The Cody Center is a complex of spaces dedicated to the arts: a gallery, performance space, and two outlying art studios. Experiencing the arts in this setting is an integral part of every retreat experience at Laity Lodge.

“Through the years, we have dreamed, visualized, and yearned for Laity Lodge to foster creativity in every individual associated with us–to enable our guests to reach new creative potential.”

Howard Butt, Jr.

Previous Exhibits

Ordinary Saints

Ordinary Saints is a collaborative project featuring the work of Bruce Herman (painter), Malcolm Guite (poet), and J.A.C. (“JAC”) Redford (composer). They have turned their collective attention toward a series of ordinary faces —“people in our immediate circles who are often overlooked, and who are dear to our Lord”—and have responded through their respective mediums. With JAC in California, Malcolm in Cambridge (U.K.), and Bruce in Massachusetts, perhaps it seems surprising that the first public manifestation of their project would emerge in a remote Canyon deep in the Hill Country of Texas.


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Michael Wilson: Shirt For A Ghost

June 2018 “I am a photographer. I stand in front of things and hope. Looking for pictures. Listening for voices. This collection of pictures has come about by looking through more than thirty years of pictures. Working on these pictures has been like putting my ear to some imagined wall, listening close for voices. Pictures have very small voices. The pictures are a harvest of disparate moments—passing glances and overheard voices.


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Jimmy Abegg: Obscured By Clouds

September 2017 “When I could still see clearly, I’d start every morning of each day by painting a portrait from my imagination. As my eyesight began to fade, the way I work had to adapt to suit what I could see. I decided to proceed without glasses or magnification of any kind knowing fully I must embraced my blindness if I were continue making art without headaches that accompanied the use of a loupe, magnifying glass, or glasses.”


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Pamela Nelson: Paperworks

April 2015 What does it look like when one’s wholeness is ripped apart? For Pamela Nelson, an artist who exemplifies the holistic, integrated life, her husband’s long term illness and death cut deeply into that seamless fabric.


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