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Poppe to demonstrate her beadwork Thursday

Martine Poppe has been working with beads for 25 years and enjoys it so much that she calls herself a "handaholic."

"I can't keep my hands still," Poppe said. "I have to keep them busy and working on something all the time."

The evidence of her work is plentiful when you step into her house. She has displays of her work everywhere. She uses beads with acrylic and embroidery to make pictures of birds and of butterflies and several other insects. She also makes Santas, elves, snowmen, turtles and anything else that strikes her fancy.

Poppe will demonstrate her technique at a meeting of the Lawton Fort Sill Arts Council on Thursday at the Arts Council headquarters at Northwest 17th Street and Ferris Avenue. A membership meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. and Poppe's demonstration will begin at 7 p.m. All patrons of the arts are welcome.

Poppe and her husband, Hank, go to arts and crafts shows, but stay pretty close to home. "I don't do outside shows at all because of the wind and the dust. It's so hard to clean some of my work after it gets dirty that I don't even attempt to go outside with my stuff."

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