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Local artists showcased at Iowa Arts and Crafts Fest

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Local artists were showcased at Iowa's 5th annual Arts and Crafts Festival on Saturday.

The Iowa branch of the Calcasieu Parish Library System hosted the event, which gave more than a dozen local artists some exposure.

"A lot of times, folks are doing arts and crafts that we are not aware of … so, it's sometimes hard to find those people who are not showcased in museum – the mom and pops or the lesser knowns, or in some matters, completely unknowns. This gives them a place to show their work," said Cornell Thomas, Iowa Library branch manager.

One of those artists is Celeste Broussard, who was teaching children and families to repurpose old items.

"I'm trying to teach people how to reuse stuff they might normally throw away. This will not only make it into something usable, but help the environment," said Broussard.

More than 200 people attended the event, most of them children.

"I loved the face painting. I got a butterfly," said Jillian Hebert, 5 years old.

"The art really inspires me to draw. And my hope for my job one day is to be an artist," said Rebecca Middleton, 9 years old.

"I really liked the taxidermy exhibit. I hunt and kill animals and a lot of my family members have stuff mounted. But I have not mounted anything yet," said Everett Taylor, 9 years old.

The event was free to the public.

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