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.
During February, the Cloister Gallery will feature the work of artist John Barber in “Gulf Coast Wildlife Studies in Metal,” an exhibit focusing on the fish, turtles and rays of the Gulf Coast. Sculptures are made from sheet metal that is plasma-cut, hammered and welded. After detail work is done, the pieces are sandblasted, primed, and then painted. The show runs through February 25.
Barber has worked with metals for the whole of a 30-year career as a museum exhibit artist, designer, shop supervisor and project manager. In 1974 he designed and built the armature at the Houston Museum of Natural Science for the huge Diplodocus dinosaur skeleton now residing in the museum's Dino Hall. He is also the official “dino duster,” coming in quarterly to clean the delicate dinosaurs in the hall using a specially-modified air compressor.
Barber maintains his own studio where he produces custom-made furniture, fixtures, museum mounts and, of course, his fish sculptures. He has also taught a basic welding class through Leisure Learning Unlimited for over 17 years in which over 3,500 students have learned basic welding techniques.