Arts & Theatre



Albany Institute of History and Art
125 Washington Avenue, Albany

Hours: Wednesday: 10am-5pm; Thursday: 10am-8pm*; Friday: 10am-5pm; Saturday: 10am-5pm; Sunday: Noon-5pm. *The Institute now offers free admission on Thursdays from 5PM-8PM.Admission: Adults: $10; Seniors: $8; Students: $8; Children 6-12: $6; Under 6: Free; AIHA Members: Free.

Upcoming exhibits
May 3-September 28
Small and Seductive: Contemporary Art from the Institute’s Collection – The third in a series to highlight its contemporary art collection. This exhibition features artwork of smaller proportions by the Upper Hudson Valley’s most ingenious and talented artists, paintings and sculpture that captivate within limited dimensions. Compelling contemporary art need not always be of sizeable dimensions as this exhibition proves that small can be seductive! Learn more here:
Current exhibits

  • GE Presents: The Mystery of the Albany Mummies (Through June 8)
  • Big and Bold: Contemporary Paintings, Collage, and Sculpture from the Albany Institute’s Collection (Through April 20)
  • The Hudson River School and the Nineteenth-Century Landscape (ongoing)
  • Nineteenth-Century American Sculpture: Erastus Dow Palmer and his Proteges Launt Thompson, Charles Calverley, and Richard Park (ongoing)
  • Traders and Culture: Colonial Albany and the Formation of American Identity (ongoing)
  • Robert Hewson Pruyn: An Albanian in Japan, 1862-1865 (ongoing)
  • A Gather of Glass: Selections from the Museum’s Collection (ongoing)

Bennington Museum

75 Main Street, Bennington, VT

Bennington Museum, Celebrating the Art, Culture and History of Vermont is open daily from 10am-5pm July through October. It is closed Wednesday every other month.  
Admission:  Adults $10; seniors $9; under 18 free.  The museum is wheelchair accessible.  Group prices range from $8.50 for self-guided and $10 for docent-led museum tours to $16 for a full docent-led step-on tour including the museum, the Old First Church, Robert Frost’s Gravesite, Bennington Battle Monument, and when time permits, a covered bridge.
Through May 4
What’s the Color of Love?  – Kicking-off the 2014 Regional Artist’s  Program is What’s the Color of Love? works by Karl Mullen.   Painting largely with his hands, he creates primitive, poetic figures that float on fields of color using walnut oil, raw powder pigment and a wax medium that coalesce into color-saturated, luminous images.
April 12-June 17
Three Vermont Impressionists – Paintings featured in Three Vermont Impressionists document the work of Clifford Adams Bayard, Arthur Gibbes Burton and George Loftus Noyes, all artists who painted the southern Vermont landscape in an impressionist vein during the early to mid-20th century.  These paintings will be on view in the Limric and Parmalee Galleries. 
New paintings hung in Bennington Modernism Gallery – From the early 1950s through the mid-1970s, a group of avant-garde artists who worked in and around Bennington were leading the nation in artistic thought and innovation.  Works by artists of national and international stature with local ties are included.  New to Bennington Modernism are works by Helen Frankenthaler, Jules Olitski, and Paul Feeley.

Iroquois Indian Museum
324 Caverns Road, Howes Cave

April 1
Open for the Season: Exhibit: Standing in Two Worlds: Iroquois in 2014 –  Featuring over 30 Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) artists and focuses upon contemporary concerns that warrant their attention and creative comment. Exhibition works (artwork and poetry) include those that explore boundaries and borders, environment, hydro-fracking, economy, gaming, the digital/disposable age, sports mascots, the impact of national/international events and decisions, the role of tradition and community, and the state of the arts.
May 3
Opening Reception for Exhibit – “Standing in Two Worlds: Iroquois in 2014” – 1pm-3pm.

