How to Postpone your Wedding Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

If you have an upcoming wedding this spring or summer, you’re probably feeling a whirlwind of emotions – stress, uncertainty, confusion, and disappointment. Our event staff at Gari Melchers Home and Studio is here to support our couples, community, and …

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Melchers to Appear in Impressionist Exhibition

Considering the Covid-19 maelstrom in which we find ourselves surrounded, I take great pleasure in having to share some happy news by giving a shout out to our favorite local artist Gari Melchers. A work by Melchers entitled Snow Scene is included in a …

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Staff Teams Up to Reconstruct Melchers-Era Farm Building

Thanks to the careful research of former Cultural Resource Manager Beate Jensen and the expert carpentry of our Maintenance Manager, Dave Ludeker and Maintenance Assistant, Daniel Carter, the appearance of the grounds and dependencies at Belmont reads …

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Local Poet Extols Belmont’s Spirit of Place

When poet, writer and editor Elizabeth Spencer Spragins of Fredericksburg travels the globe, her antennae are tuned to sacred echoes in the natural and manmade world, the consequences of which are the very personal and lyrical Celtic verse forms that s …

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A “Back Stairs” Party to Remember

Recently in my research I ran across a letter composed by the wife of Gari Melchers that I think is worth sharing. In it Mrs. Melchers recounted an episode that occurred during the couple’s residence in Germany from 1909 to 1915. Gari Melchers was call …

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Spotlight on the Golden Age of Mural Painting

Earlier this week, Mark Mitchell, Holcombe T. Green Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture, Yale University Art Gallery, visited Gari Melchers Home and Studio in preparation for an exhibition he is organizing under the working title The Expressive …

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Now On view!

Much to our delight, our conservators have been busily cranking out refurbished canvases this fall, thanks to generous gifts from the Margaret Walker Purinton Conservation Fund and our Giving Day contributors. Come see what your gifts have made possibl …

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Historic Main Gates Restored

The historic Belmont entrance gates have received much needed attention this summer and fall. The gates were built by Gari and Corinne Melchers in the early 1920s, and as seen in this picture they were originally painted white. Historic gates circa 192 …

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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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Back From the Conservator’s Lab

I am happy to report that a long-neglected portrait in the Belmont collection is about to have its day in the sun.  Thanks to conservation funding from the Margaret Walker Purinton Foundation, Portrait of a Lady and Young Boy has just returned from con …

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