Children's Illustrators Auction - Bacon Free Library

November 01, 2015

Children's illustrators' auction in Natick goes international

By Brian Benson/Daily News Staff

Posted Aug. 25, 2015 at 5:48 PM 

NATICK – When Bacon Free Library’s Board of Trustees decided on a children’s illustrators' auction for a fundraiser, organizers thought it would attract items from an array of Massachusetts illustrators.

They never expected it would go international and reach two former presidential families.

“People came out of the woodwork,” said Meena Jain, the library director. “What started out as a local auction has become this almost international one.”

The auction, to be held online from Nov. 1 to 15, will feature about 110 pieces of art from some 85 illustrators. People can view artwork and meet some of the illustrators at a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Nov. 1 at John Eliot Memorial Hall, 40 Eliot St.

Jain said the auction will include a variety of artwork from diverse illustrators, including artists who work on graphic novels, chapter books and other works. The auction will feature pieces by artists from several countries including the United States, Canada and France.

Jain said she was impressed with people’s willingness to help out when contacted about the auction.

The fundraiser will also feature signed copies of books that former President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Laura Bush worked on with their children.

Money the auction raises will help the library trustees support the organization and its South Natick building.

Natick artist Ginger McEachern said she is thrilled to participate in an event that supports the library.

“I love helping Meena and love helping the library,” said McEachern, who has illustrated two children's science books written by Kelly Darling. “It’s a great organization.”

McEachern said she is happy to do what she can to “help raise money for something I believe in.”

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