GARDINER — On World Refugee Day, Monkitree will hold an artist reception for Does the Sun Shine for Everyone?

The reception will take place 5:30 to 8 pm. Tuesday, June 20, at the gallery at 263 Water St. The exhibit will be on view through July 29.

The show began to develop after the first travel ban, when suddenly recent immigrants were looked at with suspicion, KKK flyers started to appear on car windows, and even suggesting a community should be welcoming was being criticized.

World Refugee Day is a day to honor the courage and determination of those forced to flee their homeland under threat of persecution or violence. It also is a day to recognize the contributions of refugees in our communities.

Among the featured artists:

Yoon S. Byun will show photographs from his project 95 percent Introducing the Minority to the Majority.

Kifah Abdulla explores social, spiritual and cultural themes in his paintings.

Hanji Chang, artist and animator, has created portraits of immigrants who have changed the world.

Nabaa Alobaidi, artist and jewelry designer, will showcase her pyrography.

For more information, call 512-4679 or visit

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