School of two dozen raises $5000 in art auction

By Lin Ferguson

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PICTURE PERFECT: Turakina student Isabella Ford, 12, with one of the artworks that were auctioned at the weekend.
PICTURE PERFECT: Turakina student Isabella Ford, 12, with one of the artworks that were auctioned at the weekend.

The Amazing Turakina Art Expo made $5000 for the small rural school with just 24 students.

It finished last weekend.

Expo organiser Julie Perkins said they were thrilled because the event was held purely to raise funding for the school

"We're not very well off and we need extra funds, so we're delighted."

Dick Frizzell has gifted several of his works to the primary school for the art expo.

Frizzell is based in Hawke's Bay and his work has been best described as "a pop of kitsch kiwiana icons".

The school's friends and whanau group started the art expo in 2014 and that included a Frizzell work as well.

Amateur artist and Prime Minister John Key also donated a drawing of his workplace to the expo this year.

The fundraising event also ran concurrently on Trade Me. The artworks could be viewed at the school on Saturday.

"We had a wonderful crowd from the community through. It was really fun."

There were also photographic works by Lady Janine Mateparae and Rita Dibert, a vase by glass artist Katie Brown and a linocut by MP Chester Borrows.

- Wanganui Chronicle

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