The Burnside Painting Group started in 1963.
An enthusiastic group of painters first met in the Burnside Town Hall supper room. The instigator was Colonel Geoff Matthews, who invited residents to the meeting through an advertisement in the local newspaper.
The vision was to form a group of artists of all stages of proficiency and talent, who would help each other to improve their standards, under Mr Matthews' guidance. This was the beginning of a very successful group. It quickly grew in numbers.
Other founders of the group included Gordon Samstag, who was the first president, Mrs Marjorie Hann and Mrs Louise Chappell.
Tutors who have taught students over the years include John Dowie, John Goodchild, Malcolm Barbins, Marjorie Hann, Gary Gaston, Margaret Hooper and Virginia Jay.
The Burnside Painting Group continues to provide an enjoyable recreational activity within the community, with members socialising, sharing and achieving, selling their work and winning awards.