Art raises kindy funds
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.”
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.