Image above Courtesy of the Marblehead Museum, Marblehead, MA. Detail from A Bird's Eye View in 1867
A treasure hunt is underway to identify and locate the paintings of John Orne Johnson "J.O.J." Frost. Our object is to reunite the works of J.O.J. Frost "virtually" so that young and old can see the history of New England and Marblehead, through the eyes of this special Folk Artist, as he depicted it -- in its entirety.
The largest collection of J.O.J. Frost works of art can be seen at the J.O.J. Frost Gallery in Marblehead Museum in Marblehead, Massachusetts. However, numerous other paintings are owned by institutions and private owners. Research to locate all the painting is being conducted by Priscilla L. Moulton and Bethe Lee Moulton, authors of Molly Waldo! A Young Man's First Voyage to the Grand Banks of Newfoundland, Adapted from the Stories of Marblehead Fishermen of the 1800s. Like writing and publishing of Molly Waldo!, this independent project has been undertaken by the Moultons with the encouragement of the Marblehead Museum and its staff.
If you own a Frost painting or have other information about his works, we will value hearing from you and will treat your communication in a confidential manner. Please use the contact form on this page.
J.O.J. FROST’S MUSEUM—REVISITED
Lecture by Bethe Lee Moulton
Thursday, September 14, 7:30 p.m.
170 Washington Street, Marblehead, MA
When Marblehead artist John Orne Johnson (“J.O.J.”) Frost died in 1928, over 100 paintings filled his backyard museum. Today about 30 of those paintings can be viewed at the Marblehead Museum. What happened to the others? Do they still exist? And if so, where are they now? Priscilla and Bethe Lee Moulton have been searching for answers to these questions.
Bethe’s September 14th lecture will tell why many of Frost’s paintings are no longer in Marblehead and are currently owned by widespread museums, institutions, and private collectors. Several of these far-flung treasures are currently on loan to the Marblehead Museum in a temporary exhibition--More Frosts! that celebrates the opening of the new J.O.J. Frost Gallery and the Carolyn Lynch Education Center.
During this talk, we shall piece together the clues behind the saga of Frost’s paintings and discover the people who preserved them. With emphasis on the works that will soon be returned to their owners, this lecture will be a capstone to More Frosts! before the show ends. Don’t miss this opportunity to see a unique gathering of J.O.J.’s works under one roof. Come learn about the twists and turns that rescued his legacy for our present day enjoyment.