Wife & Model

While headed to Italy on a transatlantic cruise ship in 1902 with her mother and younger brother, twenty-one year old art student Corinne Lawton Mackall writes in her diary, I am prostrate and overjoyed at finding Gari Melchers’ name on the passenger l …

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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

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 …

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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. Species tulip, old variety’Wallflower”Yoshino’ close up’Yoshino’ Cherry TreesLoads of Daffys’Money Plant”G …

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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

Gari Melchers, Portrait of President Theodore Roosevelt, 1908, Freer Gallery of Art 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 G …

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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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