May 25, 2019

Gari Melchers Home and Studio Hosts Beeping Egg Hunt

Gari Melchers Home & Studio will host its eighth annual Beeping Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 14 from 2 – 4 p.m.

The egg hunt provides an opportunity for visually impaired and blind children, along with their families, to participate in an accessible audible egg hunt. Sighted siblings can also participate by wearing a blindfold.  This free event will run from 2-4 p.m.

Gari Melchers Home & Studio holds its Beeping Egg Hunt on April 14.

Gari Melchers Home & Studio hosts its Beeping Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 14.

“Every spring I look forward to organizing and planning the Beeping Egg Hunt and related activities,” says Education and Communications Manager Michelle Crow-Dolby.  “I enjoy seeing familiar faces and welcoming new families.  I am especially thankful for volunteer event assistance from James Monroe High School students and the Lions Club and for Wegmans’ food donation.”

The specially designed plastic eggs, donated by Stafford County-based International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators, emit a beeping sound that allows children to retrieve the eggs using their hearing. The event also includes a miniature animal petting zoo, sensory crafts, gallery activities, and Wegmans-sponsored healthy snacks.

During the 1920s and 30s, Corinne Melchers, with her husband’s encouragement, hosted Easter parties for area children at their Belmont home featuring egg rolls, puppet shows, and plenty of favors.

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.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Michelle Crow-Dolby at mdolby@umw.edu or 540-654-1851.

Gari Melchers Home and Studio to Offer Memory Loss Art Program

Gari Melchers Home and Studio and the Alhzeimer’s Association are partnering to present Picturing New Connections:  An art program for people with memory loss and their caregivers on Thursday, March 7 at 10:30 a.m.

“I recognized a need in our region for a museum-based memory loss program and have been researching and developing a blueprint, on and off, for a few years now,” says Education and Communications Manager Michelle Crow-Dolby.  This Picturing New Connections pilot study will combine sensory-rich guided discussions in Gari Melchers’ studio with an art making experience afterwards.”

Inspired and guided by the original Meet Me at MoMA  model, museums across the country are working to create arts engagement programs for people with Alzheimer’s Disease, along with their family members and care givers, to explore and discuss art.  Studies have shown that engaging with art in a social setting has a therapeutic effect on individuals who suffer from Alzheimer’s and other causes of dementia.

“Social engagement programs such as this one promote social interaction and companionship by offering a fun and comfortable way for people living in the early to middle stage of Alzheimer’s or other dementia to get out, get active and get connected with one another through a variety of social events and community-based activities tailored to individual needs and interests of the participants,” according to Lori Myers of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Admission is $5 per person. To register, please contact Lori Myers, Director, Fredericksburg Office, Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Richmond Chapter at lmyers@alz.org or 540-228-1502.

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.

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.

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)

Dolby Joins Board

Andrew S. Dolby recently joined the Friends of the Rappahannock’s Executive Committee as a board member. Dolby currently works with FOR staff and volunteers to learn more about the birds living in or visiting our area through a research project on the Rappahannock River. Also, on June 3, Dolby will lead a 2-mile walk along the Rappahannock with the Fredericksburg Birding Club, a chapter of the Virginia Society of Ornithology, as part of the Rock the River event.

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.

Crow-Dolby to Serve on City Commission

Michelle Crow-Dolby, Gari Melchers Home & Studio’s Education and Communications Manager, has been appointed to the City of Fredericksburg’s Clean and Green Commission.