Ar­ti­sans close the doors af­ter 21 years

Stu­dio clo­sure a ‘sign of the times’

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By JES­SICA MAD­DOCK

Af­ter 21 years, Wanaka’s Ar­ti­sans Co-op­er­a­tive Stu­dio is clos­ing down. The costs of the rented stu­dio, a bungalow on Ard­more St, was funded by the co-op­er­a­tive’s mem­bers who also manned it. One of the mem­bers, Su­san Man­son, said the clo­sure was a ‘‘sign of the times.’’ The num­ber of mem­bers had dropped to five and it was not vi­able to keep the stu­dio, where they ex­hib­ited and sold their var­i­ous works, open. At its peak, the stu­dio had 16 mem­bers. It had been af­fected by peo­ple’s ten­dency to shop online th­ese days and by the fact the num­ber of gift shops in Wanaka had grown from two to seven since the stu­dio opened, she said. ‘‘We’ve

been

strug­gling fi­nan­cially for a cou­ple of years . . . it just got to the point we had to have a good hard look at it. ‘‘It’s sad, it has been a big part of every­body’s lives.’’ The stu­dio would re­main open un­til Oc­to­ber 11 and af­ter that the artists would sell their work from their homes, at Wanaka’s Sun­day and Queen­stown’s Satur­day mar­kets or through the Co-op­er­a­tive’s Face­book page.

Photo: JESSICAMADDOCK

End of an era: The long­est serv­ing mem­ber of Wanaka’s Ar­ti­sans Co-op­er­a­tive Stu­dio Don­ald Pater­son, who joined in 1992, out­side the Ard­more St stu­dio which will close this month af­ter 21 years.

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