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The Fort Madison Area Arts Association is hosting its largest fundraiser of the year Saturday night. The annual event comes at a time when the organization is facing a significant financial hurdle.

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The Fort Madison Area Arts Association's downtown gallery is filled with the works of some of the youngest artists in southeast Iowa as part of the organization's annual "Budding Artists Exhibition." A reception will be held Saturday, January 20, from 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. at the gallery.

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The artistic talent of local high school students from Illinois and Iowa will be on display in downtown Fort Madison for the rest of April.

Jason Parrott traveled to three regional art galleries for this week’s program to spotlight current exhibits and to preview the year ahead.

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Brian Riggs is the Executive Director for the Fort Madison Area Arts Association.

He says 2012 is starting out as it has for years with the annual Budding Artists Showcase.

The show features more than 100 pieces from elementary and middle school students from Central Lee, Fort Madison, and Holy Trinity.