December 14, 2018

Free Holiday Admission for UMW Families

UMW employees and their immediate family members will be admitted to Gari Melchers Home and Studio and the James Monroe Museum free of charge (UMW ID required) during the winter break (December 19 – December 30), and are eligible for 20% off Museum Store purchases.

UMW Flute and Guitar Ensembles to Perform in Melchers’ Studio

Gari Melchers Home and Studio and the University of Mary Washington Music Department are partnering to present an evening of music on Wednesday, April 25, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.  at Gari Melchers’ Belmont.

The UMW flute and guitar ensembles will perform at Gari Melchers’ Studio at Belmont on Wednesday, April 25. Photo by Norm Shafer.

The UMW flute and guitar ensembles will perform at Gari Melchers’ Studio at Belmont on Wednesday, April 25. Photo by Norm Shafer.

In celebration of National Guitar Month and National Jazz Appreciation Month, the UMW Guitar Ensemble will present a spring concert featuring arrangements of classical, jazz and contemporary works under the direction of Bruce Middle. The UMW Flute Ensemble will perform selections from Baroque to contemporary, including Latin American selections under the direction of Doug Gately.

Admission is free to the public. Please make reservations by contacting Meghan Pcsolyar at mpcsolya@umw.edu or 540-654-1848.

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, Virginia, a quarter mile west of the intersection of U.S. 1 and U.S. 17, it is open daily with an admission charge.

Gari Melchers Home and Studio In the News

Our timeless tale of love makes us #12:12 ways a visit to the Fredericksburg region will surprise you.

Gari Melchers Home and Studio in the News

Deemed “well worth the drive,” Gari Melchers Home and Studio is featured in Culture Trip‘s article “Artists’ Home and Studios You Can Visit in Washington, DC.”

Gari Melchers Home and Studio

Gari Melchers Home & Studio in the News

Gari Melchers Home and Studio has been showing up in the news this month! Visit the links below to find out more.

How to get your best fall photos in the Fredericksburg region (Call Me Fred, October 24, 2017)

Stepping into the Fredericksburg Time Machine (Boomer Magazine, October 13, 2017)

12 Reasons Why You’ll Fall for Fredericksburg (Huffington Post, October 16, 2017)

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

Gari Melchers Receives Trip Advisor Award

Gari Melchers Home & Studio today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. Now in its fifth year, the award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. Certificate of Excellence winners include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a superior customer experience.

Print_Logo_COE2015_ENWhen selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that takes into account the quality, quantity and recency 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.

“Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a true source of pride for the entire team at Gari Melchers Home & Studio and we’d like to thank all of our past guests who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor,” said Director David Berreth “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.”

“TripAdvisor is pleased to honor exceptional hospitality businesses that have received consistent praise and recognition by travelers on the site,” said Marc Charron President, TripAdvisor for Business. “By putting a spotlight on businesses that are focused on delivering great service to customers, TripAdvisor not only helps drive increasing hospitality standards around the world, it also gives businesses both large and small the ability to shine and stand out from the competition.”

Crow-Dolby Serves on Board

Michelle Crow-Dolby, education and communications manager at Gari Melchers Home & Studio, is now serving on the Fredericksburg Public Relations Society board of directors.

Gari Melchers Home and Studio Hosts Open House, April 6

Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont will host a spring open house on Sunday, April 6. 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 artist Gari Melchers and his wife Corinne. The gardens and ground of Belmont will be open to the public on Sunday, April 6. During the open house, the colorful formal gardens and the grassy woodland paths and trails will be open for guests to explore. The house museum and studio will be open for tours throughout the day. Belmont invites amateur and professional artists of all media to use the house grounds as inspiration for their work, and picnicking on the grounds is also encouraged. The property, both a Virginia Historic Landmark and a National Historic Landmark, is located at 224 Washington St. in Falmouth, across the Rappahannock River from Fredericksburg. Public hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1-5 p.m. For directions and more information, call (540) 654-1015, or visit the museum website at www.GariMelchers.org.

Book Collector, Appraiser Spoke at Belmont

Allan J. Stypeck, co-host of the former NPR program “The Book Guys,” presented a talk on book collecting at Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont on Sunday, Oct. 13 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Stypeck, a senior member of the American Society of Appraisers and noted antiquarian bookseller and appraiser, offered appraisals on books, manuscripts, maps, ephemera, photographs and recorded materials for museum visitors. Stypeck also is owner of Second Story Books, the landmark Washington, D.C. rare bookstore.

Gari Melchers Home and Studio houses books from Gari and Corinne's private collection.

Gari Melchers Home and Studio houses books from Gari and Corinne’s private collection.

The program is included in the cost of admission to the museum. Reservations are required at (540) 654-1843.

Artist Gari Melchers and his wife Corinne were both book connoisseurs. Despite his studio schedule demands, Gari Melchers devoted his morning hours to the newspaper, made time for a novel or history book and enjoyed studying the pages of art books. Corinne Melchers loved the classics, contemporary novels, biographies and books related to her interests in painting, horticulture and American cultural history.

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 UMW, 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’s website.