May 28, 2016

Gari Melchers Receives Accolades

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

In addition, listed the museum as a Top 10 Reason to Travel to Fredericksburg This Summer. Check out the list at

Gari Melchers Home and Studio Hosts Egg Hunt, April 13

Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont will host its third annual Beeping Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 12. The free event, held from 1 to 3 p.m., provides visually impaired and blind children and their families an opportunity to participate in a non-traditional Easter egg hunt.

Children explore the grounds of Belmont during the annual Beeping Easter Egg Hunt.

Children explore the grounds of Belmont during the annual Beeping Easter Egg Hunt.

The specially designed plastic eggs, built and donated by the 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 sense of hearing. The event also includes “touch” and “verbal imaging tours” of Gari Melcher’s studio and home, which will allow visitors to explore the various features of Belmont. Games, Wegman’s-sponsored healthy snacks, a visit with the Easter bunny, a miniature horse petting zoo and a “Touch a Tractor” station will round out the day’s activities.

Families should RSVP to the egg hunt at (540) 654-1851 by Wednesday, April 9. The event will be held rain or shine.

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 the museum website at

Yard Sale at Belmont, 8/17

On Saturday, August 17, from 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. the Melchers/Belmont Museum Shop is having a Yard Sale like no other. They’re cleaning out the Shop, selling new items at yard sale prices, getting rid of display accessories, and just making room for all things new.  Furniture, art supplies, home decor, silk flowers, table linens, books & more.

Saturday, August 17th, 7:30- 9:30 a.m.
The Parking Lot
Gari Melchers Home and Studio
224 Washington Street  Falmouth VA 22405


Bride and Groom Workshop

Want to be best prepared for your wedding?

Then plan to attend the FREE Bride and Groom Workshop at Belmont on Sunday, August 19th, 2012. 2:00-4:00.

A must attend event for brides and grooms!

This will be an informative bride/groom workshop in the Studio Pavilion. DJ Eric Herod will share ideas to help the men stress less but impress all on the big day! Ashley Alphin of C & A Event Planning will guide the ladies through wedding etiquette and much more. There will be door prizes! And refreshments will be provided by Caroline Street Catering.

Register today!

Gari Melchers Home and Studio to Host Holiday Tours

Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont will offer daily “Holidays with the Melchers” 30-minute guided tours of the artfully decorated Georgian house throughout December. The museum is open daily, except Wednesdays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tours run on the hour, starting at 10:30 a.m. and are included in the regular admission price of $10 for adults. Students 18 years old and younger are admitted free with an accompanying, paying adult, limit two. Current UMW faculty, staff and students are admitted free.

The tour will showcase imaginative decorations and vignettes that interpret life at the Melchers’ cherished Falmouth country retreat. All exterior decorations are provided courtesy of the Rappahannock Valley Garden Club.

The museum gift shop, decked out for the season, will offer a wide selection of books, advent calendars, art supplies and gift items.

Gari Melchers Home and Studio Named to Virginia’s Endangered Artifacts Program

The more than 150-year-old wrought-iron staircase at Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont has been named one of Virginia’s Top Ten Endangered Artifacts. The Top Ten program is a project of the Virginia Collections Initiative and the Virginia Association of Museums.

An independent peer review panel chose the railing, believed to have been forged around 1845, from 25 nominations across Virginia to make the Top Ten Endangered Artifacts list.

Virginia’s Top Ten Endangered Artifacts program, funded by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, aims to raise awareness of the importance of preserving artifacts in the care of museums, libraries and archives throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Storyteller to Perform at Belmont this Sunday

Free Program at Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont:

Great Art; Great Stories:  Which Came First, the Stories or the Art?
Sunday, October 16, 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

African griot storyteller Bill Grimmette will present a twenty-minute performance in the Studio Pavilion. This all-ages performance will be repeated twice:  once at 1:30 p.m. and again at 3:30 p.m.

This program is free and includes complimentary admission to the “William H. Johnson” exhibition.

The Smithsonian Community Grant Program, funded by MetLife Foundation, is a proud sponsor of this public program.  Call 540/654-1015 or visit

Gari Melchers Home and Studio to Host Traveling Exhibition

Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont will be the first stop for a new national exhibition featuring rare paintings by William H. Johnson from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). An essential figure in modern American art, William H. Johnson (1901-1970) was a virtuoso skilled in various media and techniques. “William H. Johnson: An American Modern” will be on display at Belmont Saturday, September 10 through Sunday, December 4. It will then continue on a 10-city tour through 2014.

Read the full press release.

Mark your calendars for the opening reception and illustration presentation about William H. Johnson by Leslie King Hammond graduate dean emeritus and founding director of the center for race and culture at the Maryland Institute and College of Art. The reception will take place on Sunday, September 18 at 2 p.m. and includes complimentary exhibition admission.

Aunt Alice, 1940. Courtesy Morgan State University

Gari Melchers Painting Featured on Embassy Exhibition Catalog Cover

Exhibition Cover

Gari Melchers Home and Studio’s In Old Virginia painting made the cover of the US Embassy Bern ART in Embassies Exhibition catalog.  Donald Beyer, Jr. is the US Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein, and In Old Virginia hangs in his official Residence in Bern. 

Gari Melchers Home and Studio Hosts New Exhibition

"Julia and Ivan" by Gari Melchers, ca. 1921, pastel and crayon on paper

On Display from September 10 through November 21

“Gari Melchers’ Works on Paper:  Highlights from the Collection”

Curatorial Intern and University of Mary Washington senior Davida “Vida” Austin has selected almost 20 works on paper for this temporary exhibition.

Vida’s selections represent a survey of styles and subjects that show Melchers development as an artist on paper and span nearly his entire career.

The subject matter is wide-ranging and includes everything from portraits and landscapes to figurative interiors.

Gari Melchers Home and Studio is open everyday, except Wednesdays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Free to the UMW community.