The Cloister Gallery

Photography by Pat Early


Hi everyone. I’m Pat Early and I’m a member of Grace. I’ve been in love with photography since I first picked up a camera seriously when I was twelve. I continued with my photography as I moved on through my undergraduate work at Georgetown University and my Master’s in Journalism at the University of Missouri and finally into a career in public relations. I’ve shot for newspapers, as a public relations practitioner and for my own enjoyment. I’ve also taught photography — more specifically photojournalism — at the collegiate level.

As I’m getting ready to retire from Washburn University, I’m venturing more into art photography. I particularly enjoy nature and landscape photos, but there isn’t really anything that I won’t shoot.

The images displayed here are primarily canvas prints. It’s one of my favorite mediums. However, most of the prints are also available as standard photographic prints, prints on art paper, acrylic prints or metal prints.

If you’d like to see more, just go to my website at Sign up for my newsletter and you’ll get a 20% discount off a first purchase. You can also sign up by filling out one of the name cards near the entrance to the Cloister Gallery and dropping them in the bowl.

As a bonus, anyone who signs up during this showing will be entered into a drawing for an 11X14 print of one of my favorite pictures – Sunflower Trio.

The Cloister Gallery at Grace Cathedral is intended to provide a space for the celebration of the fine arts and to encourage awareness of the deep connections between creativity and spirituality.  In keeping with the long-established appreciation of the fine arts in the Anglican spiritual tradition, the Gallery seeks to help people cultivate a fulsome awareness of the relationship between creative expression and human thriving.

The Gallery has been open since 1996, and has hosted shows consisting of a variety of media including paintings, drawings, photography, fabric arts, and mixed media.  The Gallery schedule typically consists of shows dedicated to works by a single artist.  Shows usually rotate on a monthly basis.  Artists of all styles and backgrounds are invited and encouraged to consider displaying their work at the Gallery.

The Gallery is situated next to the spacious atrium in the Cloister Building between the Cathedral and Cathedral Hall.  The Gallery itself is in an enclosed hall that runs east and west, with ample natural and artificial lighting.  Track lighting fixtures focused on individual display space utilize Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology and may be adjusted using a dimmer switch.  The large windows on the north wall of the Gallery provide a view of the Cathedral’s landscaped Close without allowing direct sunlight into the Gallery space itself. The Gallery is approximately 61’ long, 7’ wide, and 8’ high.  The walls of the Gallery are composed of the unfinished limestone blocks used throughout the Cathedral. Artwork can be displayed in between the windows and doors on both north and south walls utilizing suspended rods with stabilizer bars. The Gallery can accommodate a maximum of 16 framed images (see Guidelines below for maximum widths) and a more limited number of three-dimensional works, depending on their size.

The Cloister Gallery is open to the public during business hours or from 8 a.m. – noon on Sunday. Please call ahead for open office hours. Visitors and touring groups are welcome, and there is no fee for admission. The Cathedral is located at 701 SW 8th Ave. in Topeka, Kansas.

Exhibiting Guidelines

The following guidelines are intended to help those preparing to show their art at the Cloister Gallery organize their work and plan their exhibit.

The Gallery displays only original works; reproductions and prints are not accepted with the exception of glicee prints of the artist’s original works.   There is space for 16 pieces with the following maximum width dimensions:  four 24”, six 36”, and six 42”.  Artists are encouraged to select works around a particular theme.

Exhibits are normally installed prior to the first Sunday of the month and are normally taken down following the last Sunday of that same month.  Artists are encouraged to be present when their work is being both installed and taken down.
The Gallery will provide all hardware necessary for hanging two-dimensional works; additional hardware is not to be used.  Artists are requested to use braided or stainless steel wire for hanging.  Stands and pedestals for three-dimensional works are not available and must be provided by the artist.  No adhesives of any kind may be used to secure items to the walls throughout the Gallery.

Artists are to email digital images of the works in the exhibit, a personal digital image of the artist, biographical information, and a list of each work with information such as the title, the media, dimensions, date of composition, and price.  The Gallery will prepare printed material with this information for distribution during the exhibit.

Promotional information (brochures, catalogs, business cards, etc.) and a guest book may also be left by artists in the Gallery for the duration of their exhibit.

Artists are invited to attend a Sunday 10:30 am worship service at the Cathedral during the course of their exhibit to meet the community and give Cathedral members a chance to welcome them and ask questions about their work.  It is also possible to schedule an opening reception, but all arrangements must be made by the artist and coordinated with the Cathedral’s calendar. 

Grace Cathedral uses security procedures during its hours of operation, as well as an alarm and security service overnight but cannot be responsible for works that are damaged, destroyed, or stolen.  Artists are encouraged to insure their works prior to bringing them to the Gallery.

Patrons interested in purchasing works displayed in the Gallery will be provided with contact information for the artist, and all sales will be negotiated directly by the artist and the patron.  At the end of their exhibit, artists are encouraged to make a contribution of approximately 15% of all sales made during the course of the exhibit to Grace Cathedral.  Grace Cathedral uses these voluntary contributions  to defray costs incurred during the exhibit (if any) and for the purpose of outreach ministry in the Topeka area.