All creatures great and small

This painting by Nidaa Kareem Risan is titled "All creatures great and small."

The Gallery at East Chestnut Street Mennonite Church in collaboration with Common Humanity, New York, will host a World Refugee Art Exhibit to celebrate the beauty and humanity of the world community on four dates in October.

Artwork by Iraqi artists, Gaza youth and locally resettled refugee artists will be displayed. During October, the gallery at 436 E. Chestnut St., Lancaster will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 7 and 21, and from 3-6 p.m. on Oct. 13 and 27. Private showings for groups of 10 or more may be arranged by contacting Kate at 

A celebration with additional exhibits featuring local art, ethnic music, entertainment and food will be held on First Friday, Nov. 3.

The Iraqi and Gaza artwork from Common Humanity is for sale and will be available for pickup at the end of the show.  Eighty percent of the purchase price directly benefits the refugee artists. The remaining 20 percent helps Common Humanity with its peacebuilding work in the Arab & Muslim world.  Opportunities to make a charitable contribution to Common Humanity will be available.

The exhibit is being presented with the help of Common Humanity, a New York City non-profit group ( founded and directed by Lancaster County native, Mel Lehman.

For more information contact: East Chestnut Street Church Office Tuesday-Friday mornings at 717-392-7910.

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