When the recently opened River's End Retreat in Goolwa hosted its first 'Arty Weekend' last month, some great new artists were unearthed and funds raised for charity.
Ten people, most of whom were first time painters, enjoyed a weekend at the retreat and the tutelage of local artist Dzint Jurevicius, before their works were hung at the nearby Wharf Barrel Shed.
Many Goolwa locals turned out to judge the finished works and to the surprise of some of the 'artists,' started bidding for paintings which were part of the inaugural 'People's Choice Art Exhibition.'
All funds from the sales went to the Whaler's Peninsula Community Association, with a total of $260 being raised.
Owner of River's End Retreat, Jamie Bishop said it was a great start to operations.
"It was a great event for our brand new retreat here in Goolwa - we loved the amazing talent and fun," he said. "We're really looking forward to next month's weekend for couples/friends."
Tim Hughes visited the retreat as a guest and said the weekend did a great job of promoting the region.
"It was a great way to relax, discover skills we didn't think we had - and to gain a greater appreciation for the region. Exhibiting - and even selling our work for charity - was an unexpected bonus.
"Rivers End Retreat is a fantastic addition to the fabric of the Fleurieu Peninsula - particularly with Trudy and Jamie's program of bringing guests face to face with the region's rich heritage, its food and its art."