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Art of Living Water exhibit

Fort Madison, IA – A traveling art exhibit will raise money for flood victims throughout eastern and southeastern Iowa.

"Art of Living Water" will be displayed in ten cities over the next seven months. The exhibit will be housed in 13 different Presbyterian churches.

"Art of Living Water" was developed by the Presbytery of East Iowa. That organization is the governing body for dozens of Presbyterian churches in eastern and southeastern Iowa.

Reverend Collette Soults says artists from each congregation were asked to create pieces based on "The Woman at the Well" from the gospel of John, Chapter 4. She says the works include wall paintings, songs, a quilt, fabrics, and sculptures.

Soults says each piece in the exhibit will be auctioned off with the proceeds going to flood recovery. She says volunteers are available for flood clean-up but more funds are desperately needed.

Soults says "Art of Living Water" features about 40 pieces. It includes the works of several southeast Iowa artists.

The exhibit left Fort Madison this week and will return to Burlington in early April. Soults says the tour will end in May of 2010, which will also mark the end of the online auction.

The organization has not set a fundraising goal, since this is a first-time event.