Town residents and siblings David Dodson and Anne Dodson are putting together a series of events during March at the Camden Public Library, beginning Thursday, March 2, with their 7 p.m. performance in the monthly Library Coffeehouse series (see story linked below).

The March art exhibit in the Picker Room will be up to complement the music. Through the month, the Picker Room will feature a display of art work by the late Fred Dodson (David and Anne’s father). There will be a gallery reception for the show Saturday, March 4, at 2 p.m. The event also will 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).

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. His 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 found expression in paintings, shown in seven one-man exhibitions and many group shows. His work is in private and corporate collections in this country and abroad.

Fred Dodson was born in Washington, D.C., in 1921 and grew up in Madison, N.J. An early love for the arts led to the Grand Central School of Art and Columbia University in New York City. He married Phyllis Lake (Dodson) in 1942 and together they bought a small farm in Stockbridge, Vt., where they lived until 1954 — with a two-year break during which Fred served in World War II, fighting the war and during occupation in Europe.

Fred and Phyllis moved to a small town in southwestern New Hampshire where they raised two children, Anne and David who, as adults, have chosen to live in Camden. With a young family to support, Fred made his living as a craftsman, creating pewter hollowware (tea/coffee sets, etc.), gold and silver jewelry, candlesticks and sculpture, all the while maintaining his love of painting. Ted, “Phyl,” David and Anne spent summers on Deer Isle, operating a store that contained Fred’s work and Phyl’s weaving.

In 1968, Fred and Phyllis moved to Naples, Fla., where painting became Fred’s full-time work. He specialized in watercolors, teaching classes and showing his work in galleries in Florida and other parts of the country. They continued to come to Deer Isle in the summer months into the early 1970s. While in Florida, Phyllis pursued her interest in writing.

Phyllis Dodson was born in 1920 on the island of Oahu in the Hawaiian Islands. Her family had relocated from her father’s native Vermont to Hawaii after losing an acre of beans planted during a year that included a killing frost in July. She was the oldest of three daughters, who spent their youth in and around Honolulu at a time when there was only one hotel on Waikiki Beach and water buffalo grazed in the nearby rice patties.

The family returned to the mainland in 1934, eventually settling in Saxtons River, Vt. Phyl graduated from Bellows Falls High School and continued on to the University of Vermont in Burlington where a classmate decided she should meet Frederick “Ted” Dodson. They were married in 1941.

Ted and Phyl bought a small farm in Stony Brook, Vt., where they raised small livestock and vegetables. They began a family, with David born in 1948 and Anne in 1952. Phyl’s lifelong struggle with a congenital heart defect forced them to give up their rustic life, and they moved to the slightly more urban Acworth, N.H., in 1954, but the Stony Brook years became well documented in her first published book, “Stony Brook RFD” (2006; The Illuminated Sea Press).

When the cold winters became too much for Phyl, the family (minus David who was by then in college) moved to Naples, Fla. Phyl survived two major heart surgeries, far outlasting her predicted life expectancy of 30 years.

For many years, Phyl wrote a biweekly nature article for the Naples Daily News. She took writing classes and began early work for “Stony Brook RFD.” Between writing, painting, birding and canoeing, Ted and Phyl lived a remarkable life together until his sudden death in 1988. Phyl commuted seasonally between Naples and Camden, her children’s hometown. In her early 80s, she moved to Camden, much to the delight of her children. She died in 2007.

David Dodson’s songs are thoughtful and truly original and range from heartrending to hilarious, from a Dylanesque story of lovers on the run to songs about seeing the world through others’ eyes and experiencing fame in Fitchburg; life on the straight and narrow; loss, grief and surfing. Musical guests at the Coffeehouse will include his Lowdown Band: David; singer/songwriters John and Rachel Nicholas; and bass player Michael Nickerson.

Anne Dodson has brought her own special blend of traditional, contemporary and original folk music to audiences throughout the United State, Canada, Russia and Great Britain for many years. Accompanying herself on guitar and mountain dulcimer, singing a cappella and playing penny whistle, she creates an atmosphere of living-room ease, whether she’s playing for four or 4,000.

Anne started playing folk music at an early age, along with her brother David. For five years, she worked with the highly acclaimed trio County Down, until 1982; and then moved on to the five-member band Different Shoes, which performed together for 10 years. Since 1990, she has performed solo or in a duo with Matt Szostak, who adds a second voice, some additional fancy cittern and guitar work and even the occasional hurdy-gurdy.

Anne’s first two solo albums, “Tranquility Grange” and “In Its Own Sweet Time,” were followed by “From Where I Sit” in 1994 and “Almost Grown,” her first recording for kids and their families, in 1995. Her fifth solo album, “Against the Moon” was released in 2000. For eight years, from the late 1980s into the 1990s, Anne hosted “Folk Tracks,” an hour-long weekly folk music program for Maine Public Radio. In 1989, she was invited to accompany the first Sister City exchange between Portland and Archangel, in what was then still the Soviet Union, as one of two artists representing Maine.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or