Gallery exhibit features middle-eastern art

Staff Writer
The Kansan
"Arabian Horses" by Amer Ali

The Carriage Factory Gallery's "A time of peace, a season for hope" will be open this weekend and next before closing. 

Three highlights

1. A unique opportunity

 "A time for peace, a season for hope" features more than two dozen works by Iraqi refugees and Gaza youth. In all the exhibit features features 26 paintings and sculptures, the work of  11 Iraqi refugee artists and four Gaza youth.

2. Learn about another culture

Each of the artists created these works for this exhibit to offer a look into the world they live in. 

"They were living in poverty, not knowing where their next meal would come from, worried about what was happening to their loved ones in Iraq, with no idea what the future would bring,"  said Mel Lehman, organizer of the exhibit. "And yet, they were finding a kind of salvation through the beauty of creating art. This is another part of the Middle East that we need to see. There is a lot of beauty, a really sophisticated aesthetic, and a sense of color and vitality in the paintings."

3. Support of a cause

 Mel Lehman, one of the organizers of the exhibit, founded the non-profit organization Common Humanity in 2009. Common Humanity is a non-profit organization based in New York City that seeks to build understanding, respect and friendship with the Arab and Muslim world.  All the works on display are on consignment. 


WHERE: Mezzanine Gallery, Carriage Factory Gallery,  128 E. Sixth.

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Noon to 5 p.m Tuesdays through Fridays. 

HOW MUCH: Admission to the gallery is free.