School prospers from artistic talent
The Mackenzie College's first ever art auction has boosted its coffers by more than $7000.
The auction, featured works from several acclaimed artists, including Reuben Paterson, Randall Froude and photographer Kevin Bowie. Co-organiser Maryann Darmody said the event could not have gone better.
"This is the first time we've ever done something like this," she said.
"It was fantastic. It got huge support from the community, and all of the items eventually sold."
Mrs Darmody said even a brief power outage did not dim people's enthusiasm, and MC Caley Hall did a good job of entertaining the crowd.
The money raised will go towards the extension of the school gymnasium, and for the school's visual art department.
More than 32 students, and a number of staff, parents, locals, and Mackenzie District Council staff also contributed work.
“All of the artists involved down to the youngest at age 11 should give themselves a big pat on the back," Mr Hall said. "The event took over three months to organise and I'm sure those involved will be stoked at the results.
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