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Ogden Pleissner: Watercolors and Oil paintings from Arkell Collection on display

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - Updated: 7:12 PM

CANAJOHARIE -- The Arkell Museum exhibition of works from its permanent collection includes both watercolors and oil paintings by landscape painter Ogden Minton Pleissner dating from the 1930s through the 1940s.

Through much of Pleissner's career, he traveled around the United States and into Canada prepared with both fishing and sketching equipment. His oil paintings and watercolors almost always include the people who live and work in the environment depicted and the works in this exhibition show cowboys, farm and circus workers. 

Pleissner was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1905, and after high school, he studied at the Arts Students League in New York City. He set up his Brooklyn studio in 1929, and found success as an artist with his first solo show at Macbeth Gallery in 1933. Ten years later, he was commissioned as a Captain in the Army Air Forces to work for the Historical Division, as a painter recording Air Force activities, and this led to his work as a War Art Correspondent for Life magazine. Fighter Returns from Kiska, 1943 is one of the works he created during World War II. It depicts American a plane returning from Kiska, an island in the Aleutian Islands.

The Arkell Museum has changing exhibitions drawn from the permanent collection that includes American artists such as Winslow Homer, Childe Hassam, Robert Henri, and Thomas Hart Benton on display in the galleries. Mohawk Valley history and Beech-Nut advertising are also featured in exhibitions. 

For information, call (518) 673-2314 or visit The museum is open during the winter months Tuesday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from noon -- 4 p.m. Open hours increase in May.


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