Winter Gardening

Winter is a good time to settle down with seed and plant catalogs and a nice cup of hot tea.

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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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A Plein Air Artist’s Paradise

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtP97L6vczk Artists of all types and ages are encouraged to use Belmont as the backdrop for their artistic pursuits. Gari Melchers enjoyed plein air painting his entire career.  Of special note to us are the pictures …

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Back in the Day

“Back in the day” Belmont in September was a lively place, lively in the sense of human activity as well as the emerging splendor of autumn.   According to Corinne Melchers’ diary of the 1920s, the flurry of harvest time labors included canning tomatoe …

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2014 Wedding Sampler

Held earlier this year, Belmont’s sixth annual Wedding Sampler was another successful bridal show.  We had twenty-three participating vendors and all who attended gave positive feedback.  It was a perfect gathering of vendors with samples and informati …

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Let’s Face It! Remembering Gari Melchers

Hang around artists long enough and you’re bound to have your portrait painted. That explains why there are so many portraits of Gari Melchers by his friends in the collection at Belmont. When an early portrait of Gari Melchers recently surfaced, I got …

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French vs. American

A young woman working on the topic of Gari Melchers recently asked me if French impressionism was different from the impressionism practiced by American painters. What a good question! Even in French impressionism there are many variants, so let me try …

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When East Meets West

Saturday, March 30, Belmont was the site of a beautiful Indian-themed reception!  The engagement celebration was decorated with Indian table settings and photos of the happy couple.  Jenna is from the Fredericksburg area and teaches in India where she …

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The Communion by Gari Melchers

If you’re ever in Ithaca, New York, don’t miss the chance to see this lovely painting at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art. Reblogged from Hit the Canvas This past weekend while at Cornell University for my better-half’s 25th college reunion, I visi …

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Belmont’s Water Supply

The trails that go through the woods at Belmont take our visitors to remnants of historic artifacts from by-gone times. The sites include among other things a Ficklen period grave site, springs, an ice-pond dam and remnants of the canals that once powe …

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