May 17
Early Technology Day – Visitors can watch and participate in the process of flint knapping (the ancient art of making chipped stone tools), Primitive fire making, Atlatl spear throwing and early archery. Have you ever found an artifact? Please bring it with you and the Museum’s experts will try to identify it for you.
July 12
Social Dance Saturday – Different from ceremonial or sacred dances, socials are group dances performed on various occasions, and are meant for everyone. These are the dance traditions of this land, with ties that connect to a dynamic heritage going back more than 10,000 years. Such dances are always performed to music.
July 26
Catch the Basket- Alf Jacques and Parker Booth – Taught by his grandfather and father Jacques (Onondaga) has been carving lacrosse sticks and snow snakes for almost 40 years. A retired machinist, Jacques is meticulous about his craft and is one of the very few Haudenosaunee who still maintain a mastery of this art form.  Until recently he had no apprentice to pass his knowledge on to. Even as a young boy, Parker Booth was the exception. Having admired Alf’s work from the age of 5, Parker knew he’d one day learn the craft. In 2012, he moved back to the reservation with his family and at age 33 made the decision to work closely with Jacques.
August 9
Social Dance Saturday – Niagara River Dancers – This performance troupe, most of whom are family, are from Tuscarora, one of the seven Iroquois Indian reservations in NYS.  They are led by Randy Greene, a member of the Tuscarora Nation. 
August 16
Catch the Basket – Carrie Hill & Laura Mitchell – Carrie and Laura, her aunt/mentor, are Mohawk from Akwesasne Reservation. Basketmaking in their family extends back several generations. Dedicated to passing on her knowledge, Carrie teaches Mohawk youth through the Akwesasne Cultural Center, has taught basketry at SUNY Potsdam, and the CStep Program.   
August 30 & 31
33rd Annual Iroquois Indian Festival – Featuring an all Iroquois Indian Art Market open to Iroquois artists by special invitation only.  Both traditional and contemporary arts are showcased. The Sky Dancers from Six Nations Reserve in Ontario will perform traditional Iroquois social dances.  The Children’s Tent will feature arts & crafts activities including beadwork and cornhusk doll making.  Local wildlife rehabilitator Kelly Martin will be available to discuss wildlife conservation in our bioregion and will present a variety of wild animals including birds of prey.  
October 5, 12, 19, 26
Storytelling Sundays in the Museum’s historic 1850s log cabin with Mohawk storyteller, Amanda Tarbell.

museum of innovation and science formerly the Schenectady Museum
15 Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady

Through April 19
Butterflies – Escape winter’s chill and discover brilliantly colored native butterflies at miSci’s new indoor butterfly house. Discover Monarchs, Black Swallowtails, Painted Ladies, Spicebush Swallowtails, and Tiger Swallowtails flying about (and possibly landing on you!) as miSci re-creates their habitat – the edge of an open field with flowers and trees. Be sure to stop at the chrysalis chamber to see the butterflies as they emerge. Learn about the exciting life cycles of the butterflies, and learn how to create butterfly-friendly environments outside your own home.
Through May 26
Notion of Motion – Discover hands-on fun from San Francisco’s Exploratorium with more than 30 interactive exhibits. Explore every kind of motion – from those that underlie the solar system (circular motion), to pendulum motions, upward motion and motion illusions. Make giant smoke rings, play with a pendulum snake, generate electricity with pedal power, and more! Presented through the generosity of Neil and Jane Golub and National Grid.
May 15 – September 1
Grossology – Explore the (impolite) science of the human body. Discover digestion, play with organs, and much, much more with interactive games, larger-than-life exhibits and hands-on fun! Grossology at miSci is sponsored in part by Ellis Medicine.
Opens June 14
Making Sense of Sound – Discover sound with hands-on fun from San Francisco’s Exploratorium. Play and experiment, make some noise, and listen. Explore hearing, human speech and communication. Experience – as never before – the nature of sound, the ways we perceive it, and how we listen. Presented at miSci through the generosity of Neil and Jane Golub and National Grid.
November 28 – January 19, 2015
Trains & Toys – Model Trains are back at miSci for the holiday season! Stay and play! After seeing the model trains on an 18-foot by 27-foot layout, play with science toys you might not have at home.

