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.
During the month of July, the Cloister Gallery welcomes Houston artist Nergis Mustafa for an exhibit of her work in oil, acrylic, and watercolor. An opening reception will be held Friday, July 11, from 6–8 p.m.
"For many years now I have been fascinated by the human face," Mustafa says, "each one distinct, telling its own story. Every line, every expression engraved by experience, is a personal narrative deeper than what meets the eye.
"My subjects are often women placed in abstract space. It is a psychological space defined by color and texture, motif and gesture. It is the world the subject inhabits, an internal world. I paint to reveal the world within, to make manifest what cannot be seen."
During the month of August, the Cloister Gallery will once again host the City ArtWorks Teachers' Exhibition, featuring original drawings, paintings, and assemblage by the program's instructors. City ArtWorks is a local arts-education organization that offers after-school art classes for more than 3,000 elementary and middle-school students each year. The artwork in the exhibition is available for sale, with a portion of proceeds benefiting the City ArtWorks scholarship program.
At the exhibit's opening reception on Friday, August 1, City ArtWorks and the Cloister Gallery will honor Jeanne Roth, recognizing her dedication and work as curator of the gallery and celebrating her long-standing support of City ArtWorks. The reception will be from 6–8 p.m.
Jeanne Roth has directed the Cloister Gallery since its inception in the 1980s, originally as the church's Coordinator of Lay Ministry under Pittman McGehee and later as a volunteer following her retirement in 2001. She became involved with City ArtWorks in its early years (then called Creative Alternatives) and served on the organization's board for more than a decade. In the 1990s, Roth and her friend, April Gauss, created the annual exhibition to showcase the work of students and teachers.