By joannethornearnold, Aug 17 2015 02:20PM
Day trippin’ involves three factors to be enjoyed: the drive, the dining and the destination. One recent destination took me to the Arkell Museum of Art, in Canajoharie, NY. This Mohawk Valley museum was a gift from the family who packaged Beech Nut gum (& other products) to the world.
While planning the drive I wanted to know more about the collection of art. Unfortunately the exhibited collection did not contain any of the mentioned artists that piqued my interest. The permanent collection had a salon styled room of portraits along with Winslow Homer’s bucolic pastoral scenes and beach scenes. I was looking for Thomas Hart Benton, Cassatt, Prendergast and O’Keeffe.
The changing gallery was Charles Burchfield’s wall paper designs from the 1920s. There was a watercolor that included the sketches which was nice to view. It just wasn’t enough.
Beech Nuts means of advertising and marketing made for a nice exhibition on local history. I can’t say I would recommend the museum as it was more of a library with three galleries. To say the least, I was disappointed in the art. It was a nice drive on a nice day, that’s how I’ll remember this particular road trip.