The University of Mary Washington will host an exhibition featuring the works of internationally known photographer Lynda Richardson beginning Sunday, October 21 through Sunday, December 2 at Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont.
An open house and presentation will kick off the exhibition on Sunday, October 21 from 1 to 5 p.m. Richardson will give a talk at 2 p.m. The open house and lecture are open to the public without charge.
A 1981 UMW graduate, Richardson spent more than a year photographing the university’s architecture, campus and people for the forthcoming Centennial coffee table book, “University of Mary Washington: Moments in Time.” Twenty photographs from the book will be featured in the exhibition.
Richardson said her intention in photographing the university was to showcase not only the physical beauty of the campus, but also the academic excellence fostered, the spirited character and cultural diversity at Mary Washington.
A Virginia-based wildlife and environmental photojournalist, Richardson has traveled internationally. Her photographs have appeared in National Geographic, National Wildlife and Smithsonian, among others. She was included as one of the top female outdoor photographers in Nature’s Best Photography magazine and has received numerous awards in such contests as Picture of the Year and the 2003 Nature’s Best International Photography Competition. She currently teaches at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in Richmond.
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 part of 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 Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Admission to the museum is $10 for adults and $5 for children, ages 6-18.
For more information about the exhibit, contact Joanna Catron, curator of Gari Melchers Home at (540) 654-1015.