The History Of KOAST
Kerikeri Open Art Studios Trail (KOAST)
Kerikeri Open Art Studios Trail (KOAST) was first held October 25-27 2014.
Over 50 artists exhibited their work for sale at 31 studios and galleries around Kerikeri and Waipapa. The trail was a roaring success, judging from the comments of guests and artists alike.
We featured 4 guest artists, Shiela Blackburn, a ceramic artists; Heike Schaefer, embroidery artist; M. Francis McCarthy, tonalist painter; and Agnes Hauptli, master weaver. Geraldine Hore, etcher and painter, was the Student of Merit, who graduated from Kerikeri’s NorthTec Art programme.
We honoured the memory and artistic contributions of Rona Swallow, a pioneer in the Kerikeri art scene of the 1970’s, in our trail guide. We were grateful for the tremendous support the first trail received from the community in the way of advertising donors, raffle prize donations and trail goers.
The second KOAST Art Trail was held over Labour Weekend 2015 and was hailed by the trail goers as even better than our first year!
We had 15 new artists participate and our guests were Peter Brammer, Julie Cromwell, Andy Morrison, and Ailie Snow. Our Student of Merit from Northtec was Jane Molloy Wolt. We had 33 stops with a number of studios exhibiting the works of two or more artists.