With a new exhibit each month, the Cloister Gallery in Reynolds Hall is a perfect venue for artists and a treasure for Cathedral regulars. Jeanne Roth has chaired this effort since its inception and launched the careers of many painters and photographers. Each exhibit opens with a reception that brings new faces to our campus.
The gallery is open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays.
In November, the Cloister Gallery welcomes artist April Murphy, who will exhibit her brightly colored acrylic paintings of animals and other quirky subject matter throughout the month. An artist's reception will be held Friday, November 7, from 6–8 p.m.
Murphy injects whimsy and humor into her paintings, hoping to bring smiles and lighten moods. "I adore animals and always have some array of dogs and cats underfoot," she said. "They are a constant source of inspiration and keep me laughing all the time. I love injecting humor and whimsy into my work … and it is such a thrill when I see others smiling or even laughing out loud."
The Cloister Gallery will feature Houston iconographers and Cathedral members Bonnie Fairbanks and Wick Rowland in December. An opening reception will be held on Friday, December 5, from 6–8 p.m.
The two artists “write” icons using the 15th-century Russian-Byzantine technique of egg-tempera painting, with ground pigments and 24-carat gold leafing. This technique encompasses the technical aspects, as well as the spiritual symbolism, of the icon writing process.
Accomplished artists, Fairbanks and Rowland have studied iconography over the years, primarily with the Prosopon School of Iconology. Rowland is also studying the ancient decorative art of silver repoussé. They strive to produce icons reflecting the same state of inner, contemplative depth evident in the greatest examples of ancient iconography. The task is accomplished through refinement of artistic nuance and attention to the iconographic canon and principles, including prayer and meditation.