National Museum of Dance

99 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs

April 13 –  Multicultural Family Music & Dance Day
May 11 – Mother’s Day Concert with Saratoga Springs Youth Orchestra
May 24/25 – School of the Arts Showcase
June 8 – Dance Museum 5K
June 14/15 – Saratoga Arts Fest
July 1 -Dancer Health Day
July 26 -National Dance Day
August 9 – A Tribute to “Dance in Film” Gala
August 16/17 – Arts Celebration
November 2 – Bridal Show
November 9 -The Puppet People -The Wizard of Oz
January 24/25- Antique Show

Permanent Exhibits
Mr. & Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney Hall Of Fame – The Hall of Fame gallery presents dozens of costumes,artifacts, artworks, photographs, film clips, and biographies honoring outstanding individuals who have shaped what the art of dance is today. Each year two new dance greats are inducted into the Hall of Fame – new this year are Jacques d’Amboise and Gene Kelly.
Washington Bathhouse – The National Museum of Dance is housed in what was once the Washington Bathhouse, an Arts & Crafts Style building from 1918, and one of several historicbathhouses in Saratoga Springs. Two adjoining bathing rooms have been fully restored, honoring the unique heritage of this beautiful building.
Alfred Z. Solomon Children’s Wing – Twist! Jump! Play! Dance! The Alfred Z. Solomon Children’s Wing is a hands-on space just for kids! It includes an interactive dance game, reading corner, movement and balance toys, stage area, costumes, and more. The Kids’ Gallery showcases rotating exhibits of children’s artwork and allows visitors to createtheir own masterpieces as well!
The School of the Arts at the National Museum of Dance – The School of the Arts teaches hundreds of students in numerous styles of dance. Focused on teaching professional quality techniques in a low-pressure environment, the School of the Arts creates an enjoyable experience for everyone.
Dance Theatre of Harlem- Highlighting Dance Theatre of Harlem’s 40-plus year history, this magnificent exhibition celebrates the history and art of dance with 22 costumes, set pieces, videos, photographs and tour posters from four staged ballets including: A Streetcar Named Desire,Creole Giselle, Dougla and Firebird.
Through December
Tiaras and Tutus – Although ballet has been around since the 15th century, Its’ most associated icon, the tutu, has not. Born out of changing social ideas and a want to showcase more of the dancers footwork the tutu has evolved and changed substantially over time. Tiaras and Tutus explores the history of the tutu and how it has become the most recognizable symbol of ballet in the world. Also featured are stunning tiaras and headpieces and the costume designers of distinction who changed the way we see ballet today.
February-April 2015
Tradition in Movement – Guatemalan dances convey spectacular historical accounts and have been captivating audiences of all ages for centuries. Guatemalan traditional dances reflect ancient Mayan, Spanish and even African cultures and each weaves an elaborate story as dancers prance about in vibrant costumes and ceremonial masks. Join us for an exhibition that celebrates this rich history and tells the story of how Guatemala embodies the spirit of dance in all of its culture.
June-November 2014
Saratoga Favorites – On exhibit In the Southeast Gallery, are illustrations and related reviews focused on Saratoga Favorites of the New York City Ballet by the late Mae Banner, one of the finest dance journalists and dance critic for The Saratogian and her son Shawn, a recognized illustrator, published author and primary school teacher.
July 2014-June 2015
A Tribute to Dance In Film – This new exhibit celebrates the relationship between dancers and film, and features both well-known dance stars and our favorite actors who have had world famous dance roles on the silver screen. Join us for the drama, suspense and fancy footwork that has been showcased on film and preserved for all to enjoy.

Four Saratoga En Pointe Sculptures On Display at Saratoga City Center for 30th Anniversary Celebration

On view through April 30
The Saratoga Springs City Center celebrates its 30th Anniversary year of “Bringing People Together,” by offering visitors an opportunity to view a portion of the notable Saratoga En Pointe exhibit. This famed exhibit originally was comprised of 26, five-foot tall, fiberglass ballet pointe shoe sculptures. Each shoe was commissioned in 2013 by a sponsor and designed by a local artist as a fundraiser for the National Museum of Dance. The City Center is pleased to welcome 4 of the 26 original ballet pointe shoes. They are now on display in the grand lobby – shown high above the lobby floor, as a dancing-in-the air exhibit. Visitors can view the shoes Monday-Friday between 9am-5pm

Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Glendale Road, Route 183, Stockbridge, MA

