Ok well, i had an epiphany just a short while ago...
My forums are setup to be a subdomain.... so I just thought... make the gallery a subdomain.... so far it seems to be working properly. I have not been logged out yet.
Perhaps having a subdomain and then a regular folder were conflicting... Perhaps this should be noted to everyone else who has a forum on a subdomain that tries to integrate that ends up having login issues.
I will update you guys if I suddenly have issues logging in.