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Artful giving
Tessa Rikkers, 6, and her mother, Jennifer, sit in front of one of Jennifer's paintings at their home outside of Monroe. Jennifer's artwork will be featured in the Artful Giving benefit at the Prairie Cafe in Middleton on Saturday. (Times photo: Marissa Weiher)
MONROE - When Monroe artist Jennifer Rikkers reached out to families similar to her own on social media after welcoming her youngest daughter home from Ethiopia, she found a surprising resource that allowed her a connection to the region where her daughter had been born. "I was really craving a connection to my daughter's home country, " Rikkers said. "A way to stay connected, but also to offer something back.