Always on View
The Art of Norman Rockwell: Highlights from the Permanent Collection – The largest and most significant public collection of original works by celebrated 20th century illustrator, Norman Rockwell, the Norman Rockwell Museum exhibits a comprehensive array of paintings, drawings, studies, photographs, and artifacts that reflect the evolution of the artist’s life and career. Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms paintings (1943), iconic images inspired by Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s 1941 State of the Union Address; The Marriage License (1955), a witty narrative inspired by an important rite of passage; and The Runaway (1958), a poignant reflection on childhood are among the Museum’s extensive holdings. .
Seasonal May 1 through October 31
A Day in the Life: Norman Rockwell’s Stockbridge Studio – This historic installation of Norman Rockwell’s Stockbridge Studio, A Day in the Life brings visitors back to October 1960, when the artist was hard at work on one of his most famous Saturday Evening Post covers, The Golden Rule.  The Golden Rule was a precursor of the socially conscious subjects that he was yet to undertake.
Cover to Cover: Norman Rockwell and The Saturday Evening Post  – It has been 50 years since Norman Rockwell’s last Saturday Evening Post cover hit the newsstands. The artist’s empathetic reflections on American life appeared on 323 Post covers across 47 years, from May 1916 to November 1963, an important visual document of an ever-changing world. This selection of Post magazines presents some of the artist’s favorite themes, which he returned to over and over again throughout his prolific career.
Through May 26
Distinguished Illustrator Series
Wendell Minor’s America – Wendell Minor’s America celebrates the artist’s four-decade career, highlighting his 25th anniversary as a preeminent illustrator of children’s books, each inspired by his love of history, art, science, and the natural world. More than 150 artworks gleaned from his expansive visual chronicles, and commentary reflecting on his collaborations with our nation’s most prominent authors, scientists, and historians, showcase a quarter-century of unforgettable picture book art.
June 7-October 26
Edward Hopper: Art for Commerce – Edward Hopper, American Illustrator presents a unique and comprehensive study of the little-known 20-year illustration career of the realist master. Attitudes toward art and the crosscurrents of contemporary commercial society during the early to mid-20th century will be explored, which seeks to provide an integrated understanding of Hopper’s published and personal art.
November 9-March 8
Distinguished Illustrator Series
Mort Künstler: The Art of Adventure – Known today for his meticulously researched historical paintings, Mort Künstler is also a prolific illustrator who has worked on a broad spectrum of assignments for more than 50 years from paperback book jackets and men’s adventure magazine illustrations to movie posters, model kit boxes, and advertisements for prominent corporations. His dramatic, beautifully-crafted images, conceived in every possible genre throughout his outstanding career, will be the focus of this exhibition, which draws from the artist’s vast and highly-regarded body of work.
Through June 15
Distinguished Illustrator Series
Baseball, Rodeos, and Automobiles: The Art of Murray Tinkelman – Murray Tinkelman is an award-winning artist who has received illustration’s highest honors from the Society of Illustrators, The New York Art Directors Club, and the Society of Publications Designers. His beautifully conceived and rendered pen and ink drawings have appeared in many publications including the Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, and he has been commissioned to create numerous artworks for The National Park Service and The U.S. Air Force.

New York State Museum

Madison Avenue, Albany (Empire State Plaza)

Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 9:30am-5pm. Closed Mondays. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year’s Day
Admission: Free. Donations accepted at the door.

April 10-20
CANstruction – Join us in Storytown… a world where hunger no longer exists. This special exhibition will bring fairytales, fables and fantasies to life through the creation of whimsical and innovative structures using only canned goods. At the close of the exhibition, every can is donated to the Food Pantries for the Capital District to help feed families in the Capital Region. Bring canned goods to use them as votes to help your favorite structure win the Community Choice Award. Fourth Floor
April 19 -January 4, 2015
Focus on Nature XIII exhibition – A biennial exhibition featuring 91 nature-based artworks by 71 talented artists around the world. The exhibit demonstrates the important role illustration has in natural science research and education and displays images of nature that people might not otherwise be able to experience.
Popular long-term exhibits
The Adirondack Wilderness
This majestic and pristine region has and continues to be transformed by the interaction of nature and people.

Cohoes Mastodon

Excavated in 1866, the conserved and reassembled Cohoes mastodon is a magnificent specimen.
Fire Engine Hall
Come and visit many examples of fire apparatus of all times from the 18th, 19th and 20th century all with a history of service in New York.
Native Peoples of New York
Explore New York’s cultural history and natural landscapes from the last Ice Age 12, 000 years ago to present day ethnology.
The World Trade Center: Rescue Recovery Response
The World Trade Center: Rescue, Recovery, Response tells the history of the World Trade Center, the September 11 attacks, the rescue efforts, the evidence recovery operation at the Fresh Kills landfill, and the public response to the September 11th events.

