Gari Melchers Home and Studio will celebrate its 40th anniversary with Belmont Portrayed, a juried exhibition of artistic interpretations of Belmont’s buildings and property, from Jan. 23 to April 17, 2016. The deadline for submissions has been extended to Friday, Dec. 11.
“I have watched hundreds of artists paint on the grounds of Belmont during my time here, and what better way to honor Gari and Corinne Melchers and their gift to Virginia than to feature views by other artists inspired by their art, home and gardens,” said Director David Berreth, who will choose the featured exhibition artwork.
The museum will begin accepting entries Oct. 26, 2015; the deadline is Nov. 20, 2015. For a full list of rules, see the Call for Entries. Submissions may be entered through the online entry form. First place prize is $1,000 and will be determined by public vote.
“We are announcing the show well in advance of the entry dates to allow artists to visit and create new works this summer and fall if they wish,” said Berreth.
Gari Melchers Home and Studio is a 28-acre estate and former residence of the artist Gari Melchers and his wife Corinne. The property, which is operated by the University of Mary Washington, is both a Virginia Historic Landmark and a National Historic Landmark. Located at 224 Washington St. in Falmouth, Va., a quarter mile west of the intersection of U.S. 1 and U.S. 17, it is open daily with an admission charge. The museum also serves as the official Stafford County Visitor Center. For directions and other information, call (540) 654-1015 or visit garimelchers.umw.edu.