Forty Years on the Hill

MWC president Prince Woodard giving remarks at Belmont’s opening day on Oct. 19, 1975. Director Dick Reid is sitting. On October 19, 1975, Mary Washington College President Prince Woodard presided over the public opening of the Gari Melchers Memorial G …

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Gari Melchers: Left or Right Handed?

Very often visitors to Belmont will see the many Gari Melchers self-portraits and paintings of him by other artists, as well as historical photographs, and ask us whether he painted with his left or right hand. For many artists of earlier generations, …

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Springtime at Belmont

Springtime has always been a magical time at Belmont.

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25 Years of Holidays

The upcoming December 10 Holiday Open House marks the 25th such event that I have overseen as Director of Gari Melchers Home and Studio.  The event has evolved from a free community-wide evening packing as many as 500 visitors into a fast-paced 2 hours …

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The Value of Gari Melchers’ Dollar

During tours, visitors often ask what Gari Melchers’ paintings sold for, or how much he earned for a portrait. We know some of these numbers from our archives and research, but they are described in prices from the early 20th century, which seem paltry …

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How to Read Belmont’s Sundial

During my periodic Director’s Tours and when I’m helping out with regular tours, visitors often ask me what that thing is mounted on the outside wall of the sun porch.  Most correctly guess that it is some sort of sundial, but no-one has been able to d …

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