Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont will host a free illustrated presentation, The Painted Garden: A Favorite Motif in American Impressionism, on Sunday, May 3.
The illustrated presentation by Joanna Catron, curator of Gari Melchers Home and Studio, will show how early 20th century American impressionist painters demonstrated an appreciation for the art of gardening through a preference for using gardens as subjects. The program will begin at 2 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
The presentation will survey how Americans painters became the stylistic heirs of French impressionist painters and will showcase the work of painters including John Singer Sargent, Frederick Frieseke, Childe Hassam and Gari Melchers.
The presentation coincides with museum’s display of The Crimson Rambler, a Gari Melchers work featuring a view of the artist’s private garden. The piece is on loan to the museum from private collectors through Sunday, June 7.
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.