December 4, 2022

Gari Melchers Home & Studio to Host Spring Open House and Silhouette Artist

Belmont will open its doors on Sunday, May 22, from 1 to 5 p.m., for a free tour of the house, studio and galleries of famous American painter Gari Melchers (1860-1932). Stroll the restored gardens and woodland trails, visit the restored dairy barn and rebuilt run-in shed, and explore the museum shop.

New this year is the opportunity to have a silhouette cut by hand by internationally renowned artist Lauren Muney. The cost is $20 per sitter. Reserve your time slot in advance or pay at the front desk on event day.

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New Civil War Trails Marker

An interpretive marker that orients visitors to Civil War sites in Stafford County was recently installed at Gari Melchers Home and Studio.An interpretive marker that orients visitors to Civil War sites in Stafford County was recently installed at Gari Melchers Home and Studio.

The Museum hosts the Stafford County Visitor Center, offering information and directions to travelers from across the nation and around the world. The marker was developed in cooperation with Civil War Trails, Inc., a network of over 1,550 interpreted sites across five states. Narrative text summarizing the “Hard Hand of War” in the county covers battles, military occupation, and the experiences of enslaved Blacks seeking freedom, personified by the story of John Washington of Fredericksburg. A map shows other Civil War Trails sites in the county.

Gari Melchers Home and Studio and the Stafford County Visitor Center are located at 224 Washington Street in Falmouth, Virginia. The historic house Belmont, the studio, and exhibit galleries are open daily from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The grounds and Visitor Center close at 5:00 PM.

For more information visit https://www.garimelchers.org/, https://www.tourstaffordva.com/, and https://www.civilwartrails.org/.

UMW Chamber Music Festival at Belmont Studio

Gari Melchers Home and Studio and the UMW Department of Music are partnering to present a Chamber Music Festival on February 23 and 24 in the intimate setting of Gari Melchers’ Studio and the Pavilion at Belmont.

“The richly appointed interior of the famed American artist’s studio is an ideal setting to enjoy chamber music in the Old World tradition that Gari Melchers would have happily endorsed,” says Assistant Director and Curator Joanna Catron. “And the acoustics in this barrel-vaulted space are perfect!”

The Chamber Festival is presented each spring featuring student, faculty, and professional groups. Various musical styles and genres spanning the centuries are performed. The Music Department is committed to promoting contemporary works. Original compositions by students and faculty are also debuted.​

The Festival opens on Saturday evening, February 23 at 7 p.m. with performances by the UMW Chamber Music trio, Brass Quintet, Flute Quartet and Jazz Combo under the direction of Doug Gately. The program will feature music by such diverse composers as Handel, Loeillett, Telemann, Granados, Bach, Puccini, Arnold, Haydn and jazz standards and contemporary works incorporating Swing, Latin and Funk styles.

The February 24 Sunday afternoon offering, beginning at 2 p.m., presents the United States Air Force String Trio under the direction of Senior Master Sergeant Bryce Bunner performing Beethoven’s String Trios. The UMW Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Doug Gately, will perform a selection of jazz standards.

Admission is free, but seating is limited. Please make reservations beginning February 5 by emailing Meghan Pcsolyar at mpcsolya@umw.edu.

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 Hosts Film Screening, March 3

Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont will host a free film screening of the award-winning film, Loving Vincent (94 mins, 2017) on Sunday, March 3 at 2 p.m.  The world’s first fully oil painted feature film brings the artwork of Vincent van Gogh to life in an exploration of the complicated life and controversial death of one of history’s most celebrated artists.

In a story depicted in oil painted animation, a young man comes to the last hometown of painter Vincent van Gogh to deliver the troubled artist’s final letter and ends up investigating his final days there.

Watch the trailer.

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.

For directions and more information, call (540) 654-1015, or visit the museum website at www.GariMelchers.org.