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New life: an art exhibition
St Paul’s Cathedral, Sale
June 2020

This exhibition was conceived late last year. The artists were to reflect on the Biblical Easter and Pentecost stories. While the art was in gestation, we had the horrific summer bushfires in Gippsland, and then the coronavirus, COVID-19. The creativity evolved and changed. During the fires we came up with the title “New Life”. This seemed very apt as we moved from one crisis to another, through times of fear and anxiety, to times of hope and signs of new life. The Easter and Pentecost stories mirror our experiences in 2020.


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Peace be with you.     
John 20: 19-31  Leo Wimmer
Mixed media on wood   280mm x 14 mm

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A big challenge: how does one, as an artist show how Jesus walked through the door without opening it – he is not a ghost – he is a Sprit yet he is God and human.

Doubting Thomas. 
John 20: 19-31
Leo Wimmer
Mixed media on wood  280mm x 14mm

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I painted Jesus holding his hand on Thomas’s head at the moment after he had put his hand in Jesus wounds just before saying “My Lord, My God”.


New Life  
Luke 24:13-35 Emmaus
Kate Campbell

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The black stitching was a response to the devastation of the bush fires and the new life that began to slowly emerge through the amazing flora in our beautiful country – there is hope in  and through new life.

John 14: 15-21.
Karen Johns

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Notes to be added


Zay - Ascension Day
John 17:1-11
Ross Jacka
Tempera on paper 595 x 420mm


The work was discovered through a process of intuitive shape making where each shape is a relational response to other shapes. Followed by colour faceting where the same relational process continues. I have tried to capture a sense of glory, complexity and relationship that found in the passage. 
Instagram: tullycavan 
For Sale $200


Sun turn to darkness and the moon to blood, and new life
John 20:19-23
Ann Miller
Materials:  oil and watercolour paper, collage, acrylic paint, acrylic glitter pens, found chain and padlock, pencil.


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Despite the pall of uncertainty and fear that hangs over the world the golden light of the ascended Christ suffuses all with hope.

John 17:1-11
Jenny Batten
(29cm x 22cm, multimedia collage )

"Glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began".    (John 17: 5).

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 The word "glory" (Greek ‘doxa’) communicates a sense of honour or brightness in the way God is made known to human beings. God's presence is hidden until God chooses to reveal it. In creation we get a glimpse, a sense of what this presence feels like.
Layers of acrylic paint, gold leaf and egg shells form an image, a sense of brightness, a sense of presence, a sense of glory.

I prepare a place for you 
John 14:1-14   
Jenny Batten
65cm x 75cm, tapestry

This tapestry is a representation of the artwork create by Margaret Ackland, (A Place at the Table 1993)
A limited number of tapestry canvases printed with this artwork were commissioned to celebrate 10 years of the renewed Diaconate in the Uniting Church.
As I worked on each stitch I was amazed as the faces of men, women and children appeared.
They are greeting the guest at the head of the table and I wonder, who is this guest?
As I gaze into the sea of faces, I can sense a questioning welcome - but who are the onlookers on either side at the edge, with tears streaming down their faces?

Tongues of Fire
Acts 2:1-21, 
Jenny Batten
55cm diam., acrylic flow


I imagine in this prophesy a transformative energy that enables a creative expression of the glory of God in an outpouring of love.
This image ‘Tongues of Fire’ reflects an inward and outward flow of love in the dynamic movement of colours and the eruption of the cells.
As I gazed into the work, it invited me to add a glimmer of gold in response to this transformative love.

Speaking in Tongue
Acts 21: 1-21
Rita Weir

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This didactic work is symbolic.  The cloud represents the holy Spirit as a light in the transparent church and decends on the people as tongues of fire.
The text tells the story, and becomes the shape of the terrain.

The creator and provider
Psalm 104:24-34, 35b
Rita Weir 

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This landscape talks about God creating a fertile earth. We see the product of our labours, light and growth, and the presence of the Holy Spirit in the shape of a dove as a cloud.


 Brekky on the Beach/ Do you love me? 
Bibe verse
Claire Flack

Through the Looking Glass 
Peter Batten

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I can`t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then—
Alice (Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carol)
This image emerges from the bushfires in January and the ongoing C19 pandemic.
Pentecost is the story of the  Holy Spirit blowing through our lives  in new ways. This season challenges me to look through the clutter of life to the new growth beyond.


It is a rich journey of experience. I invite you to spend time with the images and pray with them to listen for God’s voice in our current situation.
Dean Susanna







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We acknowledge the Gunaikurnai people as the original custodians of this region.
The Cathedral and the other churches of the parish stand on the lands of the Gunaikurnai people.