St. Stephen’s new, community-oriented ministry, Riverfront Gallery, formally opens its second exhibit next week. The gallery’s latest installment features photography from Bonnie O’Neal Neher utilizing a variety of styles and darkroom processes. Visitors will find digital images along with sepia-toned photographs and those hand-painted with oils. The exhibit runs from December 21st, 2018 until February 15th, 2019.

Riverfront Gallery is open during city-wide “3rd in the Burg” on the third Friday of each month. The venue displays the artwork of regional artists in at events when the cathedral is open without any religious services. Instead, we open our doors to our neighbors to offer art, light refreshments, and often live music.

Twenty percent of proceeds from art sales benefit community programs in the city as Downtown Daily Bread and the Joshua Group. The remaining 80 percent goes to the artist.

Stop by during Riverfront Gallery events over the next three months to support these local artists, musicians, and community programs!


“3rd in the Burg” Events

December 21st, January 18th, & February 15th

6 PM to 9 PM



BONNIE O’NEAL NEHER: Featured Artist

Bonnie O’Neal Neher has been pursuing art forms in photography since the early 1970’s. Her formal education in photography includes coursework at Harrisburg Area Community College, Central Missouri State University, and various Kodak and Calumet seminars. Her work has been exhibited at the Rose Lehrman Gallery, Bellevue Park Art Alliance shows, Strawberry Square Atrium, the Capitol Rotunda, the Capitol Area Art Alliance and the Gallery at Walnut Place. Selected pieces have been requested for special interest shows.

While Neher’s photography has always been “all her own,” from the taking of a picture through darkroom and printing processes, her current endeavors add new dimensions through hand-painting with oils. Her darkroom techniques of sepia-and selenium-toning enhance the moods of the black and white photographs; her hand-painting adds a translucent richness of color not achieved through other means. More recently Bonnie has been using the image transfer and emulsion transfer techniques to produce photographic images from her slides. The finished works are mounted and matted using archival materials and each is custom-framed.

The topics of Neher’s photographs span a wide variety of interests and locales. From the innocence of a child in a portrait to a poignant expression of “the Wall,” her pictures capture the essence of the topic. Pictures of architectural subjects demonstrate an eye for detail while others expose a penchant for the whimsical. Her photographs from international travel are as varied as the detail from ancient Roman baths to sweeping countryside landscapes.


SEASONS DUO: December 21st at 7 PM

Sisters Mary-Kate Spring and Mary-Grace Autumn Lee are award-winning, multi-instrumentalists from the group Seasons. They have performed both solo and with their group in multiple states and countries, and their recordings of original and Celtic music have been featured on multiple radio stations and reviewed in national publications. Mary-Kate and Mary-Grace will be performing on harp, hammered dulcimer, bodhran, concertina, as well as some vocal numbers. For more information, visit

Need more Seasons Duo in your life? The group provides music for St. Stephen’s Celtic Eucharist on 2nd Saturdays at 5 PM. 

SHELBA PURTLE: February 15th at 7 PM

Shelba Purtle first heard a “hang” (pronounced hung) in 2008 when sitting in a coffee shop.  Having been a percussionist many years ago, she was drawn to its soothing hypnotic sound which mixes melody and rhythm. She has been writing and playing own distinct music since obtaining her own handpan in 2009. Purtle describes playing the spaceship-shaped instrument as “a dance played with your fingers on tempered steel held together with a ribbon of brass.”