Works of Watertown Artist Coming to Historical Society

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The Historical Society of Watertown will host the grand opening of the exhibit called “The Art of Franklin Jones” at the Edmund Fowle House.

The following information was provided by the Historical Society:

Grand Opening for “The Art of Franklin Jones” is on Sunday, June 30,2019 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Edmund Fowle House, 28 Marshall Street, Watertown, MA 02472-3408.

Franklin Reed Jones (1921-2007) was a graduate of Watertown High School who was inspired by his Watertown High School art teacher, Harold Moody, to become an artist. In the years that followed he became an artist, illustrator, photographer, teacher and author.

Once out of high school, he began his professional career while working in the Van Keuren factory by drawing a series of political cartoons, “As Jones Sees It,” for the Watertown Sun newspaper. He rose from being an admirer of Norman Rockwell’s work to a Rockwell colleague. Works on display are from the Historical Society of Watertown’s collection and from those provided by the Jones family. They include an original painting and an original linoleum print as well as printed examples of his sketches, illustrations and cartoons.

At the Grand Opening, HSW Vice President, Audrey Jones Childs, will demonstrate 18th century watercolor painting using period watercolor paints and brushes.

The exhibit will be open the rest of 2019 and will be available for viewing when we are open for tours and during our annual celebration of the Declaration of Independence and the Treaty of Watertown on Saturday, July 20th from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Our exhibits are free and open to the public.

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