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.

2015 Koast Art Studios Trail Report
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.

2016 Koast Art Studios Trail Report
Our third annual Art Trail was held on October 22-24 2016 and was again a big success.  We had 26 stops and 45 artists exhibiting and listed in our trail guide.

Our guest artists were Pauline Gough, a painter from Dargaville, Rob Campion, a painter and tutor, and The Kaikohehoke Weavers (5-6 weavers), headed by Bebe Bourke from Kaikohe. We had 4 group Venues and 6 artists sharing their studio space.

2017 Koast Art Studios Trail Report
Our fourth annual KOAST Art Trail was held on October 21-23 2017 and was a wonderful success with over 40 artists/exhibitors.

2018 Koast Art Studios Trail Report
Our fifth annual KOAST Art Trail was held on October20-22 2018 and was a fantastic success with over 65 artists/exhibitors.  It was wonderful to see so many newcomers visiting the Trail and also to meet many more planning to shift this coming year.  This included several artists new to the area, who expressed interest in taking part next year.  We also had some lovely feedback about the Trail, and about Kerikeri itself, from those visitors from out of town..  Our guest artists were Allan Gale, Charlotte Scott, Brad Walters, The Kaikohe Weavers, Rudy van der Pol, Many Wood, and Jackson Ansted.

Join KOAST 2019

We’ll soon be asking for entries for  2019 KOAST, 26 – 28 October during Labour Weekend  – so watch this space.

Kerikeri Open Art Studios Trail (KOAST)