An Artist’s Fascination with Light

As an expatriate in Holland, Germany, and Paris and back in the United States, every time Gari Melchers pulled up stakes he was compelled to find a new studio to work in. First considerations were always given to light —and not just any light—northern …

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Wonderful Wallpaper

Whenever American artist Gari Melchers (1860-1932) found something he thought especially aesthetically pleasing, he tended to incorporate it in his work over and over again. Whether a favorite patterned cape, a particular dress, or a special chair or v …

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Garden in Bloom

Although our site is currently closed during the COVID-19 crisis, our garden manager, Jody Wilken, shares what’s blooming in our spring garden. ‘Yoshino’ Cherry Trees’Yoshino’ close up’Wallflower”Poet Daffodill’Loads of Daffys’Money Plant”English Pri …

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New Historic House Museum Tour Unveiled

We have recently turned our traditional historic house tour on its ear.  The standard 30-minute, guided docent monologue has been torn apart and put back together in a whole new way.  One of the best preserved artist homes and working studios …

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Picturing New Connections: An Art Program for People with Memory Loss

Sitting in a doctor’s office a few years ago, I picked up an old copy of Neurology Now and read an article that intrigued me as a museum educator.  The author described a new tour, Meet Me at MoMA, introduced by the Museum of Modern Art 2006 to sp …

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Black Hawk Life Cast Used for Gari Melchers’ ‘Conspiracy of Pontiac’ Mural

Gari Melchers Home and Studio docent Murray Corliss contributed to this post. This life cast, or three-dimensional plaster cast made from a mold of a living body, is placed high on a Dutch cabinet in Gari Melchers’ Falmouth studio quietly watching over …

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Pink Gallery Walls?

Our guests often ask if the unusual pink wall color in the studio’s gallery rooms is original to Gari Melchers’ time. The answer is no. The color was chosen about a decade ago by the architects who worked on the studio’s renovation. They felt it would …

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Theodore Roosevelt’s Portrait by Gari Melchers

An article that appears in the most recent issue of the White House History Quarterly takes a deep dive into 1909 when Charles Lang Freer commissioned American artist Gari Melchers to paint President Theodore Roosevelt’s portrait.  The author does a ni …

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Looking to Learn: Learning to Look

Sometimes just slowing down in our fast-paced world can make a considerable difference.  Taking the time to sit down and focus on a single painting in a gallery full of art can help students make considered, thoughtful, and detailed observations. …

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Please Touch! Historic House Tours

Keeping historic house tours engaging for visitors can be a challenge, especially children’s tours. The traditional “Listen, don’t touch” guided tour is simply not appealing to youth in today’s digital world.  The authors of the ground-breaking manifes …

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