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: 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 www.brigidsplace.org.

Cloister Gallery: City ArtWorks Student Exhibition

Student art from City ArtWorks program

City ArtWorks, a nonprofit arts-education organization offering programs for children ages 3–15, is holding a biennial exhibit of selected works of its young students in the Cloister Gallery in the month of August. An opening reception will be held Friday, August 7, from 6–8 p.m. in Reynolds Hall.

This past year, more than 3,000 students studied drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture through City ArtWorks, which operates in six school districts and in low-income apartment housing districts throughout Houston. Instructors range from recent art-school graduates to well-known professional studio artists.

More than 70 instructors submitted examples of their students’ best artwork for the exhibit. Of these, Program Director Rolando Reyna selected about 60 pieces for inclusion. These works include original drawings, paintings, and two-dimensional assemblages.

All proceeds from the exhibit benefit the City ArtWorks scholarship program. To learn more, visit www.cityartworks.org.