"View from the Cloister: Art from the Trappist Monks of Saint Joseph’s Abbey"

"View from the Cloister: Art from the Trappist Monks of Saint Joseph’s Abbey," is a collection of artworks in many media.

The exhibition will be presented in the Constantinidis Great Hall Gallery, from November 24- December 18.

The Cultural Center will host a reception on Saturday, December 4, from 2-5pm.

Collective Statement

One monastery rarely has eight or more artists. Here at St. Joseph's Abbey, we are blessed to have several brothers who practice some form of visual art: painting, drawing, collage, ceramics, and textiles. Sacred music and chant are also part of our heritage. The beauty of our monastery and the surrounding landscape have always attracted men with an aesthetic sensibility. One of the brothers was the architect for our monastic buildings when the community moved to Spencer in 1950.


We began to exhibit our work in group shows about twenty years ago. But, unfortunately, because of the intensity of our life and its limitations, we haven't been able to do it regularly. 


"View from the Cloister" is our fifth public exhibit.

Some of the brothers have professional training in the arts, and others are self-taught. Yet, we have in common the love of beauty and the desire to express it uniquely. Much of what you will see in this exhibit derives from a life of contemplation centered on God, who is the 'master artist' and creator of all. 


We are happy to share our work with you here at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod. We hope you will enjoy viewing these very personal works of art and experience some of the love and joy they bring to us.