Longtime Camden residents, siblings David Dodson and Anne Dodson will create a combination of events during March at the Camden Public Library. The “Dodson Fest” will include a concert, an art exhibit, and a book “re-release party.” The concert will be a combined performance of David Dodson and his band The Lowdown, with sister Anne Dodson and her “band,” Matt Szostak. Both groups have performed at the Camden Library Coffeehouse to the great enjoyment of the Coffeehouse audience. The Coffeehouse performance will be on Thursday evening, March 2, at 7:00 pm; admission is only $10.
The art exhibit in the Picker Room will perfectly complement the music at the Coffeehouse. During March, the Picker Room will feature a display of art work by the late Fred Dodson (David and Anne’s father). In addition to theCoffeehouse on March 2, there will be a gallery reception for the Dodsons on Saturday afternoon, March 4, at 2:00 pm. The event will also mark the re-release of Stony Brook RFD, a book about life in rural Vermont in the 1940s and 50s, written by the late Phyllis Dodson (Anne and David’s mother).
The official opening of the exhibit of Fred Dodson’s artwork will be on Saturday, March 4, at 2:00 pm, but the paintings will be on display in time for the March 2 concert. Although he died in 1988, Fred Dodson left a wealth of work behind, some of which is still in family collections. Several watercolors will be part of the gallery show in the Picker Room.
Fred Dodson’s watercolors and prints are the culmination and reflection of his life as a farmsteader in Vermont, a soldier, a teacher in a one-room school, a designer of jewelry and pewterware, an instructor in art metalwork at Dartmouth, and a teacher of watercolors in Maine and Florida. By foot and canoe, his continuing observations of nature have found expression in paintings, seen in seven one-man shows and many group shows. His work is in private and corporate collections in this country and abroad.