Fall 2017 Schedule of Events

Thursday, September 14, 6:00-8:00 pm
Concert on the Lawn

Art after Hours

Join us for an evening of live modern folk music by Cabin Creek in the beautiful autumn setting of our lawn and gardens. Enjoy beer and wine from Stafford County’s 6 Bears & a Goat Brewing Company and Potomac Point Winery. The Gourmeltz Food Truck will be selling their delicious sandwiches and the Frufetti Bus will offer Hawaiian ice and other frozen treats.  Visit the Studio and galleries of artist Gari Melchers.

Free and open to the public. Tickets for beer/wine $5 and food trucks accept cash or credit. To reserve your spot, contact Meghan Pcsolyar or call her at (540) 654-1848.

Sunday, October 8, 2:00 pm
Film
Look and See, 80 minutes

A cinematically beautiful and powerful voice for environmental activism, Look and See is a new film by Laura Dunn and Jeff Sewell. It showcases the story of 81-year old writer, farmer and conservationist Wendell Berry, whose eloquent poems and essays regarding the decline of family farming and the displacement of small-town farming communities to modern mass agriculture helped earn him the 2016 Sidney Lanier Prize for Southern Literature.  Premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

Pavilion at GMHS. Free and open to the public. This community screening is made possible by Dickinson Equipment, Inc., Fredericksburg, Virginia

Sunday, October 15, 2:00 pm
Talk and Tour
Architectural History Tour

Cultural Resource Manager Beate Ankjaer-Jensen will present a brief lecture followed by a tour of the historic house at Belmont. We will explore the building inside and out, decoding its architectural fabric to reveal how the building evolved over time.

Meets at Pavilion.  Friends of Belmont $5 Non-members $10.   Limited to 20 guests.
Contact Beate Ankjaer-Jensen or call her at 540-654-1839.

Thursday, October 26,   8:45 am – 4:00 pm    
Bus Trip – National Gallery of Art
Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry

Examines the artistic exchanges between Johannes Vermeer and his contemporaries from 1650 to 1675, the height of their technical ability and pictorial mastery of domestic life. The exhibition brings together some 65 works by Vermeer and his fellow painters of the Dutch Golden Age, demonstrating how they inspired, rivaled, and surpassed each other in artistic achievement.

Open to Friends of Belmont and Staff $60, Non-members $70.  Lunch at the Cascade Café included.  Contact Meghan Pcsolyar  for more information or to reserve a spot.

Sunday, October 29, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Art Workshop
Portraits in Charcoal

Discover how a portrait is so much more than simply recording proportions; instead, it can be one of the most expressive images you can create. Identifying the simple patterns and forms that are the basis for a well-designed portrait, students will learn through demonstration to use form, value, and line to develop expression. Students should bring a large photo (at least 8″ x 10″) from which to work. Photos taken in natural light with clear contrast are recommended.  Instructor:  Marjorie Perrin.  Organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and funded, in part, by the Paul Mellon Endowment and the Jean Stafford Camp Memorial Fund.

Age: High school students and older.  Meets in the Pavilion.  $15 per student.
Register online.

Sunday, November 5,   2:00 pm
Studio Talk
Painter’s Point of View with Henry Wingate

Acclaimed Virginia painter Henry Wingate showcases his work in the context of Gari Melchers’ art and Belmont’s spirit of place as important influences on his own personal artistic vision.  

Free with admission. Seating first come, first served.  Info: Joanna Catron

Sunday, November 12, 2:00 pm
Studio Talk
Painter’s Point of View with Marcia Chaves

Celebrated local painter Marcia Chaves showcases her work in the context of Gari Melchers’ art and Belmont’s spirit of place as it informs her own personal artistic vision.

Free with admission. Seating first come, first served. Info: Joanna Catron

Friday, November 24 through January 5, 2018
Holiday Decorations
Home for the Holidays

The House and Studio will be decorated for the season in the tasteful and natural style of its artist homeowners, Gari and Corinne Melchers. Included with museum admission.

Wednesday, December 6,   6:00 – 8:00 pm
Friends of Belmont Open House
Home for the Holidays

House, Studio and Pavilion are the setting for holiday decorations, music and refreshment.  Friends of Belmont. RSVP to Meghan Pcsolyar.

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