Here, we’ve curated external content about Gari Melchers Home and Studio and American artist Gari Melchers’ life and career.


Editorial: Stolen painting is finally returned (The Free Lance-Star, November 13, 2020)

Gari Melchers painting stolen by Nazis is returned to family of original owners (The Free Lance-Star, October 16, 2020)

Painting returned 87 years after Nazis stole it from a Jewish family in Berlin (CNN, October 16, 2020)

Jewish family’s painting looted by Nazis in 1933 is returned (Associated Press, October 15, 2020)

United States Secures Return of Artwork 87 Years After Nazis Looted it from Jewish Family in Berlin (United States Department of Justice, October 15, 2020)

FBI returns painting stolen by Nazis to owners heirs (Houston Chronicle, October 15, 2020)

History is coming back to life in the Fredericksburg area (The Free Lance-Star, September 10, 2020)

Pandemic Hobbles Fredericksburg-Area Museums (The Free Lance-Star, August 30, 2020)

Inside the Homes and Studios of 13 American Artists: A new book guides readers through the historic spaces of artists from Edward Hopper to Jackson Pollock (Architectural Digest, June 24, 2020)

Artistic Offices, (The Magazine Antiques, June 2020)

Zoom Meeting Backgrounds Just Got a Lot More Glamorous (The Theology of Home, May 26, 2020)

The Paradox of Gari Melchers (Telfair Museums, April 13, 2020)

COMMENTARY: Garden Week is canceled, but club’s mission goes on (The Free Lance-Star, April 20, 2020)

Historic homes and museums seek ways to stay connected during coronavirus (The Free Lance-Star, April 26, 2020)

15 Free Historical Coloring Books and Pages to Download (National Trust for Historic Preservation, April 23, 2020)

Young Life:  Enjoy online adventures in history and art (The Free Lance-Star, April 9, 2020)

‘American Impressionism’ exhibit at HMA (Daily Independent, March 19, 2020)

Widewater State Park will honor Stafford artist who depicted black life in America


Curators Note Other Versions Exist of Nazi-Looted Painting Recovered by FBI (ARTFIXdaily, November 5, 2019)

Recovered Painting Looted by Nazis Is Identical to Painting on Display in Philadelphia Museum (Newsweek, November 4, 2019)

Painting looted by Nazis has a twin at PAFA — and another in Virginia (The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 3, 2019)

Painting stolen by Nazis from influential Berlin family recovered in New York (Deutsche Welle, October 27, 2019)

F.B.I. Recovers Nazi-Looted Painting From New York Museum (, October  28, 2019)

Painting Stolen by Nazi Regime, Featured in NY Museum to be Returned to Family (The Jerusalem Post, October 27, 2019)

Painting by American artist that Nazis stole from Jewish family recovered from N.Y. museum (The Associated Press, October 23, 2019)

Melchers painting that was seized by the Nazis is removed from New York museum (Free Lance-Star, October 25, 2019)

Painting stolen by Nazis seized by FBI at Canajoharie art museum (Albany Times Union, October 22, 2019)

Painting looted by Nazis in 1930s seized by FBI in New York (Washington Examiner, October 18, 2019)

Gari Melchers’ Home and Studio at Belmont:  A Closer Look (September 3, 2019)

New tour offers sights and sounds of Gari Melcher Home in Stafford (Free Lance-Star, September 5, 2019)

Artistic discoveries await visitors at Virginia’s Belmont (Recreation News, April 2019)

Melchers’ Program Helps with Alzheimer’s:  Picturing New Connections, a new art program for people with early-state memory loss (Free Lance-Star, March 13, 2019)

Great Lives Lecture:  Gari Melchers (University of Mary Washington, February, 2019)


25 Best Things to Do in Fredericksburg, Virginia (, 2018)

Gari Melchers Home and Studio is getting into the holiday spirit (Free Lance-Star, November 22, 2018)

Theodore Roosevelt’s Portrait by Gari Melchers (White House History Quarterly, August 2018)

Off the Beaten Track:  Fredericksburg, Virginia (Pink Caddy Travelogue, July 4, 2018)

A Day Off in Fredericksburg (Virginia Living Magazine, May 11, 2018)

Willistead acquires historic portrait of Edward Chandler Walker by artist Gari Melchers (Windsor Star, May 16, 2018)

Video:  2018 Beeping Egg Hunt (March 25, 2018)

Winter Antiques Show Loan Exhibition — Citizen Philanthropists: Patrons And Placemaking At The Virginia Museum Of Fine Arts (Winter Antiques Show, January 15, 2018)

10 Women Who Influenced Historic Artists’ Homes (National Trust for Historic Preservation, March 12, 2018)

9 Inspiring Artist’s Studios You Can Visit (The Spaces, February 3, 2018)

Fredericksburg Love Stories (Call Me Fred, February 14, 2018)


12 ways a visit to Fredericksburg, VA will surprise you (Matador Network, November 2, 2017)

Artists’ Home and Studios You Can Visit in Washington, DC (Culture Trip, October 24, 2017)

