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Photo courtesy Arts of the AlbemarleThe Pocosin Arts Metal Guild "Spoon Portrait" exhibit is a featured show this month at Arts of the Albemarle. Today guild member and artist Dorothy Ansell will give an artist talk about the exhibit and her work, 5:30 p.m.

Weekend kicks off today with art, books

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Artisan Dorothy Ansell is a member of the Pocosin Arts Metal Guild. Her work is currently a part of a traveling exhibit at Arts of the Albemarle, “Spoon Portraits” — worth seeing if you haven’t yet.

Ansell will be giving an artist’s talk at AOA today at 5:30 p.m.

Ansell has been a featured artisan at the annual Albemarle Craftsmans Guild for years. Two years ago we featured her for an Albemarle Neighbor profile story and she talked about her “lampwork” craft.

She described lampworking as a old process” where oil lamps were used as a heat source to manipulate glass beads. Today Ansell and others use a torch.

The essential step for a finished piece is the cooling stage. Ansell waits for the glass to cool so its probability of experiencing “thermal shock” is alleviated.

She also fuses glass, which involves the stacking of glass.

This process allows Ansell to make jewelry, some of which can be viewed and purchased at AOA.

In addition to her earrings, pins, necklaces and bracelets, Ansell creates items such as fused glass sun catchers, Christmas ornaments and small hanging pieces.

Ansell and her husband, William, lived in Edenton 20 years ago when he served as minister at a church. After living in Florida and Oklahoma, the couple moved to Elizabeth City when Ansell retired from a position at the University of Oklahoma National Resource Center for Youth Services.

Ansell has taken silversmithing classes in Texas and New Mexico. Her crafting has been an “evolution,” beginning in “one area and evolving” into others.

At Page After Page Book Store today, fans of North Carolina political history will have a treat when author and East Carolina University professor Tom Eamon talks about his book, “The Making of a Southern Democracy,” at 4:30 p.m.

According to the University of North Carolina Press, “The story of modern politics in North Carolina is very much one of American democracy, with all its grand ambitions, limitations, and pitfalls.”

That’s what Tom Eamon posits in this narrative about the North Carolina’s political path since the 1940s. He outlines the politic history of the state as it transforms into a “modern democratic society.” Eamon illustrates that this change was not merely a political evoution, but rather a “revolution” driven by the peoples’ will to change the state’s future.

“By tracking the turbulence of politics throughout the period, from racial tensions to student demonstrations to fierce rivalries in the higher education arena,” Eamon examines how political conflict helped shape modern North Carolina.

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