Arkell Museum Memorial GardenCharles E. Burchfield           Dawn Over the CityNBT GalleryHomer Watching the Breakers

Surrounded: Sampling Burchfield's Wallpaper

June 26-September 20, 2015
This exhibition was organized by The Burchfield Penney Art Center at the Buffalo State College, Buffalo, NY

Charles Burchifeld is best known today for his fantastic watercolor landscapes, but from November 1921 to August 1929, he worked at the M. H. Birge & Sons Company,...

Charles E. Burchfield, Bluebird and Cottonwoods, 1917, watercolor, Burchfield Penney Art Center
Arkell’s Inspiration: The Marketing of Beech-Nut and Art for the People

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 Hart Benton, leading American Impressionists, and members of The Eight are displayed in the original Canajoharie Gallery that...

About the Museum

Bartlett Arkell, the founder and first president of the Beech-Nut Packing Company built the original Canajoharie Gallery in 1927 based on galleries he had experienced in his travels to Europe. A museum designed by Ann Beha and DesignLAB Architects was added in 2007 to the existing Canajoharie Library and Art Gallery to provide inspiring new space for exhibitions and programs.

Almost all of the paintings in the permanent collection were purchased by Bartlett Arkell for the people of Canajoharie. The American painting collection includes 21 works by Winslow Homer, and significant paintings by many distinguished artists, including George Inness, William M. Chase, Childe Hassam, Mary Cassatt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Robert Henri, and other members of The Eight. Permanent and changing exhibitions also feature selections from the museum’s Mohawk Valley History collection as well as the Beech-Nut archives of early twentieth-century advertising material.

Arkell Museum entrance
Photo by Jonathan Hillyer
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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