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September 1, 2013

Artists new and old enliven downtown

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A self-described “European girl,” Butler prefers to work with yarn imported from Turkey, Italy, Spain, France and Germany. While she understands patterns, she'd rather work without them. She's another artist who found more time to explore with retirement, which she spends in Missouri with her husband.

Butler began knitting decades ago, but Joan Fall is much newer to her craft. She began taking photographs seven or eight years ago. A niece loved a flower she had, but it only blooms for a short time each year. Taking a good photo became a way of giving the flower to her niece.

“I love flowers and I have flower gardens all around my house,” Fall said.

A Nikon camera and a macro lens keeps the flowers coming. Fall's area was covered in large, close-up photos of her flowers.

Being a new artist can be stressful. It's a leap of faith. For Fall, it still comes down to how she started.

“My family,” she said, “helped me get there.”

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