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.

Cloister Gallery: Rona Lesser

Detail of "Yellowstone" by Rona LsserHouston art educator Rona Lesser’s landscapes emphasize the color, light, and beauty of nature, as well as a deep spirituality. Her works will be presented during the month of June in the Cloister Gallery, with an opening artist's reception held June 5 from 6–8 p.m.

Lesser has been painting and drawing for over 30 years and has taught for 17 years through the City ArtWorks afterschool program.  Her work has been shown in juried shows and galleries in the Houston area and also in N.Y., Chicago, Los Angeles, and Springfield, Mo.  She has studied at the Art League of Houston, the Glassell School of Art, and the Houston Civic Arts Association under various instructors including Steve Parker and Janet Hassinger.



Cloister Gallery: Re-IMAGE-ing Mary Magdalene

Painting of Mary Magdalene

In the Cloister Gallery in the month of July, Brigid’s Place has invited artists from around the world to create original works of art that portray the Mary Magdalene who was a beloved friend to Jesus and a woman capable of turning “hearts toward the good.” For too many centuries, the story of Mary Magdalene has been incorrectly told, painting her as a penitent sinner. In truth, Mary Magdalene was like so many women today — a woman of devotion, love, bravery, wisdom, and power.

An opening reception for the exhibit (with the theme “Not Your Mama’s Pearls”) will be held July 10 from 6–8 p.m. in Reynolds Hall. There will be brief remarks from participating artists, information about the life of Mary Magdalene and the festival, and refreshments for guests. Registration is requested, and the suggested attire for the evening is vintage accessories and pearls.

For more information on Brigid’s Place’s month-long Mary Magdalene Festival, including a two-day workshop at the Cathedral with cultural historian Kayleen Asbo, visit