Alexa Saunders, 5, Emma Martin, 4, and Ruben Cadena, 4, from Boonah and District Kindergarten with some of the art works available for auction this Saturday.
Alexa Saunders, 5, Emma Martin, 4, and Ruben Cadena, 4, from Boonah and District Kindergarten with some of the art works available for auction this Saturday. Claudia Baxter

Junior masterpiece

BOONAH district's C&K kindergarteners, along with local professional artists, have picked up their paintbrushes to help raise funds for the kindergarten.

The masterpieces will be sold at the kindergarten's art auction this Saturday night.

Funds raised from the annual event, held at the Boonah Cultural Centre, will go towards building maintenance and educational resources.

The auction will feature more than 50 works going under the hammer, with pieces donated from artists including sculptor Christopher Trotter, Felicity Smith, Suzy Buhle, Simon Forsyth and Peter Fowler.

Alongside these professional pieces, canvases painted by the kindergarten's 42 children will be displayed for silent auction.

Kindergarten committee president Jo Martin said the not-for-profit kindergarten relied heavily on the auction.

"This particular event is so important to us," Ms Martin said.

"We have smaller drives but, over previous years, the art auction helped build a car park."

Ms Martin said that the car park was partly funded by a grant from the Queensland Community Gambling Fund, but the kindergarten had raised an additional $68,000 itself.

Besides buying educational material, money from the auction would be put towards a new roof.

Ms Martin said the Teviotville-based kindergarten was the only local curriculum-based centre.

"It is unbelievably important to have this kindy. It is such an important stepping stone that prepares and grounds kids before school," she said.

The art show will be open for general exhibition on Saturday, with doors for the auction opening at 6pm. The $5 entry fee covers supper and a lucky door prize, with tickets in a 60-prize raffle available for purchase.



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