Gari Melchers Home and Studio to Host Painting the Beautiful

George Sotter's "Coastal View" (1948)

Painting the Beautiful:  American Impressionist Paintings from the Michener Art Museum will open Saturday, September 1 at Gari Melchers Home and Studio and will remain on view through Sunday, October 21.  Painting the Beautiful is included in the regular admission price of $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and $5 for students. ExhibitsUSA, a national program of Mid-America Arts Alliance, is touring this exhibition, organized by the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pa., which holds the world’s most extensive collection of Pennsylvania Impressionism. “We are pleased to be able to host an exhibition of Painting the Beautiful’s quality,” said Gari Melchers Home and Studio Director David Berreth. “This is the first example of our new initiative to regularly feature high-caliber shows of noteworthy art that will enhance the cultural life of this growing region.” In general, American Impressionist painters often spurned the cities, living … [Read more...]

Gari Melchers Home and Studio to Offer Family Fun & Learning Tours


Fredericksburg, Va. – Gari Melchers Home and Studio is introducing new kid-friendly tours on Saturdays and Sundays from June 16 through Labor Day, September 3.  These special guided tours of Gari Melchers’ art studio and the 1790s Georgian Revival house he and his wife Corinne shared are geared toward school-age children and their families.  They will run approximately 45 minutes, not including optional sketching in the restored gardens and grounds.  Family Fun & Learning Tours will take place Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., and Sundays at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Regular admission prices, $10 per adult and $5 per child age 5 and older, apply. Registration is not necessary. Children will receive a souvenir to remember their visit by. “Hands-on objects, archival letters, documents and photographs, and an interactive style of learning will hopefully bring alive the art and life of Gari Melchers for young people,” explains … [Read more...]

Melchers Masterpiece Comes to Belmont

Photo Credit: Museum of American Art The Sermon

Fredericksburg, Va. – The Sermon, considered the most critically acclaimed painting by American artist Gari Melchers (1860-1932), has been placed on extended loan to Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont. The Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., has agreed to lend the painting to Belmont for up to two years, where it will join other major Melchers’ works on exhibit in his stone studio. Visitors can view The Sermon in the Pavilion gallery, along with studies in the Belmont collection, in a special “spotlight” exhibition beginning June 1.  Melchers intended The Sermon for the most important exhibition venue of his day, the Paris Salon. Because of the then current rage in Paris for peasant painting, the young artist hoped to find both high praise and a ready market for his picture. Submitted in time for the 1886 Salon, it earned him an honorable mention, a sizable feat for the young American artist. The public loved The Sermon for its … [Read more...]