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.
The exhibition in June of Joe Synan’s artwork reflects his lifelong passion for being outdoors -- and a special place in his heart for the wilderness. His formal education has been in architecture, engineering, and theology, so his paintings occasionally feature a built object, such as an historic lighthouse, an Irish Castle, or a classic spiritual space.
Since 2001, Synan has been a watercolor student at the Glassell School of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, where his mentor and teacher has been Arthur Turner. Joe has obtained additional training in watercolors, oils, acrylics, and pastels at the Truro Center for the Arts and Chatham Arts Center on Cape Cod, at the Anderson Ranch in Colorado, and at the John C Campbell School in North Carolina.
He is a member of the Watercolor Art Society of Houston, and has obtained recognition in the Art Society’s juried competitions. His paintings have been shown in a number of galleries and art fairs in Houston and around the state, and have been selected for exhibition in the Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival, rated as one of the 10 best Arts Festivals in the country.
The current exhibit will feature a variety of Joe’s watercolor paintings, covering a wide variety of subjects, and a number of different painting techniques.
July's exhibition in the Cloister Gallery features David Webb’s Houston Time Portal, a collection of early 20th century postcards juxtaposed with Webb's original contemporary photos of exactly the same spots. These framed pairs of images, separated by a century of progress in the evolution of the cityscape of Houston, reveal the geography of time and culture in Southeast Texas. The show also conveys tantalizing tidbits of the lives of those who wrote the postcards, all of whom contributed to the Houston community as it is today.