W. W. Dodge: Artist, Architect, Silversmith & Preservationist

The Preservation Society’s first event of 2017 celebrates one of our region’s most versatile and accomplished Arts & Crafts talents: William Waldo Dodge.  Dodge’s creative life is the subject of Bruce Johnson’s January 26th talk at All Souls Cathedral in Biltmore Village (MAP).  Johnson has graced the PSABC with a number of well-attended presentations, and his upcoming program promises to be especially rewarding.

Following a pretty privileged youth abruptly ended in a World War I trench, Dodge landed in Asheville’s outskirts, where he recovered physically and would thrive creatively.  An architect by profession with Asheville commissions that still stand, Dodge became a craftsman by avocation.  Inspired by the rustic, romantic themes of the Arts & Crafts movement, he was a woodcarver, a painter, and best of all, a silversmith, developing a unique hammering technique for a “waterfall” effect.  Today, Dodge’s silver creations are showcased in museums and private collections, including here in Asheville, where – not incidentally — Dodge’s “plein air” painting led to “log cabin” preservation, as Johnson will share.

Bruce Johnson has long researched and written about Dodge, with a focus on his silver artistry.  Johnson wrote the catalog for a 2005 Dodge exhibit at the Asheville Art Museum.  And of course, Johnson is renowned as founder and director of the annual National Arts & Crafts Conference at the Omni Grove Park Inn, held every February and now in its 30th year.   One more thing … everyone attending this PSABC lecture will receive a half-price ticket for the February 17-19 event, courtesy of Johnson and the Arts & Crafts Conference.

“William Waldo’s silver legacy lives on.  Dodge’s granddaughter, Kirby Rhuland, along with her husband, owns Grace Jewelers in Black Mountain,” says Kieta Osteen-Cochrane, Education Committee Chair.  “And Grace Jewelers is generously sponsoring our program in January.”

This lecture is scheduled on Thursday, January 26th, 5:30 pm, at Zabriske Parish Hall in All Souls CathedralAll Souls address is 9 Swan Street in Biltmore Village.  While admission is free, a suggested $10 donation supports local preservation and includes a half-price ticket to the 30th Annual National Arts & Crafts Conference at the Omni Grove Park Inn.

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