There will be an exhibition of watercolor paintings by John Jesse Francis, one of Medfield's more celebrated artists on Saturday, June 11th.
This free exhibition of over 20 of his paintings will occur at the Dwight Derby House on 7 Frairy St., Medfield, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. An informal reception will happen at 2 p.m. to honor his attending family, his grandson, David Dalton Francis, and two of his great-grandchildren, Julie Francis and Daniel Francis.
J.J. Francis was a world-renown watercolor artist, who painted local landscapes in his 2nd-floor studio at Medfield's Peak House on Main Street. At least by 1886 when he was 24 years old, he came to Medfield as one of a growing artist colony that discovered this town's landscapes and milieu conducive to creativity. He retreated from Boston to Medfield each summer for an undisclosed number of years before beginning residence in Newton around 1910.
This first-time event is sponsored by Vine Lake Preservation Trust, the Medfield Historical Society, and the Friends of the Dwight Derby House.