How to get your best fall photos in the Fredericksburg region (Call Me Fred, October 24, 2017)

Stepping into the Fredericksburg Time Machine (Boomer Magazine, October 13, 2017)

12 Reasons Why You’ll Fall for Fredericksburg (Huffington Post, October 16, 2017)

The Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios program upholds our rich artistic tradition (Digs, June 15, 2017)

Telfair remembers Rodin with exhibit, events (Do Savannah, 8.30.17)

Heritage tourism sites in Fredericksburg area ponder their future (, 8.25.17)

Take Time this Summer to Explore your Own Backyard (The Free Lance-Star, 5.26.17)

Berreth, director of Gari Melchers Home and Studio, to retire this summer (The Free Lance-Star, 4.3.17)

“Belmont Portrayed” Photography Exhibit Opens March 17 (Fredericksburg Today, March 7, 2017)

Gari Melchers’ Belmont:  Artist Gari Melchers’ legacy preserved both in his art and Belmont estate (The Piedmont Virginia magazine, March/April 2017)

Belmont – Ferry Farm Trail Access Completed at Gari Melchers Home and Studio (Fredericksburg Today, 1.20.17)

Make History With Your Next Meeting Or Event (Virginia’s Travel Blog, 1.13.17)

Art Education: Worth the Investment


Looking for Pearls:  ‘One Hundred Years of Harmony’ a soothing light at the Jepson (SavannahNow, 9.22.16)

Letter:  Explore an historic artist’s home that’s right here (Free Lance-Star, 9.26.16)

Photos:  Winning ‘Belmont Portrayed’ artists announced (Free Lance-Star, 5.10.16)

Editorial: Reminders of spring; end for a coal baron (Free Lance-Star, 4.9.16)

Local sites welcome spring season with open houses, special events (Free Lance-Star, 4.7.16)

Belmont hosts annual beeping-egg hunt for blind and visually impaired children. (Free Lance-Star, 3.17.16)

Geologist’s visit to Belmont in Stafford leads to discovery of dinosaur footprints. (Free Lance-Star, 3.13.16)

Portrait of An Artist:  3D Edition, (the Virtual Curation Laboratory Lab Blog, 3.5.16)

‘Belmont Portrayed’ invites artists to celebrate Gari Melchers estate in new exhibit (Free Lance-Star, 1.21.16)

30 cool sites to visit within 100 miles of Richmond (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 2.21.16)


A Man in Two Worlds (Virginia Living, 11.5.15)

Fredericksburg, Stafford partner with local businesses, artists to create souvenirs (Free Lance-Star, 12.1.15)

New book samples Belmont’s collection of Gari Melchers’ paintings (Free Lance-Star, 12.1.15)

Gari Melchers Home, Studio a step back in time (Inside NoVA, 11.24.15)

Staff interview on News Talk 1230 WFVA (radio interview, 11.4.15)

Staff interview on News Talk 1230 WFVA (radio interview, 10.5.15)

Neighborhoods:  Falmouth (Free Lance-Star, 9.27.15)

Belmont to feature famous sculpture (Free Lance-Star, 8.18.15)

Explore Fredericksburg, VA: Top 10 Things to See and Do (AboutTravel, 7.6.15)

Monet and American Impressionism (ARTFIXdaily, 6.2.15)

Moments: Commune with nature on city’s edge (Free Lance-Star, 5.31.15)

Gari Melchers:  An American Impressionist At Home and Abroad (Antiques and the Arts Weekly, 4.24.15)

‘An American Impressionist’ In Fairfield (CTNOW, 3.17.15)

UMW hosting Beeping Egg Hunt at Belmont (The Free Lance-Star, 3.17.15)

Gari Melchers Home and Studio unveils ‘Crimson Rambler’ this Saturday (The Free Lance-Star, 2.28.15)

20 Virginia Attractions, Scoutology (1.15)


State Budget Cuts Pinch Belmont, James Monroe Museum (The Free Lance-Star, 12.25.14)

Stafford Premiers Movie of County’s History (The Free Lance-Star, 12.8.14)

Saved Cottage to Open Doors (The Free Lance-Star, 11.3.14)

Little library project opens doors to books (The Free Lance-Star, 10.29.14)

Residents’ treasures shown off in Stafford, (The Free Lance-Star, 3.10.14)

Belmont: Gari Melchers Home and Art Studio in Virginia, (The Huffington Post: Travel, 2.6.14 )

Top Ways to Experience African-American History in Fredericksburg (Call me Fred blog, 2.13.14 )


Belmont is the backdrop for this stunning high school senior portrait photo shoot (The Washington Post, 10.25.13)

Baltimore native, artist husband sowed seeds for historic Virginia estate,  (Baltimore Sun, 4.18.13)

Herons Enjoying their Annual Herring Feast (Free Lance-Star, 4.8.13)

Young Life:  The Wonders of Winter  (The Weekender, 2.14.13).

Prep for the Big Day:  Belmont offers warm reception to couples (Bride and Groom, 2.9.13)


An American in Holland  (Free Lance-Star, 8.30.12).

