Artists & Groups

From Central Otago

Profiles » View Profile

Central Otago Art Society Incorporated

Organisation / Group: Central Otago Art Society Incorporated, C/O 67 Ferris Rd RD3 Alexandra

  • Blossom Fest Float
  • Queens Birthday Sale - photo
  • Queens Birthday Sale - photo
  • Queens Birthday Sale - photo
  • Queens Birthday Sale - photo
  • Queens Birthday Sale - photo
  • Float - photo
  • Float - photo
  • float - photo
  • float - photo

The Central Otago Art Society was established in the 70's in Alexandra with a small group of members holding annual exhibitions. The very first exhibition was held at the old Courthouse, now the Courthouse Cafe.

Today, mandated to fostering the arts within our community, the COAS membership has grown to over a 100 members, collectively contributing to 3 annual exhibitions; the Easter show in Clyde, in conjunction with the Wine and Food Festival; our Queens Birthday Sale, held in the Community Centre in Skird St, and our premier event - the Blossom Festival Exhibition, which attracts up to 200 entries and provides a great social occasion to meet at the opening and support the visual arts in our district. Next year we are adding another show to our event calendar, to be held in January at the Central Stories Henderson Art Gallery.

In addition to provision of art exhibitions the COAS runs educational programmes to anyone interested in hands on workshops. These classes are run on a regular basis and are practical learning classes that cover all abilities. Anyone interested should make enquiries.

We encourage your membership, young and old. The COAS has been a stepping board for several young artists who have gone on to higher achievement and a popular venue for other established artists.

The photos here are from 2010 QB Sale, and 2010 Blossom Festival Parade - Our first float! That was fun.