In the South
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.
- The Mirror