By Julie Huss
---- — DERRY — The poetry of Robert Frost conjures up images vivid enough to put down in paint.
A trio of local artists is doing just that, bringing the famed American poet’s work to life in a traveling art exhibit, “The Road Not Taken: Artistic Interpretations of the Poetry of Robert Frost.”
Judy Krassowski, Corinne Dodge and Ingeborg Seaboyer worked together on the Frost exhibit. Their works is hanging through the end of February at Hampstead Public Library.
It’s the trio’s goal to have the art displayed in as many libraries across the state as possible.
For a decade, Frost lived in a small clapboard farmhouse on Route 28 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.
The idea for the traveling Frost exhibit came about two years ago. That’s when Derry Public Library underwent a renovation and reopened with special emphasis given to Frost.
Dodge said it was only fitting that the library use local artists as part of its tribute to Frost.
“We started brainstorming,” she said. “We said, we’ll have Derry artists do it.”
Dodge, Krassowski and Seaboyer are longtime friends as well, traveling and painting in the same circles for years. They all had some Frost-inspired works in their personal collections.
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 quality to Frost’s works on nature and the New Hampshire landscape.
New works also were created as part of the traveling exhibit.
Frost-inspired artwork hung at the Derry library for three months and then began a journey to travel around the region.
“We didn’t want to stop,” Dodge said.
Once the art leaves Hampstead, it will head to other libraries in the region and other venues, including Audubon Society locations.
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.
“Our styles are very different,” Dodge said.
Those styles include pen and ink, watercolor, mixed oils and some graphite images. The exhibit is evolving as it moves around the state.
“It’s always changing,” Krassowski said.
Both Dodge and Krassowski said the exhibit is a tribute to Frost. The goal is to get as many people to view the exhibit as possible. The artists also hope to somehow incorporate the works into special events at the Robert Frost Farm in Derry.
The exhibit has “other roads to travel,” Dodge said, with the hopes of inspiring more people to go back and revisit Frost and his words.
“The Road Not Taken: Artistic Interpretations of the Poetry of Robert Frost” can be seen at Hampstead Public Library through the end of February. The library is at 9 Mary E. Clark Drive. Call for information at 329-6411.