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The Derby Arts Council
at the Derby Public Library

The goal of the Derby Arts Council is to encourage, promote and foster appreciation, participation and support for the visual arts. The Derby Arts Council will showcase local artists and provide an exhibition gallery for Derby and the surrounding area to enhance the cultural arts experience.

There are two gallery spaces in the library that are managed by the Derby Arts Council: the Gathering Space Gallery and the High Wall Gallery. The Gathering Space Gallery is in the library’s lobby and includes the Community Room. When art is on display in the Community Room, it may not be available for viewing at all times. The High Wall Gallery is inside the library, located in the Business/Genealogy area of the library.

Click the button below to download the Policies and Procedures of the Derby Arts Council, which includes the artist release statement and inventory sheet. 

Now showing in the Gathering Space Gallery:

Local artists "Capturing the Imagination"

The Derby Public Library and Derby Arts Council invite the public to enjoy the latest art installation in the Gathering Space Gallery, a collaboration of two Derby artists offering their visions of nature. Skip Kreibach and Steve Marler have combined their skills and talents to bring the community an imaginative show through Aug. 19.

Skip Kreibach, whose background includes serving in the U.S. Marine Corps and teaching computer science classes, became interested in art in 2003, and has since mastered various mediums. He works in oils, acrylics, graphite, watercolor, and also conte crayons, seeking to capture realism and details. Still life and wildlife are his favorite subjects.

Steve Marler grew up spending his spare hours exploring the creeks, caves and woods of the Ozarks. Hunting and fishing honed his ability to observe and be patient in nature, and when he switched to a camera to capture wildlife, it became a passion. This passion is easily observed in his ability to bring us incredible close-ups of birds and other animals.

As a challenge, Skip and Steve have created five works each that are hung on the brick wall of the Gathering Space Gallery. Steve chose a photograph that Skip then used as inspiration to produce a unique work in a different medium, bringing the viewer a double vision opportunity through the artists’ eyes.

While it is not possible to offer a public reception to meet the artists, the Derby Arts Council encourages visitors to the library to take time to view these pieces and leave comments in the visitor log. For those wishing to enjoy from home, follow along via Derby Arts Council at Derby Public Library on Facebook.

Any questions regarding the exhibit can be directed to Tami English at 316-788-0760. Follow the Derby Arts Council on Facebook, where you can learn more about the works in this exhibit and others at the library.


Big Guy on Campus by Skip Kreibach Playing by the Rules by Steve Marler


Now Showing in the High Wall Gallery:

Derby Photographer Shares Images at Derby Library Taken from His Photography Blind

The Derby Public Library and Derby Arts Council invite the public to enjoy the latest art installation in the High Wall Gallery, a wildlife photography tour of Kansas.  Derby resident, David Birmingham shares 18 photographs in “Coyotes and Birds and Deer, Oh My…” through Sept. 26.

Birmingham has enjoyed photography since the 1970’s when he attended Wichita South High School.  For the past 40 years, he has never stopped taking photos.  He has been a member of many camera clubs, and has had the opportunity to participate in many competitions.

Several of his photographs have been highlighted in national publications, with awards given for those images. One photo on display, “Buck in a Rut,” was the 2019 wildlife winner in the Wildlife and Parks annual photo contest and will be the cover art for this year’s harvesting magazine.

Over the years, wildlife captures have remained Birmingham’s favorite subject, and he has spent countless hours attempting to shoot animals and birds in difficult weather conditions. During the winter, he uses a photography blind to help acquire the variety of wildlife photos that are exhibited in this show.

Being able to capture these shots is a way for David to share his love of the outdoors with others, and the public will enjoy sharing his views and enthusiasm.

While the Derby Public Library is unable to offer a reception to meet the artist at this time, patrons who visit the library are encouraged to spend some of their time enjoying coyotes, birds and deer up close. Any persons interested in purchasing art can contact Tami English at 316-788-0760. For those wishing to enjoy from home, follow along via Derby Arts Council at Derby Public Library on Facebook.