I spend an extraordinary hour or so this morning at an exhibition at the Flambouron Hall, 18 Fulton St Glenelg, guided by Chrysoula Melissinaki, president of the Greek Museum of Adelaide Inc. Chrysoula has lived in Australia for eight years and is passionate about collecting, preserving, displaying and cataloguing art and craft items belonging to the Greek-Australian community in Adelaide.
Most items have been donated by members of the Greek-Australian community. A few come from Museums in Greece or are on loan.
The association hires halls for exhibitions and stores the collection at other times in boxes in Chrysoula's home.
They hope to create a permanent home for the collection. I was mightily impressed. Items were beautifully displayed - indeed curated, with ample descriptions in both Greek and English. Chrysoula has found videos of various elements of the exhibitions and these can be viewed on screens. Also available are books that provide further information.
I was able to take photos, and given permission to use them on social media. Chrysoula took me through the whole exhibition and gave me background on the items. The exhibition deserves more detailed cover. I am, however, anxious to publish and distribute this tonight, so that friends and Guild members in Adelaide might be able to get to the see it before it closes on Saturday around lunchtime. It will be closed on New Year's Day, but open from 10am -5.30pm on Thursday 2 January and Friday 3 January and 10 am- around 1.30pm on Saturday 4 January.
The exhibition covers a wide range of handcrafts, including musical instruments, pressed metal, lamps and a fine collection of old irons.
There are beautifully crafted wood items.
The importance of Plato and Socrates to Greek culture is acknowledged in many homes, and in the exhibition.
It is, however, the textiles that took my breath away.
There are many examples of historic and vintage weavings, many arriving with migrant families. The two on the left were made by Chrysoula's grandmother.
Many examples are behind glass - great for viewing but not so good for amateur photography.
This is just a tiny sample of the crochet on display - from spider-web fineness to heavy bedspread quality.
Similarly, the costumes vary from skin, to heavy wool to fine silk.
I loved the Cretan work, and the examples from Skyros.
Some fine cutwork, and Lefkaritika, one (left) hand-stitched and one machine.
This is Adelaide's heritage.
Thank you Chrysoula and your Museum volunteers.