Plenty of shady trees, cool breezes and chilled beverages made Art in the Packing Shed the perfect place to ride out the weekend’s scorching temperatures.

Organised by the Central Otago Art Society, the event was the third such and complements the society’s Art in the Garden, held every second year.

Former owner of the Packing Shed Kathi McLean said Art in the Garden was started about 20 years ago with artworks exhibited in private gardens.

“It’s only every second year so we decided it would be nice to bring the artists together with food and wine and music on alternate years,” she said.

Mrs McLean is an artist herself and had a stall of her pottery at the event, alongside other artists and artisans selling handmade and hand-crafted items and original artworks.

Mrs McLean’s daughter Bec Farrell opened a cafe on the property with her mother and late father Lex about 20 years ago and Mrs Farrell and her husband Baz bought The Packing Shed Gallery and Cafe from her parents in late 2020.

The couple also own the Courthouse Cafe in Alexandra and food and beverage sales were brisk at the Packing Shed Cafe throughout the weekend.

Mrs Farrell said the event had been popular this year.

Colourful craft . . . Diana Jackson, of Mosgiel, demonstrates arm knitting at Art in the Packing Shed at the weekend. PHOTO: TRACIE BARRETT

Photographer Sue Noble-Adams, of Clyde, said stallholders had “marvellous sales” throughout the weekend.

“There’s a lot of Central Otago going out of this district via canvases, books and what-not,” she said.

CO Arts Society board member Russell Read enjoyed a cold drink and live music at the event on Sunday afternoon.

Fewer people attended than the previous event, which was held pre-Covid-19, but everyone seemed to enjoy it, he said.

“It’s a superb venue.”

Spinning a yarn . . . Alexandra Spinners and Weavers member Louise Taylor explains the work that goes into her handspun and knitted garments. PHOTO: TRACIE BARRETT