The Clark

225 South Street, Williamstown, MA

Hours: July 4 – October 13: Open daily, 10am – 5pm and Fridays through 7pm.
Beginning October 14: Open Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm. Open Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, Patriots’ Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, and Columbus Day. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year’s Day.
Admission: July 4 – October 13: $20. Beginning October 14, admission is free. Members, students with a valid ID, and children under 18 receive free year-round admission.

July 4-October13
Make It New: Abstract Painting from the National Gallery of Art, 1950–1975 -Examines the different paths taken by abstract painting in the first quarter-century of the postwar period, cutting across geographies and narrow timeframes as it evocatively engages Tadao Ando’s architecture. The exhibition presents Abstract Expressionist and color field masterpieces alongside other canonical works organized by the formal categories of pattern, texture, and shape. Featuring key works such as Jackson Pollock’s Number 1, 1950 (Lavender Mist), Mark Rothko’s No. 1 (1961), and Lee Bontecou’s Untitled (1962), Make it New also includes paintings by Jean Dubuffet, Jasper Johns, Yayoi Kusama, Robert Ryman, and Cy Twombly. The exhibition traces how an array of artists in America and Europe responded to the challenges that Pollock’s mature style posed to prevailing notions of painting. Ranging from experiments with color and geometry to works in cloth, wax, and other materials, these works reveal how artists continued to expand the definition of painting during this time.
July 4-September 21
Cast for Eternity: Ancient Ritual Bronzes from the Shanghai Museum – Among the finest collections of its kind, this exhibit is drawn from the core of the Shanghai Museum’s exceptional bronze vessels and bells dating from the late Xia through the Western Han dynasties (c. 1800 bce–c. 8 ce). The 32 objects show the range of artistic expression and variety of sculptural forms realized during China’s Bronze Age. Emblazoned with remarkable decorative motifs—abstract patterns and fantastic animals rendered in bas-relief—and some with beasts rendered in full three-dimensional form, these objects invite close looking and, as a group, provide a stimulating introduction to some of the finest surviving bronzewares known.
July 4-October 19
Raw Color: The Circles of David Smith – The first presentation to bring together all five of the central Circle sculptures since the National Gallery of Art’s David Smith exhibition more than 30 years ago, explores the crucial role that industrial color and its relationship to nature played in the work of one of the 20th century’s most influential and celebrated sculptors. Painted in hues contrary to those found in nature, Smith’s sculptures were constructed to stand in concert with the dramatic Adirondack landscape of the fields surrounding his home and studio in Bolton Landing, where he placed them.
The exhibition assembles nine sculptures and three paintings from, or related to, the artist’s Circle series (1962–63). Smith’s boldly painted steel constructions will be on display both indoors and outdoors at the Tadao Ando-designed Stone Hill Center, resituating them against a Berkshires setting that is similar to (and less than 100 miles away from) the Adirondack site where Smith created and installed them.
July 4-September 28
Photography and Discovery – This inaugural exhibition in the Clark’s new Manton Study Center for Works on Paper, considers three different modes and approaches to visual inquiry and experimentation in the earliest years of the medium: Geography, Genre & Process. On view are 45 works by American and European artists such as Julia Margaret Cameron (British, 1815–1879), Roger Fenton (English, 1819–1869) and Francis Frith (English, 1822–1898).

The Hyde Collection

161 Warren Street, Glens Falls

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm; Sunday:  Noon -5pm; Closed Monday and most national holidays
Admission : Members Free; General Admission $8; Seniors (60+) & students $6; Children 12 & under Free; Active duty U.S. military and their families Free; Second Sundays Free.
Through May 10
Winter Light: Hoopes Gallery.
June 14 – September 14
Larry Kagan: Lying Shadows   This exhibition will feature 20 wall-mounted steel sculptures, illustrating the development of a conceptual idea, by the contemporary artist Larry Kagan. An exhibiting artist whose work has been collected and shown by museums and galleries worldwide, Kagan is also a faculty member of the art department of RPI. Wood Gallery.

June 15 – September 14
Emerging from the Shadows:  Hoopes Gallery
September 27 – January 4, 2015
Picturing America: Signature Works from the Westmoreland Museum of American Art – Wood Gallery.
September 27 – January 4, 2015
Anne Diggory: Hybrid Visions   Hoopes Gallery.

