Mother, daughter duo are featured artists
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Arlene Ryan and her daughter, Jolene Berendt, both of Knippa are this year’s featured artists at the Utopia Arts and Crafts Guild Fall Fair. These two talented ladies give the credit for their accomplishments to God and Ryan’s father, who encouraged all of his children by eliminating one very harmful word from their vocabulary. “I was raised to believe that there is no such word as can’t; that I can do anything that I want to do. Any time I or anyone else tried to tell my dad, ‘I can’t do it’ his answer was ‘Did you try?’” Ryan said. “Over the years I have tried to pass this attitude on to my children.”