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Work of budding artists up for auction

Oct. 30, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- You could purchase one of the first pieces of artwork by the world's next Rembrandt or Picasso or VanGogh at an upcoming art auction.

The work of these budding young artists -- some of whom don't yet walk or talk -- has been professionally matted and framed and will be available for public viewing beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse, during River Valley Child Development Service's Annual Children's Art Auction.

The artwork has been completed by children who attend Enterprise Child Development Center in Huntington. Even infants used their hands and feet to paint pictures. About 40 pieces of artwork, each framed by the Huntinton Hall of Frame, will be included in the live auction, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. following the public viewing. There will also be a silent auction for gift packages and framed artwork by the Huntington Hall of Frame. There will also be wine and light refreshments.

There's no telling whether any of these young artists will eventually make a name for themselves, but winning bidders will go home with a colorful, fanciful piece of art and the knowledge that their money is helping Enterprise Child Development Center to continue providing its online curriculum to students.

"It's really a chance for kids to create and get to do something that they can be proud of," Enterprise Director Candice Mullins told The Herald-Dispatch during the 2011 children's art auction. "At the same time, it gives their parents a chance to see what they're doing, and it's a way for all of us to work together on common ground."

The auction raises an average of about $5,000 each year. Last year's auction proceeds helped purchase security cameras for Enterprise.