After COVID-19 restrictions caused the Gawura Gallery to close for three months, they have reopened.
While they are not expecting the visitors to return in the numbers they did before the coronavirus restrictions were introduced, the gallery that sits beside the New England Highway at Glen Innes has found a way to adapt in these times.
Last week the gallery launched their new interactive website, with a virtual exhibition showing the latest exhibition by Lloyd Gawura Hornsby, Sarah Fletcher and Lyle Radford.
During the recent business shutdown, the gallery closed for three months from April to June, and it was during that time, that owners Wendy and Lloyd Gawura Hornsby saw an opportunity to take a look at the business performance.
After a month of deliberation and two months of web design the new site was up and running.
"The shutdown gave us time to reflect on our business and address what we can do better," Wendy Hornsby said.
The new website enables purchases to be made online.
Wendy said the website had been a worthwhile investment and encouraged other businesses to look into it.
"If you do rethink about your business it is worthwhile, it will help you cope with the current environment," she said.
The gallery now has a plan in place to cope with any future shutdowns, and a way to trade with the ongoing restrictions on travel of people throughout NSW.
Wendy says since the borders were closed again all the traffic that comes past the gallery had virtually stopped.
"The customers just aren't here."
But with the introduction of the website the gallery is gaining business further afield with purchases being made online.
"Since we launched the site we have had orders placed from Port Macquarie, Queensland and even someone in California placed an order for one of Lloyd's painting," she said.
"We are prepared for another shutdown in case it happens again," Wendy Hornsby siad.
Gawura Gallery have made changes to their opening hours. Since reopening from the three month shutdown period the gallery will only be open Tuesday to Saturday.