Artist Rebecca Warr waited a few months longer than anticipated to launch her first solo exhibition, but on November 28, Plethora launches at the St Arnaud Rail Station Raillery Hub Gallery.
Just days out from the exhibition's slated opening in August, coronavirus restrictions triggered the closure of Victoria's public gallery.
Ms Warr was forced to quickly pivot her business, discovering opportunities online and on social media, but the physical gallery is where the Ballarat-born artist is most at home.
"Nothing quite replaces the connections made with physical galleries," Ms Warr said.
"Beyond the marketing advantages, interacting with people, providing an escape and inspiration for others is what it's all about."
During lockdown, Ms Warr's art sales soared as people renovated or refreshed their homes, with her canvases regularly featured by art warehouse designers, helping to propel her sales.
She has since launched a range of shoes featuring her own designs.
Plethora is a canvas series of works entangled with stenciling and expressed in acrylics and Posca pens in a varied palette.
The exhibition includes a reading room for young children, adorned with original illustrations from Ms Warr's first written and illustrated children's book, With One Eye Open.
A tertiary qualified visual arts teacher, Ms Warr has spent a large part of her teaching career in the Wimmera at Donald High School and continues to mentor emerging artists.
Plethora offers a contact-free experience and will launch at the St Arnaud Rail Station Raillery Hub Gallery on Saturday, November at 28 at 2pm.
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