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Art shows planned in Canajoharie

Shown is a photograph of New York City by Daniel Benevento. (Photo submitted)

CANAJOHARIE — “The Legacy of the Erie Canal: Watercolors” by Tom Leytham, photography of New York state by Daniel Benevento, and “Winter Meditations,” American tonalist paintings by Bill McLaughlin, will open in the Regional Art Galleries of the Arkell Museum and Canajoharie Library on Friday.

In celebration of the 200th anniversary of construction beginning on the Erie Canal, Leytham of Montpelier, Vt., has developed a series exploring the architectural remnants remaining along the Erie Canal and Mohawk River Valley.

Many of his paintings depict overlooked or forgotten sites of the hand-built manufacturing age, a news release said.

Leytham is a registered architect whose work has been exhibited at the Vermont Governor’s Gallery, Bennington Museum and Southern Vermont Arts Center, and included in publications, according to the news release.

McLaughlin, of New Berlin presents “Winter Meditations,” a series portraying winter’s varied moods, color and textures.

Shown is Tom Leytham's "Schoharie Crossing - Fort Hunter, NY," watercolor on paper. (Photo submitted)

His 2016 Best in Show award in the Art of New York: Annual Juried Art Show at the Arkell was a prelude to his developing these tonalist landscapes in oils, watercolors and pastels, the news release said.

Benevento of Scarsdale is a professional photographer whose work encompasses cityscapes and rural life in New York state.

Hours for the museum are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.

There is free admission to the solo shows, and museum admission is $9 for adults, and $6.50 students and seniors.

The museum and shows are wheelchair- accessible.

Shown is Bill McLaughlin's "Last Light," an oil on canvas painting. (Photo submitted)

For more information, call (518) 673-2314 or visit www.arkellmuseum.org/regional-art.

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