Cloister Gallery

With a new exhibit each month, the Cloister Gallery in Reynolds Hall is a perfect venue for artists and a treasure for Cathedral regulars. 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.

China Minorities, American Perceptions: Vicky Gooch and Mary Frankel

Detail of oil paintings by Vicky Gooch and Mary Frankel

The March Cloister Gallery exhibit by artists Vicky Gooch and Mary Frankel shares impressions of the ethnic minority regions of Southern China through original oil paintings. The show will open with a celebration of art and culture Friday, March 6, from 6–8 p.m.

Traveling through the lush jagged countryside of Southern China, American artists Vicky Gooch and Mary Frankel took note of the rich cultural diversity amid the colorful and picturesque villages dotting this region. Centuries of isolation in rugged, impassable terrain have preserved the traditions of these ancient peoples. As visitors, the artists were welcomed and treated to a visual and cultural feast.

Each artist brings a unique style to the show. As Mary Frankel points out, “While Vicky and I have different styles of painting; we each share a desire to have our viewers feel connected to humanity through an image we have created. We feel so lucky to live in an age that makes so many interesting experiences available to us.”

Cityscapes and Escapes: Emily Wahl

A watercolor painting of a cityscape at night

In the month of April, the Cloister Gallery welcomes watercolor painter Emily Wahl, who will exhibit “Cityscapes and Escapes.” An opening reception will be held Friday, April 10, from 6–8 p.m.

"I am pulled in two directions," Wahl says, "by the excitement of the city and the peacefulness and majestic beauty of the mountains. Both extremes are a part of my life and this collection of watercolors depicts the joy I get by experiencing both."

Recently retired from a career in technology, Wahl now focuses on her passion for painting. Her instructors have included Alvaro Castagnet, Caroline Graham, Janet Hassinger, Stephen Quiller, and Arthur Turner. She has previously exhibited her work at the Watercolor Art Society Houston, Canal Street Gallery, Sugar Land Art Center, and Arts Alive Gallery in Breckenridge, Colo.