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Fri January 15, 2010

Emphasis - January 15

Southeast Iowa – Jason Parrott's guests are representatives from three arts centers located in southeast Iowa. They talk about their organizations' upcoming events.

The Art Guild of Burlington hopes to have its first exhibit up by mid-February. Director Anne Distelhorst says the reason for the delay is a complete renovation of the organization's new home.

The Art Guild of Burlington moved from the Arts for Living Center to 301 Jefferson Street last year. Distelhorst says the new facility is more accessible, more visible, and more open.

The first exhibit will be the annual members exhibition.

The Fort Madison Area Arts Association recently completed its annual members exhibition. Director Brian Riggs says the current exhibit is the annual budding artists exhibition.

Riggs says about 300 pieces from K-8 grade students in the Fort Madison, Central Lee, and Holy Trinity school districts are on display.

Riggs says a unique collection will be on display in February: the works of inmates at the Iowa State Penitentiary. He says the quality of the work could determine whether this becomes an annual show.

Tom Seabold says the Keokuk Arts Center has its own unique exhibit underway. The "Children of Darfur" exhibit is co-sponsored by Keokuk for Darfur.

The collection consists of drawings by children who live every day with the violence going on around them. Seabold says the images are very dramatic and even disturbing, which has prompted interest from throughout the region.