December 8, 2019

“Over the Garden Gate: Gari Melchers’ Falmouth” on View at Belmont, Oct. 5 to Dec. 2

Four paintings by Gari Melchers, including three never before seen publically at Belmont, will be featured in the upcoming spotlight exhibition Over the Garden Gate: Gari Melchers’ Falmouth, scheduled for Oct. 5 through Dec. 2, 2018.

Thanks to generous loans from private collectors and the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, Georgia, the loaned paintings — Gossips, Pear Tree in Blossom, Pot Hunters and Rainbow — will be combined with a select group of images drawn from the collection at Gari Melchers Home and Studio, which reproduce local settings and villagers long familiar to natives of Falmouth, Virginia.

Joanna Catron, who curates the show, says that “while Melchers saw Virginia as an escape from the demands of his New York studio, the picturesque environs of his home and nearby Falmouth were too seductive to allow for much rest.”  The result was dozens of evocative images that chronicle a simpler time and place.

The exhibition is included with Museum admission. For more information, contact Joanna Catron at jcatron@umw.edu or 540-654-1841, or visit www.garimelchers.org.