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“Art and Soul at All Souls” was launched with music, food and wine on Saturday 13th August.  Around 90 people enjoyed the afternoon as they viewed the artwork and chatted with friends and artists. 

Our glass artists Julie Frahm and Eamonn Vereker are pictured with their displays beneath Morris & Co’s famous Peace window in the Lady Chapel. 

Musicians Duncan Hemstock (saxaphone) and Jason Hammond (piano) entertained the crowd with jazz classics while visitors sipped and nibbled a delicious spread provided by Carolyn of “Little Reds Catering”.

Artwork by Nicola Fereday and Fiona Hemsworth is displayed at the entrance to the church.

Mixed-media art by Helen Davis, Hannay Denny-Dimitriou’s pointallism and Claire Aberle’s detailed pen drawings drew a crowd of admirers. 

The afternoon provided a wonderful opportunity to catch up with friends and welcome first-time visitors to All Souls’ Church. 

The variety of art on display can be seen below before the opening event.  In addition to the art work, Elizabeth worked her magic with flowers to create  beautiful floral art.

Left to right, is work by Nicola Fereday and Fiona Hemstock with small Papiermâché sculptures by Helen Davis

Left to right are Claire Aberle’s ink drawings, Hannah DennyDimitriou’s pointallism and Helen Davis’ mixed media artworks

Julie Frahm’s glass jewellery and Eamonn Vereker’s glass artistry created a lot of interest.

2022 is the International Year of Glass

In honour of The International Year of Glass, we are delighted to feature two glass artists in our SALA exhibition.

ICOM (International Committee for Museums and Collections of Glass) explains what glass gives to society:

“With its unparalleled versatility and technical capabilities, glass in its many guises has fostered innumerable cultural and scientific advancements.
Our vision of a United Nations International Year of Glass (IYoG2022) is to celebrate the past, present, and future of this transformative material following the United Nations’ goals in Agenda 2030.” 

All Souls’ Church is privileged to be the custodian of five stained glass windows created in the workshop of Morris & Co in England, seven stained-glass windows made by William Bustard in Brisbane and three stained-glass windows created by South Australian artists.  The window designs date from 1863 to 1950. 

Eamonn Vereker and Julie Frahm will display their glass creations beneath the 1920 design of “Peace” by John Henry Dearle, the last artistic designer to head the art department of Morris & Co before it closed in 1940. 



Meet our Artists

Eamonn Vereker loves Australia’s colours

Eamonn was born in County Kilkenny Ireland and through the eyes of his childhood, he discovered the beauty of nature and art which captured his imagination. His desire to channel his creative energy led to him securing a highly sought-after apprenticeship in glass making at the world-famous Waterford Glass, Ireland.  He qualified as a master Cutter and Designer in 1967 and immigrated to Australia in 1987.  His work captures the colours of Australian landscapes from the Outback, Rainforest, Flinders Ranges, Deserts and the Reef.

Eamonn takes great pride in opening up people’s eyes to the colours and wonders of nature through creating unique sand beautiful pieces; each one a new expression of colour, light, warmth, beauty and fragility. 

Julie Frahm is inspired by angels

I started making jewellery when I left school, and I still remember the first piece of jewellery that I made, and the positive comments that it received. People asked where I had bought it, and when I told them that I had made it, some orders resulted. Little did I know that the simple necklace strung on dental floss (because I didn’t know any better then) would result in a lifetime of making jewellery!

In 2005 I started making my own glass beads (wow, has it been that long)? I wanted to make my jewellery more unique, and after doing a glass beadmaking workshop on Kangaroo Island, my world lit up with new ideas!

In 2009 I started making the glass beads from recycled glass sources like broken wine/beer bottles and other glass objects. This has been a very interesting journey, experimenting with recycled glass, pushing the boundaries. I especially like it when people ask me to make beads and jewellery for them from old glass that they have kept.

For this SALA exhibition at All Souls church, I am inspired by the magnificent stained-glass windows and in particular the angels with red wings. 10 years ago, I was working towards a SALA exhibition with the theme of “10,000 red glass beads”! It was a huge effort to make so many beads, and then all the jewellery was made from these beads. They were all the same colour red! It was a really hard, and incredibly rewarding exhibition. Fast forward 10 years and I am still fascinated with the colour red. For this exhibition I have chosen to make 1,000 glass beads, and all of them must have some red. Less strict, but still lots of red! I am excited to see the final pieces put together.
2013 – Toowoomba Contemporary Wearables Award Exhibition Finalist
2009 – Jam Factory Contemporary Craft and Design – 2nd Place

Claire Aberle loves to doodle

Mainly self-taught since early childhood, Claire has dabbled in many styles over the years including bright abstract oil painting and photography.  In 2012 she was commissioned to illustrate a set of 12 folk songs and their accompanying stories for a UK songwriter and this renewed and refreshed her love of drawing.

