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.

Alan Montgomery: Vocation/Avocation

Sunset photo of bushes in silhouette

In the month of November, the Cloister Gallery welcomes Houston artist Alan Montgomery for an exhibit of nature photography. As a fourth-generation professional photographer, Montgomery grew up working in his grandparents’ studio, Woodallen Photography, which he eventually took over and still runs today. He also teaches photography workshops and gives private lessons.

After nearly 50 years as a commercial and industrial photographer, nature photography came as an exciting challenge. “Seeing the image in one’s mind is the most important part of photography,” Montgomery says. “The hardest part of creating a photograph in nature is patience to wait for that perfect moment.”

An opening reception for the exhibit will be held Friday, November 6, from 6–8 p.m.

Cloister Gallery: Iconography Exhibit

A student icon of the Archangel Raphael

In the month of December, the Cloister Gallery will exhibit student pieces from icon writing workshops held during the year at Christ Church Cathedral. In these two-week workshops, students learn to “write” religious icons using Russian-Byzantine techniques developed in the 15th century. Icons are written with egg tempera, ground pigments, and 24-karat gold leaf.

Particular attention is paid also to the spiritual symbolism of the icon-writing process. The task is accomplished through refinement of artistic nuance and attention to the iconographic canon and principles, including prayer and meditation.

Classes are held at least twice each year and are open to students of all levels. An opening reception for the exhibit will be held Friday, December 11, from 6–8 p.m.