Art raises kindy funds

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Art will cer­tainly be im­i­tat­ing life in the sec­ond an­nual Kinder­garten Chil­dren’s Col­lec­tive Art Auc­tion to be held this week­end.

Napier Kinder­garten gen­eral man­ager He­len McNaugh­ten says last year’s in­au­gu­ral auc­tion and art ex­hi­bi­tion raised around $4800.

“This year we have set the am­bi­tious goal of rais­ing $10,000, which will go di­rectly to our 16 kinder­gartens across Napier and Wairoa. Kinder­gartens used the funds last year to sup­port their cur­ricu­lum pro­gramme de­liv­ery and pur­chased re­sources for use by the chil­dren.”

He­len says in ad­di­tion to auc­tion­ing art from their kinder­gartens, a num­ber of gen­er­ous spon­sors do­nated ad­di­tional items such as a year long pass to the Na­tional Aquar­ium, a tug boat ride and a he­li­copter ride.

“Peo­ple who at­tended the auc­tion last year were stunned at the qual­ity and va­ri­ety of the art pro­duced and in­sisted we re­peat it again this year.”

A wide a va­ri­ety of art­work is be­ing pro­duced this year, in­clud­ing pho­tog­ra­phy, can­vas paint­ings, pot­tery, weav­ing and a large mo­bile hang­ing sculp­ture. Kinder­gartens have taken their in­spi­ra­tion from chil­dren’s in­ter­ests, the sea­sons, en­vi­roschool projects and na­ture.

Each piece is en­tirely orig­i­nal — and have taken hours to pro­duce. Chil­dren par­tic­i­pated in some as­pect of the creation of each piece He­len says.

“This event show­cases the im­mense cre­ativ­ity and gift­ed­ness of chil­dren, it brings each kinder­garten com­mu­nity to­gether as they ob­serve and as­sist with the creation of the pieces and it raises aware­ness of what our kinder­gartens have to of­fer tamariki. Our teach­ers are highly cre­ative peo­ple and they en­cour­age the artist within each child.”

The art can be seen at Har­courts Napier of­fice on Hast­ings Street un­til Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 5, be­fore be­ing auc­tioned at Speights Ale House, Napier on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 8.

“It’s won­der­ful to see the way the com­mu­nity comes to­gether for this event and to see peo­ple hav­ing such an en­joy­able time at the auc­tion while sup­port­ing such a wor­thy cause.”

PHOTO: DUN­CAN BROWN

Pic­tured with one of the art­works to be auc­tioned in a Col­lec­tive Chil­dren’s Art Auc­tion are (from left) Sarah Irvin from Real Ex­change, Har­courts Hawke’s Bay gen­eral man­ager James Cooper, auc­tion­eer Craig Smith and Napier Kinder­garten As­so­ci­a­tion gen­eral man­ager He­len McNaugh­ten.

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