A habitual doodler, Claire soon discovered the joy of using biro as her preferred medium, enjoying the fluidity and sensitivity of the pen, particularly on textured surfaces.  Occasional, minimal touches of colour relieve the monochrome, where appropriate.  As a lover of English Paganism, natural forms and wildlife, her images usually depict living things with a touch of magic. 

Claire is regularly commissioned for animal portraits but finds that living and working in the real world is a horrible distraction from drawing.  Fortunately, the best way to finish a drawing is always to have something more important to avoid doing. 

Nicola Fereday creates objects of beauty

Nicola is a photographer, painter and teacher who has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in private and regional galleries in new South Wales over two decades. Her acrylic paintings celebrate colour and objects of beauty. Throughout the duration of her business – Nicola’s Vignettes – she has accepted commissions to paint murals and furniture, photographed memorabilia and still-lifes, taught art classes from her studio and sold paintings, furniture and photographs in exhibitions.

Hannah Denny-Dimitriou meditates as she creates

Hannah Denny-Dimitriou

Currently a second year Psychology student at Flinders University, Hannah completes pointillism pieces in her spare time.

She has been creating artwork in this style for two years, using only dots to create her illustrations. As there are no lines used, one piece takes many hours to complete; the smallest taking around 30 hours, and the largest taking about 100 hours. 

Hannah finds the technique meditative, taking layer upon layer to produce the desired effect. She finds time for her art in between her studies and a part-time job. She hopes to explore and develop her art as she continues to create. 

Pointillism has been defined as:  … a technique of neo-impressionist painting using tiny dots of various pure colours, which become blended in the viewer’s eye. It was developed by Georges Seurat with the aim of producing a greater degree of luminosity and brilliance of colour.
Rebecca Bangs,

Helen Davis also makes papier-mâché animals

Helen explains:  “Art has always been an important part of my life.  I completed a Bachelor of Education in 1984 and majored in fine art.  I studied drawing, painting, printmaking and ceramics.  I am currently working with acrylics, pastel, water-colour and mixed media.  I have exhibited in Queensland and Adelaide.  Several of my works are in private collections. ”

Fiona Hemstock (usually) paints portraits

Fiona is a much loved and valued member of All Souls’ community.  She has joined the artist collective to exhibit a landscape that she was inspired to paint after the Parish decided to host a SALA exhibition.

Fiona explains her art journey:
At my village school we had a most flamboyant Art teacher with a rather questionable name – Miss Vice! She was extraordinary too in the way she dressed – she presented herself in black, neck to knee, (unheard of in our neighbourhood) with an embellishment of bright yellow or vivid purple in the form of a long scarf flung about her neck. Miss Vice supplemented her teachers’ income with commissions to create portraits in conté. So I ‘sat’ for hours while Miss Vice coloured and smudged her way around the page. The result was ‘a nice little girl’. But was it ‘me’?

Little did I suspect as I squirmed in my seat, trying to keep awake – and ‘keep still’ – that this was a lesson in portraiture. How to capture someone’s essence!

I studied Art and Design at UniSA and now I paint portraits – yes, I took up the challenge.  I immerse myself with oil paint and canvas and spend hours, weeks and months trying to catch that special something that makes someone who they are. 

When you see my painting, I hope you will see in it something heroic – and yet enigmatic…  I was aiming at ‘spiritual’, and my choice of materials is symbolic, so let me know what you think.

2022 SALA Festival

All Souls’ Church is proud to host seven talented artists in the 2022 SALA Festival. The following CALENDAR shows the days and times the exhibition will be open. 

The exhibition will be opened at 2PM ON SATURDAY 13TH AUGUST with each artist speaking briefly about their artwork and their artistic inspirations.  Refreshments will be served.
The exhibition will close at 4PM ON SUNDAY 28TH AUGUST.  Please collect any purchases you have made during the exhibition between 3pm and 4pm.