Thrown Together: Salt Glazed Stoneware from New York State and Vermont
May 28, 2022 through December 30, 2022
This exhibition celebrates the art of salt glazed stoneware from New York and Vermont, and sheds light on where these utilitarian objects were produced and by whom. Each stoneware piece delights with fanciful patterns, objects, animals, and even people!
The pieces from this exhibition are from the Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers' Museum collection, and comprise choice pieces from their extensive stoneware collection.
J. & E. Norton Pottery
“Flower Basket” Three-Gallon Jug, ca. 1850 - 1859
Collection of the Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY
Gift of Preston Bassett
What Do You See? Portraits from the Arkell Museum Collection
March 5, 2022 through August 21, 2022
This exhibition features visitor favorites, rarely exhibited pieces, and stellar examples from the permanent collection. The installation inspires creative thinking, and asks viewers to consider the faces, postures, attire, and location of the varied portraits to experience close looking and even self-reflection. Artists featured include Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent, Gilbert Stuart, Robert Henri, George Bellows, Frank Duveneck, and many more.
Abbott Thayer (1849-1921)
Girl Arranging Her Hair, ca. 1918-1920
Oil on canvas
Gift of Bartlett Arkell, 1930
New York State Grange Photographs by Andrew Baugnet
March 5, 2022 through August 21, 2022
This exhibition examines the history, cultural importance, and legacy of New York State granges. Baugnet's images of grange exteriors and interiors feature strong lines and evocative displays of light and shadow. The large-scale back and white photographs offer a stunning homage to the beauty and simplicity of these buildings.
Baugnet became fascinated by New York State grange buildings decades ago after following signs advertising a chicken dinner. Since then, he has spent much of his career photographing grange buildings across the state. Baugnet specializes in documenting historic architecture and the built environment. His grange photographs are visually compelling and serve as important records of rural communities.
Andrew Baugnet (b. 1964)
Butternut Valley Grange No. 1533
Gilbertsville, Otsego County, NY
Archival pigment print from 4”x5” negative
Photographed 2012; printed 2019
The Walkway & Memorial Garden
Learn about the early history of the Beech-Nut Packing Company and their use of fine art in advertising. Learn more about the Arkell Family: their philanthropy, business interests, and more. Don't miss the full color garden party video filmed at the Arkell home! Step outside and enjoy the beauty of the Memorial Garden, designed by Bartlett Arkell and built in memory of his wife Louisanna Grigsby Arkell.
Arkell’s Inspiration: Art for the People
This gallery features late 19th and early 20th-century American paintings purchased by Bartlett Arkell, our founder and first president of the Beech-Nut Packing Company, specifically to share with his community. Works on display include all seven of our oil paintings by Winslow Homer (reunited after independent loans to Germany, Maine, and Massachusetts), and significant paintings by many distinguished American artists including William M. Chase, Childe Hassam, George Inness, and Albert Bierstadt. The inspiration of Bartlett Arkell, this original art gallery opened to the public in 1929, and was once accessed from the original stand-alone Library building through two doors. Today, these doors are windows providing Library patrons a glimpse into the gallery and Museum visitors a glimpse into the original Library (now our Reading Room). Also not to be missed in this gallery is the full scale copy of The Night Watch by Rembrandt, commissioned by Arkell specifically for this space, and on display today.