Gari Melchers Home and Studio Hosts Open House, April 6

The gardens and ground of Belmont will be open to the public on Sunday, April 6.

Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont will host a spring open house on Sunday, April 6. The museum will open its doors free of charge to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., allowing visitors to experience the 28-acre estate and former residence of the artist Gari Melchers and his wife Corinne. … [Read more...]

Book Collector, Appraiser Spoke at Belmont

Gari Melchers Home and Studio houses books from Gari and Corinne's private collection.

Allan J. Stypeck, co-host of the former NPR program “The Book Guys,” presented a talk on book collecting at Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont on Sunday, Oct. 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. … [Read more...]

Gari Melchers Home and Studio Restores Dining Room

The dining room at Belmont has been completely restored to its 1920s state.

After two years of planning, fundraising and the work of three fine art conservators, Gari Melchers Home and Studio can now showcase a completed and restored version of the dining room décor enjoyed by Gari and Corinne Melchers during their time at Belmont. … [Read more...]

Gari Melchers Home and Studio Held Beeping Egg Hunt

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Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont hosted its second annual Beeping Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 23. The free event, held from 1-3 p.m., provided visually impaired and blind individuals and their families an opportunity to participate in a non-traditional Easter egg hunt. The specially designed plastic Easter eggs, donated by Stafford County-based International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators, emit a beeping sound that allows visually impaired children to retrieve the eggs using their ears. The event also included “touch tours” of Gari Melcher’s studio and home, which allowed visitors to explore various features of Belmont with their hands. Games, Wegman’s-sponsored healthy snacks, a visit with the Easter bunny and a “Touch a Tractor” station rounded out the day’s activities. 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 … [Read more...]

Gari Melchers Home and Studio Receives Loan from Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont has received a 100-year-old painting on long-term loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The painting, “In The Studio,” is the highlight of a special exhibition in Belmont’s Studio Gallery, along with two early studies for the painting and a related photograph. Artist Gari Melchers painted “In The Studio” in 1912 at the peak of his career. The painting depicts the artist at his easel with prominent German businessman, art patron and friend Hugo Reisinger. Reisinger worked with Melchers on a number of cultural exchanges including contemporary art exhibitions between Germany and the United States. Reisinger’s son gave “In The Studio” to The Met in 1956. 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 … [Read more...]

Gari Melchers Home and Garden to Host Spring Open House, April 10

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Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont will host a Spring Open House on Sunday, April 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public who will have the opportunity to experience the formal gardens exploding with color as well as the verdant woodland paths and trails. Both the house museum and studio will open for tours throughout the day.Artists are encouraged to paint on the grounds in the plein-aire style Gari Melchers embraced. Amateur and professional artists are invited to use the grounds of Belmont as their own plein-air workshop. Artists in all media are welcome, as well as photographers and those who just want to enjoy the day as observers. Picnicking on the grounds also is encouraged. 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. … [Read more...]

Gari Melchers Home and Studio to Offer Family Tours Through Labor Day

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Gari Melchers Home and Studio will again offer Family Tours during the summer months. This intergenerational experience allows visitors of all ages to engage in a guided tour of the historic house museum and art gallery spaces. Tours are customized to meet a family's needs and interests and are approximately one hour in length. Up to two children are free with an accompanying, paying adult. Additional children are $5 each. Families can enjoy these special tours daily, except Wednesdays, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The tour is free for Friends of Belmont members. Prior registration for family tours is not necessary. After the tour, guests are encouraged to extend their experience by sketching outside or exploring the garden in search of items in the “Itty Bitty Belmont” scavenger hunt. Gari Melchers Home and Studio is a 27-acre estate and former residence of the artist Gari Melchers and his wife Corinne. The property, which is operated by … [Read more...]

Universal Pictures Executive Addresses UMW Graduates, May 8

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Daniel R. Wolfe, executive vice president of Worldwide Creative Operations for Universal Pictures, delivered the undergraduate commencement address for the University of Mary Washington’s class of 2010 on Saturday, May 8. Approximately 5,000 people, including graduates, family members, friends and faculty, gathered in Ball Circle for the 99th annual commencement. The university awarded a total of 1,201 degrees in both the undergraduate ceremony on May 8 and the graduate ceremony May 7, including 67 master of business administration degrees, 121 master of education degrees, 12 master of science in management information systems, 40 master of science in elementary education degrees, 396 bachelor of arts degrees, 40 bachelor of liberal studies degrees, 56 bachelor of professional studies degrees and 469 bachelor of science degrees. In his address, Wolfe, who has played an integral role in NBC Universal’s marketing of films worldwide, urged today’s graduates not to be … [Read more...]

Garden Club of Virginia Completes Restoration Project at Belmont

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The Garden Club of Virginia has installed a bronze replica of a garden ornament that once adorned the grounds of Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont. The figure of a chubby nude boy, or putto, is a copy of an original wooden sculpture that former residents, artist Gari Melchers and his wife Corinne, brought with them to Belmont from their garden in Holland. It remained the focal point of the south lawn until it was weather damaged and brought indoors. In 2008, the restoration committee of the Garden Club began the process to restore the wooden sculpture and commissioned Ross Caudill, foundry technician and adjunct faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University, to produce a copy of the original putto and stonemason Richard Crickenberger to repair its pedestal. The putto appeared in at least one of Melchers’ impressionist landscapes, and in 1927 it was photographed by photographer Frances Benjamin Johnston. Her work, including the photograph of the putto, is currently … [Read more...]

Gari Melchers Home and Studio to Host Open House, April 11

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Gari Melchers Home and Studio will host a spring open house on Sunday, April 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The open house will allow visitors a chance to experience the formal gardens of the property in full bloom as well as the surrounding woodland paths and trails. Visitors are encouraged to bring picnic lunches to enjoy on the grounds. The House Museum and Studio will both be open for tours throughout the day. In the studio, the spring spotlight exhibition piece will be Gari Melchers’ “Madonna of the Rappahannock,” a 1923 painting on loan from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. “Belmont through a Lens: Photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnston,” an exhibition of 18 historic images of its site by this pioneering female photographer also will be on the display. A special mural created by students who participated in the 2010 Spring Break Arts Camp will be on display in the Studio Pavilion. Gari Melchers … [Read more...]