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Poetry, photos and paintings are combined in Hodgson's PRCA exhibit

From left, local artists Richard Walker, Della Conroy, Linda Hodgson and Deb Connolly combined their talents in Hodgson's new exhibit at the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance.

Linda Hodgson, Della Conroy, Deb Connolly, Judy Langemo-Roth and Richard Walker have paired their poetry and art in an exhibit now on display at the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance in Morris.

Hodgson's poems were printed and framed and hung alongside paintings by Conroy and Connolly and Walker's photographs. The exhibit runs through Saturday, Sept. 11, and the artworks are for sale.

Hodgson read five poems to about 40 people attending the exhibit's opening on Aug. 5. The poems "Out My Window" and "Pioneer Dreams" are paired with photographs by Walker, who is from Hancock. "Letting Summer Sink into My Soul" is paired with a painting by Connolly, who is from Danvers. "Cats on the Keyboard" is paired with paintings by Langemo-Roth, who is Hodgson's friend since childhood and the illustrator of two of Hodgson's books. The poem "Magi" is paired with a painting of the same name by Conroy, of Hancock.

Hodgson also read the poem "18 Deer at the Crossing" for her husband, Ken Hodgson, in honor of their 25th wedding anniversary.

Bob Christianson, who owns The Gallery, in Montevideo, built custom frames for the poems and art.

Hodgson for years typeset and framed her poems for use in her own home. She brought a poem to the PRCA and was studying art to find a piece to go with the poem when Conroy broached the idea for the exhibit.

"Della said, 'It's so beautiful you should do a show,' " Hodgson said.

Walker said the exhibit is a perfect pairing of art forms.

"With photographs, there's a reason we take it," he said. "There's some sentiment behind it. (Hodgson) puts it into words. We're kind of feeling what we're doing. She writes about it."

In her remarks last week, Hodgson touched on what she sees as the theme for the exhibit.

"It's important to surround ourselves with beauty," she said.