The Saratoga Springs History Museum
1 East Congress Street (The Canfield Casino), Saratoga Springs

Hours:  Winter: Friday-Sunday 10am-4pm
Admission: Adults $5; seniors and students $4; members and children 12 and under free.
Current exhibit
The People Behind the Track:  The exhibit tells the story of these people through their personal experiences and involvement with the track, the casino and the community.
Permanent exhibits
Orientation Gallery
Telling the Story of Saratoga Springs
The Orientation Exhibition in the first floor gallery provides the base on which other museum programs and exhibitions have been developed.
The Canfield Casino High Stakes Gambling Room
The Casino was built in 1870 by John Morrissey, a retired prize fighter and politician raised in Troy, who already owned a gambling establishment on Matilda Street (now Woodlawn Avenue) in Saratoga Springs. Morrissey’s Club House (as it was then known) quickly became a popular but exclusive gaming establishment: neither women nor locals were permitted in the gambling rooms. Today the High Stakes Room is preserved with much of the original furniture from the Casino. It is a look 100 years back at turn of the century gambling, as well as providing a look into the Lake Houses that made Saratoga Springs famous through the 1950s.

Brookside Museum

6 Charlton Street, Ballston Spa

Through April 25
The Creative Mind: Artwork by Karin Vollkommer.
Vollkommer is known for her original paintings and working with historic prints and continues to be inspired by old photos and local stories, but has turned to making a few of her own. This new form of expression includes stories and character creations made of felt and clay.

The Arkell Museum
2 Erie Boulevard, Canajoharie

Winter hours:  January-April: Tuesday-Friday 11am-4pm; Saturday-Sunday 1pm-4pm. Regular hours: May-December: Monday-Friday 10am-5pm; Saturday-Sunday 1pm-5pm.
Admission: Adults $7; seniors and students $5; Members free; children under 11 free when accompanied by an adult.
Through June 1
Ogden Pleissner: Watercolors and Oil Paintings from the Arkell Collection – Ogden Minton Pleissner said that he could be called “a landscape painter, a painter of landscapes who also liked to hunt and fish.” He traveled out West, to Quebec, through New England and the South prepared with both fishing and sketching equipment. The Arkell collection includes both watercolors and oil paintings by this American artist who found success as an artist with his first solo show at Macbeth Gallery in 1933. Works in the Arkell collection date from 1936-1942 and depict diverse locations that include southern United States, Wyoming, Nebraska, and war time in the Aleutian Islands.
Through June 1
Of Time and the Mohawk River – The exhibition features painted, sketched and printed views of the Mohawk River and Erie Canal from the mid 18th through the 21st century.
September 2 – January 4, 2015
Winslow Homer: The Nature and Rhythm of Life from the Arkell Collections – Bartlett Arkell purchased and donated 20 Winslow Homer works to the Canajoharie Art Gallery. These watercolors and oil paintings, along with other Homer works Arkell acquired for his personal collection will be reunited for this exhibition that opens at the Fenimore Art Museum and then returns for a big celebration at the Arkell Museum in the fall 2014. These works span Homer’s career from his first works in oil, to his first watercolors up to his fantastic marine painting at Prount’s Neck, Maine "Watching the Breakers – A High Sea."
Permanent Exhibition
Arkell’s Inspiration: The Marketing of Beech-Nut and Art for the People – Bartlett Arkell’s collection of late 19th and early 20th century American paintings and the use of his collection to market Beech-Nut products is the focus of this exhibition.
Bartlett Arkell, founder of the Canajoharie Library Art Gallery and the first President of Beech-Nut Packing Company, encouraged his marketing staff to use his collection in their print ads. The result of this borrowing of images from oil paintings created by artists such as Edward Gay and J.G. Brown, was a series of ad campaigns that brought “art to the masses” and linked the virtues found in the paintings with Beech-Nut gum and food products. Museum visitors have the opportunity to use images from the collection to create their own Beech-Nut advertisement to take home or mail as a postcard.

Museum collections
American Art – The American painting collection was established by Bartlett Arkell, the founder and first president of the Beech-Nut Packing Company. The paintings he collected are recognized today as some of the best works created by leading late 19th- and early 20th-century American artists. Arkell built the art gallery attached to the Canajoharie Library in 1927, and worked with MacBeth Galleries in New York to acquire a remarkable collection of American paintings. The collection includes 21 works by Winslow Homer, and important paintings by George Inness, William M. Chase, Childe Hassam, Mary Cassatt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Andrew Wyeth, Maurice Prendergast, Robert Henri, and other members of The Eight.

