Birds at Magic Tree: 8th annual student art show and auction to benefit OPEF

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The 6th grade arts students at Brooks and Julian Middle School have created beautiful, colorful, bird-themed art work for the 8th annual student art auction to benefit the Oak Park Education Foundation (OPEF). This year the show will take place at Magic Tree Bookstore, 141 N. Oak Park Avenue.

Bidding is open to the public on May 14 through June 1, and starts at just $15, with a "Buy It Now" option of $30 per piece.
Working with their art teachers Chris Worley and Kristi Murray, the middle school artists explored birds in a variety of habitats… nature, the table, or their wild imaginations. They were influenced by both the American modern artist, Charley Harper, and the Inuit culture of the Northwest coast. The birds are relief prints nesting in collaged papers and finished with fine tip sharpie for added design and detail. Each piece is unique, creating a wonderful display of shapes, color combinations, patterns, and textures.

Magic Tree Bookstore is donating all proceeds from the show to benefit the Oak Park Education Foundation's Art Start program, which matches visual and performing artists with Oak Park District 97 students for hands-on residencies. OPEF is an independent, non-profit organization.

For more information about the show, stop by Magic Tree Bookstore, 141 N. Oak Park Avenue, For more information about the Oak Park Education Foundation and its Art Start program, contact Deb Abrahamson at (708) 524-3023,, or go to

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