Gari Melchers Collectors’ Society


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The Society is named in honor of Gari Melchers, Telfair Museums’ fine arts advisor from 1906-1916 and a respected American artist who acquired some to Telfair’s most important and enduring works. The Gari Melchers Collectors’ Society was established in 2005 by a group of dedicated supporters who became the founders of the organization. General membership in the Society is open to all Telfair members – from seasoned or aspiring collectors to those who are simply interested in supporting the growth of the museum’s permanent collection and experiencing unique educational programs.

Melchers Society members enjoy close interaction with Telfair’s director, curatorial staff, and fellow collectors and art enthusiasts, and experience special access to the museum’s art holdings. Society members also benefit from members-only programs and behind-the-scenes tours designed to enhance their understanding and appreciation of art, including private exhibition previews, gallery walks, and exclusive programs with experts in the field. Art-related travel opportunities, ranging from visits to artists’ studios and private collections to prominent art fairs, museums, and galleries, are an exciting part of Melchers Society membership. Most importantly, Melchers Society members play an integral role in Telfair operations by actively participating in the growth of the museum’s collection.



Upcoming GMCS Events


GMCS Home and Collection Tour
January 29 | 6-8pm
Join us for a tour of the home and collection of Maureen and David Smith in downtown Savannah.

Delta Plantation Tour
March 27, 6–8pm
Melchers members are invited to tour the stately Delta Plantation. Hosted by GMCS founding members John and Billings Cay.

Save the Date! Annual Meeting and Acquisition Evening
Thursday, May 3 / Jepson Center
At this exciting event, Melchers Society members will have the opportunity to vote on a significant purchase for the museum’s permanent collection with funds that have been accruing for several years, followed by an elegant dinner.