Art fans were lining up in Regina Tuesday as painter Wilf Perreault's latest works went up on sale. He sold 20 out of 21 paintings in a few minutes. ((Joanne Skidmore/CBC) )

Regina art lovers were opening up their wallets and snapping uppieces by local painter Wilf Perreault on Tuesday.

The occasion was the first Regina show of Perreault paintings in more than three years.

It seemed there was a lot of pent-up demand becausein less than four minutes, 20 of the 21 paintings— which ranged in price from $3,800 to $17,000— had been bought by eager collectors.

When the doors opened at 10 a.m., about three dozenpeople walked briskly into Nouveau Gallery and started calling outtitles of paintings. The phone started ringing, too.

Among those in the hunt was Jo Bannatyne-Cugnet, who was delighted to get her hands on the painting she wanted.

"I'm absolutely thrilled," she said. "When I walked through the door, I just held up my credit card and said the name of the painting and they took it."

Ron Shirkey wasn't as lucky, however.

"I came to buy any one of three of the pieces and those three were gone by one minute after 10," he said.

Gallery owner Meaghan Perreault said she wants to make sure the people who lost out Tuesday eventually get one of her dad's paintings.

"That guy's not leaving his studio," she said, laughing.

Perreault is perhaps best known for his paintings of back alleys in Regina. His work is collected across Canada and internationally.

The unsold painting, titledGingerbread House, is72 inches by 108 inches andis goingfor $17,000.

Perreault's show opens at the gallery on Friday.