The library meeting room serves both as a space where community organizations and others can meet as well as a small art gallery.  If you’re planning a special trip to view a show, don’t hesitate to call us and check if the room is open.

The library has reserved Friday evenings (5:00 pm to 8:00 pm), Saturday afternoons (1:00 pm to 5:00 p.m.), and Sunday afternoons (2:00 p.m. to 5:00 pm) as open gallery times, when members of the public can always count on the gallery being available for viewing.


From Refugee to Home
Photography by Kalene Nisly

November 4 through December 27

Kalene Nisly is a story teller. For her, stories are powerful beyond measure, and they change us in ways we don’t fully understand. At some level, she believes we are the sum of the stories we hold dearest. Telling the stories of these refugees is an honor for her. Getting to bear witness to their strength and humanity has changed her and she hopes it shapes you as well.

Warsan Shire said, “At the end of the day, it isn’t where I came from. Maybe home is somewhere I’m going and never have been before.”

Refugee stories hold loss, but also extraordinary perseverance. They show incredible courage and a will to shape a new future for their families in the plains of Kansas. From Refugee to Home follows those who have been displaced and are making new lives in Wichita. Refugee families add a richness to the tapestry of our communities and this show hopes to tell that story.

When she’s not telling the stories of lives and love with her camera, she’s an editor for an art and poetry magazine, the marketing manager at Bluebird Books and Café in Hutchinson, KS and volunteers at the International Rescue Committee in Wichita.

Header image: detail from “After the Sandman”, by Matthew Miller