The coronavirus pandemic forced Allanah Dopson to close her beloved Handmark Gallery at Evandale.
She said after more than a decade she was "incredibly sad" to close the Northern gallery and instead concentrate her efforts on Handmark in Hobart.
"I closed it prior to JobKeeper, not knowing how long I would need to pay overheads when there would be no income," Ms Dopson said.
"We really miss our many and very loyal Northern clients.
"We had the gallery at Evandale for over 10 years and ran a monthly exhibition program.
"The closure has allowed me to dream up some new ideas and take art to the people in a different setting."
IN OTHER NEWS:
Ms Dopson has decided to hold a pop-up exhibition, Spring Salon, upstairs at the Clarendon Arms pub, in Evandale.
It features more than 30 new works by 25 acclaimed Tasmanian artists.
It opens on Friday night and will run until November 15.
The pub has been refurbished and recently reopened.
"There is now a wonderful upstairs area and the high ceilings and light make it the perfect place to hang artwork as though in a grand house," Ms Dopson said.
"I am just loving working with Lydia Nettlefold who owns the hotel and her great staff. It has been a fabulous collaboration.
"During COVID most of our artists have been furiously making work, so Handmark decided to continue with its exhibition program and up the ante with a number of artist videos on our site and it is great to see the artists in situ talk about their work."
Ms Nettlefold is delighted to hold the exhibition in her refurbished pub.
"The pub was built in 1847 and we've been closed for six months and have refurbished," she said.
"We re-opened a couple of weeks ago and it has been great working with Allanah on the exhibition because she always does everything so well.
"It's a perfect spot for it with so much natural light upstairs."
There are seven rooms upstairs and the exhibition is on show in the hallway and four rooms.
Ms Dopson said despite the pandemic Handmark had been excited by support for Tasmanian artists, from both local and interstate buyers, who purchased art works online rather than visiting a gallery.
"It is, however, wonderful to be able to celebrate with people and to see friends and talk about art," she said.
"Spring Salon embraces the optimism that this season brings and it also shines a light on our incredible Northern talent."
All works will be for sale from $650 to $22,500. The pub is open from Thursday to Sunday.