The Art Society premises consist of a large studio area, library, kitchen facilities plus the adjoining Clear Skies Gallery and Clear Water Gallery. A small enclosed patio area is accessible from the studio. The current membership stands at around 250, a large percentage of whom are practicing artists.
The aims of the Society are to promote the creative arts by providing opportunities for the practice of art and continuing education in a wide range of media. The Society also provides opportunities for all artists to exhibit their work in the galleries. Members and artists from the local community are encouraged to hold their own exhibitions either as solo exhibitors or joint exhibitions with like minded friends.
There are currently groups meeting every day during the week in all disciplines plus an after school art class, night classes for adults and weekend workshops.
The society is community based and has, over past years, hosted a variety of exhibitions e.g. Alzheimers Awareness Week, the New Zealand Schizophrenia Art Awards, and an annual exhibition featuring students from the IHC Supported Learning Group. More recently local embroiderers, fibre artists, and exhibitions with themes drawing work from local and invited artists have become popular. Work from day and night classes, workshops and after school classes reflect the diversity of the arts practiced in our community.
From early beginnings in various locations around Blenheim and with an increasing number of members the Society responded to its need for larger premises and after an intensive fund raising effort begun in 1998 they purchased and moved, debt free, to the present building at 204 High Street in August 2000.
The move to its own premises provided the Society with its first on site gallery space and exhibitions were held at regular intervals. However, as the demand for exhibition space increased it became obvious that a larger gallery area was necessary and in April 2009 it was decided to extend the gallery. In February 2010 a second gallery extension was officially opened – again debt free thanks to the loyalty of the members and friends of the Society and sponsorship of the Yealands Estate Winery, Seddon, and Mark Stevenson First National Realty, Blenheim.
Committee & Contacts
Ph. 03 577 6784
Mob. 021 176 7672
Mob. 021 08268980
Workshop & Exhibition Coordinator
Mob. 021 0267 8711
Studio Conveyor – Day Classes
Ph. 03 577 7453
Secretary / Membership Secretary
Ph. 03 578 4558
Ph. 03 577 5988
Mob. 027 547 3815
Ph. 03 579 3299
Supervisors Roster Coordinator
Ph. 03 577 9358
Mob. 021 0305639