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Gainesville woman parting with angel collection to raise money for church

POSTED: December 3, 2013 1:30 a.m.

Angels are everywhere.

They’re in the garden, on the mantel, hanging on the walls and resting on the shelves in Rosemary Dodd’s Gainesville home.

There are so many angels hiding in plain sight around her home, they’re easy to miss.

Over the years, Dodd, a 78-year-old artist with the Blue Angel Art Studio in Gainesville, has collected nearly 2,000 angels.

During the holidays, she’s usually busy unpacking the angels to decorate her home. But this year, she’s sorting through them and putting them back into boxes.

Dodd will be selling nearly 1,400 angels from her collection at Christmas on Green Street Dec. 8, in Gainesville. The annual Historical Society of Hall County event provides an opportunity for families to peek inside the historic buildings along Green Street.

Dodd will set up a display with her collection inside the Protein Products building, 454 Green St. Money raised through the sale of the angels will be donated to Grace Episcopal Church in memory of her daughter, Holly Rand Johnston, and also to the historical society.

While families enjoy the holiday tradition and learn about those who once lived in the homes lining the historic street, they can stop by Dodd’s display and bring home an angel to remember the evening by.

Martha Hodge, historical society and Christmas on Green Street committee member, said she thinks the angels will make a delightful addition to "kick off to the Christmas season."

Dodd said her fascination with angels began years ago after her friend’s mother shared a poem about an angel with her.

"After that, they just flew in from everywhere," Dodd said laughing.

Each of the angels is unique. Many are handmade or were purchased while traveling, countless others were given by friends.

"Everything has a story," Dodd said. "Of course, everything in everybody’s house has a story. Everything is significant. Everywhere I look there is another one."

Dodd busied herself in the weeks before the event by sorting through hundreds of angels. Several boxes stuffed with crochet, patchwork and corn husk angels filled her living room. Her kitchen table was filled with assorted angel ornaments and knickknacks.

Sifting through thousands of seraphs was no small chore, but Dodd said she feels happy to know they’re going to a good cause.

"I don’t feel like I’m getting rid of friends," Dodd said. "I’m expanding joy. I really feel they bring happiness."


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