The Arkell Museum is officially open for the 2022 season!
Arkell Museum and Canajoharie Library recommends masks for all individuals over two (2) years old inside the building regardless of vaccination status.
The Arkell Museum at Canajoharie and the Canajoharie Library 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.
Bartlett Arkell, the first president of the Beech-Nut Packing Company founded the Canajoharie Library for the people of the village of Canajoharie.
When it opened, gracing its walls were a dozen paintings from Arkell’s personal collection, including works by Gilbert Stuart and Robert Henri. The paintings were so well received that in 1927, Arkell broke ground on our original museum building, and we became the Canajoharie Library and Art Gallery. Today, we are known as the Arkell Museum, and we are proud to continue the tradition of sharing art with the Canajoharie community and beyond.
The American painting collection includes seven oil paintings by Winslow Homer and significant paintings by many distinguished artists including; Thomas Benton, William M. Chase, Childe Hassam, John Singer Sargent, Albert Bierstadt, and Gilbert Stuart. Permanent and changing exhibitions also feature selections from the museum’s Mohawk Valley History collection as well as the Beech-Nut collection of early twentieth-century advertising material.
A major addition to the Arkell Museum and Canajoharie Library was completed in 2007 through the generosity of the Arkell Hall Foundation. The Foundation remains an important partner in our shared mission of providing educational and cultural opportunities in our community. – The Arkell Museum website
3 Solo Shows: Wendy Allen, Brett Scott Laumeister and Mary P. Murphy
Enjoy a visit to the Regional Art Galleries and see the work of artists Wendy Allen, Brett Scott Laumeister and Mary P. Murphy.
Allen presents Finding Solace in Simplicity – art as an antidote to feeling anxious about the world by turning to gardens for a sense of peace.
Laumeister’s contemporary still life oil paintings are completed in a highly detailed style he developed while living and running an art gallery in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Murphy has exhibited widely in the Mohawk Valley region, Art Students League in NYC, and is a signature member of the Central NY Watercolor Society. Her show of oil and watercolor paintings includes Mary P. Murphy, Clare’s Red Table: A Painting Series, that honors her sister’s “resilience and determination, and for me, symbolizes love and life.”
The Remarkable, Irresistible Erie – A Musical Concert
Join us in the Great Hall of the Arkell Museum and Canajoharie Library for a 90 minute concert presenting songs and stories of the people, places, and history of the original and enlarged Erie Canal.
The concert features songs by folklorist and historian George Ward, Canadian Joe Grant, Dan Berggren and Jean Ritchie along with other familiar traditional Erie Canal Songs.
Musicians and singers: George Wilson, fiddle, bass and banjo; Paul Draper, vintage banjo; George Ward, concertina; Annie Rosen, ukulele; Jonny Rosen, guitar; Kate Blain, guitar; Alan Thomson, piano.
This performance is FREE, and all ages are welcome. Masks are encouraged but not required. Sponsored by New York State Council on the Arts, Arkell Museum, and Friends of Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site.
Join us for the inaugural Elizabeth Hearn Gleich Annual Lecture presenting independent scholar and author William Cross.
William Cross is the author of the recently released Winslow Homer: American Passage (2022) and the impressive catalog Homer at the Beach: A Marine Painter’s Journey, 1869-1880 (2019); Cross also served as curator for Homer at the Beach (Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester, MA, where he serves as Board Chair). Cross traveled to Canajoharie to study the Arkell Museum’s Winslow Homer paintings, selecting three paintings from the collection for the Cape Ann Museum exhibition Homer at the Beach.
The author will also sign copies of his book, which is for sale at the Arkell Museum & Canajoharie Library Shop.