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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

Kansas Art Guild

The Gathering Space Gallery at Derby Public Library has a new exhibition for art lovers to enjoy, presented by the artists of the Kansas Art Guild. 

Twenty Guild artists have brought 61 pieces of artwork to share with visitors to the Gathering Space Gallery. Including mediums such as watercolor, oil, and acrylic painting, and pen and ink and pastel drawings, these works engage the eye and capture the imagination. Each artist brings his or her own energy and talent to the work, and visitors can spend a few minutes or an hour, enjoying the variety and detail presented.

The Derby Arts Council will be hosting an artists’ reception 6:30-8:00 p.m. on Friday, November 9, in the Community Room. Light refreshments will be served and the public is cordially invited to attend.

More information about the Kansas Art Guild is available on its website at Questions regarding purchase of artwork can be directed to Tami English, Derby Public Library, 788-0760.

Flash in the Flinthills by Sharon Engle Heron by Skip Kreibach


Now Showing in the High Wall Gallery

Derby Senior Center Community Quilts

Quilt squares by Derby Senior Center Community Quilters are now on display in the High Wall Gallery in the Derby Public Library.

Jane Matney started this group in the spring of 2009.  There were only two members at the time and they didn't have materials dontaed to them.  The two began quilting for their love of the art. 

They sewed at Jane's home until the group outgrew her kitchen table, then they started sewing at the Derby Senior Center. The group meets every Thursday from 1-4 p.m.  For information please contact Breanna Monk at the Senior Center, 316-788-0223.

“The Art Quilt” will be on display through Jan. 4. 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.

Carolyn Lusk Laura Knipp