Photographs by Kalene Nisly on Display at the McPherson Public Library


The photography of Kalene Nisly, in the show From Refugee to Home, will be on display in the McPherson Public Library meeting room from Nov. 4 through Dec. 27, with an artist’s reception at the library on from 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 9 in the meeting room. The public is invited to attend the artist’s reception.

From Refugee to Home follows those who have been displaced and are making new lives in Wichita. Nisly describes herself as a storyteller, and her photographs depict powerful images that she feels honored to be a part of. The images, as noted by Nisly, hold loss, but also show extraordinary perseverance. They show incredible courage and a will to shape a new future for their families in the plains of Kansas. Telling the stories of refugees is an honor for Nisly.

“We are all the sum of the stories we hold dearest,” she said. “Refugee families add a richness to the tapestry of our communities and this show hopes to tell that story.”

When Nisly is not telling the stories of life 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 and volunteers at the International Rescue Committee in Wichita.

For more information, contact the library at 620-245-2570 or email

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