Mohawk Valley History
The museum has a growing collection of Mohawk Valley history material that includes photographs, diaries, letters, and portraits of individuals and businesses of both local and national importance.
The Beech-Nut Packing Company Archives, a major resource within this collection, includes photographs of early factory life, company scrapbooks, and marketing materials.


Columbia County Council on the Arts Gallery

209 Warren Street, Hudson

Hours: Wednesday-Friday 11am-3pm; Saturday 1pm-5pm; Sunday 11am-3pm.
A spring photography exhibit – “Not Necessarily Black and White",  featues the works of local  and regional artists.
Juried by Ken Bovat, Jr., Master Photographer Craftsman. Exhibiting Artists: Carla Berger, Debra Lynne Bilow, Arlene Boehm, Denise B. Chandler, Gerald Cooley, V. James DiPerna, J. Pierre Gontier, Karen Hummel, Scott Keidong, Wayne King, Hildy Pincus Kronen, Jeffrey Levin, Katharine Mahoney, Wendy Moss, Michael O’Shea, Daniel Region, Susan Sabino, Peter Sagal and Ken Tannenbaum.

The Harrison Gallery
39 Spring Street, Williamstown, MA

Opening reception every first Saturday of the month with the artist(s) for that month’s show from 5pm-7pm. Free. Regular hours: Wednesday – Saturday 10am-5:30pm; Sunday 11am-4pm. June 1 – September 1: Monday-Saturday 10am-5:30pm, Sunday 11am-4pm.
April 5-30
May 5-30
Carol Gobin Gail Sauter
June 7-30
Ben Shattuck
July 5-31
American Realism Featuring Hale Johnson
August 2-31
Curt Hanson & John MacDonald: Friends
August 2-31
Brother Thomas Bezanson
September 6-30
Peter Hussey
October 4-30
Jamie Young
November 1-30
Gracia Dayton
December 6-31
Winter Bounty

Barbara Prey Gallery
71 Spring Street, Williamstown

Open daily 10am-5pm and by appointment.
Through April 30
Primary Colors: Barbara Ernst Prey” on view from March 1 through April 30. The exhibit features vibrant new paintings by internationally acclaimed artist Barbara Ernst Prey. Open daily from 10am-5:30pm and by appointment.
June & July
“The Art of Diplomacy” – Offers never before seen paintings by internationally acclaimed artist Barbara Ernst Prey.
August 1-31
“American Contemporary” is Barbara Prey’s most recent body of spiritually driven landscapes. Her work encompasses the traditional in a contemporary light.  In this exhibit she explores the depth of the American landscape and her own personal relationship with nature, and illuminates these concepts by using her euphoric color palette and impeccable painting techniques.

Upstate Artists Guild Gallery
247 Lark Street Albany; 424.9317;

Hours: Thursday & Friday 5:30pm-8pm; Saturday 2pm-8pm; Sunday 2pm-6pm and by appointment.
April 4 -25
Capital District K-12 Regional, featuring student artwork in all media. Opening – April 4 (1st Friday) 6pm-9pm.
May 2-23
Graphic Content, featuring illustration and comic book art.  Opening May 2 (1st Friday) 6pm-9pm
June 6-27
Peoples Choice Salon. Artwork in all media. Concurrent with Art on Lark (June 7) Opening June 6 (1st Friday). Popular Voting for “Best in Show” will be held during. "Art on Lark" Street Festival, June 7.  Open Critique Night is on the last Sunday of every month (3/30, 4/27, 5/30). We meet to share and discuss art and art in progress. Anyone can participate. Having art to show is not required.

Clement Framing & Art Gallery
201 Broadway, Troy (at Monument Square)

Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-6pm; Saturday 10am-4pm. Exhibitions always have an opening reception on the last Friday of the month from 6pm-9pm. Admission is always free
Through April 23
George Van Hook – New Paintings
April 25 – May 28
Dust to Dust: 1st Annual Pastel Exhibition
May 30 – June 25
Elizabeth Apgar Smith – Paintings
June 27 – July 23
Nature as the Muse – Group Exhibition
July 25 – August 27
Of Beauties & Beasts – Group Exhibition


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