Artisans close the doors after 21 years
Studio closure a ‘sign of the times’
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
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.
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.