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ER-interiorAt noon on Wednesday, August 27, as part of the History Is Lunch Series, Elizabeth Robinson will talk about her award-winning glass art. The owner of Spirit House Glass in Jackson, Robinson has recently focused on creating a series of glass birds and fish that have been included on websites that reach a national art-buying audience.

Robinson's newest works merge old and new techniques, combining the most cutting-edge technologies like water jet cutting, glass printing, and casting with processes like blowing and kiln-forming. She has developed an annealing process that allows her to create depth and a sense of movement within the layers of glass by preserving the thick reflective core of each piece, exposed by thinner elements of washed color, frit-based texture, and inclusions like gold leaf.

“I am honored to be an artist in Mississippi,” Robinson said. “We are a land uncharted, filled with art history that moves seamlessly through historic preservation forward into new ideas—representing generations of writers, painters, craftsmen, and makers.”

Elizabeth Robinson has worked with glass for more than thirty years. She has studied at Pilchuck Glass School, Penland School of Crafts, and The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass. A past president of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi, her art has been featured at the Mississippi Crafts Center and the Mississippi Museum of Art.

Unless otherwise noted, History Is Lunch programs are held on the first floor of the William F. Winter Archives and History Building.


September 3: Douglas Richardson will present “The Clinton Riot of 1875.”
September 10: Artist Roland Golden will discuss his book Life, Love, and Art in the French Quarter.
September 17: Old Capitol Museum historian Michael Stoll will present "Monuments to Democracy: The Fifty State Capitols." This program will be held at the Old Capitol Museum.
September 24: Robert Blade will talk about his book Tupelo Man, a biography of newspaper publisher George McLean. Book sales and signing to follow.
October 1: Curtis Wilkie will talk about his book Assassins, Eccentrics, Politicians, and Other Persons of Interest: Fifty Pieces from the Road. Book sales and signing to follow. This program will be held at the Old Capitol Museum.
October 8: Civil rights movement leader Rev. Edwin King will talk about his book Mississippi: Behind the Scenes of Freedom Summer. Book sales and signing to follow. This program will be held at the Old Capitol Museum.
October 15: Archaeologist John O'Hear will talk about the Mississippi Mound Trail for Archaeology Month.
October 22: Jacksonian Tim Whitsett--musician, music publisher, songwriter, producer, and author--will talk about his international career in music.
October 29: Old Capitol Museum staff will present a preview of the program "Present Meets Past." This program will be held at the Old Capitol Museum.
November 5: Historian Walter Howell will talk about his new history of Clinton, Mississippi, Town and Gown.
November 12: Deborah Thomas, Library of Congress, will talk about "Chronicling America."
November 19: Carolyn J. Brown will talk about her book Song of My Life: A Biography of Margaret Walker.

For more information about any of these programs, contact the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.


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