Belmont Portrayed: Through a Lens, an exhibition of photographs depicting the buildings, grounds and gardens of Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont, opens to the public on Saturday, March 18, and will be on view through May 21.
The selection of 21 photos by 12 artists was chosen by Belmont Director David Berreth to represent a variety of photographic approaches to visually interpreting the 19th-century estate and its surroundings. The new exhibition follows the theme of last year’s first Belmont Portrayed exhibition, which featured traditional painting media.
Photographers represented in the exhibition are John Bice, Mary Jane Branscome, Kimberly Daneshmand, Maura Harrison, Sue Henderson, Becki Heye, Sarah Collins Honenberger, Cathy Herndon, Judy LaFratta, Jennifer Manfre, Katherine McAskill and Penny Parrish.
The public is invited to vote in the gallery for their favorite work to determine cash awards. Three “People’s Choice” winners will be announced during the last week of the show.
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, Virginia, a quarter mile west of the intersection of U.S. 1 and U.S. 17, the museum is open seven days a week. For hours of operation, directions and more information, call 540-654-1015, or visit the museum website at www.GariMelchers.org.