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Sometimes artists need an intimate space to plumb their depths and once their concepts are shaped to their satisfaction, the space to express themselves. Our studios are modest, practical and central, yet allow for the privacy to engage in the processes that make each resident unique in their expression. Though predominantly a shy breed, more information on our studio inhabitants can be found here.

Studio Artist's

Jo Jago

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To be able to create art that moves people in such a beautiful way is a phenomenal gift. Jo has found it to be amazingly satisfying to be creative. Jo is drawn to the watercolour and alcohol ink mediums as they are difficult to control, and it challenges her perfectionist nature. From time to time, you will also find Jo dabbling in other art mediums such as porcelain painting. Jo can often be found painting live at local Wanaka markets.

Stephen Martyn Welch 

Welch is a New Zealand born painter. He is a leading figure in portraiture and figurative painting. Having numerous commissioned work from all over the world to presenting his own television show called The Sitting. Welch continues to push the boundaries in portraits, from the highest office, to the homeless, he lives this painting journey with a simple code..." EVERYONE DESERVES A PORTRAIT"

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Lizzie Thomas | Ellaquaint Art

Lizzie Thomas works under the name ellaquaint, an artist who is inspired by our natural environment and the taonga (treasures) that dwell within it. She aims to capture something of the wairua (essence) of the manu (birds) and creatures that feature in her work; their personalities often evolve throughout the process of painting. A recentish addition to Wanaka, Thomas was drawn to move here by the sublime landscape, epic mountains, and all the good things you can do on them.

Previously worked as an art teacher with over 15 years experience teaching at Secondary Schools, after school kids’ classes, adult night classes and workshops. Her background is in Sculpture however painting; watercolour, ink and acrylic are currently her media of choice. With having a broad skill base she loves to share in a fun and nurturing environment.

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Music with Kate

Music with Kate offers singing lessons and beginner piano lessons.

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or beginner piano


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Andrēa Cius

Watercolour Art 

Details will follow soon.

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