Whilst Jean was in Australia, he was sought by many eclectic organisations to exhibit his works. Although Jean always said that this wasn't a venue to make huge sums - he believed that Australia is probably the only country in the world where an artist can make a name for himself, and still starve - Jean felt that our young country needed to be introduced to a new art culture which was sadly lacking. After all "the Continent had thousands of years to learn arts and crafts, and here only 200 years." He always found it a tremendous battle, simply because he was the master of a craft that in Australia, had little symbolic or architectural value in homes, and was only sought for ecclesiastical commissions. In Europe, it is common for stained glass to be incorporated into housing - just as important a decision as to what structure should be used.
Ballarat - July, 1958:
Sister Margaret Mary of the Convent of Mercy, Ballarat wrote Jean to say what a wonderful success their exhibition was. "I do appreciate the
trouble and risk you took to lend us so much valuable work and to get it here. It was very much admired. The Warrnambool nuns recognised
your name and had some very nice things to say about you. Mr Gleeson and some artist friends were here and he was very pleased your work
was on show. I can assure you, many more people know your work now and are very interested in it."
Hamilton - May 14-25, 1962:
Jean presented stained glass and opaline glass at this exhibition at the Hamilton Art Gallery, and left many people in awe of his talents and
craftsmanship. Fr Tom Luby wrote "... I have to give a Retreat in Melbourne and one of the regrets I have is that I will not be able to make
many more visits to the display of your work. I would like to add my voice to the congratulations you must be receiving. I can't remember ever
getting such pleasure from an exhibition and I sincerely hope that you get the recognition this work deserves." John Ashworth, Hamilton
Gallery's first director said, "that most stained glass window craftsmen were concerned only with the design of their work. Mr Orval has done
the lot. Even down the hand casting of the lead, which is usually done at a factory."
Melbourne - September, 1962:
The Arts & Crafts Society of Victoria held their Annual Exhibition at the Lower Town Hall in Melbourne - an affair that was opened by Sir Daryl
Lindsay. Assistant Secretary J. Smith said that "you should be invited to exhibit your stained glass at our Annual Exhibition. Mrs Brent Clark
who visited you last week, spoke very highly of your work."
When the Exhibition had finished, President Joan Lindsay said "it was unanimously agreed by all, that your display at the Exhibition has caused
a great deal of interest to our members and the general public. As you know, my husband was instrumental in making a purchase from you, on
behalf of the Government." Sir Daryl Lindsay penned a thank you letter to Jean which read in part "... I was awfully impressed with your works
and it was wonderful of you to go to so much trouble. I can only add that I hope more Europeans of your kind will come to this country and
help us to set the highest possible standards of craftsmanship."
Horsham - October, 1962:
Exhibited stained glass panels, which were received with enthusiasm.
Adelaide - August, 1965:
Jean was asked to exhibit at the North Adelaide Art Galleries, which was one of the first exhibitions that he had in South Australia. Of the
compositions that Jean took to exhibit were various stained glass panels including a mural commissioned for the Hamilton Art Gallery, drawings
and photographs. Elizabeth Young stated in the Adelaide Advertiser "that these would make decorative domestic architectural features and
prices, particularly in terms of the specialised knowledge, skill and work involved, are extremely modest." The exhibition proved an immense
success and it was extended.
Sale - October 30, 1965:
Jean exhibited 20 pieces of glass mosaics and stained glass at the Sale Regional Arts Centre, which included a completed panel for the
Hamilton Art Gallery. Jean said "He was exceptionally pleased with the interest shown by the public and said that more than four times the
number attended than a similar exhibition of his in Adelaide. After the exhibition, Jean showed his gratitude by presenting the centre with
two works, Crown of Thorns and St Paul. Both became part of the centre's permanent collection.
Hamilton - December 12, 1967:
Jean found that the organisation and publicity for this exhibition wasn't of the highest calibre and therefore had poor attendances.
St Arnaud - April 19, 1968:
Jean was extended an invitation to exhibit at the St Arnaud Town Hall and to which he presented a key note address.
Mount Gambier - May-June, 1968:
Jean was approached by Diane Kentish, secretary of the South East Art Society to stage an exhibition in Mt Gambier at the O. G. Roberts
Showroom in Commercial Street West. On this occasion, Jean was interviewed for television and radio, gave lectures to the Rotary and
Technical College and he had success with the sale of some of his 41 art works. Diane Kentish missed the opening but sent a thank you note
and a cheque "as a token of appreciation of all your work and the interest you showed in your recent exhibition. This I do with much
pleasure." Jean described her as "a nice girl and very sympathetic parents."
Ararat - February, 1969:
Jean exhibited 31 panels and tiles at the Old Town Hall. Jean took 4 stained glass panels that needed to be placed in the windows, but he
encountered resistence when two lady members of the Ararat Art Group wouldn't allow him to hang the windows where they could be shown
to their best advantage. Consequently, they weren't hung and left leaning against a wall after Jean had to leave for another engagement in
Horsham. Needless to say, he sold nothing at this exhibition and he reported that "the ones in charge (of the Ararat Art Group) that day, are
not precisely grown up yet."
Horsham - June, 1969:
This event was well publicised throughout the various media outlets and with the help of Veta Landt, whom he kept a good friendship with
until she passed away, Jean was able to sell some of his pieces.
Aldgate, South Australia - October 19, 1969:
Jean was asked to exhibit at the Cricklewood Art Centre Workshop in Aldgate, where he showed 54 pieces in different mediums and sold 5
works to the value of $545. Alfreda Day from Cricklewood, was despondent that Jean wasn't able to sell more. "I can't tell you how bitterly
disappointed I am that the exhibition here did so little for you - and for me. The crowds last weekend were the biggest I've had - I sold a few
other things but still lost heavily on the overall costs." Jean, however was more philosophical. "I usually lose on exhibitions and that's why I
never ask for an exhibition - people ask me to exhibit."
Maryborough - August 25, 1970
Jean was approached by the Secretary of the Maryborough Golden Wattle Festival, Miss Patricia Coutts, asking if he would be able to exhibit
at the coming festival because "we are anxious to have you with us because we naturally feel that your participation is a further promotion of
the arts and is in keeping with our general program. Your participation will be advertised in our local press, local radio and district television
and we are quite happy to pay your fee and also any travelling expenses or accommodation expenses if necessary."
Jean exhibited some 22 panels of stained glass, paintings on glass and some drawings. At the completion of the Festival, Miss Coutts wrote
Jean "I would like to take this opportunity of thanking you on behalf of my Committee for bringing work to Maryborough for our appreciation
and enjoyment and for your instructive and delightful entertaining talk on Tuesday, August 25. We would above all like to express our
appreciation for your willingness to leave us your work for exhibition for the rest of the Festival and can assure you that they attracted an
enormous amount of interest and much delight from our many residents and visitors. We loved having you as our guest and certainly if you
ever visit Maryborough again, the executive of my Committee would be very happy to receive a visit from you."
These are just some examples of the Exhibitions that Jean was able to contribute to, but he also exhibited at many other centres such as Adelaide, St Arnaud, Halls Gap, Melbourne and many Victorian and South Australian Galleries and Art Studios had his works for permanent display and sale.