photo by Chris Worley

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The 6th grade arts students at Brooks and Julian Middle School have created beautiful bird-themed art work for the 7th annual auction at Fly Bird, an Oak Park store specializing in curious items for the happy home, body and mind. Each year Fly Bird donates all proceeds from the show to benefit the Oak Park Education Foundation’s Art Start program.

The show will be open for public bidding from February 28 – April 3, with an artists’ reception at Fly Bird on Friday, February 25 from 6-8 pm. Bidding for the artwork starts at just $15, with a “Buy It Now” option of $40 per piece.

This year, our young artists approached the project with the concept of exploring beautiful birds in their natural habitat. Others were influenced by two types of Haitian art work: the metal work traditionally made from recycled metal oil drums and the sequined flags traditionally used as part of religious ceremonies and now sold to tourists. The work is made in the format of the flags out of metal. Click here to see some samples of student art work. Photos are by teacher Chris Worley, who led the project with fellow art teachers Kristi Murray and Lynn Reising.

The paintings will hang in Fly Bird’s storefront window at 719 Lake Street, and can be observed at any time of day or night. Fly Bird is open seven days a week. For more information, stop by the store or email