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Free Art Exhibit at Dwight Derby House Saturday

The artwork of John Jesse Francis, one of Medfield's more celebrated artists, will be on display at the Dwight Derby House on Saturday, June 11.

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.

Dawn Carmell June 17, 2011 at 02:17 PM
Hello Dwight Derby House! I am writing from Rochester NY which is the region where J J Francis was born (Irondequoit). I bought a watercolor painting at a used furniture store in the 70s which was signed by him. It has taken a long time to find out much but I would love to know more about the value of this painting. It has long been my favorite. If I hear back from you I can forward a photo. Otherwise if there is a different contact name you could give me it would be great le appreciated! Dawn Carmell dawncey9@gmail.com

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