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Kitt Testa, 11, of Canfield, shows her holiday spirit by volunteering at the American Holiday at the Butler Arts & Crafts Show on Saturday at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown. The 50th annual show continues from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and features a wide variety of items, from jewelry and alpaca scarves to cutting boards and goat’s milk soap. … Staff photo by R. Michael Semple

YOUNGSTOWN – Chances are some people already dream of a White Christmas, but for those who love snow, they can have it for 12 months.

“The most important thing is light, and being in the right place at the right time. It is an advantage to live next to the park. I’m enjoying the good conditions, ”C. Scott Lanz said on Saturday, referring to his main approach to nature photography – especially in Mill Creek Park.

Lanz, a retired lawyer, takes photos there year-round, so some of his works include well-known landmarks such as Lanterman’s Mill surrounded by snow. Winter landscapes are also among the note cards, photo envelopes, and calendars people can buy from his home at the 50th Annual American Party at the Butler Arts & Crafts Show at the Butler Institute of American Art, 524 Wick Ave.

The holiday-themed family show, featuring 61 local and regional artists and artisans, continues today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Butler.

In 2005 Lanz, who started photography around 40 years ago, started LanzScape Photography Ltd., a nature photography business in which he sells prints and note cards in souvenir shops in the area, as well as at the butler. In 2009, he began publishing and selling the Mill Creek MetroParks calendar, a portion of which goes to Fellows Riverside Gardens.

Lanz previously took numerous photographs in the Western States, but in 2001 his main interest became Mill Creek Park. He also travels about 1,500 miles a year in the park while carrying his Nikon camera, Lanz said.

“I focus on shooting early in the morning and at sunset, when (the light) is best,” he continued. “I never repeat a photo.”

Ralph J. Teets, who spent 30 years in the watchmaking and furniture industry, never repeats the design of a cutting board.

“Some people have said to me, ‘You are retired. You should do a few, ”recalls Teets of Girard.

As a result, he started his business, Cutting Board Art, and specialized in using primarily pieces of maple, cherry, walnut and oak wood to design everything from cutting boards to carved pineapples. by hand through the twig pots that can contain small flowers and be placed on his desk. Other items that Teets and his wife, Joanne, design include wine sappers and salt and pepper mills.

Teets, who graduated from Chaney High School in 1969, also thanked his seventh grade industrial arts teacher for helping him lay the foundation for his work.

“He taught the basics, including safety,” said Teets, who also teaches online classes. “A lot of the day-to-day things I do come from him, that simple.”

Many of the things Deborah Russell of Dover, Ohio does on a daily basis stem from her 35 years as an interior designer. She also started a business that leaves little to the imagination: Unique Bottle Serving Trays.

“I collect at bars, restaurants, or friends,” Russell said of the bottles she collects before cleaning and removing the original labels, then melting the backs and fronts of the bottles for about. 24 hours and give them the same labels.

Once the process is complete, they become serving platters.

The labels include sports team logos as well as beer and wine names, as well as one bearing the famous Route 66 design. She also has a collection of vintage soda serving bottles and, of course, a variety of holiday themed bottles.

Russell’s husband Greg also collects and cleans the bottles she places her own creations on, she continued.

For those who have forgotten the recent 42-27 loss of the Ohio State Buckeyes to the Michigan Wolverines, Gerry Hefferon sells a reminder in the form of a small wooden box – with the reminder engraved on it – with an ink pen at inside.

Hefferon, who owns a Boardman company called The Wood-Crate, started designing such boxes and pens around 20 years ago when he worked at Vallourec Steel. The creativity of his work has evolved over time, said Hefferon, who typically buys kits and uses wood, plastic or acrylic to design the pens.

There is a dark side to his work too, as he used his talents to reach out to those who answered the call when the World Trade Center towers were attacked on September 11.

“I started with wooden boxes to give to every fire department that responded to September 11,” he recalls. “I was at work when it happened. Everyone stopped dead in their tracks.

One of the pens Hefferon sells is shaped like a fire engine with an ax, a firefighter emblem and a nozzle.

His wife, Betsy, who also works at the Nemenz IGA store in Struthers, assists Hefferon with the show.

Wayne Gruver, the show’s director, recalled participating in many recent discussions on the possibility and how to organize the event, which included ongoing monitoring for the COVID-19 pandemic.

Being slightly below the goal of 70 vendors this year had its silver lining, as additional space was provided for those who participated, as well as reduced congestion, he explained.

Another challenge was dealing with supply chain issues, Gruver added.

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