On the Trail:  Hike Through History  PDF (Free Lance-Star, 6.21.12).

These Easter eggs sound off for visually impaired kids  (Free Lance-Star, 4.15.12).

At Belmont, Be Your Own Artist  (Free Lance-Star, 2.9.12).

Belmont:  Make a Break for It  (Free Lance-Star, 4.5.12).

Drawn to Beauty at Belmont   (Free Lance-Star, 1.10.12).

Belmont’s Railing Needs Repair  (Free Lance-Star, 1.10.12).


Storyteller Shares His Gift  (Free Lance-Star, 10-17-11).

Trail Would Link Historic Sites  (Free Lance-Star, 10-29-11).

Knitting Class is a Loopy Lark  (Free Lance-Star, 8-29-11).

Gari Melchers Home and Studio is First to Host National Touring Exhibition  (Free Lance-Star, 9.29.11).

Alice’s Wonderland: A Walmart heiress builds a museum in the Ozarks (The New Yorker, 6.27.11).

The Home and Studio of Gari Melchers Becomes the Site of Exploration  (Free Lance-Star, 6.23.11).

Belmont art classes for children  (Free Lance-Star, 5.12.11).

Artists Beloved Belmont was Hopping Each Easter (Free Lance-Star, 4.11.11).

Fred Leeman Reviews Dutch Utopia: American Artists in Holland, 1880-1914 (Nineteenth Century Art Worldwide, Spring).

Belmont:  Home and Studio of Gari Melchers  (The Historic Interior: Resource Guide and Handbook, 3.9.11).

Workman’s Cottage Rescue is Labor of Love  (Free Lance-Star, 3.22.11).

Preschool Palette at Belmont   (Free Lance-Star, 1.30.11).


New Reality is Open at Belmont (Free Lance-Star, 12.23.10).

Stroll back in time on Belmont’s Lawn (Free Lance-Star, 9.27.10).

Camps for Kids Abound the Week After Easter (Free Lance-Star, 4.1.10).

Guided Woodland Hike at Belmont Offers a Free Chance to Enjoy Nature–and History (Free Lance Star, 2.25.10).

Belmont One of Nation’s Best Art Museums (Free Lance-Star, 1.25.10).


A Spring Display to Break the Ice (Free Lance-Star, 12.21.09).

Melchers Inspires Savannah to go Dutch (Free Lance-Star, 12.18.09).

Beating the Economy Whilte it’s “Down:” Museums Innovate to Survive (Virginia Association of Museums’ Voice Newsmagazine, Winter).

He Captured the American Essence – and Optimism. Now Norman Rockwell Works Come to Fredericksburg (Free Lance-Star, 10.29.09).

‘Old Virginia’ in Switzerland (Free Lance-Star, 10.18.09).

“Dutch Utopia” treasures await Thursday opening (Savannah Morning News, 9.29.09).

Telfair to unveil landmark ‘Dutch Utopia  (Savannah Morning News, 8.20.09).

International Exhibit Opens (Victoria Advocate, 10.2.09).

Exotic Bloom Comes Back Home to Belmont (Free Lance-Star, 9.29.09).

Kids and Families Can Enjoy a Fantastic Time, and a Tasty One Too — As Well as Learn About Color and Art  (Free Lance-Star, 8.6.09).

Tourism signs are changing in county  (Free Lance-Star, 8.4.09).

Artwork Depicts Past 400 Years(Free Lance-Star, 7.27.09).

Curator Endeavors to Filter Out Melchers Fakes (Free Lance-Star, 7.18.09).

Historic Gardens Delight (Free Lance-Star, 7.18.09).

Bank will strengthen local arts through grant program (Free Lance-Star, 6.1.09).

An I-95 Detour Leads to History, Art (Special to The Washington Post, 4.15.09).

Go out on a limb this Valentine’s Day (Free Lance-Star, 2.6.09).

Thank You for Remembering Wyeth (Free Lance-Star, 1.28.09).

Get the Picture:  Gari Melchers (Free Lance-Star, 1.22.09).


Melchers Magic: See How the Holidays Were Celebrated in a Bygone Age – Artfully Displayed at Belmont (Free Lance-Star, 12.18.08).

It’s an open house – and you’re invited!  (Free Lance-Star, 12.11.08).

Man Achieves Royalty (Free Lance-Star, 11.17.08).

At Gari Melchers Home and Studio, See and Compare How Other Famous Artists Worked from Warhol to Calder, in Studio (Free Lance-Star, 11.15.08).

At Belmont, Smithsonian’s Artists in Their Studios Exhibit Depicts Genius at Work (Free Lance-Star, 9.25.08).

Enjoy this ‘Walk on the Wild Side’ Explore Art, Gardens at Belmont (Free Lance-Star, 7.31.08).

Master Naturalists help blaze trails at Belmont  (Free Lance-Star, 2.10.08).

Get to Know the ‘King of Illustrators”   (Free Lance-Star, 1.18.08).