Frankfurt students create origami butterflies for art exhibition

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FRANKFORT, IL — The Frankfort Arts Association strives to bring people and monarch butterflies together in its latest exhibit, “Fly Together.” The exhibit is a collaboration between Jaime Maisuria — an artist, educator, FAA board member and Frankfurt resident — and students from Chelsea Intermediate School to help promote the Illinois Monarch project, according to the president of the FAA, Katie Stempniak.

The art exhibit uses pages from donated books that are transformed by the students into origami butterflies, which were placed on panels and placed on the gallery wall of Frankfort Village Hall, Stempniak said. About 800 students created the butterflies featured in the exhibit, according to Stempniak.

About 800 students from Chelsea Intermediate School in Frankfurt created the origami butterflies to form the Frankfurt Art Association’s latest exhibit, “Fly Together.” The exhibition is intended to raise awareness of the habitats of monarch butterflies. (Photo provided by Katie Stempniak)

To help raise awareness of monarch butterflies and highlight such a broad collaboration, people are encouraged to take a photo with the exhibit and use the hashtag #flytogether to enter a raffle. The winner will receive a gift basket including art supplies and gift cards from Buzzes and Beehives and Raffy’s Candy Store.

The “Fly Together” exhibit will be on view through July 1 at Frankfort Village Hall, 432 W. Nebraska St.

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