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Exhibit: Jonathan Fisher: Art, Spirit and Nature

Posted April 19, 2014, at 10:41 a.m.

The Blue Hill Public Library will host an exhibit: Jonathan Fisher: Art, Spirit and Nature in the Howard Room glass cases at the Blue Hill Library starting in May and going through the end of July. The exhibit is put together by Rick Sawyer, vice-president of the Jonathan Fisher House Memorial and features a selection of Fisher’s paintings, drawings and other works. This July the community will be celebrating the 200th anniversary of the completion of the house that Fisher designed and built.

Jonathan Fisher was born in New Braintree Massachusetts on Oct 7th 1768 and like many young men in the 18th century, he learned as a young man the qualities of perseverance, diligence, devotion and industry. He brought those qualities to his seven years of education at Harvard and to every aspect of his life there-after. On June 22nd 1794 Jonathan Fisher preached for the first time in Blue Hill when there were about 60 families living here. He was invited to be Blue Hill’s first settled minister and in 1796 took and held that position for the next 41 years.

According to Rick Sawyer, Jonathan Fisher’s influence on the town was paramount. “He not only ministered to his people but left behind a plethora of artwork, poetry, musings, sermons, and a house full of objects of his creation—all of which leave evidence to the extent of how instrumental he was to the development of Blue Hill. His love of art, spirit, and nature merge in the story of his life and are depicted in the works he left behind, and after 200 years the effects are still, to this day, in the essence of Blue Hill.”

The exhibit is in the Howard Room cases, available for viewing during Library hours subject to the meeting room schedule. For more information call the Library at 374-5515.

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