July 24, 2017

Gari Melchers Home and Studio Hosts Open House, April 23

Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont will host a spring open house Sunday, April 23. 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 artists Gari Melchers and his wife, Corinne. Featuring complimentary […]

Museums Offer Free Holiday Admission

While you are unwinding during the holiday break, bring the whole family for a visit to the James Monroe Museum and to Gari Melchers Home and Studio!

belmont-home-for-the-holidays-2Both sites are extending free admission to include the immediate family members of current University of Mary Washington faculty and staff during the break, from Dec. 17 to Jan. 2. We hope you will take advantage of the opportunity to visit this wonderful pair of cultural resources administered by UMW.

Gari Melchers Home and Studio is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., but will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. The James Monroe Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays, but will be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Admission for current faculty, staff and students is free throughout the year at both sites, so we hope to see you often! For more information please visit us online at http://garimelchers.umw.edu/ and www.jamesmonroemuseum.org.

Jepson Celebrates Painter Gari Melchers’ Work, Contributions

From DoSavannah, 8.24.16

“The artist Gari Melchers may not exactly be a household name these days, but he was an exceedingly accomplished and successful painter in his time and is certainly deserving of more attention than he’s received since his death nearly a century ago.

“One Hundred Years of Harmony: Paintings by Gari Melchers,” which opens at Aug. 26 the Jepson Center, is a chance to sample some of this peripatetic painter’s work and learn more about his life and his contributions to Telfair’s own collection.” MORE

Meghan Pcsolyar Named Special Events Manager at Gari Melchers Home and Studio

Meghan Pcsolyar has been named the new  Special Events Manager at Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont in Falmouth.

Ms. Pcsolyar has served as Belmont Special Events Assistant since January 2015, helping schedule and oversee all private rentals of Belmont facilities and organizing special events for the public and Friends of Belmont.

A native of Stafford, Virginia, Meghan is a graduate of Sweet Briar College, where she began working on special events including campus and private organization fundraisers. She later was a Development Intern with the William Byrd Community House in Richmond and Community Impact Intern at the Rappahannock United Way.

Anyone seeking information about Belmont’s facilities for weddings, meetings and other events should contact Meghan Pcsolyar at 540-654-1848 or mpcsolya@umw.edu.

Taylor-Schran Edits Melchers Book

Gari Melchers Home and Studio released a new pictorial book on the paintings of Gari Melchers.  Edited by Susan Taylor-Schran ’75, Museum Shop and visitor services manager, Selected Works by Gari Melchers: From the Collection of the Gari Melchers Home and Studio, was released on December 1.

In response to numerous requests by visitors to the historic home and studio, Taylor-Schran edited and assembled the 100+ page full-color book, featuring more than 80 paintings in the Belmont Collection. With contributions from Joanna Catron, curator, and David Berreth, director, the book includes a biographical timeline of Melchers, as well as archival photographs.

Completed to accompany the 40th anniversary of Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont opening to the public, the book is available only at the Museum Shop.

 

 

 

Gari Melchers Home to Host Anniversary Exhibition

Gari Melchers Home and Studio will celebrate its 40th anniversary with Belmont Portrayed, a juried exhibition of artistic interpretations of Belmont’s buildings and property, from Jan. 23 to April 17, 2016. The deadline for submissions has been extended to Friday, Dec. 11. “I have watched hundreds of artists paint on the grounds of Belmont during […]

Gari Melchers Receives Accolades

Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont was recently listed on About.com‘s travel section as one of the Top 10 Things to See and Do in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Check out the full list at abt.cm/1KUh7uT.

In addition, VisitFred.com listed the museum as a Top 10 Reason to Travel to Fredericksburg This Summer. Check out the list at bit.ly/1Cpt8XU.

Gari Melchers Receives Travel Excellence Award

Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont recently received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award for its consistent achievement of great travel reviews on the website.   Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont Ariel View Now in its fifth year, the award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given to accommodations, restaurants and attractions around the world that have continually delivered a superior customer experience.  Winners are determined through TripAdvisor’s proprietary algorithm that considers the quality and quantity of reviews and opinions submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period, as well as business’s tenure and ranking on the Popularity Index on the site.  To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. “The certificate is a true source of pride for Gari Melchers Home & Studio,” said David Berreth, Director of the venue. “There is no greater seal of approval than being recognized by one’s customers. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our museum and our continued commitment to excellence.” 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. For more information or to RSVP, contact Michelle Crow-Dolby, education and communications manager, at mdolby@umw.edu or (540) 654-1851.

Melchers Museum Staff Receive Preservation Award

Three members of the staff at the Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont have been honored by the Historic Fredericksburg Foundation for their work in preserving the Fannie Roots House.   Fannie Roots House Director David Berreth, Preservation Manager Beate Jensen and Building and Grounds Assistant David Ludeker received the foundation’s E. Boyd Graves Award for Preservation Excellence. The announcement was made at a recent foundation award ceremony. The historic Fannie Roots House, adjacent to the Gari Melchers museum, belonged to Fannie Roots, an African American civil rights activist and Stafford County citizen. The home was purchased by her family in 1912. The family, including Fannie as a teenager, did occasional work for the Melchers family. Fannie lived in the home until her death in 2004. The restoration project was started in 2009 by UMW students and members of the community and included stabilization and weather proofing. More extensive work including roof replacement and chimney restoration was completed in 2013 with grants from the Duff McDuff Green Jr. Fund of the Community Foundation of the Rappahannock Region, The Marietta M. and Samuel T. Morgan Jr. Foundation, the Dr. H. Stewart Jones Trust and the Fredericksburg Savings Charitable Foundation. The next phase of the restoration will focus on renovating the house’s interior to allow more in-depth historical interpretation for the public. For more information on the Fannie Roots house and restoration project, contact Beate Jensen at (540) 654-1839.

Gari Melchers Home and Studio Hosts Fourth Annual Beeping Egg Hunt

Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont will host its fourth annual Beeping Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, March 29.   Beeping Egg PhotoThis egg hunt provides an opportunity for visually impaired and blind individuals, along with their families, to participate in an audible Easter egg hunt. The event will run from 2-4 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Families are asked to RSVP by Wednesday, March 25. 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 hearing. The event also includes a miniature animal petting zoo, crafts, “Touch a Tractor” and Wegmans-sponsored healthy snacks. 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. For more information or to RSVP, contact Michelle Crow-Dolby, education and communications manager, at mdolby@umw.edu or (540) 654-1851.