This exhibition, drawn from the extensive holdings of The Burchfield-Penney Art Center, highlights the vast achievements of the Roycroft community established in the late 1890s by Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915) in East Aurora, New York. The community was created in reaction to America’s industrialization and the concept of mass production. The Roycrofters sought to revive handcraftsmanship and return to a simpler, understated, anti-Victorian aesthetic by following the tradition of the British Arts and Crafts movement. Their accomplishments in metalware, woodwork, glassware, and ceramics will be featured including desktop accessories, lamps, vases, furniture, dinnerware, and other handcrafted objects. Twenty-five first edition hand-printed books from the famous Roycroft Press will also be on view. Love, Live, Work: The Roycroft Legacy is organized by The Burchfield-Penney Art Center at Buffalo State College, Buffalo, New York.
Selections from The Arkell Museum at Canajoharie
Now through March 5, 2006, The Hyde Collection’s Hoopes Gallery will feature fourteen remarkable paintings from the collection of The Arkell Museum at Canajoharie (formerly known as the Canajoharie Library and Art Gallery). The Arkell Museum was founded in 1924 by Bartlett Arkell, a successful Canajoharie businessman and the founder and first President of Beech-Nut Packing Company. He purchased the remarkable collection of late nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century American paintings that were installed in the museum when it first opened to the public in 1926. Highlights from this collection, including an exquisite portrait of a woman reading a letter (1889) by Thomas Dewing, a magnificent landscape The Rainbow (1878) by George Inness, and a luminous still life Blue and White Jar (c. 1910) by Emil Carlsen, are among the handful of works featured.
The Arkell Museum at Canajoharie received funding from the Arkell Hall Foundation to build an 18,000 square foot addition with six new gallery spaces designed by Ann Beha Architects and DesignLab architects. The museum will open to the public in early 2007. A small selection from this distinguished collection is on loan to The Hyde while The Arkell Museum is under construction.