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Local artisan's work featured on ArtFire.com

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By Holly Tabor

The News-Enterprise

CECILIA — A Cecilia artist has achieved notoriety for her work on a premier online site featuring artisans from around the world.

Rachel Blanton will be awarded feature artisan status on the online marketplace, ArtFire.com, an honor only a select few of the marketplace's members achieve, according to the Web site. Her status takes effect Sept. 7, and Blanton's spotlight will run on the front page at www.artfire.com through Sept. 9.

Blanton, who lives on a farm with her family, crafts goat milk soap and other skin care products. "My children help as they can," she said in an interview with ArtFire.com.

"Rachel stands out from the artisan crowd due to the excellence of her craft and her unique personal story," said John Jacobs, president of ArtFire. "Each of our members has a story to tell, and we feel that Rachel deserves recognition for both her work to get to this level and her creative talents."