Skype-a-Docent: Visit the Bellarmine Museum

Julius Garibaldi (Gari) Melchers

Julius Garibaldi (Gari) Melchers

Visit the Bellarmine Museum at Fairfield University from a seat in the Library’s Rotary Room. A docent will take visitors on a private tour of the museum’s exhibit Gari Melchers: An American Impressionist at Home and Abroad via Skype. Skype is a video phone call, but when projected onto the large screen in the Library’s Rotary Room, it allows us to view exhibits up close and converse with the docent as we tour. Join us for this “visit” Wednesday, April 1, from 10:30-11:30 a.m., at the Fairfield Public Main Library, 1080 Old Post Road. Registration is requested.

Hugely successful during his lifetime, the Detroit-born artist Julius Garibaldi “Gari” Melchers left behind a varied and compelling artistic legacy. From engaging peasant scenes inspired by his years in Holland (where he shared a studio with American painter George Hitchcock in the late 1800’s) to intimate portraits of mothers and their children, Melchers’ work is inflected with a dynamic range of influences, including the Barbizon School, Impressionism, and Symbolism. From this broad range of sources, Melchers created a style uniquely his own. This exhibition, the first of its kind in our region, surveys more than a half-century of Melchers’ career with key examples of the genres he favored, including landscape and portraiture.

Skype-a-Docent is an extension of the Library’s Homebound Service that has been delivering Library books and other materials to residents for over 20 years. Last year over 1,200 items were delivered by volunteers to five senior living facilities and to individuals living in their own homes. Now we are able to “deliver” tours of cultural interest to seniors and others who may not be able to travel out of town. In addition to the monthly presentation at the Main Library, Skype-a-Docent tours are brought to two senior living facilities in town.

Tours aren’t just for seniors, they are open to all. So take an early lunch or join us while the children are in school.

All programs at the Fairfield Public Library are free. To register, or for more information on this and other programs, visit or call 203-256-3160. Follow the Fairfield Public Library on Twitter: and Facebook:

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