Spotlight Exhibition: Julius Melchers’ Captain Jack
September 12, 2015-January 3, 2016
For the first time at Belmont, one of the celebrated cigar store Indian figures carved by Gari Melchers’ father and mentor will be on view in the Studio, included with museum admission.
Director’s Tour for Members
Sunday, September 20, 2 p.m.
Behind the scenes tour led by Director David Berreth. Open to Friends of Belmont and guests. Space limited. Reservations 540/654-1840, free for Friends. To join: 540/654-1842
Art, Corks, Brews and Blues/UMW Alumni Night
Thursday, September 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
A casual evening for University of Mary Washington graduates and friends to visit Belmont and enjoy the offerings of Stafford County’s Adventure Brewing Company and Potomac Point Winery. Studio galleries will be open. Live music by The Acoustic Onion. Reservations 540/654-1830, Free Admission; Cash Bar
African American Gardens and Memories
Sunday, October 11, 2 p.m.
When the novelist Alice Walker wrote her essay “In Search of our Mothers’ Gardens” she was interested in both actual gardens and the ways that gardens symbolize the lives of the African American women from the past. Grey Gundaker, Professor of American Studies and Anthropology at the College of William and Mary, will examine the legacy Ms. Fannie Roots left through her garden in an illustrated talk that will discuss African American gardening traditions, the philosophical principles that underpin them, and the contributions of African American gardeners to the landscapes of the southeastern US.
The Roots house will be open for tours from 12-1:45. Free
Julius Melchers: Detroit’s Master Sculptor
Sunday, October 25, 2 p.m.
Ralph Sessions, Director of Special Projects at New York’s DC Moore Gallery, and former Chief Curator of the Museum of American Folk Art, will highlight the contributions to Detroit by Gari’s father Julius Melchers (1829-1908), and place his celebrated cigar store Indians in the larger context of 19th century American figure carving.
Julius Theodore Melchers, father of Gari, was an accomplished artist in his own right. Trained in Germany and France, he operated a workshop in Detroit for over forty years, creating a wide range of architectural sculpture, interior carvings for churches and other buildings, figureheads and maritime work, and shop and cigar store figures. This talk will highlight Melchers’ many contributions to Detroit, and place his celebrated cigar store Indians in the larger context of nineteenth century American figurecarving in wood. Free
Growing Great Spring Flowers
Sunday, November 1, 2 p.m.
Lisa Zeigler of The Gardener’s Workshop presents a workshop inspired by her new book, Cool Flowers. Lisa introduces the cool-season concept, when and what to plant, where to locate for the earliest blooming, setting it up for low maintenance and how to keep the blooms coming into summer. Free. Includes a pop-up shop with gardening and flower arranging tools, supplies and flower seeds.
40th Anniversary Celebration
Sunday, November 15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Join us in marking the opening of the museum 40 years ago with 1975 admission rates and refreshments, 75 cents for adults and 50 cents for children under 18.
Home for the Holidays 2015
November 27, 2015- January 3, 2016
Enjoy seasonal house decorations inspired by the Melchers’ stylish hospitality, included with museum admission. Although artist Gari Melchers divided his time between his commercial headquarters in New York City and his Virginia retreat at Belmont, neighbors could always count on finding him at home over the holidays, where he was sure to have dragged along friends and family from the city for an old fashioned Christmas feast, with fresh turkey, raised at Belmont and Maryland crab soup, specified by his Baltimore – born wife.
Friends of Belmont Holiday Reception
Wednesday, December 9, 6-8 p.m.
Enjoy holiday decorations, music, tours, refreshments and good cheer. Friends of Belmont free/Non-members $10; Reservations 540/654-1848