Arts & Culture
If you love live performances, hand-crafted jewelry, or gallery-worthy paintings, there are plenty of opportunities to enrich your artistic palette in Stafford VA. Broadway Musicals come alive at the – Riverside Center, or learn the artisans’ best secrets to their craft by taking a class perhaps at Bluebird Studio in Stain glass design.
Breathtaking canvasses and portraiture can be explored at one of our most notable landmarks – Gari Melchers’ Home & Studio at Belmont. This 18th century estate is also the studio of famous American impressionist Gari and his beloved wife Corinne. Melchers, was one of several early twentieth century American artists who earned critical praise and painted portraits of the "greats" of his time including Mark Twain and famous giants of industry of his time. The Melchers' home, restored gardens, trails and art studio are located in Stafford. These facilities are open to the public and offers both natural beauty in its landscape and many of his artistic works.
Weddings, meetings and special events are held at the beautiful Studio Pavilion. Melchers Home and Studio also has an extensive art supply and gift shop. The Stafford Visitor Center is co-located at the entrance of the property at 224 Washington Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22405.
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So close to so Much
Stafford’s close proximity to the Nation’s capital – with well-known amenities like the Kennedy Center, Constitution Hall, and the National Gallery, or nearby Richmond – with the world-class Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the beautifully-restored Landmark Theater, arts and culture can easily be part of your daily or weekend activities.
For a complete listing of Stafford’s many arts and cultural assets, visit the Stafford County Tourism website at www.TourStaffordVa.com.