DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

June 27, 2013

Frost artists bring exhibit to poet's home

Local artists display work at poet's farm

By Julie Huss
jhuss@derrynews.com

---- — DERRY — A trio of local artists has brought their tribute to Robert Frost to the famed poet’s Derry homestead.

An exhibit, “The Road Not Taken: Artistic Interpretations of the Poetry of Robert Frost,” is now on display at the Robert Frost Farm on Route 28.

The art exhibit is the brainchild of local artists Judy Krassowski, Corinne Dodge and Ingeborg Seaboyer, and has been traveling around the region for months.

The goal is to have the art displayed as often as possible.

That brought the exhibit to the Frost Farm for a showing this summer in the poet’s barn.

The idea for the traveling Frost exhibit came about two years ago.

The three artists are longtime friends who have traveled together and painted in the same circles for years. They all had Frost-inspired works in their personal collections and decided to create the traveling exhibit to go along with the poet’s most famous poems.

Frost lived in the simple clapboard home in Derry for about a decade and taught at nearby Pinkerton Academy. Many say some of the poet’s most important work was written while he lived and farmed in Derry.

Krassowski had paintings of woods and landscapes that would be perfect for the tribute to Frost. Dodge already had vivid colors in a painting of blueberries. Seaboyer’s watercolors give another take on Frost’s writing on nature and the New Hampshire landscape.

New works also were created as part of the traveling exhibit.

The art hangs in the rustic barn alongside items belonging to the poet/farmer, including pitchforks, tools and other farm materials.

Dodge said having the artwork interspersed among Frost’s own memorabilia makes the exhibit all the more meaningful.

“It’s a different feel,” she said.

In addition to the artwork, which includes pastels, watercolors and pen-and-ink drawings, the artists are incorporating four marble busts created by one of Frost’s daughters, Irma, that have been stored at the Derry farm.

Frost poems that inspired the work include “Blueberries,” “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” “The Road Not Taken,” and “Fire and Ice.”

The artists also compiled a book that travels with the art, which includes their thoughts about what inspired them to paint.

Once the exhibit leaves the Frost Farm, it will continue on its state library tour.

The exhibit has “other roads to travel,” Dodge said, with the hopes of inspiring more people to revisit Frost and his words.

The Robert Frost Farm is now open for the season. Call the farm for information and schedule at 432-3091.