The fine and performing arts can allow a person to transcend the everyday, beyond the normal to another level of experience. Whether visuals on canvas, music, dance or drama, an exquisite experience awaits the explorer seeking an elevated interaction with life. Impressionist peers of American artist Gari Melchers explored the portrayal of light with exquisite dashes of color, while classic musical theater explores the portrayal of the kaleidoscope of life on stage through dance, drama and music.
Riverside Center for the Performing Arts welcomes travelers for a served meal and a Broadway-quality production beautifully set on our traditional proscenium stage boasting Virginia’s only dinner theatre fly loft and a live orchestra. Its ever-widening reputation and recognition for production excellence attracts performers from the Broadway stage and national-tour casts to participate in year-round performing arts events.
Just a few miles away, Gari Melchers Home and Studio combines art, history and nature at a beautiful 27-acre estate comprising a historic house, studio and art galleries, a multi-use pavilion and impressive formal gardens. Here, groups will find the largest collection anywhere of paintings by American impressionist artist Gari Melchers, whose works appear in museums throughout the world. The Melchers studio is one of the best-preserved artist spaces of its kind in the United States, and the house a charming glimpse into the life of an artist.
Perfectly positioned between Washington D.C. and Richmond with easy access to I-95, Riverside Center for the Performing Arts and Gari Melchers Home and Studio offer vivid and meaningful experiences that create lifelong memories, with ample lodging space and a wide variety of distinctive dining options nearby. Become an arts explorer and see for yourself!