, NY, working in oils and acrylics, is a painter of two distinct styles. One falls between Realism and Impressionism and the other is grounded in Expressionism. He believes "that the strong lines and spatial relationships that exist in much of my work are greatly influenced by my long career in graphic design. Like a photographer who takes hundreds of photos to find one or two great images, I sometimes do hundreds of sketches until I find the perfect image to put on canvas." Doug's work has been exhibited in group and solo shows in the Buffalo, NY, area, Cooperstown Art Association's 2018 Annual National Juried Show, and The Art of New York: Annual Juried Art Show at the Arkell Museum and Canajoharie Library in 2016 and 2017.

Admission to the Regional Art Galleries is free. Museum admission is free for members and children under 11; $9 adults, $6.50 seniors & students. The Museum, Regional Art Galleries, and Library are open Tues - Fri, 10 am-5 pm; Sat & Sun, Noon-5 pm. The Regional Art Galleries and Library remain open until 7:30 pm on Wednesdays.

For more information, contact Mary Beth Vought, Regional Art Galleries or call (518) 673-2314 x 110.

Image credits from the top, clockwise: Marion Kratky, New Channels, oil; Kevin Kuhne, West Capital, watercolor; Doug Mess, Three Friends, oil on canvas

"New Channels", Marion Kratky
"West Capital", Kevin Kuhne
"Three Friends", Doug Mess
Marion Kratky, "New Channels", oil,
Kevin Kuhne, "West Capital", watercolor
Doug Mess, Three Friends, oil on canvas
The Arts Factory of Montgomery County

The Regional Art Galleries of the Arkell Museum and Canajoharie Library welcome visitors to a show of fine art by the Arts Factory of Montgomery County. The Arts Factory was formed in 2011 and is a non-profit organization whose mission is "To support, encourage and cultivate local artists, artisans and venues of the Mohawk Valley". Paintings and sculpture in the show will be on display Friday, May 18th through Wednesday, August 1st.

The public is invited to attend a reception with participating artists present on Wednesday, May 23rd, from 5 to 7 pm.

Admission to the Regional Art Galleries is free. Museum admission is free for members and children under 11; $9 adults, $6.50 seniors & students. The Museum, Regional Art Galleries, and Library are open Tues - Fri, 10 am-5 pm; Sat & Sun, Noon-5 pm. The Regional Art Galleries and Library remain open until 7:30 pm on Wednesdays.

For more information, contact Mary Beth Vought, Regional Art Galleries or call (518) 673-2314 x 110.

Image credits from top, clockwise: Paul Valovic, Haystacks with Barn; Alexandra Higgins, Alone in the Night Sky; Edward Monk, burl bowl

Works by three artists featured in the exhibit

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