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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

Gallery XII Artists at the Library

Come see a vibrant and varied collection of original art on display at the Derby Public Library. Artists’ works displayed in the Gathering Space Gallery include representations of different media, including watercolor, oils, pastels, photography, drawing and mixed media.

Aside from the range of media in the show, the art also covers a variety of art styles such as abstract, realist, traditional and contemporary. Viewers will find it difficult to choose a favorite work in the show, thanks to the artists’ many interpretations of nature, landscapes, still life and more.

A painting and print inspired by the writings of the roman poet, Lucretius, art inspired by trips to Pompeii and Barcelona, and a watercolor featuring the Derby Depot, are just a few of the unique works that await the viewer.

The Gallery XII artist cooperative, the longest running cooperative of its type in Kansas, gives its members the opportunity to exhibit and sell their work. Member Artists are also responsible for assisting with duties at the gallery and many of the artists are involved in other art activities in the community including teaching.

An opening reception honoring the artists will be held 6:00-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, in the Gathering Space Gallery. Many of the artists will be in attendance. Light refreshments will be served.

Works from the show are available for purchase.  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.

Billings Moonrise

Ellert-Moraine Lake Morning

Derby Depot



Now showing in the High Wall Gallery

A Sketch in Time: The Pencil Drawings of Linda Slack on Exhibit

The Derby Public Library and Arts Council invite the public to enjoy a new exhibit displayed in the High Wall Gallery of the library. “A Sketch in Time,” is a collection of graphite portraits, created by local artist Linda Slack, and can be enjoyed through Nov. 30.

Linda Slack, a Derby resident, has produced drawings with an eye for storytelling. She is a self-taught artist, who spent her career years in Scott City and Kingman as a public library director.

Her method does not involve working from photographs, but rather employs the challenge of starting with a line and letting that line pull her in the directions her mind wants to pursue. She expresses the idea that “drawing is a powerful tool, inspired by searching for the unconventional face.” As patrons will observe, each of these portraits are singular and compelling.

Art lovers are encouraged to visit the library 1:30-3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12 for an artist reception. Light refreshments will be available along with the opportunity to meet and talk with Linda.

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

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