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Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department’s arts and crafts fair to be held Saturday at Douglas County Fairgrounds

March 10, 2011

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Jana Butcher’s alphabet photographs will be on display at this weekend’s Lawrence Parks and Recreation Arts and Crafts Festival at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, Building 21. The festival will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Jana Butcher’s alphabet photographs will be on display at this weekend’s Lawrence Parks and Recreation Arts and Crafts Festival at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, Building 21. The festival will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Jana Butcher needed a new job after being laid off last year.

She had always been creative, and she got an idea after seeing someone selling photo collages of letters spelled into words on television. So in October, she started selling her own pastiche of photos she’d taken, many of recognizable letters and signs in Lawrence and others of Kansas University items.

“I thought Lawrence was such a great place to sell my stuff,” she said.

Butcher will be at Saturday’s Spring Arts and Crafts Festival, set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Building 21 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.

The show, put on by the Parks and Recreation Department, will feature both handmade items and manufactured items.

Duane Peterson, special events supervisor for Parks and Recreation, said there was a need for shows such as this.

“Lawrence is such an artsy community, so that’s one of the reasons we put it on,” he said.

Another exhibitor will be Karon Hornberger, who started decorating mailboxes as a hobby. It developed into something she starting taking to craft shows.

“It’s more just sharing my joy,” she said.

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