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.

Bill Walterman: Shine the Light

A woman stands at the front of a congregation, raising her hands in prayer while another woman kneels

In the Cloister Gallery during the month of February, photographer Bill Walterman will present images from his series: "Shine the Light: Sundays in Deep East Texas." An artist's reception will be held Friday, February 13, from 6–8 p.m. in Reynolds Hall.

Through this series, Walterman attempts to portray the collective spirit of several small African American congregations in rural East Texas as they come together in faith to laugh, sing, pray, gossip, cry and support each other in their struggles through life.

The project began with St. Mary's Missionary Baptist Church, through Walterman's family friends, Frank and Annie Houston, and expanded to its sister church, Gospel Hill Primitive Baptist, and to similar congregations in the area. Over six years, Walterman spent Sundays photographing these communities, gradually evolving from visitor to church member and from observer to participant.

"It is my hope that these photographs communicate the sense of the spirit, emotion and community found in these congregations," he said.

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.”